Twitter Bootstrap3: where it excels&fails?

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Without question, Bootstrap is one of the frameworks which help developers to create websites so effortlessly. This framework is used in development of many websites over the internet, and a good list of developers loves to work with Twitter’s Bootstrap 3. Recently, a good number of website developers started expressing their hatred for bootstrap templates as well as web designing patterns. This article throws light into the fact that why many developers prefer the using of Bootstrap over other frameworks? And why some others go against it?

Why Twitter Bootstrap 3 is highly popular?

Good documentation:- a Bootstrap designer enjoys superb documentation, and any doubts regarding the documentation can be cleared easily with the help of Github repository.

Rapid development:- in built templates that help fast website development is another aspect which tops among the list of core Bootstrap 3 features. Developers can complete their projects without taking much effort.

Pre-configured variables:- the time to develop websites as well as applications is largely saved by the pre-configured variables. Colours of buttons, headings, and many repeated elements used in a website can be automatically adjusted with the help of these variables.

Superior Grid system:- grid system of Bootstrap3 is largely developed when compared to the Bootstrap first version. Grid system is more responsive now. It has become nest-enabled. Thus it began to suit the needs of developers who create websites for all devices.

Improved JavaScript functionality, elements& box-sizes:- the consistency and work flow that web designers gain while Bootstrap is fantastic. All these elements assist developers to finish tasks in a systematic way.

Where Bootstrap 3 fails to impress?

Use of similar components:- a Bootstrap designer gets plenty of options to edit the templates and use it in various ways. Still he deals with similar component. There are more than thousands of websites made using this framework available on the web. Hence you will find a lot of similarities in the designing pattern of these websites.

Updating the core code is bit hard;- any developer can download components and edit it as they wish. For that purpose, developers will have to include the codes written by them in separate places. Updating of core codes are not an easy task when we use this framework. Let us take the instance of grid components. When you download a grid component, it will come in a large file size having massive codes written to it. No developers need the entire codes for the purpose of web development. Then they will have to retain codes that are needed and delete the unwanted ones. After deleting the unwanted ones, developers will have to update the core codes, and here most developers face difficulties.

Needs only less creativity;- designers who lack creativity can also try Bootstrap. What they will have to do is that import the CSS file and use the templates that are repeatedly used. Thus web designs look almost similar when we use Bootstrap templates that make use of similar templates.


Bootstrap is a framework while is ideal for the purpose of web development, not for designing. Designers will have to set the fonts, colours, grids, pixel sizes, and check the responsive quality for perfecting the websites. This the realm in which Bootstrap fails to impress, when we consider the web development aspects, it is a step ahead of other frameworks.