Boilerplate or Bootstrap by Ivaylo Gerchev
Boilerplate or Bootstrap?
Author: Ivaylo Gerchev
The right choice depends on two things. First, you must know your goals, needs and project’s requirements. And second, you must know what each tool can offer you, its strengths and weaknesses. Obviously I can’t help you with the first one, but for the second I can give you a quick summary. Here are the main checkpoints:
- You can’t build web site with Boilerplate – it’s only a starting point.
- With the Bootstrap’s components and utilities you can build an entire web site from scratch.
- Boilerplate is more server-side oriented – a good starting template if you work with server-side technologies such as PHP.
- Bootstrap is a client-side solution – a complete toolkit for building client-side web sites.
- Boilerplate is only a starting code base and you can add whatever components you need later on.
- Bootstrap on the contrary has a full set of ready-to-use components that you can use right now.
- You can combine Boilerplate with Bootstrap to get the best benefits of both.
- You can create and use your own personalized boilerplate template including only what you need.
As my final words I would say that Boilerplate and Bootstrap are both wonderful tools and you have plenty of options how to use them.