Self-Taught Developer: How To Build Mobile-First Approach Websites Using Bootstrap

Use this as your guide and reference for your Web Development journey.

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Today we will discuss and understand the fundamentals of learning Bootstrap 4.

Before we begin, I would suggest you first learn and understand the basics of CSS, and also it is recommended that you learn the fundamentals of Grid and Flexbox before you tackle Bootstrap 4.

Bootstrap is a very popular frontend framework, and Bootstrap 4 offers a lot of features, and abilities to create and build responsive UI designs way easier, more efficient and offers a solid foundation as you go along, and the best part of Bootstrap 4 is that it is built with a solid foundation of Flexbox.

So why use Bootstrap today even after having all the new trends of frameworks, third-party tools, and packages? Well, personally when I was just starting to learn Web Development, I was having a hard time understanding everything at once, as a Self-Taught Developer that’s still has a 9–5 job, time is something I can’t just spare, I have this urge of maximizing my time wisely and purposefully, and I know you would agree that building Website with just using the hardcode HTML and CSS is sometimes a pain in the as*, it will take a lot of time designing, adjusting and research.

I learned to build a better Website because of Bootstrap, it was very convenient to use, time-wise while providing high-quality websites.

Benefits of using Bootstrap

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Rapid Prototyping

One of the benefits of using Bootstrap is its ability to reuse CSS and Javascript property codes that give us the functionality we need in building high-quality websites. All you need to do is use some HTML component and plug Bootstrap into your template without the need to spend a lot of time writing complex CSS and Javascript and at the same time doing a lot of research, with even the capability of upgrading your newly built website into a responsive one.

The Power of Grid System

If you have been learning or starting Web Development for months, then you probably have heard some mentors, instructors or fellow developers who said that Bootstrap is the best solution when it comes to Mobile-First Development Approach.

Boostrap is one of the best solutions when it comes to developing responsive websites, as mobile is running on fast-pace into its peak, businesses and companies are now redirecting their goal and future into taking advantage of transitioning from their Business website into reaching potential customers through their mobiles, and bootstrap offers you their very powerful Grid System.

It’s built with Flexbox that every developer could use, it is good when scaling a single-based design from every screen sizes up to providing high-definition displays, their standard approach is using 12 columns, from then you can easily adjust how much screen real estate element your component and element should accumulate.

CSS Grid Layout is another option when working in this approach of building flexible layouts, however, if you are working on the project with very limited time and resources, Bootstrap is a way to go because of its ability with building quick prototyping.

Easier Responsive Design

As I’ve mentioned earlier, one of the best features and abilities with using Boostrap is its solution to building a project that’s Mobile-First approach.

Imagine when you need to go to the website to check for something whether you are checking out a product on an e-commerce website or going to a fast-food’s website and seeing how the items are displayed on your phone’s Google Chrome or Safari, you can’t even see some of the display on the sides, there’s too little real-estate for the website taking up on your phone, imagine what would you feel engaging with that kind of website, imagine how much hate would you feel towards that brand or store, and imagine how much loss the company will take, and that is why they would be willing to invest for the better than going cheap, and that is where mobile-first approach was created.

That is what responsive websites do, resolving those problems, wherein you don’t have to sacrifice the quality of the user experience as well as the effectiveness of the UI designs, as we travel to the future, I can tell that Business Website will soon become the next Business logo, and that is why the User Interface and User Experience will soon hold a critical mission on the company’s future and survival.

Bootstrap is a great choice when it comes to building a responsive and mobile-first approach website, with using great-fluid grid-system and other utility classes, building a responsive website will be smooth and sound.

Easy Customization

Other than using the built-in features and ready-to-use templates the Bootstrap offers, we the developers can also easily make our customization to make the website adjust to our liking and make it our own. You can easily override all its CSS and Javascript properties and components, bootstrap basically gives the developers a head start way further when building the CSS code from the ground.

As a Frontend Developer, I have experienced one of the issues almost every Frontend Developer will face even once in their dev career, it is working with CSS, unfortunately, I tried working on an existing project that was built by the previous Frontend developer who is no longer working on the firm, and we have noticed the inconsistencies when it comes to uniformity and proper structure of the codes, at that moment Bootstrap was at its peak, it was a solution, and probably the best decision we did.

So what happened was that our Team Lead agreed to use Bootstrap so that in the future, the next developers that will come after me won’t be able to experience the issues I encountered, with using Bootstrap no matter who will be working on the project regardless if I will still be in the company or not, the results and the coding logic and structure will remain constant, well-documented and with a proper uniformity, and besides, the reason why Bootstrap was built by Twitter in the first place was for consistency.

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Open Source/Free

As you all know, Boostrap was built by the engineers on Twitter.

I highly suggest that when you decide to use and Download bootstrap, it is very important to read it’s official documentation.

Bootstrap has become attractive enough to be able to build a huge community to continuously improve and develop, and with that, it has become known by every developer regardless if its Frontend or Backend, Bootstrap has able to help millions of developers in the world.

Here’s the Github repository of Bootstrap, It’s an open-source as you can see.

Sharing You My Free Resources and Tutorials Notes, As Always :)

1 — Here’s one I surely recommend that you take, this is a 14-day Boostrap tutorial Bootcamp as your headstart! ALL FREE!

Here’s a bonus point, here’s a resource I used when learning Bootstrap, this is a 14-day Boostrap tutorial Bootcamp that will give you a jumpstart as you start learning, the best part? It’s all free!

You will learn a lot on that course, it contains all the fundamentals you need. You’re welcome :)

2 — Boostrap Basic tutorial — Here’s a Crash Course from Julio Codes.

3 — Here’s a Responsive Boostrap Website from Start to Finish By Daily Tuition

4 — Here’s A Complete HTML, CSS, and Boostrap, Learn While Building An Actual Website!

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