Foundation Instead Of Bootstrap?

May 14, 2013 • Bootstrap, Design, Foundation

There seem to be an increasing number of people throwing rants about overuse of Twitter Bootstrap. This is not one of them, I like Twitter Bootstrap. It is great for people who are not designers and need to put together something that looks decent. It makes putting together a site easy. That said, you can kind of tell when it is used. The buttons are usually a dead giveaway, and customizing it is not for the faint of heart.

For those reasons I decided to give something else a try for a project I am putting together. I decided to give Foundation a try. It has a gem available, so it is designed to work nicely with Ruby on Rails, and it seems to be very flexible.

The documentation on the grid system requires you to read the whole thing, not just skim it and start going. One very nice thing about their grid system is that there are different classes for different size screens. It’s great for when you want space on either side of the screen on large screens, but want to lose the extra space on a smaller one. If you don’t understand what I mean take at the Bottles coming soon page. Compare it between your computer and phone.

I haven’t had to do too much customizing to Foundation yet, but it looks like it is meant to handle that a bit better than Bootstrap.

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Jason Butz is a software engineer and cloud architect with a strong focus on JavaScript, TypeScript, Node, and AWS. Jason has a love for open-soure software and a passion for building scalable, secure, and reliable applications.