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There is light at the end of the tunnel and it is NOT Chuck Norris holding a flashlight. Finally, someone fixed CSS. This is a library made by Mark Otto and Jacob Thornton – normal people – developers like you and me, and they did great!
These two guys working on Twitter were suffering the same problems we have been dealing with in HTML and CSS. Fed up with the situation, they decided to build a base CSS Sheet designed to be imported into any website. It makes every front-end development work 4x’s easier.
Besides, Bootstrap gives you a dozen of new elements that you would normally want to use but don’t actually exist in CSS+HTML: The Bootstrap components.
One of the broken things in CSS is the way that layouts work – working with float, display and position sucks. This is how Bootstrap solved it:
Bootstrap creators replicated the same concept that
<table> had, but instead of using tables, they used
<div> (boxed containers). They can’t create their own HTML tags because that will require a new HTML version and would make Bootstrap incompatible with current browsers. Tags must stay the same – that’s why they decided to override the
<div> default behaviors with classes.
1This is a row: <div class="row"> 2This is a column: <div class="col–sm–x">
Bootstrap has divided the width of the screen in
12 slots – each of them with 8,33% of the total width of the row. The size of 1 column, can be between 1 and 12 slots.
On the flip side, columns were made to live within the rows (just like what happens between
<tr>). You always need to open a row before opening a column. All columns in a row must always add up to a maximum of 12 slots.
Just like we did in the Layout chapter of the course, let’s create one page with 2 big sections: one sidebar on the right and one main content on the left.
It’s very easy to decide how your website will render in different screen sizes; when you add each column into the rows you need to assign a class with the following format:
|Means that this element should behave like a Bootstrap column.||Means that it is specified for only for the devices with a "medium" sized screen.||Specifies how many slots I want this column to take (remember you can take a max of 12 slots per row).|
Bootstrap device sizes:
|Phones||Big-phone/small-tablet||Tablets||Desktops||Extra-large desktops||Extra extra large|
👆 Note: if you don’t specify the screen size (ex. by using 'sm', 'md', or 'xl'), the website will be rendered for mobile phones by default.
We are going to set the layout (using the sm, md and lg column classes) for two rows in all the devices at the same time:
1<!-- Stack the columns on mobile by making one full-width and the other half-width --> 2<div class="row"> 3 <div class="col-12 col-md-8">.col-12 .col-md-8</div> 4 <div class="col-6 col-md-4">.col-6 .col-md-4</div> 5</div> 6 7<!-- Columns start at 50% wide on mobile and bump up to 33.3% wide on desktop --> 8<div class="row"> 9 <div class="col-6 col-md-4">.col-6 .col-md-4</div> 10 <div class="col-6 col-md-4">.col-6 .col-md-4</div> 11 <div class="col-6 col-md-4">.col-6 .col-md-4</div> 12</div> 13 14<!-- Columns are always 50% wide, on mobile and desktop --> 15<div class="row"> 16 <div class="col-6">.col-6</div> 17 <div class="col-6">.col-6</div> 18</div>
We already know the basic HTML5 skeleton that any website needs to have. Now you just have to add a few lines in your skeleton to make it "Bootstrap compatible":
Remember, Bootstrap is just a stylesheet. That’s why it is very simple to include in your website. You use the
🔗 Here you can find some great Bootstrap files to get you started.
HTML is so basic that it only has a few tags – we know that already. But when you browse the web today you see a different thing: websites today have menus, icons, load-bars, navbars, labels, etc. Where are those tags? None of those tags are defined in HTML!
Every developer has to fake these additional elements every time they create a new website. They have to do everything from scratch, and it takes a lot of time.
When you import Bootstrap into your website, you will have a new set of components at your disposal. This is just a small part of those elements:
This is so popular that it’s in the menu of 99% of all websites. It normally has the logo of the company and a series of links – depending on each website’s business logic.
Here is an example of how a NavBar may look on a website:
1<nav class="navbar navbar-expand-lg bg-light"> 2 <div class="container"> 3 <a class="navbar-brand d-flex align-items-center gap-1" href="#"> 4 <i class="fa-brands fa-instagram"></i> 5 <span>Instagram</span> 6 </a> 7 <button class="navbar-toggler" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarNavDropdown" 8 aria-controls="navbarNavDropdown" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation"> 9 <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span> 10 </button> 11 <div class="collapse navbar-collapse justify-content-end" id="navbarNavDropdown"> 12 <ul class="navbar-nav align-items-center"> 13 <li class="nav-item active"> 14 <a class="nav-link" href="#"> 15 <span class="btn btn-success"> 16 Create a new post 17 </span> 18 </a> 19 </li> 20 <li class="nav-item dropdown"> 21 <a class="nav-link dropdown-toggle" href="#" id="navbarDropdownMenuLink" 22 data-bs-toggle="dropdown" aria-haspopup="true" aria-expanded="false"> 23 Menu 24 </a> 25 <div class="dropdown-menu" aria-labelledby="navbarDropdownMenuLink"> 26 <a class="dropdown-item" href="#">Action</a> 27 <a class="dropdown-item" href="#">Another action</a> 28 <a class="dropdown-item" href="#">Something else here</a> 29 </div> 30 </li> 31 </ul> 32 </div> 33 </div> 34</nav>
This is probably the most used Bootstrap component, every website has a few cards because they are ideal for listing items in a beautiful way. Some examples of the Card used can be:
Here is an example of how a "The Card" may look on a website:
1<div class="card" style="width: 18rem;"> 2 <img src="..." class="card-img-top" alt="..."> 3 <div class="card-body"> 4 <h5 class="card-title">Card title</h5> 5 <p class="card-text"> 6 Some quick example text to build on the card title and make up the bulk of the card's content. 7 </p> 8 <a href="#" class="btn btn-primary">Go somewhere</a> 9 </div> 10</div>
Everyone hates a modal, it is super annoying, always asking you to subscribe to a newsletter! 🙂
Here is how a modal look by default on Bootstrap.
1<div class="modal" tabindex="-1"> 2 <div class="modal-dialog"> 3 <div class="modal-content"> 4 <div class="modal-header"> 5 <h5 class="modal-title">Modal title</h5> 6 <button type="button" class="btn-close" data-bs-dismiss="modal" aria-label="Close"></button> 7 </div> 8 <div class="modal-body"> 9 <p>Modal body text goes here.</p> 10 </div> 11 <div class="modal-footer"> 12 <button type="button" class="btn btn-secondary" data-bs-dismiss="modal">Close</button> 13 <button type="button" class="btn btn-primary">Save changes</button> 14 </div> 15 </div> 16 </div> 17</div>
Bootstrap official documentation is amazing! We don’t need to start copying and pasting all their posts. Please visit the following and focus on reading these topics:
☝️ Bootstrap versions & download
Bootstrap has many versions, always check if you are using the latest version of Bootstrap on your project, here you can find all the available versions: https://getbootstrap.com/docs/versions/.
We recommend using a CDN to import bootstrap in your HTML like this one: https://www.bootstrapcdn.com/
If you are migrating your project to a newer Bootstrap version remember to check its documentation.