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The 21 Most Used Bootstrap Alternatives

Bootstrap is without doubt the most popular and widely used framework, nowadays. It is mainly used for rapid prototyping and is great for creating generic designs. With complex design elements, bootstrap might not be the best choice because of its heavy handed approach to design. That’s why many have jumped ship for Bootstrap alternatives. If you’re just starting out with frameworks, here are some best Bootstrap alternatives available and everyone with the least involvement in web design should use easily.

Bootstrap Alternatives 2015:

Pure

A set of small, responsive CSS modules that you can use in every web project. Crafted with mobile devices in mind to create beautiful responsive layouts for all screen sizes.

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Unsemantic

Unsemantic was built with extensibility in mind, using Sass. It is a fluid grid system that is the successor to the 960 Grid System. It works in a similar way, but instead of being a set number of columns, it’s entirely based on percentages.

Bootstrap alternatives 2015

Simple Grid

Simple Grid is a basic lightweight grid, not a CSS framework. With a pure grid support and 12 column layout, you can easily customize your project with Simple Grid.

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Skeleton

If you’re you looking for a dead simple, responsive boilerplate then, Skeleton is for you. It offers 12 column grid and is a good alternative to Bootstrap.

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Base

Base is a lightweight and minimal Responsive HTML/CSS Framework. With Base you will spend less time overriding styles and focus more time on creating beautiful website applications.

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Foundation

The first most advanced front-end framework created for developing fully responsive web apps. Foundation for Apps is designed to help you quickly prototype and build responsive web applications by using leading technologies like Flexbox and Angular.

Best Bootstrap Alternative

Material-UI

Material-UI is a set of React components that implement Google’s Material Design specification. We recommend that you get to know React before diving into material-ui.

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Materialize

A modern responsive front-end framework based on Material Design. The framework is a great choice for developers who are looking to build web design based on the material design.

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Basscss

Basscss is a lightweight collection of base element styles and immutable utilities designed for speed, clarity, performance, and scalability.

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Metro UI CSS 3.0

Metro UI CSS is open source front-end framework for developing projects on the web in Windows Metro Style. Metro UI CSS includes: general styles, grid, layouts, typography, 20+ components, 300+ built-in icons.

Bootstrap alternatives 2016

UIkit

UIkit is a lightweight and modular front-end framework for developing fast and powerful web interfaces. It gives you a comprehensive collection of HTML, CSS, and JS components which is simple to use, easy to customize and extendable.

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Groundwork

Groundwork is a lightweight, flexible and responsive front-end framework created & maintained by Gary Hepting. Built on top of Sass and Compass, Groundwork offers a great flexible,  fluid and nestable grid system.

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Ink

Ink is an interface kit that is developed for fast and efficient website design and prototyping, just like Bootstrap does. You can create modern layout easily with some reusable interface elements like table, tabs, data picker, modal, sortable list, tree view, gallery, form validator and more.

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HTML5 Boilerplate

HTML5 Boilerplate helps you build fast, robust, and adaptable web apps or sites. Kick-start your project with the combined knowledge and effort of 100s of developers, all in one little package.

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HTML KickStart

HTML Kickstart is a very similar framework to Bootstrap. It is an ultra–lean set of HTML5, CSS, and jQuery (javascript) files, layouts, and elements designed to give you a headstart and save you 10’s of hours on your next web project. HTML KickStart is perfect tool to start for building menus, buttons, placeholders and even slideshows.

 alternatives to Bootstrap and Foundation

Onsen UI

Onsen UI is an open source, free Custom Elements-Based HTML5 UI Framework designed and implemented to deliver unprecedented user interface and user experience for your mobile and hybrid apps.

lightweight front-end framework

Responsive

Responsive is a powerful, accessible, developer friendly framework for building responsive websites. It’s lighter than both Foundation and Bootstrap, less design opinionated, and has extra functionality including cross device touch detection.

frameworks for building responsive websites

Semantic UI

Semantic-UI design is better than Bootstrap and more clean, easy to use, strict coding, useful components, lightweight. Semantic comes equipped with an intuitive inheritance system and high level theming variables that helps create beautiful, responsive layouts using human-friendly HTML.

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Cardinal

Cardinal is a modular, “mobile-first” CSS framework built with performance and scalability in mind. The purpose of this framework is to make it easier for front-end web developers to prototype, build, scale, and maintain CSS for responsive websites, user interfaces, and applications.

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Topcoat

TopCoat is a robust front-end framework made by “Adobe” for developing web application designed with speed in mind. TopCoat is optimized for performance priority and it offers you with customizable theme, open source font and also PSD UI Kit to use with your project.

lightweight Bootstrap alternatives

Jeet

Jeet is a fast, flexible and most advance grid system. Jeet helps you build grids on the fly in a very intuitive, clean, manner. It supports almost all modern and old browsers.

alternatives to Bootstrap and Foundation

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My name is Sarah Sparkle, a Web and Graphic designer. I am passionate about all things design related including web, character, and graphic design.
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  1. Juan
    November 12, 2015

    ED GRID??

  2. Víctor
    November 15, 2015

    Great collection!!! Thanks Sarah!!!

  3. Naushad
    November 18, 2015

    Very useful resources…

  4. Guru
    February 19, 2016

    Great Collection Sarah. Saved lot of time searching on the internet!!! Thanks a lot

  5. Erriks Razguļajevs
    November 13, 2016

    Nice article, I also would add ArtDesignUI because I found them a pretty good alternative

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