In the past, the admin section of a web application tended to be built solely for functionality, with not much, if any at all, consideration for its design. Thankfully things are changing. Powerful functionality and beautiful design, especially over the last few years, have been merging nicely. And with the massive rise in popularity of the Bootstrap framework, creating a beautiful and functional admin panel has never been easier.
Using a quality responsive CSS framework can give you a nice head start on any web design project. Some, like Bootstrap, are a bit bloated with excess code while others require a fairly steep learning curve.
We have collected 50 Bootstrap templates for you to freely use in your next project. We have purposefully omitted all of that starter, straightforward and unstyled templates from this round-up, of which there is a multitude freely available on the web. Instead, we have focussed on highlighting 50 fully-featured, creatively designed, and of course, free Bootstrap templates, that we are sure you will love and appreciate.
What happens when you combine the principles of great design with the innovations of technology and science? Well, that is just what Google did, and created the concept of Material Design.
All of the tools and libraries have been categorized into the following categories: Flexbox Tools & Libraries, CSS Grid Tools, CSS Button Libraries, CSS Components, CSS Animation Tools, CSS References, Guides & Checklists, Atomic CSS Frameworks,CSS Web Frameworks, Lightweight CSS Frameworks, and finally, a bunch of Miscellanous CSS Tools.
When Foundation 6 launched in November 2015, it brought some significant, forward-thinking changes to the framework including a 50% code reduction, a Flexbox based grid, and a complete A11y friendly rewrite of all of its components.
Over this past year, we’ve seen a huge rise in popularity of Flexbox layouts, subtle CSS animations, SVG usage, Structure Styleguides, Instagram-style effects, deeper CSS integration with mainstream applications, like Photoshop and Sketch, and CSS preprocessors, like Sass and Less, are continuing to gain wide-spread acceptance.
The team at ZURB traveled the globe, literally, before beginning development on Foundation 6 to find out what designers and developers needed and wanted in a framework. From New York to Hong Kong to Ontario and Sydney people spoke about their love of rapidly prototyping with Foundation and their interest in how ZURB used it for production sites.
Last month Digital Surgeons launched the latest version of their responsive front-end system, the Gumby Framework. Gumby 2 is a complete re-imagination of its version 1 counterpart. It adds a ton of new features and has been rewritten in Sass to allow for easier customization and maintainability. Many of its new features are incredibly helpful in streamlining the front-end development process.
A CSS framework is a piece of software that has a lot of options for you to use in your HTML development, potentially making it faster and easier for you to develop your website or web app. A CSS framework does this by containing predefined libraries of code. One example is a grid-based framework which sets up a multi-column arrangement with predefined pixel widths so you can focus on creating content instead of lining up blocks of text.
CSS frameworks are a Gods send. They speed up development, ensure usability, meet all W3C standards, compatabile across most browsers and a hell of a lot more. Sounds marvelous doesn’t it. Why doesn’t everybody use them? Well, for the novice developer, frameworks, may be a little bit tricky to get there head around? That is were this article comes in, to hopefully give everybody a better understanding of what a framework is and how to use it effectively.
We are going to focus on how to use the Blueprint Framework, a framework that is a little bit more mainstream and mature than the rest (I am not saying better). We have getting started guides, advanced tutorials, plugins, tools and apps and some insightful further reading articles.
Hopefully this article will give everyone a better insight into CSS frameworks and eventually love them.