HTML5 front-end frameworks help us make responsive, high usability websites. Today we introduce ten of the best responsive web design framework choices to you. Using these frameworks you can create business websites, magazines and portals, e-commerce based apps and even dashboards for web based administration.
These are front-end frameworks which mean that these frameworks make affect the user directly. So make sure you make the right choice in choosing the framework.
Today I’m trying to help you in this matter. I’m introducing ten of the most useful responsive web design frameworks that a web designer could need.
Responsive Web Design Framework Choices
Let’s start with the obvious one.
If we have to choose a king among the responsive web design frameworks, Bootstrap would be that king, we can say this because this is the most popular project on GitHub. This is a sleek and simple, yet very powerful and very intuitive front-end framework.
Did you know: NASA uses Bootstrap as their front-end framework?
Foundation is probably the designers’ favorite responsive web design framework. Foundation cannot beat Bootstrap in terms of usability, but it really gives a run for the money when it comes to looks and style. Foundation 3 (the current version is Foundation 5) stormed the industry with its stylized jQuery based components.
Did you know: Dictionary.com uses Foundation as their front-end framework?
If you want to create something stupendous, Bootstrap might not be your first choice, however, you can create almost anything which the web can offer.
Today, Foundation stands as one of the most popular responsive front-end frameworks. It is also 12th most popular project on GitHub.
Now that we have listed the giants, it is now time to dig up some of the unheard, yet very effective responsive web design frameworks. Let’s start with Jo.
Jo is a simple, very light (only 16 KB in size) HTML5 front-end framework. But its functionality is really up-to-the-mark. Jo let’s you create cross-platform websites and web applications. These platforms may include iOS, Android, webOS, Tizen, BlackBerry 10, Symbian, Chrome OS, Dashboard Widgets and anything else with HTML5. It also works great with PhoneGap.
Skeleton is not just a framework for HTML5, it is also a WordPress theme framework.
Skeleton is basically a set of CSS files that help you in rapid development. It focuses on responsive web designing based on grid so that it can easily break down for mobile.
This is a boilerplate framework, which means that this framework can work repeatedly with minimal code changes.
This is an responsive web design framework that is exclusively made for HTML5 based games.
Lime JS is built with the help of Closure Library. This library is created by none other than the mighty Google herself. It comes with functions/classes to control the events, timeline, graphics and animations.
You can also follow Lime JS on twitter.
From now on, I’m going brief on the text. I’ll write long lines only if something is worth mentioning, otherwise, just the essential info.
So baker framework is a mobile framework for creating ebooks. If you want to create online magazines and books that are interactive, this is the deal for you.
This is relatively a new Framework compared to others. For instance, Foundation is backed by ZURB who have been around for over twenty years now.
Less Framework is ideal for beginners. This is a CSS grid system for designing adaptive websites. It contains 4 layouts and 3 sets of typography presets, all based on a single grid.
Every web design template in Less Framework uses a single grid. This grid is composed of 68 pixels wide panes with 24 pixels of gutter in between. Change these values for each design and that’s all you’ll have to do.
Create JS is a set of tools and modular libraries that work in integration to create web content that is highly interactive.
These libraries and tools can work independently but you can also mix and match according to your needs.
This is one of my favorites in the list. That is because it focuses on rapid development and if you like to start doing the things as as quickly as you can, this is the thing for you.
Its main feature is the speed of its finished websites and web based applications. They all run on amazing speed.
Who is the winner?
This is a subjective question. It totally depends on the need. For instance, if you want to publish online books and magazines, Baker can be your first choice but for our routine day to day needs, I strongly feel that you must not think of going outside Bootstrap, Foundation or Sprout Core.
If you have know any other responsive web design framework, please share it in the comments section.