3 awesome CSS Frameworks [UPDATED]

1. Bootstrap

Bootstrap is a CSS Framework created by ex-Twitter Engineers: @mdo and @fat. For me it is the best Open Source CSS Framework that you could find, it includes a 12 columns grid system, base CSS (For cross browser compatibility), HTML components and a lot of useful JavaScript.

Bootstrap is fully Responsive, Cross Browser compatible and have the biggest community (around 14000 fork) working to improve it. Some companies are even surfing on Bootstrap popularity such as bootswatch that creates Free customization for Bootstrap or jetstrap that helps you create usable mockups.

Grid System

Bootstrap is based on a width of 940 pixels(Depend on the @media queries you use: The screen size) with a 12 columns grid.

Here is the html if you want to create a three columns row.

<div class="container">
    <div class="row">
        <div class="span4">1/3</div>
        <div class="span4">1/3</div>
        <div class="span4">1/3</div>

Base CSS

All the basic CSS stuff: Typography, Form, Button, Table etc. The purpose being to have the same style across different Browsers (IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari etc.).


  • Dropdowns: Toggleable, contextual menu for displaying lists of links.
  • Button groups
  • Button dropdowns
  • Navs: tabs, pills, and lists.
  • Navbar: Support for a project name and basic navigation.
  • Breadcrumbs: Helps you navigate through your website
  • Pagination
  • Labels and badges
  • Typography: Hero unit, Page header etc.
  • Thumbnails: Grids of images, videos, text, and more
  • Alerts: Styles for success, warning, and error messages.
  • Progress bars: For loading, redirecting, or action status
  • Media object: Abstract object styles for building various types of components (like blog comments, Tweets, etc) that feature a left- or right-aligned image alongside textual content.
  • Misc: Lightweight utility components.


All Bootstrap JS plugins require Jquery.

By using Bootstrap you have natively access to all those plugins:

  • Transitions: For simple transition effects.
  • Modal: Modals are streamlined, but flexible, dialog prompts with the minimum required functionality and smart defaults.
  • Dropdown: Add dropdown menus to nearly anything.
  • Scrollspy: Automatically updates menus based on scroll position.
  • Tab: Add quick, dynamic tab functionality to transition through panes of local content.
  • Tooltip: Basic tip.
  • Popover: Add small overlays of content.
  • Alert: Add dismiss functionality to all alert messages.
  • Button: Do more with buttons. Control button states or create groups of buttons
  • Collapse: Accordion
  • Carousel: Slideshow
  • Typeahead: Auto-completion
  • Affix: Add a fixed position to certain elements.
Button and Tooltip plugins conflict with JQuery UI Button and Tooltip plugins. Fortunately Bootstarp includes a no conflict mode that you can use like this $.fn.button.noConflict(); before using Jquery UI.

If you want to know more about Bootstrap you can read and share my PPT presentation: Introduction to Twitter’s Bootstrap PPT

2. Foundation


Foundation is one of the best CSS Framework out there. It includes more or less the same functionality as Bootstrap (Grid System, Typography, fully Responsive, Cross Browser compatible etc.) but is still less popular (8 times less Fork on GitHub).

Grid System

Foundation is based on a width of 1000 pixels(Depend on the @media queries you use: The screen size) with a 12 columns grid.

Here is the html if you want to create a three columns row.

<div class="row">
	<div class="four columns">.four.columns</div>
	<div class="four columns">.four.columns</div>
	<div class="four columns">.four.columns</div>

3. Blueprint

Blue print is the CSS framework that I used to create this template. It contains css files to create your page scaffolding, to handle typography and beautiful forms. It is base on a 950px width with 24 columns to fit all the modern computer screen.



Here is the html if you want to create a three columns page.

<div class="container">
    <div class="span-7 colborder">Here's a box...</div>
    <div class="span-8 colborder">And another box...</div>
    <div class="span-7 last">This box...</div>



If you want to go further, a complete comparison of those three CSS Frameworks is available here.

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