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Bootstrap vs Material | Detailed Comparison

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Today, we are talking about Bootstrap and Material. Keep reading to determine which of these web development platforms is better for your project. On our channel, we share thoughts on recent developments in the tech industry, follow us not to miss new articles.

What are Bootstrap and Material?

  • Bootstrap created by Twitter is a free open source CSS framework for building responsive websites and web applications. It’s used by Twitter, Dropbox, Apple Music, Airbnb, Coursera.
  • Material Design was created by Google. It provides an exhaustive framework for creating websites and applications with high interactive and mobile first UI with responsive designs. It’s used by NASA, Amazon, Unity, JPMorgan.

Material design and Bootstrap Comparison

#1 Browser Compatibility

In this category, Bootstrap and Material are evenly matched as both provide developers with a website that seamlessly adapts to different browsers.

#2 Responsive Grid System

These two design tools use a 12 grid system based on columns with similar structure and class names.

  • The Bootstrap grid system uses containers, rows and columns.
  • Materials 12 grid system uses columns, gutters and margins.

#3 Customization

Although Bootstrap and Material are both easily customizable we have to admit that Material Design offers more options for customizations.

Key differences between Bootstrap and Material

#1 Design Intent

  • Material Design focuses on how various design elements interact to create an aesthetically pleasing website that is also mobile friendly.
  • Bootstrap is more concerned with making websites and web apps responsive and functional.

#2 Account Dependencies

  • With tons of scripts, features, CSS classes and Jquery dependency, Bootstrap has proven to be a complex framework.
  • In contrast Material design has react-based components that are independent of each other.

#3 Design Process and Components

  • It’s necessary to admit that Bootstrap provides developers with a standard default system for creating easy websites and web applications.
  • Material offers a wide range of features for creating eye-catching websites with bold colors and engaging animations.

What would you choose for your project? A standard default system or wide customization opportunities?

#4 Consistency and Uniqueness

  • There is a high level of consistency between Bootstrap based websites and applications, making them very intuitive and user friendly but at the same time not unique.
  • When you think of creating a different and truly unique website, we advise choosing Material.

#5 Community Support

  • Bootstrap has a large and active online developers community.
  • Material also offers community support for developers but it doesn’t quite measure up to what Bootstrap already has in place.

What is Bootstrap best for?

Bootstrap is currently one of the most used UI libraries for developers. It offers an impressive collection of themes available, it requires minimal design skills, very little imagination and almost no creativity.

Although the Bootstrap framework is set for both professionals and beginner developers, it has a couple of drawbacks:

  • It’s a bit too consistent as all Bootstrap-based websites have an uncanny resemblance to each other.
  • It can be too bulky, making it unsuitable for simple websites.

What Material is best for?

Well, while Bootstrap has the primary aim of helping developers make responsive websites fast, Material Design is focused on enabling developers to create the best UI/ UX they can imagine.But it still has a few drawbacks:

  • It’s too comprehensive and can overwhelm beginner developers as they may feel lost in the vast and complex design specification.
  • Some designs are not very intuitive.

So, choosing between Bootstrap or Material depends solely on what project you’re working on and what objectives you are striving to achieve. After all, you can use both of them in your project if necessary.

This article was prepared by the EZtek team. We provide software development, UI/ UX design and testing services to top brands worldwide. Thank you for reading this Blog! We share the experience of using the best tools and technologies so make sure to follow us not to miss a single article.


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