Bootstrap, not a miracle drug

12Nov12

Faced with a site overhaul project our team went searching for a CSS framework to use.  No surprise that we landed on bootstrap.  It’s popular, with a growing fanbase, and holds promises of easy cross-browser compatibility…something that CSS folks will know is a nightmare.

So off we went.  Downloaded Bootstrap, made a few simple changes(replacing colors with our own branded ones) and dropped the .css files onto one of our highly visited pages.  Done, right?  No of course not, we have to actually refactor some html first.

This is where we got bit.  We quickly realize that Bootstrap is made for pages with simple functionality…which is not the case for us.  How are we supposed to fit 20+ inputs with a grid on a page when Bootstrap wants 15+ pixel padding on everything?  Well, we can’t.  There just simply isn’t room.

We don’t want to give up on Bootstrap.  We think it has a lot of upside still, but for now we’re stuck using a stripped down version which consists basically of scaffolding and reset CSS only.

We’ll see where it goes from here.

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