Lightweight Frameworks to Kick Start HTML / CSS Projects
CSS frameworks represent the building blocks of many diverse
web projects. A well constructed CSS framework or boilerplate can
simplify and streamline the development of a web site. This type of
framework quickens the pace of development by offering a structure of
files and folders of standardized code (HTML, CSS, JS
documents, and more). These frameworks provide a basis to start
building a web site.
There are hundreds of devices that are used to access the web.
These devices have different capabilities and constraints, such as
dimensions, input style, resolution, and form. As more and more users
access the web through different devices, in particular tablets and
smartphones, developers need tools to build websites. The important of
catering for different devices should not be underestimated. In a few
countries, mobile web traffic has already overtaken traffic from
Some of the lightweight frameworks featured in this
article are well publicised, but there are many good tiny frameworks
that you may not have heard of that are perfectly suited for small
The purpose of this article is to list the finest open source
lightweight frameworks to kick start CSS and HTML projects. They help
save precious time by saving designers from writing base CSS styles,
and solving problematic layout issues. They also have the virtue of
lightweight CSS files which reduce queries and load, and benefit
visitors on narrowband connections. We have also included a couple of
the finest open source boilerplates.†All it takes is a few
to get to grips with these frameworks, and you will be able to design
some awesome websites which conform with best practice.
Now, let's explore the 10 lightweight tools at hand.
For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description
with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to
relevant resources and reviews.
|Lightweight CSS Frameworks
||Exceptionally versatile and advanced framework
responsive CSS modules
||Built around the idea of a "real" baseline grid
create website layouts
||Super simple responsive framework
and lightweight CSS framework
||Tiny footprint but similar features to Twitter
Bootstrap and Foundation
||Bare bones SCSS HTML5 responsive boilerplate
|HTML5/CSS/JS front-end template
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