Everyone was using a CSS Framework to simplify their work and save their time, Bootstrap was and is King Right Now of the Frameworks Market. Every Institute, Almost Every Tutorial on YouTube was using Bootstrap, Developers were not learning Fundamentals of CSS and using Bootstrap. I was also a beginner at that time, I learned HTML and CSS from W3schools and Lynda. Then I used a lot of floats to make web pages, and kinda like the way.
Responsive Design was my next goal, so CSS Framework was the Easiest way for Responsiveness, I tried to read docs and watched Bootstrap Videos but Bootstrap terrified me with lots of classes and inconvenient naming, and I didn't like to use bootstrap cause I think every website using Bootstrap looks quite similar it also applies styles on element as defaults, I tried two or more times but didn't get Bootstrap in my mind, so I found some alternatives like Foundation and Material, but they were just like Bootstrap. I just wanted to make my site Responsive, and then I found the video of Brad Traversy Skeleton CSS
I loved Skeleton CSS but now their devs are not updating it, its not based on CSS grid or Flexbox. There were some confusions in it, and then I found Bulma , I was just using YouTube as usual and then I came to Bulma.css Tutorial Video tagged “The Easiest Framework You can learn in 20 minutes”, Hmm I watched it and it really changed my life, It was really the easiest framework, even you don't have to remember the classes and there are some of the advantages :
- No default Styling
- Powerful Flexbox Grid
- Small Size in Kbs
- Reusable and You can modify Sass
- Reusable Components
I am Kinda Obsessed with Bulma(I think) But You can give it a try.
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I agree that Bulma is worth a try. While Bootstrap is the most "pushed" framework, I think the "kitchen-sink" concept should not be relied upon heavily for times when you only need a faucet. I like that you point out how the work flow for new developers is "backwards" in learning core CSS values after taking on a framework like Bootstrap. In my opinion, communities can be too quick to offer frameworks as a solution before individuals even understand why these frameworks were created in the first place. Nice article.
This guy just summarized my entire article.
My go tos are Bulma for company internal sites that need a lot of boilerplate form and table CRUD stuff; Tailwind for anything public facing that needs a unique design or just needs to look interesting. Both are significantly faster and easier to use than Bootstrap.
How does Bulma compare to Bootstrap in terms of features?
My use would be for internal company sites as well, where "no js" or "smaller size" doesn't make too much difference, but developer speed does.
I mean probably a lot smaller feature set but the point on those kinds of sites is that you can make do with very little compared to public sites. I'd give the docs a read and see if you think it has what you need. Definitely much faster to use, less markup, less futzing. Just drop in the example code and roll.
That's my point.
Hello @amir ,
Good article, thank you!
Bulma has the potential to grow, IMO. Also, Tailwind looks promising.
2019 Survey Results - Published on WpTavern
For new projects, I'm using Bulma (Sorry Bootstrap), and prototype pages using two resources:
A real problem is to find some nice templates to start fast a new project, only a few available on ThemeForest & related markets.
Happy (CSS) Styling & Coding!
Here are couple of free Bulma Admin Dashboard templates built with Vue.js & Buefy
Do you happen to have a source for this graph/survey? Very interesting intel 🔥
The survey was published here - Full credit to WpTavern
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I agree Bulma is great! I love it so much been rebuilding Bootstrap into Bulma over time. I've tinkered with Tailwind, and I can see its allure, but honestly, I love clean code and tailwind produces absolute madness in html. I feel like I would have to make an IDE to cleanup tailwind mess so i can see my html again. I prefer a somewhat opinionated CSS Framework, whereas with tailwind, I feel like I should just write my own CSS for a more organized approach.
I totally understand why Tailwind is on the rise, but its Bulma that has my heart now
Haha, I'm the author here :)
I broke up with bulma, since mid 2020 I think and joined the tailwind boat. It's addictive, I can't imagine things I built with it. I couldn't have built it with bulma or custom css (it would've been too much media queries and css e.t.c)
But I've been with bulma for 2 years, and It was an awesome time.
Of course 😊 TailwindCSS is too good to not to ignore
I use Buefy which is Bulma based for Vue. It is great :-)
Keep Using What you like , not what others are using
Bootstrap 4+ is unbeatable for the last 4 years!
I really agree with you! But if a person only want grid system and not the other things? as defaults??
Yes! If I want to choose only grid, I can pull only grid from bootstrap!
Then It will be really great 😊 , I have some bad experience with Bootstrap though. As So I wrote this post
With sass you can only pull the components that you need. Also the global style reset is great, it does wonders for cross browser comparability.
Bulma is good; got datepicker, timepicker, datetimepicker (which super hard to find on other framework). My only problem with Bulma is the documentation.
For example, does Bulma offer something like "pt-0"? How to search the documentation? I have to use google to search for specific component features. Sometimes I search inside the "bulma.css" to know whether I should introduce my own class or can reuse existing class.
Unlike Bootstrap with its fast build in search (and keyword friendly too). So at the end, what makes a framework good is its documentation and tons of external tutorial or samples.
Hi, Aizal... You're absolutely correct.
Time changes, as opinions, I wrote this post 6 months ago and since then I've used Bulma a lot, and when you use it a lot, you will start finding the complications and I found a lot of downsides including padding-margin utilities and there is little to no documentation on making 'title' 'subtitle' or many other classes responsive. There are lots of other things as well that made me hate Bulma a lot.
I just tried TailwindCSS and It's super-perfect, for everything... I regret that I used Bulma for our SaSS application that ended being a mess of custom SCSS with margin-padding functions and media queries.
It made me compromise with my creativity, So I highly un-recommend Bulma now.
Check the TailwindCSS pen here, I can't imagine creating it with Bulma: codepen.io/justaashir/pen/mdeeKbz
Excellent first post! I hope you will write many more. I have used bulma a bunch, and like it, but I've been using purecss.io more lately. I also tried it tachyons as well. So many good options these days.
I can say I tried all those mentioned frameworks. Actually for me right now tailwind CSS is the king of css frameworks. All I need included. Worth a try.
I tried Bulma CSS once.. and it's really impressive and it has good potential also..
Bulma has always been at the edge of my mind, but I've never fully dug into it like I meant to!
Maybe one of these days. 😂
interesting article. Made me think to stop using bootstrap. its true most of the people just use it for grid system. I'm going to give bulma try.
Thanks, That's what this post is for, Try New Things
No wonder Bulma is a great CSS framework! We have started using it in most of our sites, including our blog site blogs.syntaxsofts.com, as it is easy to use and understandable.
We have also published a blog on why we chose Bulma as our primary choice of CSS frameworks. Read it here - blogs.syntaxsofts.com/displayBlog/...
Thanks for sharing this,
Bulma is great 😁.