Originally Published at Nextjsdev.com
In this post, we are going to discuss the top 5 CSS frameworks that you can use to style your web apps efficiently.
So, the question might come to your mind as to why you should use it in the first place If you can design your website using normal CSS ?
So, here are the reasons:
- You don't have to write tons of CSS.
- It is more convenient and time-saving.
- You can have premade design sets and stuffs like that.
- Pre-defined Utility classes.
- You can make your design Responsive easily.
If you're looking to improve your website development with CSS, then a good framework can make life a lot easier with premade colors, styles, and UI. Check out these great frameworks and make your life easier as a web developer.
So, here is the list of the top 5 CSS frameworks:
Tailwind CSS is one of the most famous CSS frameworks out there and is especially used with React.js and Next.js. It is a utility-first CSS framework packed with classes like flex flex-start pt-4 items-center that can be composed to build any design, directly in your markup.
It is one of my personal favorites among all other CSS frameworks.
So, you will be thinking that what is so great in this framework, here are its features:
- An API for your design System
Utility classes help you work within the constraints of a system instead of littering your stylesheets with arbitrary values. They make it easy to be consistent with color choices, spacing, typography, shadows, and everything else that makes up a well-engineered design system.
2. Build whatever you want, seriously.
Because Tailwind is so low-level, it never encourages you to design the same site twice. Even with the same color palette and sizing scale, it's easy to build the same component with a completely different look in the next project.
3. It’s tiny in production.
Tailwind automatically removes all unused CSS when building for production, which means your final CSS bundle is the smallest it could possibly be. In fact, most Tailwind projects ship less than 10kB of CSS to the client.
4. Responsive everything
Wrestling with a bunch of complex media queries in your CSS sucks, so Tailwind lets you build responsive designs right in your HTML instead.
Throw a screen size in front of literally any utility class and watch it magically apply at a specific breakpoint.
5. Hover and focus states
You can stick hover: at the beginning of the class, you want to add. It works for focus, active, disabled, focus-within, focus-visible.
So next on the list is Material UI. It is also a fantastic CSS library that you can use in your next web app.
It provides a robust, customizable, and accessible library of foundational and advanced components, enabling you to build your own design system and develop React applications faster.
You can start your projects with Google's Material Design or build your own designs using sophisticated theming features.
Enjoy the power of our components without sacrificing the styles you want. Tweak how your components render down to the very last class.
Features of Material UI:
- Beautifully Designed
- Easily customized
- Self-supporting, simple, declarative components.
- Extensive library of components, ready for production.
Material UI offers a wide variety of high-quality components that have allowed us to ship features faster. MUI has been used by many web developers these days.
So third on the list is Bootstrap. It is still one of the best, easy, and most popular among web developers.
It is a CSS framework developed and provided by Twitter and also managed by them.
Everyone has used it at least once in their web dev projects and it is very easy to set up and use.
Features of Bootstrap :
- It's the famous responsive grid system.
- Provide pre-made Starter template.
- It has well-laid documentation.
- Extensive Prebuilt Components
- Has a lot of Examples based
- Has its own Icons Library.
So fourth on the list is Chakra UI. Chakra UI is a simple, modular and accessible component library that gives you the building blocks you need to build your React applications.
It is kind of similar to Tailwind CSS, instead of in Chakra UI CSS properties are passed as Props.
Here, what it looks like:
Features of Chakra UI :
- Accessible: Chakra UI strictly follows WAI-ARIA standards for all components.
- Themeable: Customize any part of our components to match your design needs.
- Composable: Designed with composition in mind. Compose new components with ease.
- Light and Dark UI: Optimized for multiple color modes. Use light or dark, your choice.
- Developer Experience: Guaranteed to boost your productivity when building your app or website.
- Active Community: We're a team of active maintainers ready to help you whenever you need.
So, our last item on the list is Bulma CSS. Bulma is a free, open-source framework that provides ready-to-use frontend components that you can easily combine to build responsive web interfaces.
Features of Bulma CSS :
- It's 100% responsive, designed for Mobile first.
- It's Modular, just import what you need.
- Simple grid System, just add columns they will resize themselves.
- So easy to learn, get a design started within minutes.
- So quick to customize, Simply set your Sass variables before importing Bulma.
So, that was all about the top 5 CSS frameworks to checkout. I think you should definitely check out these frameworks and should apply them in one of your projects, to see their power and beauty.
Let me summarize in short which CSS frameworks we just saw, so here is the list :
- Tailwind CSS
- Material UI
- Bootstrap 5
- Chakra UI
- Bulma CSS.
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