In this post, I have made a list of best responsive and full CSS frameworks available today and used by web development companies for developing fast, powerful and responsive front-end user interfaces (UI).
<a href="http://foundation.zurb.com/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Foundation 5
The Foundation is a mobile-first framework developed by ZURB agency for product design. Foundation 5 is one of the most advanced frameworks available today. According to ZURB, “about 15 years of work and experience were dedicated in developing this framework,” which is available as an open source tool with active community maintained by ZURB. The Foundation is widely used but the amount of help and tutorials available tools for it cannot be compared with Bootstrap.
<a href="http://getbootstrap.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Bootstrap
Bootstrap is a HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web. It is developed and maintained by the development team and the Twitter developer community using the framework. It is one of the most widely used frameworks and has one of the fastest derivatives. It is used so you can easily find tools to assist in the use of the framework itself, as well as several tutorials around the web. From version 3.1 the framework was released on LESS and SASS. It also has components which can be customized before downloading and an embedded font icons.
<a href="http://getuikit.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">UI-Kit
The UI-Kit is a framework developed by YOOtheme with MIT license. It is a very light and modular development framework. It uses the preprocessor LESS, has components to assist the development, is responsive and can be customized before downloading.
<a href="http://gumbyframework.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Gumby
The Gumby is a flexible framework, built with responsive SASS, developed by Digital Surgeons, with MIT license. Have a series of accessories such as parallax, flat-ui kit and some add-ons based on solutions from other developers, that make it a very complete framework. Like all other frameworks mentioned, it is also customizable and features a built-in source of icons.
<a href="http://purecss.io/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pure
The Pure is a mobile-first and responsive framework developed by the team of Yahoo developers and all the code is licensed under the Yahoo BSD License. It’s a super lightweight framework, does not quite have the 100kb or CSS file can be linked to your project just through a link provided by Yahoo Developers area. It is lightweight but has all the basic elements that characterize a framework today, such as buttons, style of typography, grid and custom forms. You can also customize the framework before downloading the file for local use.
<a href="http://danmalarkey.github.io/schema/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Schema
The Schema is a lightweight, responsive framework for rapid development. Have some UI components, but is not quite as complete as the other options. It follows the same line of Pure, being even lighter than this. Have grids, typography, buttons and stylized forms system. Has no customizer.
<a href="http://zurb.com/ink/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ink – Responsive Email Framework
The Ink is a framework to expedite the development of responsive emails, developed by ZURB, maintains the same Foundation. Have the most current resources for the development of responsive emails as well as basic pre-configured templates, along the lines of Foundation.
<a href="https://github.com/jalxob/cool-kitten" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Cool Kitten
The Cool Kitten is a responsive framework developed by @ Jalxob . It is not a framework as complete as others presented, but it is one that contains Parallax effect embedded in the source code, you do not need third party libraries to generate the effect.
<a href="http://www.99lime.com/elements/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Kickstart
<a href="http://www.myresponsee.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Responsee
The Responsee is a super lightweight framework developed by Vision Design with MIT license. The intent of this framework is to provide a quick and easy development, as described in the website slogan: create a responsive site in 10 minutes. The features of this framework are responsive design, source of icons and pre-configured templates and also has the PSD template for designers. This framework does not have a channel on GitHub.
<a href="http://semantic-ui.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Semantic UI
The Semantic UI is a framework developed by Jack Lukic. Basically, it is a framework that utilizes all the semantic elements of HTML5 to develop a simpler code, for example, giving proper name the parts of a site like header, footer, nav, among others. The Semantic UI Sutra is a set of very complete components, comparing the Bootstrap and Foundation.
These are some of the frameworks available today for free use, and has support for developers, except Responsee in open community. Below, we will see some advantages and disadvantages of using frameworks.
Advantages and Disadvantages of using Frameworks
- It helps you to speed up the mock-up process;
- It helps you in writing clean and tidy code;
- Frameworks are the best solutions to the most common CSS issues developers often face;
- It helps you solve the browser compatibility issues;
- It helps you learn some good practices in CSS;
- It helps you save time on various projects by following single procedure;
- CSS Frameworks are very helpful in collaborative work.
- It mixes content and the presentation;
- Most of the times, the unused code is leftover;
- It slows down the learning curve;
- The biggest disadvantage is that you don’t learn to do it by yourself.