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Twitter Bootstrap Vs Yahoo Pure! Which one to opt?

Twitter Bootstrap and Yahoo Pure are two most happening CSS frameworks in the Internet Industry today. Being backed by big names like Yahoo and Twitter, both of the frameworks get good exposure as well as support. While there are many similarities between both the frameworks, there are major differences too!

Similarities between Twitter Bootstrap 3 and Yahoo Pure!

First lets talk about many similarities between both the frameworks before understanding how and when to use each one of them.

The 12 Grid System

Both Twitter Bootstrap 3 and Yahoo Pure are 12 grid CSS framework. By grids, I mean that both of the CSS frameworks logically divide the canvas area of the webpage into 12 columns. You can decide how much area an element can consume by assigning the number of columns to it.

Twitter Bootstrap 3 - 12 Grid System

Twitter Bootstrap 3 – 12 Grid System

Using the grid systems also helps in making the website mobile responsive. Twitter Bootstrap 3 is a mobile first CSS framework which means anything you do using Twitter Bootstrap 3 will be compatible with all screen sizes by default.

Better Forms

Both Twitter Bootstrap 3 and Yahoo Pure CSS have css ready for html form elements. They have styles for input text, textarea, buttons and select element.

Demo Login Form built using Twitter Bootstrap 3

Demo Login Form built using Twitter Bootstrap 3

 

Demo Login Form built using Yahoo Pure CSS

Demo Login Form built using Yahoo Pure CSS

Links and Buttons

Both frameworks have css styles for designing hyperlinks as buttons as well as for form buttons. Below are the screenshot of buttons built using them.

Buttons using Twitter Bootstrap 3

Buttons using Twitter Bootstrap 3

Buttons using Yahoo Pure CSS

Buttons using Yahoo Pure CSS

Similarly, both Twitter Bootstrap 3 and Yahoo Pure CSS provide styles for basic elements like tables, images, typography, etc. Now let’s dive into the major differences between both of them.

The Differences

The JavaScript Support

Unlike Yahoo Pure, Twitter Bootstrap provides many JavaScript components that are very useful in every web applications. Twitter Bootstrap 3 has JavaScript components like Modals, DropDown menus, ScrollSpy, Tabs, ToolTip, PopOver, Alerts, Collapse, Carousel and Affix. These JavaScript components make Twitter Bootstrap 3 one of the best CSS Framework in the Internet today. Unfortunately, these stuffs are missing in Yahoo Pure.

A JavaScript Popover built using Twitter Bootstrap 3

A JavaScript Popover built using Twitter Bootstrap 3

Modular Independence

Modular Independence is very high in Yahoo Pure unlike Twitter Bootstrap 3. You can independently include a particular module from Yahoo Pure instead of downloading the whole setup. Each module in Yahoo Pure has a CDN link that you can link to.

Consider a situation where you are using Twitter Bootstrap 3 framework, suddenly you realize that the Bootstrap’s Buttons are not matching to the template you are designing. You can include Yahoo Pure CSS button’s module in your currently setup and start using it’s buttons instead. Isn’t that great?

The Conclusion

Both Twitter Bootstrap 3 and Yahoo Pure CSS have their own importance. It depends on how and where you want to use. If I am supposed to design a website that contains a fully functional admin panel and has many functionality like graphs etc, I would definitely opt for Twitter Bootstrap. Whereas if I have develop a landing page or design a static page, I would go for Yahoo Pure.

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Fazle is an experienced web developer and a Computer Science Engineer from India. With more than 4+ years of experience, he masters the art of Responsive Web Design (RWD). He's the author of the Book, Jump Start Bootstrap, published by SitePoint. He also excels in prototyping and developing hybrid apps for Mobiles and Smart TVs. You can also find him blogging about various web technologies on his own website HTMLxprs.
  • http://twitter.com/johnslegers John Slegers (@johnslegers)

    I didn’t like any of the existing frameworks out there, so I just created my own framework.

    Cascade Framework ( http://cascade-framework.com/ ) combines a very light footprint with feature richness bacause of an ultra-modular OOCSS based architecture. If you only need its core features, you need no more than 2.5Kb of framework code (minified + gzipped).

    If Cascade Framework still isn’t lightweight enough for you, there’s now also a light version with 2kb in total. You can check it out at http://jslegers.github.io/cascadeframeworklight/ .

    Also, consider that both Cascade Framework and Cascade Framework Light provide out-of-the-box support for responsive design for all browsers that support it, while serving a fully functional desktop version to IE6-8.

  • Doug

    >”You can include Yahoo Pure CSS button’s module in your currently setup and start using it’s buttons instead.”
    Likewise, if you’re building the layout on Pure CSS, you can include individual Bootstrap jQuery modules as needed (like modal window) without taking on the whole Bootstrap package.

  • http://www.simplisti.com Alex Barylski

    I love Yahoo Pure…it’s simple and the code is elegant. :)

    The highly modular design makes it very appealing to me as well. Bootstrap is so heavyweight and up until v3 (AFAIK) fluid width wasn’t easily achieved. I build as much as I can off Pure CSS now.