Bootstrap CSS is Still the Sh*t But We Can Make it Better

Bootstrap CSS is Still the Sh*t But We Can Make it Better

Bootstrap is an amazing CSS framework for those who struggle with design, css, or need to build something quickly.

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But the Bootstrap components you copy and paste from the documentation have flaws.

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These flaws are holding back your designs!

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Here are 5 design tips to correct those flaws and improve Bootstrap.

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1) Bring attention to alerts

Add dark borders and svg icons to draw the user’s attention.

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<div class="alert alert-primary rounded-0 border-0 border-start border-primary border-4" role="alert">
    <p class="fs-6 mb-0 d-flex align-items-center">
        <!-- https://heroicons.com/ light-bul-->
        <svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" class="me-1" width="16" height="16" viewBox="0 0 20 20" fill="currentColor">
            <path d="M11 3a1 1 0 10-2 0v1a1 1 0 102 0V3zM15.657 5.757a1 1 0 00-1.414-1.414l-.707.707a1 1 0 001.414 1.414l.707-.707zM18 10a1 1 0 01-1 1h-1a1 1 0 110-2h1a1 1 0 011 1zM5.05 6.464A1 1 0 106.464 5.05l-.707-.707a1 1 0 00-1.414 1.414l.707.707zM5 10a1 1 0 01-1 1H3a1 1 0 110-2h1a1 1 0 011 1zM8 16v-1h4v1a2 2 0 11-4 0zM12 14c.015-.34.208-.646.477-.859a4 4 0 10-4.954 0c.27.213.462.519.476.859h4.002z" />
        </svg>
        <span>A simple primary alert—check it out!</span>
    </p>
</div>

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2) Tables don’t have to match your database

HTML tables don’t have to be a copy of your database structure. Remove column names, id’s, and combine fields when it makes sense.

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<div class="border-0 shadow bg-white rounded">
    <h3 class="fs-5 px-3 pt-3">Users</h3>
    <div class="px-2 pt-2">
        <table class="table table-borderless fs-6">
            <tbody>
                <tr>
                    <td>Mark Otto</td>
                    <td class="text-end text-muted">@mdo</td>
                </tr>
                <tr class="bg-light rounded-4">
                    <td>Jacob Thornton</td>
                    <td class="text-end text-muted">@fat</td>
                </tr>
                <tr>
                    <td>Larry the Bird</td>
                    <td class="text-end text-muted">@twitter</td>
                </tr>
            </tbody>
        </table>
    </div>
    <div class="p-3 bg-light rounded d-flex justify-content-end">
        <buttons class="btn btn-link text-secondary text-decoration-none">Cancel</buttons>
        <buttons class="btn btn-primary">View</buttons>
    </div>
</div>

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3) Secondary buttons don’t need a background color

Giving primary actions a background color and secondary actions no background color will establish a heirarchy of importance.

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<div class="card border-0 shadow p-2">
    <div class="card-body">
        <h5 class="card-title">Special offer</h5>
        <p class="card-text">Are you sure you want to cancel your subscription? We have a special offer if you want to stick around!</p>

        <buttons class="btn btn-primary">View Details</buttons>
        <buttons class="btn btn-link text-secondary text-decoration-none">Cancel</buttons>
    </div>
</div>

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4) Stop labeling everything!

Devs love to label values. Stop it! Display information as if it were a sentence in a book, not a key value pair.

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<div class="card border-0 shadow">
    <img src="..." class="card-img-top" alt="...">
    <div class="card-body">
        <h1 class="card-title fs-5">Rocky Mount, MI</h1>
        <h2 class="card-title fs-6 text-muted fw-light">100 miles away</h2>
        <p class="card-text fw-light"><span class="fw-bold">$150</span> night</p>
    </div>
</div>

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5) Shadows > Borders

Card borders often feel clunky. Shadows emphasize elements and give the page depth, making the element feel closer to the user.

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<div class="card border-0 shadow p-2">
    <div class="card-body">
        <h5 class="card-title fs-5">Collaborate</h5>
        <p class="card-text">
            Share your work with hundreds of like minded individuals around the world!
        </p>
    </div>
</div>

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There you will find a free book containing more Bootstrap design tips like the ones in this article.

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✌️ – Wes

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