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Which CSS framework is better Tailwind CSS or Bootstrap ?

  • Last Updated : 31 Oct, 2021

In this article, we will see which CSS framework is better tailwind CSS or bootstrap. Both are widely used CSS frameworks for styling the front end. We will understand each one of them in detail. Both frameworks have their own pros and cons so it depends upon the type of application you are going to build and accordingly you can choose the best framework between both.

Let’s understand the difference between both of them one by one.

Tailwind CSS: Tailwind CSS is basically a utility-first CSS framework for rapidly building custom user interfaces. It is a highly customizable, low-level CSS framework that gives you all of the building blocks you need to build bespoke designs without any annoying opinionated styles you have to fight to override. 
The beauty of this thing called tailwind is it doesn’t impose design specification or how your site should look like, you simply bring tiny components together to construct a user interface that is unique. What Tailwind simply does is take a ‘raw’ CSS file, processes this CSS file over a configuration file, and produce an output.

Using procedure: We can use Tailwind CSS in our application by using the following CDN  link and include it in the head section of the file.

<!– Add it to the head section of the html file –>
<link href=”https://unpkg.com/tailwindcss@^1.0/dist/tailwind.min.css” rel=”stylesheet”>

Features:

  1. Faster UI building process
  2. It is a utility-first CSS framework which means we can use utility classes to build custom designs without writing CSS as in the traditional approach.
  3. No more silly names for CSS classes and Id’s.
  4. Minimum lines of Code in CSS file.
  5. We can customize the designs to make the components.
  6. Makes the website responsive.
     

Advantages:

  1. No more silly names for CSS classes and Id’s.
  2. Minimum lines of Code in CSS file.
  3. We can customize the designs to make the components.
  4. Makes the website responsive.
  5. Makes the changes in the desired manner.
  6. CSS is global in nature and if make changes in the file the property is changed in all the HTML files linked to it. But with the help of Tailwind CSS we can use utility classes and make local changes.

Disadvantages:

  1. Your markup becomes very verbose.
  2. You may have to work yourself around the framework at times.
  3. It’s a crutch for developers who don’t know CSS well.
  4. It takes time to become productive with it.

Example: In this example, we will going to create a Tailwind card component.

index.html

HTML




<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
  
<head>
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <link href=
"https://unpkg.com/tailwindcss@^2/dist/tailwind.min.css"
        rel="stylesheet">
</head>
  
<body class="h-screen bg-gray-100">
    <div class="flex flex-wrap -m-4">
        <div class="p-4 sm:w-1/2 lg:w-1/3">
            <div class="h-full border-2 border-gray-200 
                border-opacity-60 rounded-lg 
                overflow-hidden">
                <img class="lg:h-72 md:h-48 w-full 
                    object-cover object-center"
                    src=
                    alt="blog">
  
                <div class="p-6 hover:bg-red-700 
                    hover:text-white transition
                    duration-300 ease-in">
                    <h2 class="text-base font-medium 
                        text-indigo-300 mb-1">
                        1 July 2021
                    </h2>
  
                    <h1 class="text-2xl font-semibold mb-3">
                        Data Structures and Algorithms
                    </h1>
                      
                    <p class="leading-relaxed mb-3">
                        Wishing to learn DSA but don't know
                        where to start? Don't worry, this 
                        course is a complete package for you 
                        to learn all the concepts at your 
                        own pace. Its perfect for students 
                        and working professionals who know at
                        least anyone coding language.
                    </p>
                </div>
            </div>
        </div>
    </div>
</body>
  
</html>

Output:

Tailwind  Card 

Bootstrap: It is a free and open-source tool collection for creating responsive websites and web applications. It is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JavaScript framework for developing responsive, mobile-first websites. Nowadays, the websites are perfect for all the browsers (IE, Firefox, and Chrome) and for all sizes of screens (Desktop, Tablets, Phablets, and Phones). All thanks to Bootstrap developers – Mark Otto and Jacob Thornton of Twitter, though it was later declared to be an open-source project.

Using procedure: We can use Bootstrap in our application by using the following CDN link and including it in the head section of the file.

<link href=”https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/bootstrap@5.1.0/dist/css/
bootstrap.min.css” rel=”stylesheet” integrity=”sha384-KyZXEAg3QhqLMpG8r+8fhAXLRk2vvoC2f3B09zVXn8CA5QIVfZOJ3BCsw2P0p/
We” crossorigin=”anonymous”>

Features:

  1. Anyone can implement the bootstrap in Projects. It is quite easy to implement.
  2. Easily Customizable.
  3. Responsive Utility Classes.
  4. Components of Bootstrap.
  5. Drop-Down Component Menu.
  6. Bootstrap Templates.

Advantages: 

  1. An Alliance is Quite Easy:
  2. Fast and Time-Saving Framework:
  3. Reinforcement of Grids
  4. Adhere to Basics
  5. A Pack of JavaScript Fundamentals
  6. Support is Amazing
  7. Bootstrap is totally Customizable
  8. Agile Responsive
  9. Bootstrap’s Consistency
  10. Frequent Updates

Disadvantage:

  1. Some of the elements are missing in Bootstrap so sometimes it is difficult to implement.
  2. Bootstrap needs a lot of customization CSS for making good responsive websites
  3. There is a problem with the extra-large widescreen.

Example:  In this example, we will going to create a Bootstrap card component.

HTML




<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
  
<head>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content=
        "width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
    <link href=
        rel="stylesheet" integrity=
"sha384-KyZXEAg3QhqLMpG8r+8fhAXLRk2vvoC2f3B09zVXn8CA5QIVfZOJ3BCsw2P0p/We" 
        crossorigin="anonymous">
    <title>Card Bootstrap</title>
</head>
  
<body>
    <div class="container">
        <div class="card" style="width: 18rem;">
            <img class="card-img-top"
                src=
            <div class="card-body">
                <p class="card-text"> 1 July 2021
                </p>
  
                <h5 class="card-title">
                    Data Structure and Algorithm
                </h5>
                  
                <p class="card-text">
                    Wishing to learn DSA but don't know 
                    where to start? Don't worry, this 
                    course is a complete package for you
                    to learn all the concepts at your 
                    own pace. Its perfect for students 
                    and working professionals who know 
                    at least anyone coding language.
                </p>
            </div>
        </div>
    </div>
      
    <script src=
        integrity=
"sha384-U1DAWAznBHeqEIlVSCgzq+c9gqGAJn5c/t99JyeKa9xxaYpSvHU5awsuZVVFIhvj"
        crossorigin="anonymous">
    </script>
</body>
  
</html>

Output:

Bootstrap  card 

Conclusion: Now it totally depends on what is your project, if you are new to CSS then both of them is a great option to choose from, and if you are working with modes like dark and bright then Tailwind CSS should be the choice. 


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