Foundation Vs Bootstrap


Are you planning to take your business online? If yes, then what is the first thing that is mandatory? It’s a website…correct? In order to bring your business online you should have a website. You can create a website by using one of the two worlds most popular design frameworks. In case this is new to you and you are not aware of the terminology ‘framework’, it is important that you understand what a framework is, how can it help you and what can it do for you. I will focus Foundation Vs Bootstrap in this post. Please see 6 Amazing Benefits of Using Twitter Bootstrap my previous post.

A framework is a set of tools that will assist you in creating websites and mobile apps. They have standardized code files that act as a basis for you to start building your website. The structure of most of the websites is simple, thus these files allow programs to work on pre developed website conveniently. Both Bootstrap and Foundation provide you the facility of creating your business website more than easily.

Twitter Bootstrap was developed by former Twitter employee, whereas Foundation was created by an interaction design organization called ZURB. They have an awesome client list which is worth flaunting and their clients include Facebook, NYSE and eBay.

Foundation Vs Bootstrap – What is the Most Appropriate Option?

Currently the two most popular frameworks used for web development are Foundation and Twitter Bootstrap. Thus, the question which one is better is certainly a sensible one. Choosing between these two is like choosing between white wine and red wine. They both have almost the same quality and specs; it’s just a matter of personal preferences. However, despite all the similarities, there are some differences as well and here you will get explanation of these differences.

Gird System

The most important and prominent part of your online business is your website. For your website to make an impression, its front end should be well built. Developers are able to define the required prototype with the help of girds systems. An easy grid system allows developers the ease and power of making quick changes. Foundation has always been better as compared to other front end frameworks in this regard. Bootstrap once did not have these features, but due to the advancing technology and increasing competition, now it brings all these features as well. Nonetheless, there are certain specifics that are part of only the Foundation framework such as the block gird. This allows the developer to split all the content present in an unordered list into evenly spaced grid.

Sizing Units

In the world of business, everything is measured. Various measures are used to calculate numerous things. Likewise, to calculate the height, width and almost everything that is required to create a website, different frameworks use different measuring units. Foundation uses REMs as a measuring unit, whereas pixels are used in bootstrap. Despite the difference in their name and functionality, both of these units provide the same result. However, sometimes it is better to use a measure that is not fixed like pixels or it’s better to talk in terms of proportions. But then if you are familiar with the concept of pixels, you can always use that easily. In the end the only thing that matters is your personal preference.

Components and Features

At first glance, both Foundation and Bootstrap seems to have a similar list of inbuilt components, but when you look closely you are able to make the difference. These components help you in making your website standout. Among the many highlighting features of Foundation, the validation provides the required head start. Features like pricing tables, tours, right to left support and off canvas came very handy when developing a website. In addition to this, Foundation has a pre-build Interchange feature, a feature that works with responsive images.

Don’t judge the book by its cover! Bootstrap many seems simpler and less elegant as compared to Foundation, but it has all the features that are required to create a website with efficiency and ease. It has inbuilt responsive embeds that adds responsiveness to elements such as <embed>, <iframe> and <object>.

Foundation Vs Bootstrap – Pros and Cons

In order to decide which is better, you need to close inspect your situation. For example, if you prefer REMs over pixels you can always choose Foundation, but in case you want a wide variety of themes at your disposal then Bootstrap is the right option. Likewise, if you are looking for a front end framework that enjoys the support of internet Explorer 8, then Bootstrap is the one you are looking for. But in case of mobile apps, Foundation offers much better specs and features. In case you want to develop your website in a framework that has big community support, then Bootstrap is the answer to your problem. Both frameworks offer features that will pave the path for you. It’s up to you, which framework would you choose.

So which one is better?

It’s hard to say which one is better, as both Foundation and Bootstrap serve their purpose to perfection. Once again, it’s just a matter of your preference. If someone has used any of these, he/she would say this one is better, but in reality both of them are equal in terms of functionality, features, effectiveness and efficiency. Hence it’s totally up to you which tool you want to use!!

  • Alon Amir

    I noticed foundation handles mobile environments better out of the box, especially iOS, click delay is gone by default as opposed to using bootstrap.

    I know Foundation uses FastClick.js, but applying it to bootstrap has some Side Effects, although it does reduce the click delay there too.

  • RH

    If that is how you measure the value of what you read, then your own comment is even more stupid, information sparse and a waste of time to read. But making this comment was well worth the effort to bring attention to the fact that yours is but one of billions of anonymous opinions.