CSS Is Oh, So Very Helpful

The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) programming language gives web developers a more precise level of control over a webpage’s layout, typography, and overall visual aesthetic. And that’s something that programmers can really get behind. In fact, CSS has become so prevalent in website design, that nearly every one of the approximately five and a half billion web pages on the World Wide Web incorporates CSS. Apparently, it gets the job done.

But that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved upon.

That’s where CSS frameworks come in.

CSS frameworks take some of the hassles out of CSS, by providing standardized criteria, concepts, and practices for dealing with common issues found in frontend web development. And while some of the biggest names in CSS frameworks have been Bootstrap, Semantic UI, and Foundation, a new player has recently entered the game, and we think it has a lot to offer application and website developers. We’re talking about Bulma CSS.

What Is Bulma?

The Bulma framework is a free CSS solution based on the Flexbox layout. With Bulma, the extensive range of built-in features means faster turnaround and less CSS code writing.

Bulma is also fully open-source, which means that Bulma’s original source code is freely available for download — there’s no limit to how far you (and the growing Bulma community) can extend its functionality.

And if you’re interested in seeing what you can accomplish with a little help from Bulma, examples aren’t hard to find.

But that’s only scratching the surface. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of working in Bulma CSS.

Why Use Bulma?

Here are some of the other advantages that we think could make Bulma CSS your new favorite framework.

  • Bulma is easy to learn

Above all, Bulma is designed to help simplify the coding process, so it only makes sense that Bulma should have ease-of-use as a top priority. That’s why the official Bulma website includes starter templates and interactive tutorials. Likewise, the Stackoverflow community is extremely Bulma-friendly, and finding answers to specific questions is no trouble at all.

  • Bulma is modular

Bulma is not an everything-or-nothing framework; it’s modular, and that means that you can use the pieces you want and leave the rest out. Only want Bulma’s button styles? Or maybe you like how Bulma does columns? Just import the individual .sass files you need and build your website the way you want to.

  • Bulma is CSS only

Bulma is an exclusively CSS framework; the only output is one CSS file (bulma.css). And if you want to take advantage of the aforementioned modularity to customize your variables, you can download the individual .sass source files. Otherwise, Bulma works just fine as a plug-and-play solution. All of this means that there’s no JavaScript in Bulma. But how can that be? Well, Bulma is sometimes described as being an environment agnostic framework; it’s essentially a style layer that sits on top of the logic.

  • Bulma is responsive

It can be difficult to try to convert a desktop-designed site for use on a mobile device, but with Bulma, it’s not really an issue. Bulma is a mobile-first CSS framework, offering optimum site responsiveness. Build a site one time and watch it work across any device.

  • Bulma is well-documented

The Bulma site provides comprehensive documentation to help you get the most out of Bulma CSS framework. Topics include modifiers, layouts, columns, and components.

  • Bulma is component-rich

Bulma comes with pretty much all of the components you need to give your site a crisp, functional appearance, including dropdown menus, navigation bars, panels, tabs, and tables.

  • Bulma is compatible

Not everyone uses Chrome, so when you’re designing a site you want to be sure that it will work well with the full range of available web browsers. Bulma is compatible with many other major browser options.

  • Bulma is constantly being improved

Bulma may be a relative newcomer, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at its update history. New features are being added on a near-constant basis and newer versions are quickly whittling away at any bugs or other issues users may encounter.

That Being Said

Of course, that’s not to say that everyone instantly falls in love with Bulma, but the open-source nature of the framework means that if there’s something you don’t like (the color palette, for example), you can probably change it. Keep what you like, use what you need, and improve where you need to — it looks like Bulma’s got all of its bases covered.

Bulma CSS Aims to Be the Framework Web Developers Deserve

CSS gives developers direct control over the look and feel of their site. Bulma CSS takes that level of control further by simplifying the process and adding an improved level of consistency. Bulma is quickly becoming a favorite CSS framework for web developers around the world. So, why not give it a try?

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