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Whenever we see a new innovation, different people react to it differently. We find early adapters who use the innovation to their advantage whereas we also find late adapters who are initial skeptics but later start using the innovation. In web development too this trend is commonly seen. To really fit into the changing web environment every business has to be quick adapters of technology and have a firm grasp on what works and what doesn’t. Today making a website responsive is very important to fit into a large spectrum of user demographic. A responsive web design enables websites to literally respond to their environment and adapt to the screen size where it has been opened.
To maintain similarity in the various pages of a responsive website, developers are increasingly relying on CSS frameworks. This enable developers to prototype designs and do away with the repetitive task of coding similar stuff over and over again for different pages of the same site. Using CSS frameworks developers cut down the development time, make the website light, get a clean grid structure and also have a good documentation and tutorial of the site structure. For responsive web design, there are several CSS frameworks that help developers to get that perfect website. Currently, the following CSS frameworks are considered among the best in the market:
To quickly get a clickable prototype that can be easily adapted and styled, Foundation is a favored CSS framework. It is a 12-column responsive framework that lets developers quickly put page layouts together. These page layouts can be easily accessed from mobile devices, tablets and desktops. Foundation allows dozens of user-friendly styles and elements.
Made up of 4 layouts and 3 sets of typography presents, Less Framework is another responsive CSS framework that can do wonder to your website’s flexibility and adaptability. All the four adaptive layouts are based on a single column of 68 pixels with 24 pixel gutter.
Golden Grid System:
Another common CSS framework, Golden Grid System splits the screen into 18 even columns. Out of the 18 columns, 16 columns are used for designing while 2, i.e., the rightmost and the leftmost columns are used for margins. To make the 18 columns responsive, it can be folded into 8 columns for a tablet-size screen or into 4 columns for mobile devices. The columns have elastic gutters and a zoom-able baseline grid.
Fluid Baseline Grid:
The Fluid Baseline Grid combines the key principals of fluid-column layouts, baseline grids that enable designers to get an independent framework that easily adapts to the screen size of any device. Fluid Baseline Grid is packed with CSS normalization and corrects browser inconsistencies. The CSS framework allows developers to build a device agnostic framework.
Want to make a simple website that is responsive enough to be viewed by any device? Go for Amazium. This CSS framework uses 960 grid system with 12 columns and can easily treat bugs and other threats.
Semantic Grid System:
A CSS framework that lets you set column and gutter widths, helps you choose the number of columns you want and lets you switch between pixels and percentages as and when you want. The best part about Semantic Grid System is that it lets you get rid of the ugly .grid_x classes in the markup.
Goldilocks Approach is a minimal CSS framework that uses a combination of Ems, Max-Width, Media Queries and Pattern translations to give a resolution independent website. The framework uses well commented CSS files that consider CSS3 Media Query increments for defining the various kinds of columns.
1140px CSS Grid:
Twelve columns that can be evenly divided into two, three, four or six columns, the 1140px CSS Grid is a flexible framework. Essentially built to perfectly fit into a 1280px screen, it is fluid enough to fit into other screen sizes too.
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