Responsive website development can come in many forms, and there are many tools and frameworks available that can help you build a great site to represent your brand. Now, not all frameworks are created equal. Let’s look at a couple of the most commonly used CSS Frameworks and how they match up against each other, so you can decide which is best suited to your web design needs. 


An open-source, mobile-first, framework developed at Twitter in 2010 by Mark Otto and Jacob Thornton, Bootstrap consists of an extensive library of preset tools written in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, designed to speed up website development time and writing of CSS code.

Bootstrap is built as a predefined responsive grid and simplified by adding built-in components to your web page. This easy-to-learn tool allows any front-end developers with a bit of HTML and CSS knowledge to extend their design skills with the ability to add beautiful elements.  

With the use of drag-and-drop software tools and customizable design blocks that use responsive web design to adapt images and font sizes to various screen sizes, this tool makes building a website for both desktop and mobile devices with a great user experience much more manageable.  


Originally developed by ZURD Inc. in 2013, Foundation has become a very popular open-source, front-end framework for developing a fast, responsive website. While it’s a bit more difficult to customize elements, unlike Bootstrap which is a better option for beginners, with the help of ready-made components and templates you can build grid-style websites and add navigation, button elements, preset blocks in less time and effort than building these features by hand and writing CSS frameworks by hand. 


Skeleton’s open-source framework leverages media queries with its grid-style layout to create lightweight, fluid, and responsive websites. Considered a better option for smaller projects. A great starter front-end framework for creating stunning mobile phone-friendly sites thanks to its straightforward components and elements. However, it is not recommended for larger projects where a more detailed framework like Bootstrap would be a better choice. 

So far, Bootstrap appears to be leading the way with Frameworks, but we have one more to add to the list. In some camps, it’s considered the go-to when considering a framework. Perhaps the next one up to bat is the strong opponent web developers have been looking for to take on and beat the popular and strong Bootstrap. This opponent: Tailwind.  

Tailwind CSS

Known as a utility-first framework, Tailwind is considered the faster website builder, lightweight with all the building blocks developers need to create high-end, quick sites. This framework has become a fan favorite because of its barrier-less approach to designing and developing sites, unlike others mentioned which, to a certain extent, restrict how a site can look because of the overall structure constraints. Tailwind allows for extended customization, easily and quickly, which is a match made in heaven for many developers. 

Whatever your website or landing page needs, these responsive CSS frameworks provide you with a menu of options. Whichever framework speaks to you is perfect for you and your needs.   

If one does not work for you, then you can move on to one that does. After all, there is more than one way to get the results you want! Each tool can get the job done with its own strengths and weaknesses, and the one that works for your project is the best way to go.