Posted on August 24, 2018
How easy is Bootstrap to use? It's as easy as pie, that's how easy. I don't get to say that very often when it comes to web development. The Bootstrap version 4 has been a dream so far with only a few edits to accommodate for Internet Explorer, which makes me think of the saying “Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer”. If you are comfortable with CSS, HTML, Java, and PHP, then anyone can accomplish virtually any web project or web site using Bootstrap.
I had researched Bootstrap for a couple years and just never decided to pull the trigger. I finally decided to go with it when WordPress failed me once again for my needs; I needed a better solution.
I have not needed custom support yet, but it looks like the v4 has good support on the forums, and previous versions have had great support which is a good sign that it will be around for a long time. I have noticed that there are jobs offered for those who master Bootstrap, so even more indicators that Bootstrap is a viable solution for a web site or web project.
My only issue is that Chrome is the main browser it seems to be designed for, instead of the majority. IE and Firefox have a problem loading the latest styles, for example the jumbotron carousel has errors displaying correctly with IE and Firefox and there are a couple issues with spacing. There is a nice help at Quick Start that will answer some questions but the portion that interested me was the answer I found at the Browser Devices that indicated Please be aware that some CSS3 properties and HTML5 elements are not fully supported in IE10, or require prefixed properties for full functionality. If you are using Edge that seems to be good, but if you are one of the many that still use Win7, there are some issues with IE and Bootstrap.
All in all, I am very happy with this solution and will continue to master Bootstrap. There are some excellent resources available on W3 Schools and the Bootstrap v4 Documentation, but it is as simple as it gets for a open source solution.