Getting Started with Twitter’s Bootstrap

Twitter’s Bootstrap is one of the most popular front-end frameworks and is used by more than 4.8 million websites (source: BuiltWith). Its collection of production-ready HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code helps to greatly reduce the time you must spend on coding and allows you to put together a functional and sleek website within minutes. It also takes care of all browser quirks—all while providing reusable components for navigation controls, form elements, and media objects that deliver a consistent look and feel across all modern browsers.

Bootstrap is a responsive, mobile-first grid framework that takes away much of the pain involved in developing for multiple devices. Unlike other frameworks, Bootstrap requires minimal learning time and comes with great documentation and third-party resources.

In this month’s featured article, ‘Getting Started with Twitter’s Bootstrap,’ we have a compilation of great resources (tutorials, screencasts, plugins, and builders) to help you get started with and make the most of Bootstrap.

Getting Started

Official Bootstrap Documentation

Nothing beats the official Bootstrap documentation. It is extremely detailed and well organized with ample examples and sample code. The ‘Getting Started’ section gives an overall overview of the framework with some example templates that use some of its components. To better understand Bootstrap, you’ll need to dive into the CSS, Components, and JavaScript help sections.

Video GuidesCode a Responsive Website with Bootstrap 3

A free series of 24 video lectures with simple, step-by-step tutorials that will arm you with the appropriate skills and knowledge to start building your very own responsive websites using Twitter Bootstrap 3.

TutorialRepublicBootstrap Tutorials

A series of tutorials that will help you learn the essentials of Bootstrap—from the fundamentals to advanced topics—so that you can create webpages with much less effort.

Bootstrap Editors


Pingendo is a free desktop WYSIWYG application for prototyping Bootstrap pages. As with other editors, it supports the drag-and-drop of elements and components to your working page and allows you to edit some of their basic properties (CSS ID, class, alignment, and visibility on devices). It also supports live HTML/CSS editing. Pingendo is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.


Jetstrap is a 100% web-based interface-building tool for Twitter Bootstrap. There is no software to download, just log in and build your website. It boasts a simple but extremely powerful interface with drag-and-drop functionality.


LayoutIt! features a drag-and-drop interface for creating front-end code simply and quickly. It takes every element and component of Bootstrap to make coding easier. With this, you don’t need to be an expert in JavaScript, HTML5, or CSS3.


Bootply lets you fiddle with Bootstrap by easily editing the CSS, HTML, and JavaScript for your project. You can use it to rapidly design and build interfaces using the drag-and-drop visual editor for Bootstrap.

Bootstrap Plugins and Helpers

Bootstrap Form Helpers

Bootstrap Form Helpers is a collection of jQuery plugins that help you build better forms with controls such as date and time pickers. The plugins can be used individually, though some of them work together, like Country and State pickers.

Twitter Bootstrap Button Generator

A simple, handy tool that allows you to generate buttons for Bootstrap. You can specify the size, type, color, and even the icon for your button.


Bootsnipp is a showcase of Bootstrap code snippets that you can use in your own projects. The site currently has more than 100 snippets in over a dozen categories, such as navigation, header, forms, and user interface.

Bootstrap Modal

Bootstrap Modal extends Bootstrap’s native modals to provide additional functionality. This introduces a ModalManager class that operates behind the scenes to handle multiple modals by listening in on their events.

Fuel UX

Fuel UX extends Bootstrap with additional lightweight JavaScript controls for your web applications.

Yamm Megamenu for Bootstrap

This is yet another megamenu for Twitter’s Bootstrap. It uses the standard navbar markup and the fluid grid system classes from Bootstrap. This works for fixed and responsive layouts and has the facility to include (almost) any Bootstrap elements.