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  • I’m more on the creative side and recently ran into a programmer that is using Twitter Bootstrap. How does Twitter Bootstrap fit into the process of designing a CMS website like WordPress for my client? I’ve used WordPress alone and never saw or experienced or worked with anyone that is using Twitter Bootstrap as part of the process of implementing a WordPress site. The reason I use WordPress is because it has global support and has a very user-friendly admin management panel and I don’t want to loose that or cause compatibility issues through something like Twitter Bootstrap. What is your recommendation?

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  • There are themes available built on Bootstrap and I reckon they are worth a shot. If you have a development site why not give a couple a try and see how you get on?

    If you see Bootstrap as framework or a theme then I think it is separate from WordPress in the same way that any other theme is separate. Your sites will be built on WordPress and fit together with the theme/framework nicely.

    I think that one of the challenges of using Bootstrap is that sites can look very samey.

    I’m currently working with a theme called Reactor which is built on a near relative of Bootstrap called Zurb Foundation and I quite like it. if you want to take a look.

    I guess I’m trying to understand the value or function Twitter Bootstrap has within the website design process. I’ve have designed WordPress sites and didn’t have to use any other process such as Bootstrap. Why would I want to include Bootstrap in the WordPress theme website? Is Bootstrap just another content management system like WordPress? Again, I’m a designer and can’t seem to grasp the function of Bootstrap. All I can figure is that Bootstrap enables the front-end layout of a site and then you can use that as a template to place the design into. But, WordPress has that done already and you just implement the design/branding into the WordPress template. Why bring Bootstrap into that process when the front-end layout is already done?

    Bootstrap is a responsive framework that is deployable on any website no matter whether it is dynamic or static and is not dependent on the CMS used. You can read about it on the web and discover for yourself it’s pros and cons. It’s been widely adopted and generally is well thought of; It uses a grid that is achieved using CSS and if that clicks for you it will be easy to understand.

    If you use any other theme including say Twentytwelve, that theme will use CSS and/or JavaScript to achieve similar things.

    Some people object to frameworks because of “code bloat” and indeed some are critical of things like WordPress for similar reasons. The more it tries to appeal to the masses the more it has to do whether you need it to or not.

    You can carry on designing WP sites and never need Bootstrap or any other framework. Each time you move on to another product you will need to get used to slightly different ways of working. For instance, my adopting Reactor was quite a challenge for me because the way it uses wordpress was new to me. But I want to learn that stuff and it felt useful to do so. But it is important to stress that WordPress is the same whatever way you go and all of its capabilities should still be available to you depending on your ability with coding.

    I am no expert and others will surely have different views. But I like Bootstrap and I have enjoyed working with Reactor

    hello guys, i want to add boostrap to my website i i created through wordpress but i couldn’t find out where to put it. what php file i should edit. I wanted to create columns and rows but i don’t want to install plug ins.

    hope you can help me

    thank you:)

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