Top 10 Responsive Web Design Frameworks

Top 10 Responsive Web Design Frameworks

These days, developers should feel challenged to create only apps and websites that will work on all browsers, and to use the right framework to allow them to do so. While frameworks are both a personal and practical choice, we’ve narrowed the wide range of open source responsive frameworks to the 10 that we like best. Have a look and give one of them a try for your next project.

10. Montage

Notable features:

  • Endless libraries and plugins at the Montage Studio
  • Exceptionally easy to learn

9. CreateJS

Notable features:

  • 5 modular JavaScript libraries
  • Tons of great animation effects
  • Supports HTML5 audio

8. Base

Notable features:

  • Responsive grid system for flowing grid layouts, minus the additional code
  • Native style modules help you focus on function before design
  • Base site is complete with skill-testing modules to help you learn

7. Framework7

Notable features:

  • Wireframing and prototyping functionality
  • Ability to build in HTML5 CSS3 and JavaScript

6. SproutCore

Notable features:

  • Support for AppCache and Cordova
  • Ability to change code funcitons depending on project requirements

5. HTML Kickstart

Notable features:

  • More elements than most other top frameworks
  • Snappy buttons and navigation bar
  • Font Awesome scalable icons
  • Responsive grid layout
  • Touch slideshow component

4. Sencha Touch

Notable features:

  • Over fifty in-built User Interface components and templates for all platforms.
  • Ignite apps with content or features using the source of a back-end data root.
  • The default templates make web or hybrid web/mobile apps seem native to each platform.
  • Built-in visual data tools.

3. Skeleton

Notable features:

  • Responsive layout grid
  • Responsive image elements that scale with the layout grid
  • A PSD template for the design stage
  • HTML5 shiv for outdated web browsers

2. Foundation

Notable features:

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Responsive grid system
  • Email templates
  • The newly released V6 demonstrates some features that are truly unique to this HTML5 framework.

1. Bootstrap

Notable features:

  • 20%+ of the 100,000 websites on the Internet were founded on Bootstrap.
  • Bootstrap gives us the modern tools we need to build feature-rich web pages without having to do all the upfront heavy lifting yourself.

Bootstrap V4 is on the market now, delivering fourth generation web development and the most modern optimization.

Extra Resources

  • StackOverflow — All business and no BS, StackOverflow users will get you reliable answers for your questions, but most important are the discussions about HTML5 news and tech updates and upgrades. When you need the ear-to-the-ground info on new products, this is the spot.
  • Reddit — Reddit’s HTML5 board is always buzzing with new tutorials, the latest new articles, and the most controversial opinions. Get your questions answered here, usually with helpful information, but don’t expect the entire community to have the no-nonsense attitude that StackOverflow has.
  • HTML5 Bookmarks — HTML5 Bookmarks is a newsflow of everything HTML5. We find the archives infinitely helpful and fairly easy to navigate when you need to find a specific piece of information.
  • HTML5 Weekly — A weekly newsletter that gets sent out to 100,000+ subscribers.
  • DesignInstruct has a table comparing the most popular responsive web design frameworks. However, they have not updated the list since 2013 so it does not reflect all of the names on our list.

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