Engineers at Twitter needed a framework with a set of conventions which they can use throughout their projects to maintain consistency and avoid contradictions among different applications and projects. So they came up with a solution and later they released that solution as an open source project. Twitter Bootstrap is licensed under Apache version v2.0 so any one can use it on their own projects.
Some features of Bootstrap are:
- Responsive approach to design.
- Cross browser support for all modern web browsers including smart phones and tablets.
- Comes with dozens of design components (Forms, Buttons, Menus) ready to be deployed.
- Supports HTML5, CSS3.
- Easy to use even for beginner level developers.
How Twitter BootStrap Can be Used on WordPress Sites
Free WordPress Themes Based On Bootstrap
StrapPress Theme by BragInteractive is a very simple Twitter Bootstrap based WordPress Theme. To download this theme you need to provide your email address and name to BragInteractive. Once your email address is confirmed you receive an email with the download link. This download contains theme and some documentation. This theme is feature rich and has some serious potential. I think that developer level users might find it more useful than the average WordPress user. Even though it is very simple and easy but the actual theme does not showcase much features as it should be doing.
- Custom menus on top.
- Multiple widget areas.
- Theme options allow you to add extra information in the header and footer areas.
- Supports sticky/ featured post on the main page.
- Elegant and easy to install and use.
WP-Bootstrap by 320press
WP-bootstrap is a simple yet elegant theme built on powerful Bones HTML5 framework and Twitter Bootstrap. It is feature rich and comes with all theme features that come with most useful WordPress themes. This theme is simple enough for an average WordPress user, yet powerful enough for advance level users who might want to play around with its code and functionality a little more.
- 2 custom menus one on top and one in bottom.
- 5 Widget areas, with different sidebars for homepage and single posts.
- Advanced Theme Options Control Panel where you can adjust colors, fonts, etc.
- WP-BootStrap comes with extra themes by Bootswatch which you can use in your theme.
- Responsive theme looks great on different devices and screens.
- Simple shortcodes so that you can use Bootstrap’s awesome UI features anywhere on your website.
Bootstrap WP Theme
Rachel Baker’s Bootstrap WP is a work in progress but it looks very promising. Anyone can install and use the theme but right now it is intended to be used by other WordPress theme developers. The version I tested v.85, is a very simple theme. The reason I am including it here is because it looks promising and I hope that development continues on the project to include more features and theme options.
Premium WordPress Themes Based on Bootstrap
Free Twitter Bootstrap based WordPress themes are a great effort, as a WordPress user, I really appreciate the contributions these developers make for the community. But in this case, Premium Twitter Bootstrap WordPress themes truly outshine all free themes. The reason I have broken this list into two parts is simply because these two premium themes are far better than the above mentioned themes and it wasn’t fair to compare them with the free themes.
Standard theme is a Premium WordPress Theme for Professional Blogging, makes heavy use of bootstrap.
Synapse Corporate WordPress Theme
- Multiple sliders: sliders with small thumbnails, wide slider with thumbnails, Titles, bullets.
- Beautifully stylized widgets for Twitter and Flickr streams, Video Widget, Testimonials Widget.
- Filterable portfolio for developing a quick tabbed portfolio section.
- Theme comes with excellent documentation which makes setting up easier and quick.
- Theme options panel is simple and self explanatory.
- Users can easily add User Interface elements following instructions in documentation. This allows users to create bootstrap style buttons, forms, tabs, etc.
- Synapse also comes with 12 background patterns.
Instyle – Responsive Portfolio Theme
The name says it all, Instyle is a responsive theme particularly useful for portfolio and corporate websites. However, when I looked at it, I felt like it is more suitable for personal or professional blogs. The typography is beautiful and it is so clean and easy on eyes. The main feature of Instyle is that it is a responsive theme and looks great on all devices. Another main feature of the theme is the ability to insert different elements using shortcodes. Users can add alerts, buttons, maps, tabs, charts, dividers, etc. I am particularly impressed with the usage of shortcodes to create accordions and tabs.
- Responsive Twitter Bootstrap based WordPress Theme suitable for all kind of sites even though the developers want to advertise it as a portfolio theme.
- The reason they want to call it a portfolio theme is that it allows you to create beautiful portfolios.
- The theme supports portfolios with paginated listings, it can create galleries of images, videos or audio and shows related items too.
- Another awesome feature is the usage of JQuery – Sandbox plugin to sort portfolio items. This makes browsing between item categories so much fun.
- Supports Audio and Video post formats.
- You can upload your own logo, choose custom fonts from 30 fonts, choose colors, custom background, etc.
WordPress Twitter Bootstrap CSS Plugin
- Supports buttons, icons, alerts, popovers, tooltip, etc.
- Also supports icons by Glyphicons.
- Before using the plugin you will have to enable Twitter Bootstrap Shortcodes from the options page.
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