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If you’ve ever had an interest in customizing Bootstrap — whether to tweak its defaults or create a whole new theme — then check out my new article on Smashing Magazine. It shares various approaches to customization, and some tricks I learned on the way to making Bootswatch. As always, thanks for your support!
One year ago, Bootswatch was born.
I had just used Bootstrap for a small site, and it seemed that everyone else was using it too. I searched for a Bootstrap theme though, and was surprised that I couldn’t find a single one — all the more so given that Bootstrap was written in LESS and practically begging to be customized.
And so over a weekend, I hammered out a few themes. After being featured on the front page of Hacker News, it snowballed from a weekend project into, well, a year-long project and counting. And in that time, the themes evolved, others built on top of them, and the site notched over a million visits!
Graphs are always fun, so in celebration of this momentous occasion, I present the relative popularity (in downloads) of the themes over the past year.
And in the spirit of the Oscars, I’d like to thank a few people for helping make it all possible:
There’s good stuff on the way in year 2, so stay tuned.
I’ve gotten a number of inquiries about how to implement subnavs like the ones used on Bootswatch. Subnavs are actually a holdover from the old Bootstrap docs, although they never were an official component and likely never will be.
Here’s everything you need to get subnavs working with your Bootstrap 2 site:
I was recently asked to review Twitter Bootstrap Web Development How-To by David Cochran. Given it’s the first (and to date, only) book on the subject of Bootstrap, how could I refuse?
How-To was released last month by Packt, a publisher with a vast library of highly focused and timely books about open source software. With Bootstrap’s ascent in the world of frontend web development, this release was only a matter of time.
At 68 pages, it’s not a lengthy tome, but it hits on a variety of topics:
This content is bookended with a nice preface giving context to Bootstrap’s soaring popularity, and a closing chapter on cross-platform testing. If you’re familiar with the official Bootstrap documentation, you may recognize that much of the rest of the book (and then some) is already covered there.
But what the book contributes is in its format. The official docs provide code examples accompanied with concise explanatory text. How-To, in contrast, guides you through a step-by-step process for building your first Bootstrap pages, using clear and approachable language. Take the examples pages. The official docs provide these as-is, leaving it to you to download, inspect, and modify them. How-To takes your hand and leads you through this process.
How-To is not a comprehensive guide on all things Bootstrap. If you’re an intermediate or advanced developer, looking to wring the last drop out of Bootstrap’s capabilities or dive into the LESS source, this book is not for you (for example, chapter 12 on customization uses the official web-based customizer). But if you’re a beginner who wants more guidance than the official docs offer, then How-To will give you that gentle introduction.
I’m pleased to announce Cosmo, a brand new Bootstrap theme inspired by Metro. Cosmo features bright colors and no-frill components reminiscent of Windows 8.
You can jump right in and use it exactly like you would use standard Bootstrap. To really get the Metro look though, try using Font Awesome, sizing up your glyphicons, and combining them with the new
A whole ecosystem of tools and services has sprung up around Bootstrap. To help you keep up with all the goings-on, here’s a roundup of interesting projects I’ve come across lately.
Jetstrap is a web-based tool for building Bootstrap pages. It has a slick drag-and-drop interface but still outputs clean code. Whether you’re comfortable with code or not, it’s a major time-saver, so check it out.
Bootstrap theme rollers are getting better and better. Two of the best yet are Bootswatchr and Bootswatcher (no relation). The former makes it dead simple to experiment with LESS, while the latter lets you to take a Bootswatch theme as a starting point and modify it.
Work has started again on jQuery UI Bootstrap, a jQuery UI theme that’s compatible with Bootstrap. How great would it be to seamlessly use these two great frameworks together? They are seeking developers to help bring it up to date though, so stop by and see if you can contribute.
Now you can use Bootswatch with your Tumblr blog. Install directly from the page here: http://www.tumblr.com/theme/36370
In the theme options, leave the “Bootswatch Theme” field blank or enter
default to get the standard Bootstrap theme (like the one here on the Bootswatch blog). Input the name of a Bootswatch theme (
united) to activate a different look. There are also settings to toggle responsive mode and alternate navbars.