Looking for the perfect framework for your web projects can be quite overwhelming because there are now a lot of options for you to choose from. Maybe you want to go with the more popular ones like Bootstrap or Foundation, but if you’re planning to set up a simple website, then you probably won’t be needing most of the building blocks and materials included in their default packages.
Lucky for you, there are some nice alternatives out there that are much leaner than the two popular choices.
The following alternatives ship with just the right amount of styles and components you need to get started with your project, while at the same time allowing you to extend them in the direction you want for your project. So, without further ado, here are 10 of the best lightweight alternatives to Bootstrap and Foundation that you can consider using for building simple, small-scale websites.
Tuktuk is a unique framework that’s much lighter than Bootstrap and Foundation. It only comes with just the right amount of components to build a nice and simple website, including for the grid system, basic styling for typography, tables, and a couple of UI components like navbar and modals.
This solid and lightweight frontend framework have simple and easy-to-remember class names that are used to build the grid and apply styles. You can even add your own theme.
Cardinal makes it easy for you to prototype, build, scale, and maintain CSS for responsive web apps. It cuts away a lot of aesthetic design decisions that often slow down larger, more complex CSS frameworks, leaving all the design and creativity up to you. This framework central focus is on performance, accessibility, and readability. It’s a great starting point, with a minimal file structure and useful CSS styles that you’ll want to customize and build upon to fit your app or web project.
This modular grid system is ideal for responsive and non-responsive layouts. Based on Compass, this framework gives you complete control over column width, gutter width, baseline grid, and media-queries.
Skeleton has recently gotten a major revamp from the ground up, and yet remains to be as light as it used to be. The new and improved grid system now adapts mobile-first philosophy, ensuring that the layout takes center stage regardless of how small the device screen is. All components that were in the earlier version are still here, although the basic typography styles are now set in rem unit.
This truly mobile-first framework has nearly all its dimensions done in rem. It also comes with a small footprint, cutting down on the bandwidth necessary for downloading CSS. This framework is intended to be just that, “furtive”. It’s the ideal starting point to get your project up and running fast. It remains lightweight as it doesn’t preoccupy itself with older browsers. As a result, it can use cutting-edge technology such as flexbox, SVGs, and limited vendor prefixing. What’s more, it’s available in CSS and SCSS, and has a gulpfile for customizing the build.
Toast lets you easily configure the grid class names, the gutter, and even the column-base, via the SCSS stylesheet included in its package. For instance, if you want the grid to be a 9-base column instead of 12, you can easily do that with Toast. It’s a minimalistic framework with flexibly configuration options that will meet your requirements.
This CSS framework comes without the unnecessary bloat. It’s a lightweight framework that’s built on top of Sass, LESS, and Stylus, paving its golden path to CSS maintainability. However, if you prefer plain and simple vanilla CSS, you can have that as well. Additionally, it comes with base style for essential elements like the headings, paragraphs, tables, forms, and a set of helper class to create button UI.
Basscss is a lightweight collection of base element styles, utilities, layout modules, and color styles that are especially designed for optimum speed, performance, and scalability.
This simple, responsive, and minimal framework is built for all devices big, small, and in-between. It’s a fast and lightweight framework that comes with all the basic essentials to get you started with your web project right away.