Programmer Friendly CSS Frameworks

There is nothing better than programming in today’s society of WordPress, Joomla and Drupal powered websites. Most of the scripting is easy to manipulate and many developers can finish projects in bulk – whereas before writing thousands of lines of HTML code took forever.

Programmers who utilize the six cascading style sheet frameworks below will enjoy both quick page loading times, smaller file sizes to work with, extensible plugin support and implementation along with unique printable grid sheets which can be used to draw out designs before actually slapping them live.

960 Grid Systems

960 Grid System is one of the most systematic approaches towards web development now followed and appreciated by a significant number of web developers around the world.

Web developers can maintain a seamless workflow and correlate different elements of webpages of any website through this system. The common working dimension of this gridded system comes in at 960 pixels of scalable width. Both 12 column and 16 column grid configurations come with 60 pixels and 120 pixels of width, which allows this system to be slightly more flexible than most. The alternative version of this grid system has 30 pixels and 10 pixels respectively, which each have 5 pixels of buffer area.

Developers have more options to play with using both print and form element styles throughout the 960 Grid System. There is no need to code the CSS part of any website as these codes are pre-loaded with this system. Developers are now able to play more with the design parts of any website through the sketch sheets of this flexible web development system.

The built in user interface like tabs and buttons are also available in 960 Grid System, and this reduces the workload of the web developers. Web developers can utilize their developing skill in a more professional manner than before, when they have default spacing and sizes for typography available in this grid system.

Blueprint CSS

Development time and the compatibility issues of any website are considered as two major constraints for many web developers. Blueprint CSS is a very reliable and flexible website development framework that helps web developers overcome those barriers.

This platform is suited for both beginners and professional web developers. It is now easier for web developers to customize and manage the grids during developing any website without facing any trouble and difficulties. Developers can also enjoy the powerful scripts of Blueprint CSS for their customization purpose, as well.

With the help of an information architect, web developers can work and edit the images of the website without needing other third party software. The baseline and default setup of the typography comes as the integral part of Blueprint CSSS. This helps web developers utilize most of their developing time in other parts of the website and make the website purposeful than before.

It is now easier to define the column in this grid based developing platforms, as the developer doesn’t need to write lines of codes for this purpose.

YAML 4

YAML 4 is a special format for website development that is derived from the concept of different programming languages. In simple terms, YAML 4 can be explained as the syntax to map the data types. This is one of the best frameworks for the web developer who is trying to develop accessible, responsive and flexible websites.

The grid system of this framework is more flexible than other frameworks that are used for professional website development. A wide range of theme comes with this framework and the web developers can explore their creativity in the look and feel of their developed website.

Maintaining the standard of any website and keeping it accessible are two great challenges for web developers, which they can easily deal with by utilizing YAML 4. On the other hand, YAML 4 is more human readable than XML. Built-in arrays and dictionaries of this framework also help web developers add extra features to their websites. Developers can also avoid any conflict in their codes as this platform provides a rich name-spacing facility. The hierarchical and simple representation of data structure inside YAML 4 makes it one of the best tools for web developers.

Inuit CSS Framework

Based on HTML5 coding standards, the Inuit gridded cascading style sheet backbone allows programmers to easily scale finished products to fit small screens like tablets or smaller monitors.

Plenty of plugins are available to add to this excellent platform.  The typographical intricacies which programs have access to is loose, as is the baseline.  Minimum predefined styling means that thirsty programmers can enjoy doing little extra work to make their final product look really snazzy. All current browser configurations will support this CSS framework.

Overall, this framework has monstrous capabilities yet symmetrical boundaries that maintain robust structure throughout.

Support for this free framework is also available via the CSS Wizardry website.

JQuery UI CSS Framework

Programming professionals who love using jQuery can get their hands on UI 1.7, which is very theme-friendly.

Easy naming and standardized acceptance of many plugins can be used to propagate fast yet sharp looking websites in no time.  Great attention went into creating an excellent array of colors for UIs that can be applied to numerous style elements for crisper looking displays.

More included features are available in the most recent update which comprises of the following: datepicker widget, better localization, callback property enhancements, AJAX JSON Datepicker and overall simplistic input elements.

With the capabilities to handle the most daunting design issues often faced, the JQuery UI CSS Framework is definitely one of the top picks around for content management system theme builders.

Golden Grid System

If you’re looking for an innovative custom grid system to design excellent themes, choosing the Golden Grid system would be an excellent bet for your programming business, or even for personal use.

Sixteen printable design columns are available to use while you can also cut that in half for smaller mobile screens.   A zoom-friendly baseline gridding system with clear typography choices further define this cascading style sheet backbone as a great choice for many new and experienced CSS programmers.

An available Mobile browser fix is available for those experiencing difficulty when scaling down resolution. We grade this as perhaps the simplest framework of the six.

Do you have any opinions on this lot? Or can you add others? Let us know in the comments.

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  • http://www.solid-creation.com Steve

    What about the best of all: Twitter Bootstrap?

    • http://www.onsman.com Ricky Onsman

      You mean like http://www.sitepoint.com/11-reasons-to-use-twitter-bootstrap/? Well, we could have called this Programmer Friendly CSS Frameworks Other Than Twitter Bootstrap, but it wouldn’t fit. Hey Steve, why don’t YOU write me a Bootstrap article!

      • http://evealopalous.com Gonz

        I think liking bootstrap would still have been good. I did not know this website had any article related to bootstrap. This was the first thing I visited on this website. Include bootstrap!

    • kris

      This is not only CSS framework it’s have Javascript component also.

      I have seen a video few days ago about Object oriented CSS. I really don’t got the point. like this one

      http://csswizardry.com/2012/09/inuit-css-v4-oocss-sass-and-more/

      Can someone explain me what it is ?

    • http://www.deluxeblogtips.com Tran Ngoc Tuan Anh

      Agree with you. Despite Twitter Bootstrap contains not only CSS, but also Javascript + LESS, it’s still a good CSS framework. If you don’t like and don’t use JS components at all, you still have a very solid CSS framework. It covers most part in a modern web page. That’s why it’s popular!

      • http://www.pinkzebradesigns.com.au Troy Wilson

        I am agree with you Tran. Twitter Bootstrap is a good framework to work on. I mostly work with this framework in my company based in Melbourne. And found it is quite good for devlopers.

    • http://www.ashtewari.com Ash Tewari

      I have been digging into Bootstrap lately. My experience with using Bootstrap mixins has not been as pleasant as I had hoped. I just posted about using LESS and Bootstrap together to achieve semantic markup – http://blog.appliedis.com/2013/02/04/bootstrap-with-less/

      It links to a working example and also the github repo of the source code for the example.

  • http://www.css-101.org Thierry Koblentz

    I’ll plug my own here: http://www.ez-css.org/
    It is 1kb and lets you create al kind of layouts that work in any browser (including IE 5+).
    Check the screencast: http://www.ez-css.org/screencast (warning: autoplay with sound).

    • kenzominang

      Wow… Extremly light weight, it’s just 1kb. I have visited the web and watch the screencast, It’s very good. I will try this… :)

  • http://trgovine.merkanty.com Damir Sečki – trgovine

    Yeah, I think twitter bootstrap should have made the list too, even though it also includes JS components (as jquery UI does)…

    I just recently discovered it and I think it s very well built and useful and easy to learn

  • Roberts

    Foundation by ZURB. I, as a programmer, can’t think of anything better than that at this moment.
    http://foundation.zurb.com/

  • Albert

    Thanks for the comprehensive article!

    Just wanted to note that there seems to be a small href error around “… using UI 1.7, which is …”

    • http://www.onsman.com Ricky Onsman

      Thanks, that’s fixed.

  • Sebastian

    I think that you have left out the best two: Twitter bootstrap and Zurb Foundation. They deserve to be on your list.

  • http://pdgcreative.com/ Johnathan Warlick

    How did you not mention Foundation by Zurb? It’s amazballs.

    http://foundation.zurb.com/

  • http://davedev.com.br/ Davis

    I really missed Zurb Foundation in this list.

  • http://www.bentleyhoke.com/ Brian Hoke

    I agree with some previous commenters: Zurb’s Foundation is great – useful and intuitive, and better with each successive release update. I’ve found it very easy to incorporate into WordPress themes and Rails apps.

  • http://www.onsman.com Ricky Onsman

    Have just been exploring the successor to 960.gs: http://unsemantic.com/. Looks like a fine addition.

  • siddanth

    You are missing all the top – 4 frameworks

    1. twitter bootstrap
    2. ZURB Foundation
    3. IVORY Framework
    4. Skeleton

  • Rich

    Very surprised Foundation’s not here. Been using it on new project, very impressed.