Top 4 CSS UI Frameworks -2019

Top 4 CSS UI Frameworks -2019

Top 6 CSS UI Frameworks - 2019


What are CSS UI Frameworks?

Definition by Wikipedia defines it a software framework that is meant to allow for easier, more standards-compliant web design using the Cascading Style Sheets language. Most of these frameworks contain at least a grid. More functional frameworks also come with more features and additional JavaScript based functions but are mostly design-oriented and unobtrusive. This differentiates these from functional and full JavaScript frameworks.


1. Bootstrap

 I don't think we can start listing "The Top CSS Frameworks" without mentioning Bootstrap

Bootstrap was created at Twitter in mid-2010 by @mdo and @fat. Prior to being an open-sourced framework, Bootstrap was known as Twitter Blueprint. A few months into development, Twitter held its first Hack Week and the project exploded as developers of all skill levels jumped in without any external guidance. It served as the style guide for internal tools development at the company for over a year before its public release and continues to do so today.

Originally released on Friday, August 19, 2011, we’ve since had over twenty releases, including two major rewrites with v2 and v3. With Bootstrap 2, we added responsive functionality to the entire framework as an optional stylesheet. Building on that with Bootstrap 3, we rewrote the library once more to make it responsive by default with a mobile-first approach.

Bootstrap current version as at the time of this post is v4.3.1, bootstrap is an all-around front-end framework because it contains both CSS and Javascript scripts. The purpose of the Javascript is to offer support to the CSS in some aspect e.g dropdown menus and others.


  • Easy to learn or master
  • Quicker User Interface Design within a short time
  • Hundreds of templates and resources online to learn from and use
  • Great documentation and Community


  • Once mastered, might get too dependent on it
  • Adding too many classes from Bootstrap can make it harder/messy for custom styles
  • Sometimes feels as if there’s too much – can create complexity

To learn more visit Get Bootstrap.


2. Materialize CSS

This is a modern responsive front-end framework based on Material Design, it was created and designed by Google, Material Design is a design language that combines the classic principles of successful design along with innovation and technology. Google's goal is to develop a system of design that allows for unified user experience across all their products on any platform.



  • It's one of the easiest, responsive CSS frameworks to learn
  • A very simple and flexible grid system for fast page layouts
  • Clean, minimal and modern look
  • A large variety of components and effects to mock up sites in just minutes


  • Perhaps not as “pretty” as the other frameworks, but gets the job done
  • Easy to spot websites/pages designed with Materialize CSS

Visit Materialize to Get Started.


3. Semantic UI

Semantic UI was made popular not just by its Bootstrap-like design, but largely because of its use of nicely titled classes. As drawn from its name, the Semantic UI framework offers low learning because the class names are easily readable, and don’t take much to understand. They are, in a sense, pseudo-code by the way they’re written. For example, to create a button, you simply give the element a class of “ui button”. In other frameworks like Bootstrap, these classes typically look like this: “btn btn-primary btn-lg”.


  • Easy-to-learn class names due to Semantic’s natural language naming convention
  • Beautiful styling that works with any website


  • One of the trickier frameworks to learn
  • A framework that requires some studying and practice before truly mastering

To get started visit Semantic UI


4. Material UI

Material UI looks as though it’s the brainchild of Materialize CSS and Bootstrap. It fosters the simplicity and google-esque material design of Materialize CSS, yet retains the beauty that Bootstrap brings to the table (which is a category Materialize CSS falls slightly short in). Material-UI is ideal for designing user interfaces, dashboards, material cards, and even beautiful landing pages. Now there is something different to be said about Material-UI considering its part of the React framework which is a JavaScript framework made for UI design. This means that it wouldn’t be a smart choice if you’re a beginner and have no experience with JavaScript, or React at that.



  • Beautiful and flexible design capabilities
  • Vast documentation with a large variety of ready-to-use components
  • Up to standard with Google’s material design


  • Not a framework that can be used out of the box without any practice
  • Requires knowledge of React JS and JavaScript to implement

For more info visit Material UI

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