Should you be using CSS frameworks?

There are literally hundreds of CSS frameworks that make coding quicker and easier than ever before. But should we be using frameworks to develop live websites?

There is a lot of debate over CSS frameworks. There is no denying that they make websites quicker and therefore cheaper to produce. However, some are concerned about using a third party framework that they do not fully understand. Others argue that many frameworks output overly bloated code.

Because this is a hotly debated topic, it is ideal for season 7 of the podcast, which debates the big questions surrounding web design. With that in mind…

This house proposes that third party CSS frameworks should not be used on live websites.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with the house? Share your opinion in the comments and hear the outcome in episode four of the podcast.

Share your thoughts

  • richarddale

    I definitely think mobile sites have their place. Many of the sites I built prior to RWD, static sites that view great on desktop and tablet. Its only when you get down to smart phone size that things start to break down. For many of these sites a mobile specific site would probably work better than a RWD site where I could be more focused and target the medium specifically.

    I did a RWD e-commerce website recently and although the end results were good, trying to get the shopping basket working and looking correct whilst being responsive was a nightmare and I couldn’t help but think that a mobile specific site would have been a better solution. When I browse the web using my iPad Air I never visit a fix width website and think this is a poor user experience why don’t they have a RWD site. I ony ever think this when on my iPhone.

  • sanedevil

    I am not a web designer, but have a team that is building one for me. So in trad way, I have to have a “web designer” design the site in Photoshop which is then handed to “web developer” to generate code.

    You can imagine there are several problems w this – time, costs, rework, code doesn’t do what the design shows etc.

    I hit upon your blog while thinking if there are tools that would eliminate the design-to-code step

    I very much agree w the house and would love to know the process and tools to help achieve this.

  • David R

    The simple answer is yes, a website must be responsive and also Google is focusing more on responsive websites, a static design
    web development firm still works OK in most cases when you have separate mobile friendly website.