We’ve talked a lot about front-end frameworks, but you might have missed that they are just as important as native frameworks. They have precisely the same benefits and many of the same pitfalls.
You can’t use one without the other, so it’s worth knowing how to choose which framework to use.
There are several different types of frameworks:
- Hybrid Frameworks: These are designed for more complex applications running on mobile and desktop devices as well as in the cloud, where you need both native code and modules written in other languages. They tend to be more maintainable and there is less risk of errors when writing them. They also support more advanced features than Native Frameworks but they may not be as extensible or customizable so they have fewer options available (but at least they should work).
- Backend Frameworks: These tend to be used by larger enterprises where a team needs to collaborate on large projects and with many different partners across multiple locations around the world (think Amazon, Facebook etc.). Rather than building independent software for each project, these type of frameworks provide a common set of services that can be shared among all projects using them (think SaaS or API hosting platforms). Of course there is always a trade-off between flexibility and extensibility which is why some developers prefer working with backend frameworks over traditional front end ones.
2. What is a front-end framework?
Front-end frameworks are tools designed to be used by developers of web applications to help them create and maintain websites. This is a relatively new industry and the tools available now vary greatly. The main goal of this article is to provide you with a list of the 10 best frameworks.
A framework is defined as “a set of instructions for creating an application’s user interface, or more simply, its front-end.” A framework consists of several components that work together to create the user interface for an application.
3. The benefits of using a front-end framework
4. The 5 best front-end frameworks
- Material Design Framework
- Bootstrap Framework
- AngularJs Framework
- Backbone Framework
- Foundation Framework
What does this mean for you? Well, here is an example. Let’s say you are needing a website that must check all the following boxes.
- Filtering of any sort
- Posts / Blogging
- User profiles / Portal systems
- I want my website to be the coolest sh*t ever – I have been asked this and replied, we can do this, but let’s discuss your goals to ensure we align you with the right development. We don’t build websites for cool sh*t that isn’t part of our core fundamentals.
5. The difference between popular front-end frameworks
The top 5 frameworks are trendy and vary in their approach and usability. Some of them are highly opinionated, while others are more mainstream. From a UX perspective, it is essential to determine which one fits your audience best, so here is a quick list of what we think the best frameworks are:
- jQuery – Great for simple websites
- Bootstrap – Source for responsive solutions, bootstrap also works well with most MVC frameworks
- ReactJS – Perfect for building apps and or complex websites
- AngularJS(Angular is coming up this year) – Same as react but utilizes its own view system
- Vue.js Framework – Best for portals and other Applications, can be used for basic websites but not the best solution
6. How to choose the right front-end framework for your project
There’s a lot of confusion around the difference between frameworks and tools. In fact, many frameworks are tools. They are used to set up a project’s backbone, while other tools (like React or Angular) are used during application development.
A few of the most popular frameworks fall under this category:
- Angular is an open-source framework for building apps in AngularJS and HTML5
- Handlebars is a templating engine for developing reusable content
- Ember-Rails is an Ember-based web app framework
We build these types of sites for clients who need them, not for clients working on building exposure. Most of our clients are served well with a WordPress site that delivers their goals and needs just fine. We make these sites with a purpose and recommend anyone who needs one first to have an open dialog as to why so we can help support you the right way.