Bootstrap vs Semantic UI: What are the differences?
Developers describe Bootstrap as "Simple and flexible HTML, CSS, and JS for popular UI components and interactions". Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web. On the other hand, Semantic UI is detailed as "A UI Component library implemented using a set of specifications designed around natural language". Semantic empowers designers and developers by creating a shared vocabulary for UI.
Bootstrap and Semantic UI can be primarily classified as "Front-End Frameworks" tools.
Some of the features offered by Bootstrap are:
- Preprocessors: Bootstrap ships with vanilla CSS, but its source code utilizes the two most popular CSS preprocessors, Less and Sass. Quickly get started with precompiled CSS or build on the source.
- One framework, every device: Bootstrap easily and efficiently scales your websites and applications with a single code base, from phones to tablets to desktops with CSS media queries.
- Full of features: With Bootstrap, you get extensive and beautiful documentation for common HTML elements, dozens of custom HTML and CSS components, and awesome jQuery plugins.
On the other hand, Semantic UI provides the following key features:
- Build Responsive Layouts Easier
- Self Explanatory
- Tag ambivalent
"Responsiveness", "UI components" and "Consistent" are the key factors why developers consider Bootstrap; whereas "Easy to use and looks elegant", "Variety of components" and "Themes" are the primary reasons why Semantic UI is favored.
Bootstrap and Semantic UI are both open source tools. Bootstrap with 134K GitHub stars and 65.8K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Semantic UI with 45.7K GitHub stars and 4.83K GitHub forks.
Lyft, StackShare, and Vine Labs are some of the popular companies that use Bootstrap, whereas Semantic UI is used by Snapchat, Create.It, and Reviewable. Bootstrap has a broader approval, being mentioned in 7047 company stacks & 1101 developers stacks; compared to Semantic UI, which is listed in 77 company stacks and 50 developer stacks.
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