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Bulma vs UIkIt: What are the differences?

Introduction

In this article, we will discuss the key differences between the Bulma and UIkit frameworks. Both Bulma and UIkit are popular front-end frameworks that provide a range of pre-designed components and utilities to help with web development. However, they do have some distinct differences that set them apart.

  1. Grid System: Bulma uses a flexbox-based grid system, which allows for easy alignment and positioning of elements on a web page. It provides a user-friendly grid structure that is responsive and adaptable to different screen sizes. On the other hand, UIkit uses a similar grid system but with the addition of CSS classes for specifying column widths and breakpoints. This makes UIkit's grid system more customizable and flexible compared to Bulma's.

  2. Styling and Customization: Bulma focuses on simplicity and minimalism, providing a clean and modern aesthetic out-of-the-box. It is designed to be easily customizable using Sass variables and mixins without requiring any additional tools or configuration. UIkit, on the other hand, offers a more extensive set of design options and allows for deeper customization through its comprehensive theming system. It provides a wide range of predefined themes, color schemes, and modifiers that can be easily applied to different components.

  3. Component Library: Bulma offers a comprehensive collection of responsive UI components, such as buttons, forms, navigation bars, and cards, along with a set of JavaScript plugins for enhancing functionality. It provides a well-documented and intuitive API for using these components, making it easy to integrate them into a project. UIkit also provides a similar set of components but with additional features, such as dynamic grid, off-canvas navigation, and modal dialogs. UIkit's components are highly modular and lightweight, allowing for better performance and customization.

  4. Browser Compatibility: Bulma is designed to be compatible with all modern browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. It also provides partial support for Internet Explorer 11. On the other hand, UIkit has broader browser compatibility, including Internet Explorer 11, making it a better choice for projects that need to support older browsers.

  5. Community and Support: Bulma has a large and active community of developers, with extensive documentation, tutorials, and community-driven resources available. It also has a dedicated development team that actively maintains and updates the framework. UIkit also has a strong community support, with regular updates and a wide range of third-party extensions and integrations available.

  6. JavaScript Integration: Bulma provides a set of optional JavaScript plugins for enhancing the functionality of its components, such as dropdowns, modals, tabs, and sliders. These plugins are built on top of vanilla JavaScript and can be easily integrated into a project without any dependencies. UIkit, on the other hand, has a more extensive JavaScript ecosystem, with a wide range of built-in modules and utilities. It also supports integration with popular JavaScript frameworks, such as Vue.js and React.

In summary, Bulma and UIkit are both powerful front-end frameworks that offer a range of pre-designed components and utilities for web development. Bulma focuses on simplicity, responsiveness, and ease of use, while UIkit provides additional customization options, broader browser compatibility, and a more extensive JavaScript ecosystem. The choice between the two frameworks ultimately depends on the specific needs and requirements of the project.

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Daniel Hernández Alcojor
Frontend Developer at atSistemas · | 8 upvotes · 1M views
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I'm building, from scratch, a webapp. It's going to be a dashboard to check on our apps in New Relic and update the Apdex from the webapp. I have just chosen Next.js as our framework because we use React already, and after going through the tutorial, I just loved the latest changes they have implemented.

But we have to decide on a CSS framework for the UI. I'm partial to Bulma because I love that it's all about CSS (and you can use SCSS from the start), that it's rather lightweight and that it doesn't come with JavaScript clutter. One of the things I hate about Bootstrap is that you depend on jQuery to use the JavaScript part. My boss loves UIkIt, but when I've used it in the past, I didn't like it.

What do you think we should use? Maybe you have another suggestion?

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I have used bulma in several projects. We could not customize with the websites very well. Also when we need "quick solutions" Bulma is not suitable (I mean basic animations, to-top buttons, transparent navbar solutions etc. For these solutions, you need extra js codes).

Everybody knows about Bootstrap (heavy but popular).

Now we start a new project with UI kit, I like it. Pros: It is fast and lightweight and imho it has very good UI. Cons: Small community. Documentation.

Check this link for kick-off. https://github.com/zzseba78/Kick-Off

Maybe it is helpful.

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Damien Lucchese
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Been checking out Bulma, myself, and really dig it. I like that it's a great base level jumping off point. You can get a layout going with it, pretty quickly, and then customize as you want. It definitely sounds like it's the one you're leaning towards but a big factor would be who will be using it most? Your boss, yourself, others? Whichever you like best, you'll prob be most productive with but if in the end your boss says it has to be UIkit, then best to be open-minded and give it another shot. Sometimes you may not jive with new tools in your stack, at first, but then they can become tools you learn to love. Best to you in your decision! Take care & keep safe.

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I've moved away from the concept of UI kits. Not that many support CSS grid. A lot of the icons are easier to use in SVG. I've had success in the concept of design framework and design tokens. I build my brand identity in Figma, and extract in Diez. Then Diez integrates into React and SASS. Much easier because design is decoupled from software in a central authority, and software updates automatically from design changes.

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Honestly - pick whatever you are the most comfortable with. You can achieve almost the same effects with different tools, so why not use something I like using?

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I used UIKit and Bootstrap many times. I love Bootstrap for fast, easy layouts to web apps. Clean code, easiest and fastest way to write layouts for front end if you learned something before about Bootstrap. Now in React I use React-Boostrap too. About UIKit I can say its nice idea. It's easier than Bootstrap. This is good option for trainee developer to learn how u should create layout of your website, but for me UIKit have not enough functions. If you need to create something complicated, u have an error in your mind. You must create amazing code combinations for UIKit where in Bootstrap in the same ideas you have easy solutions.

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Tomer Fishaimer
Frontend Architect at Aqua Security · | 2 upvotes · 543.9K views
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Actually it really depends on your needs, there are 3 types of UI frameworks you can use:

  1. A complete set of UI components like: https://react-bulma.dev/en/getting-started.

    Pros:

    Having a lot of pre-built UI components saves a lot of time

    Cons:

    need to learn the react framework and the bulma styles, and it's harder to customize to your needs

  2. A pure css framework, like Bulma, where you write all the components yourself.

    Pros:

    A lot of flexibility to build the components you need

    Cons:

    You are bound to Bulma classes and markup.

    Takes more time since you need to build the components

  3. A utility class framework like: https://tailwindcss.com/.

Pros:

Most flexible, mix and match classes as you like and build your own markup

Very easy to customize to your needs

Cons:

Might take time to get used to and takes more time since you need to build the components

If you choose options one, then it's just a matter of deciding what style you like (material,ant, bulma) and go with the library that implements it If you go with pure css and build your own components, I can't recommend tailwind enough, I've been finding myself building entire pages without writing a single line of css.

And if later on, the designer wants to make a change to some color, or size, I just need to change one value in the config file, and the entire app is updated.

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We are re-modifying the existing portal to the new one. Looking out for a CSS framework where over-rides are possible, the performance of page loading, extendable, etc Please suggest between tailwind, UIkit and bootstrap frameworks explaining in detail on different factors. I request your help on the same.

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Collins Ogbuzuru
Front-end dev at Evolve credit · | 3 upvotes · 558.2K views
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Hey Sai, My thoughts on UIkit - It's beautiful, fast, and it has good animation too. Why would I choose it ? Nothing other than giving the internet a new look .

My thoughts on Bootstrap - it's beautiful, if used well. It's very fast and has clean class naming convention unlike Uikit. Why I would choose it ? It's been tested and trusted, I can find a whole lot of resources and a community around it. Also with the type of project you working on I bet Bootstrap would do the job .

Now, considering Tailwind, it's seen as a classic, simple-to-set-up tool with clean utilities. I wouldn't think of tailwind the way I would to Bootstrap or UIkit. What do I mean ? Tailwind is more like a tool set to create your own design flow. Tailwind allows you to build unique design elements, offering you a level of customization that may be unmatched by the other frameworks.

My final thoughts.

If you have the time , setup and use tailwind it will give you a great chance when it comes to customization and performance.

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Brett Stevenson
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I'm a big proponent of Tailwind and I personally use it whenever I get the chance, mostly because it's not really a UI-kit, but it sounds like in this case a UI-kit like Bootstrap with pre-defined components is more what you are looking for. Bootstrap is (relatively) extendable and overridable and makes it really simple to make a decent looking UI using a handful of pre-defined classes, whereas with Tailwind you configure the classes and create your own components. My main reason for replacing Bootstrap in my workflow is that it feels like the component creation has become so abstracted from the developer that any meaningful customization becomes a chore, resulting in many websites having the generic "Bootstrap-look". Nonetheless, it is effective for creating a pleasant and responsive UI. Though, I don't have any experience with UIkit.

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Pros of Bulma
Pros of UIkIt
  • 12
    Easy setup
  • 6
    Easy-to-customize the sass build
  • 6
    Community-created themes
  • 5
    Responsive
  • 5
    Great docs
  • 4
    Easy to learn and use
  • 39
    Complete GUI
  • 29
    Easy modify
  • 27
    Practical
  • 24
    Easy to learn
  • 24
    Functional
  • 22
    Intuitive
  • 21
    Free
  • 16
    Simple
  • 15
    Lightweight
  • 15
    Easy to use
  • 5
    Modular
  • 5
    Because I can create amazing things with little effort
  • 5
    Modern look
  • 4
    Responsiveness
  • 3
    Small but Active Community
  • 2
    Convenient JS Components
  • 2
    Based on Flexbox
  • 2
    No requires jquery
  • 2
    Responsive grid

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Cons of Bulma
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    Not yet supporting Vue 3
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    What is Bulma?

    Bulma is a CSS framework based on Flexbox and built with Sass

    What is UIkIt?

    UIkit gives you a comprehensive collection of HTML, CSS, and JS components which is simple to use, easy to customize and extendable.

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