Tailwind, Sure why would you bother?

With all the bells and whistles provided by Bootstrap, it is hard to imagine why you would bother learning any other framework. But when faced with the opportunity to contribute to an open-source project, using Tailwind I figured it may not be my best approach to ask them to reconsider their choice. So in this article, I look at the pros and cons of both and see if I was wrong to write off Tailwind so quickly.

Bootstrap and Tailwind are two popular front-end frameworks. Both are aimed to make your life easier by providing pre-built UI components, styling options, and responsive design. But what are Bootstrap and Tailwind, and how do you choose which one to use?


An open-source front-end framework developed by Twitter that helps create responsive, mobile-first websites quickly. It provides a variety of pre-built components and styling options for buttons, forms, navigation bars, and more.


On the other hand, Tailwind is a utility-first CSS framework created to help developers design and customize user interfaces quickly. It provides low-level utility classes that can be combined to create custom designs.

The Pros and Cons of Bootstrap and Tailwind

Bootstrap's advantages include:

Easy to use: Bootstrap provides pre-built components and styles that can save you time.

Great documentation: Bootstrap has extensive documentation and an active community that can help you get started.

Compatible: Bootstrap works well with most modern browsers and devices.

Consistent design: Bootstrap offers a consistent design language, which can help create a coherent look and feel.

However, Bootstrap's disadvantages include:

Affects loading time: Bootstrap can be bulky and slow down your website's loading time.

Limited customization: While Bootstrap provides a range of styling options, it can be difficult to customize its pre-built components or create entirely new designs.

Tailwind's advantages include:

Customizability: Tailwind offers a low-level approach to styling, which makes it easier to customize designs or create new ones.

Less effect on load times: Tailwind's utility classes are generally lightweight and don't add much to your website's loading time.

Flexibility: Tailwind provides a wide range of utilities that can be combined to create unique designs.

Tailwind's disadvantages include:

Learning curve: Tailwind's utility classes may take some time to learn, especially if you're not familiar with CSS.

Consistency: Tailwind's approach may result in less consistency in design language, which can make it harder to create a coherent look and feel.

Which is better?

Choosing between Bootstrap and Tailwind really depends on the project you're working on and your personal style preferences. If you're looking for a quick and easy way to create a standard UI with pre-built components, Bootstrap may be the better option. However, if you're looking for greater flexibility and customizability, or you prefer a more low-level approach to design, Tailwind may be the better choice.

Bootstrap and Tailwind are both great front-end frameworks that offer different benefits and drawbacks. Ultimately, the decision on which one to use depends on your specific project's needs, your familiarity with CSS, and your personal design preferences.

Can you think of any other pros and cons? Let me know in the comments if you have a favorite.

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