I find that Twitter Bootstrap is probably not the best framework when you are designing single page apps but it works.
Thanks for viewing my site, you're totally cool!
Full disclosure: I started the work on it, then mdo and fat refined it to meet their standards.
But it's scrolling web pages again, which seem to be all the hype in 2013 just as flash intros have been some years ago. Aren't there any nice templates NOT following current styles and offering structure for content?
I have to update the web page holding my CV as I have updated it in 2006 the last time. Woah, how dated would my page look in 2019 if I use a silding page now.
Oooh, and I just imagine hacker news as "2013-glitz" page. Bling, bling, look we can scroll stock photos from a cheapo stock photo site. One carousel per story, two HERO UNIT words of headline. This story would show some cool young guys at a mac, one pointing, HERO UNIT reads "Starter HTML."
Scroll down half a mile to see the next story.
BTW. any predictions what the post-flat-parallax-photo-sliding web trend will be?
Sorry to be a party pooper, but I saw one scrolling page to many and I'll rant about these from now on regularily. The last straw that happened to me (a Java developer) was http://spring.io/. It's so low on content that its information-vaccum might endanger the universe by sucking in all other data leaving all but a low radiation void.
Buying a template is like buying a finished painting and sticking it in a custom frame. Building a site from scratch is like painting your own painting.
Start Bootstrap is kind of like getting a paint-by-number. Some of the work is done, and the elements are there for you. If you want, you can just use the default styles and make it look okay, but if you're a bit more experienced as a painter you can make it look even better by adding some of your own style.
I definitely think that if you're looking for a nice, clean, completed template then head over to http://wrapbootstrap.com and check out their selection! If you're looking for something a bit more barebones, then http://startbootstrap.com is built for you! :)
Thanks again for all the good work and keeping them free.
That's why I am starting http://bootmystrap.com/ All changes in just one LESS file, using same classes as Bootstrap so if you do buy a theme it actually saves you time.
Right link: https://wrapbootstrap.com/
If you have any suggestions for templates that you'd like to see added to the mix, feel free to let me know.
Thank you again guys, you're all so awesome!
Or is this just the wave of the future that I need to just deal with??
*EDIT: thanks for the advice from everyone. It does makes sense to have these ready made solutions so you can focus on what you really want to make great about the site or app you're building.
• The good thing about this development is that you will get more free stuff that you can try out, remix, fix and break things to your liking (given that's it's opensource).
• The bad things is that you will have to eat the bugs in your soup, sir. You can scream for a new soup, but there is no guarantee that you'll get a new one, unless many people like you are unsatisfied, or you make your voice heard on the media.
Constant flux is something you have to deal with in IT, but that doesn't mean that your hard learned lessons are gone. They are more valid than ever and you'll be amongst the few who still understand it. The DIY-Culture is only trying to understand this on a personal level and wants independant, more rapid innovation.
The reason for all that bases in our frustration with the world and the internet that allows us to go out and "fix it for the rest of us".
If my goal is to build a great CMS for Rails, does it ultimately matter if I chose to use a Start Bootstrap template for my views?
They serve a purpose as learning tools, inspiration, reference, or a quick way to get a decent looking site out for someone.
I have so much respect for the people out there who can build awesome things from scratch though, the talent of some designers out there blows my mind, and for something to really stand out and be unique I think custom is the only way to go.
Why do responsive themes/websites often collapse the top navigation bar into a menu button a lot before the space available becomes too short to hold it?
It sounds to me that the default action with both Bootstrap and Zurb is to stack the columns when the width is smaller, or possibly make them disappear completely. Is my understanding correct? If so, is this behavior customizable? Could one for example make a right column come on top instead of the bottom when the columns are stacked?
The behavior to hide something is of course customizable. Bootstrap comes with certain classes  which can hide the content on mobile screens and show on desktop.
The link above does suggest why the navigation bars collapse too soon sometimes (and sometimes too late). The collapse event is tied to the horizontal resolutions at 768, 992 and 1200 px, and does not depend on how much width the navigation bar actually needs (such that it is collapsed only when space available for it is too small).
I wonder why things are built this way though.
In terms of navigation, it is tied to resolution because it's easier to change code than to change devices owned by your users :)
Also, no drag & drop UI is substitute for design common sense and flexibility.
1 - http://www.bootsnipp.com/
2 - http://www.bootstraphero.com/the-big-badass-list-of-twitter-...
Grab a template, slap on a theme from http://bootswatch.com, and you'll have something pretty nice. It will still require some further customization, but it's a great starting point!
Extended licenses, which you need for a Saas product, are around $800 or $900, which is affordable for a business (still way cheaper than hiring a designer), but far from free.
I mentioned up in another post that using Start Bootstrap, or using Bootstrap at all for that matter, will never replace the artistic capability, uniqueness, and flexibility of designing a project from scratch.
I don't know too much about recursion, but finally I like what I did see after follow the link :-)