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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Use Bootstrap for O365

Posted by Indusa Admin on October 25, 2016 12:08 pm

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According to a recent Gartner survey, the Office 365 (O365) adoption rate is high and growing. Roughly 78 percent of the survey’s respondents indicated that their companies were either using or planning to use O365 in near future. As a result, more and more organizations deploy SharePoint workloads on O365.  Choosing the right framework for building these workloads has become a critical task for developers. Creating SharePoint workloads can be fun, but also complex. Considering the myriad of frameworks available for developing SharePoint sites today, you’ve got plenty of options. But Bootstrap is soon becoming an increasingly popular front-end development framework. A large number of developers today are riding the Bootstrap wave, and there’s enough reason. The Bootstrap framework is feature rich, flexible, and offers several benefits to those using it. Let’s look at some of the top reasons developers are using Bootstrap for building SharePoint workloads on O365:

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1. Quickly Develop your SharePoint Sites: One of the biggest advantages of using Bootstrap is the speed at which you can develop a site. Once you implement O365 across your organization, you will need to build and deploy workloads as quickly as possible. Also, as Microsoft releases frequent updates to O365 to meet the growing needs of businesses worldwide, you need to offer advanced features on the SharePoint site as well. Instead of coding from scratch, Bootstrap enables you to use ready-made chunks of code to help get started. Add that with cross-browser compatibility, and you can save valuable hours of coding.

2. Ensure Responsiveness: As handheld devices continue to grow in popularity and numbers, the need to offer responsive SharePoint sites across Wiki, portal, search, and blog is becoming more important than ever. Bootstrap is a mobile-first framework that easily and efficiently scales your SharePoint sites, from phones and tablets to desktops and laptops, with a single code base. Creating mobile ready websites is a breeze with Bootstrap; the fluid grid system dynamically adjusts to the screen resolution, with no extra effort. Using Bootstrap’s readymade classes, you can effortlessly design your UI and ensure easy reading and navigation, minimal panning and scrolling, and offer an optimal viewing experience – the highest degree of responsiveness across devices.

3. Choose from a Variety of Themes: Bootstrap offers a multitude of free Bootstrap themes with a comprehensive set of tools that can be modified to suit your SharePoint workload needs. Each theme is built with modern utilities, components, and plugins to meet site requirements; so whether you’re building dashboards, web apps, or marketing pages, there is an available theme for every unique need.

4. Leverage JavaScript Libraries: Bootstrap offers over a dozen reusable components that can be embedded within a standard SharePoint page. This makes it easy to develop icons, dropdowns, input groups, navigation, alerts, and much more on your SharePoint site. With Bootstrap, you get to choose from a range of common CSS elements, dozens of design components, and an amazing range of jQuery plugins. Leverage these plugins, and bring Bootstrap’s components to life, based on specifications of the project. Simply check off features you don’t need, and your custom version of Bootstrap will be ready for download – isn’t that cool?

5. Enjoy Free Updates for Life: Bootstrap flourishes due to the huge support community that works around-the-clock to ensure you do not face any issues in developing your site. With Bootstrap, you can enjoy free updates for life; you will never have to pay for any bug-fixes and compatibility upgrades for your theme. Also, if you ever have issues developing any portion of your SharePoint site, you can drop Bootstrap an email, and get immediate advice or guidance for your query from the Bootstrap community.

Explore a World of Capabilities
Bootstrap is the perfect framework for building your SharePoint workloads on O365. Since it is built for developers of all skill levels, devices of all sizes, and projects of all magnitudes, it is not only easy to learn and customize, but also serves as a great tool for rapid development of responsive websites. Bootstrap’s lifetime free updates and bug-fixes and around-the-clock technical advice and guidance is the icing on the cake. So whether you’re a seasoned developer or someone learning the basics of SharePoint design and development, Bootstrap is a great way to get started with all of its out-of-the-box capabilities.

Before choosing the right framework to manage the SharePoint workflows on O365, it is important to choose the right O365 plan for your business organization to have enhanced user productivity and efficiency.

Download this ebook to learn various benefits of O365, tips on choosing the right O365 plan, insights for an informed cloud decision, and what to look for in an O365 implementation partner.

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Emama Mistry
About the Author – Emama Mistry

Emama Mistry is the Senior Project Manager(Microsoft SharePoint) at INDUSA. She has key involvement in all aspects of SharePoint projects undertaken at Indusa, from Pre-Sales, to Architecture, to Deployment, to Development, to Operations.

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Contibuting Author: Malavika Nityanandam


Topics: Office 365