Bootstrap vs Angular - How Do Their Pros & Cons Influence Your Project

Here is how our usual consultation with the prospective customer often begins. They tell us: “I know there are some different programming languages, frameworks, and libraries. I’ve even Googled some of them but got confused and frustrated by their variety. Is there a way to get clearer on this issue?” Of course, there is a way. To find out which technology suits your project, you have to carefully review the prospective options, compare their pros and cons, and then, match their technical capabilities with your project necessities. In this article, we consider doing this for Angular.js vs Bootstrap.


Bootstrap
overview

Bootstrap tool is an open-source CSS framework developed by Twitter. Actually, it uses a mix of CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. The core idea behind creating this tool was to better align the technical work of the developers and the creative work of the designers since with the help of Bootstrap, the first can create the code without the risk of getting surprised with the result at the end, while the designers can also be sure of the final prototype quality, responsiveness and overall look. Bootstrap is consistent, and the web apps created with it look the same across the browsers and devices, eliminating the need for additional testing and check-ups.
Using this framework in the process of web app development is also trouble-free, plus the framework is easy to master. This tool is quite popular among developers and business owners, it has a wide community, and because of its open-sourced nature can also offer a variety of additional tools to choose from.

Pros

  • Your future app is unlikely to have cross-browser bugs if you create it with Bootstrap. This is the most consistent and predictable framework to date. The websites created with this framework are ultimately responsive at no additional effort
  • Your designers and developers get a better opportunity for teamwork since using Bootstrap is seamless, plus it has some options for future website customization
  • The documentation is very clear. Your developers are unlikely to face unsolvable or unspecified issues, plus there is a great supportive community behind this framework

Cons

  • Bootstrap websites are easily recognizable since they all have almost the same UI, design, structure, and user flows. Still, it can be both a disadvantage (when you need a solution that will definitely stand out) and an advantage (when you strive for a pain-free development process, simplicity, and predictable result)
  • Despite all the simplicity and user-friendliness, the developers still have to write a lot of code. Some developers even complain that HTML for some of the components should be more intuitive and pleasant to review later
  • Because of the code amount, the websites created with Bootstrap can be heavy and slow-loading

Use cases

As for the Bootstrap use cases, the Lyft website is powered by it. Still, the list of companies using this framework can be much longer - they choose it because of simplicity and affordability. Below are more options to create with Bootstrap.

  • Dynamic websites. In this case, the developers can enhance Bootstrap with jQuery.
  • Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). To create a static PWA, the developers can make use of Bootstrap grids, which are pretty convenient.
  • eCommerce website There are a lot of eCommerce templates to choose from for Bootstrap development, while they can be both minimalistic, for example, to create a business card website, and full-fledged to power an online store with all the necessary features for delivering a modern shopping experience.
  • Minimum Viable Products (MVPs). Creating an MVP with the help of Bootstrap can also be a winning idea since the framework perfectly matches the development speed and nice design at an affordable cost.

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IT Master Soft case studies

Below are some apps we have created with Bootstrap as a part of the tech stack.

  • Glassyca business website. Take a look at this website - it turned out to have a nice design, clear UI, perfect responsiveness, and usability. This is just the case when Bootstrap shows its consistency best, and promotes the effectiveness of both design and development teams.
  • Online language courses platform. We have chosen Bootstrap to create an educational platform because of the high responsiveness it can promise across browsers and devices. From a practical standpoint, the students can learn from any browser and device without facing UX issues.
  • SuperChampione online shopping app. This is the app that showcases the applicability of Bootstrap for full-fledged eCommerce apps. The website was inspired by the idea of Groupon - it helps users to find the best deals.

Angular.js overview

Angular is one of the most popular Javascript frameworks ever. Both Angular and Bootstrap are used for frontend development. Angular belongs to the MEAN (MongoDB, Express.js, Angular.js, Node.js) technology stack and showcases its benefits best when used in pair with the tools perfectly compatible with it. Still, it has some outstanding features that make using Angular app development effective even when the framework is used alone.

Pros

  • Two-way data binding and MVC (Model-View-Controller) architecture. These are two of the most prominent benefits of Angular.js which are directly connected to each other. Because of these capabilities, the application can instantly respond to any changes in the Model and showcase them in View. In this way, the developers can create UI components faster
  • Server-side rendering. Angular works through Application Programming Interface (API) calls to the server making the web pages fast and responsive. This is also the reason why Angular is a good choice for Single Page Apps and progressive web apps (PWA). The latter becomes possible by using an Angular service worker
  • Dependency injection makes testing Angular-powered apps easy. Because of this feature, the Angular app’s components become more flexible and modular, which means the developers can test and debug them more effectively
  • Being created by Google, this framework is supported by this tech giant, it has a wide community of developers, and has been popular for more than ten years already. Angular updates are also frequently launched. As for the last point, not all of them are equally user-friendly, still, the developers agree that Angular keeps pace with time

Cons

  • Mastering Angular can be difficult. This framework can cover a lot of use cases, so unlocking the ultimate benefits out of Angular needs practice and experience. The developers with no skills in working with MVC and dependencies injection may also find Angular challenging to handle
  • The websites created with Angular may have limited SEO opportunities
  • Some developers say Angular.js lacks security


Use cases

As for Angular.js use cases, it can cover a lot of projects of different industries. For example, UpWork and Netflix are created with the help of this framework. Angular can also be a good choice for the following types of apps:

  • Single Page Apps. This is the top use-case of Angular because, with its help, the developers can create highly responsive SPA quickly, and make them more robust with server-side rendering.
  • Progressive Web App. With the help of a service worker, programmers can easily transform an Angular-powered web app into a progressive one - that is, the one that works without an internet connection, saving the user data in cache.
  • Dynamic Content Apps. Angular can also be a good option for apps with dynamic content since it instantly turns HTML content into a dynamic one.
  • Angular.js can also be helpful for creating lightweight apps with static content and highly responsive design.

IT Master Soft case studies

  • Accommodation booking system. This is the use-case showing that Angular can be highly performant and effective for large and heavily loaded apps as well. The accommodation booking system we have developed for our client comes with three sets of diverse features - for the website owners themselves, platform users, and hotel managers. The latter can register their accommodations on the platform and manage the booking within it, plus make use of the features to boost their hotel in search results. Users can book a hotel instantly, with minimal data input, and pay safely with PayPal, while the owners use an intuitive dashboard that comes with different levels of access restriction for different roles.
  • Educational video hosting. This is an application that allows users to download, share and promote their educational videos, workshops, and courses. The biggest challenge of this project was integrating a dedicated server to handle the huge amount of content without sacrificing the user experience. We chose Angular along with other technologies to ensure the app’s stability, and high performance, plus save time for prototypes building - we reinvested it into a dedicated server integration.
  • Social media cross-posting app. Despite the essence of the app sounds pretty simple, we have faced several challenges during its development with Angular. One of the project goals was to generate more leads from the affiliate website, and for this purpose, we had to integrate the app with an affiliate platform using REST API. Also, developing a clear, intuitive, and insightful reporting system was difficult since the task was to understand the actual engagement and interests of the users. We also empowered a website with a coupon and voucher system so that users can quickly create promos and share them across social media. As for Angular applicability, in this case, this app shows how the framework can withstand heavy loads without losing performance and speed up the process of prototyping.

However, the technical opportunities of Angular.js can go beyond the cases we’ve described above. Let’s find out whether this framework can be a perfect match for your next project.
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Difference between Bootstrap and Angular - comparison chart

BootstrapAngular.js
Created byTwitterGoogle
TechnologyFrameworkFramework
App typeWeb app (frontend)Web development (frontend)
Development speedFastFast
Development timeDevelopment time with Bootstrap depends on the amount of code the programmers have to writeAngular.js development may take more time than expected
Development costLow to affordableAffordable
Tools and kitsThere are a lot of JS and WP tools to choose fromThere are a lot of additional tools, extensions, and libraries compatible with Angular
Learning curveSeamlessThe ease of learning Angular largely depends on the use case and the previous experience of the developer.

Conclusion

So, is Angular better than Bootstrap? Angular is actually a more powerful and “serious” tool compared to Bootstrap. Mastering Angular and tailoring it to the project goals is also more challenging, while the development cost is higher. Bootstrap, in turn, can be a rapid development option while dealing with Angular is likely to require more time. As for the use cases, Angular is more suitable for heavier projects, while Bootstrap is good for lightweight apps with a simple design and no complex features (in order not to overload the website with code).
Does the better choice seem clearer now? Let’s make sure you are on the right path. Get in touch with us for more tech help and support right now!

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