How to add Bootstrap to WordPress: Use these 3 Best Methods

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Bootstrap is the world’s most well-known web structure for building responsive, mobile-first websites and applications. It is fast, mobile-friendly and made with high-quality HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It includes HTML- and CSS-based design templates for Typography, Forms, Buttons, Tables, Navigations, Dropdowns, Alerts, Modals, Tabs, Accordion, Carousel and other useful website components, as well as optional JavaScript extensions. We all know that the WordPress is most popular website builder. Nearly 75% of the websites are built on WordPress. In this post, I will explain you why is it crucial to add Bootstrap to WordPress. I will also cover some natural methods for adding Bootstrap in your WordPress theme.

Bootstrap gives you full hand support to create high-quality responsive web design with fewer efforts.

What is Bootstrap framework?

Bootstrap is a unique, SEO friendly and a responsive framework made with high-quality CSS3, JavaScript, and HTML5. It is a first mobile-friendly front-end framework which is supported by all the web browsers and platforms till now.

The best thing about Bootstrap is that it is very fast and open source. Frankly speaking, I’ve added Bootstrap on both of the websites of mine and replaced almost all the elements of my theme with Bootstrap. Now my theme is lightweight, super fast and SEO friendly.

Bootstrap is 100% FREE to download and use. It is mobile-friendly and open Source framework.

Read this: How to use Bootstrap Buttons?

Why should you use Bootstrap in WordPress?

Well, that’s a great question. WordPress was a blogging framework which has now become the most popular website building software on the web. Integrating Bootstrap in the WordPress is very profitable for Blogs. Bootstrap is full of different kinds of elements which are very useful for the detailed analysis of the internet applications.

Bootstrap is becoming more and more popular day-by-day because it is the most powerful among all the frontend languages and it has become one of the major components of web development.

Furthermore, it is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JavaScript like framework for creating responsive & mobile friendly projects on the internet.

Bootstrap is made in such a way, that the sites which have built with it look perfect on every device such as mobile, desktops, laptops and more. It is a lightweight, fast and responsive framework for WordPress too.

There are many WordPress websites and themes which are built using Bootstrap framework. Yes, you can use the Bootstrap CSS in your WordPress sites to use the beautiful and active Buttons like this…

 

adding Bootstrap in your WordPress theme, Use Bootstrap in WordPress

A lightweight, flexible component that can optionally extend the entire viewport to showcase key content on your site.

Jumbotron is used as a focusing content on your website. It can be easily done by adding Bootstrap CSS in your WordPress theme. Jumbotron is a great notifier or header and is configured to easily placed on the homepage.

 

adding Bootstrap in your WordPress theme, Use Bootstrap in WordPress

 

Different type of navigation bars for your header and any locations on your website.

Bootstrap consist of the various types of progress bars which can be used for indicating the status or the grades of the work. It is mainly used on Portfolio websites or the professional websites of organisations. Below is the example of toggle animation of Bootstrap.

 

45% Complete
60%
35% Complete (success)
20% Complete (warning)
10% Complete (danger)
80% Complete (danger)

These simple animation is very light and doesn’t create much cache. Anyways it is a Bootstrap.

How to add Bootstrap to any WordPress theme?

Bootstrap is easy to integrate and use. Let’s start adding this awesome framework to your WordPress theme. Normally there are three particular ways in which you can add Bootstrap to WordPress theme.

METHOD 1 (using Bootstrap via WordPress plugin)

The Bootstrap plugins are integrated with the Bootstrap CSS and less and sass files. They are compiled in the shortcodes. You can use any of the Bootstrap component using this plugin. The name of the Plugin is Bootstrap shortcodes for WordPress. If you know how to use shortcodes, then you can easily use this plugin.

Basically, after the plugin installation and activation, a new button named “Shortcodes” will appear after the “add media” button of WordPress post editor. From there you can quickly select and use any of the Bootstrap elements by just clicking on it once.

Thus, most of the Bloggers prefer to use this method because there is no coding stuff and everything works cool without writing a single line of code.

Another WordPress Bootstrap plugin is BootstrapCDN. This plugin will only include Bootstrap CSS, JS, LESS, SASS and Font Awesome CSS, other files to your WordPress site.There is no shortcode feature available for this plugin.

There is no shortcode feature available for this plugin.

But on the other hand, this plugin is fast and consistent just because the plugin is regularly updated and has more than 500 active installs.

If you would like to implement other shortcode plugins on your WordPress site, please check the link given below.

Read this: Best shortcode plugins for WordPress

METHOD 2 (use Bootstrap in WordPress via CDN)

The next method to add Bootstrap to your WordPress theme is by adding Bootstrap CDN  to your header.php file. Means you’re going to include the Bootstrap CSS and JavaScript files in the opening of the <head> tag so that it will support and run on every page of your site.

You might be thinking how to do this. Don’t worry its pretty easy.

This code will include Bootstrap in your WordPress theme from official Bootstrap CDN network. Well, that is astounding that you can use the scripts present on the other sites by adding just a single piece of code.

It is the easiest way, but it can conflict with some of the other WordPress plugins. In this easy way, you will be able to use Bootstrap in WordPress timelessly.

All the CSS and Sass files of Bootstrap are minified and compressed, so there is no chance that your website will become slow. It will remain fast, anyways it is a Bootstrap framework, Right?

Please note:

Before adding this code to your header.php, take the full backup of your WordPress theme. So, that if anything goes wrong, you can easily replace it.

WordPress users add this code just below the <head> tag in your header.php file (header.php file must be located in your Appearance > editor > header.php).

HTML users can also use this code. Add this code just below the <head> of your template or index file. After placing this code in the right place, it will start working smoothly on your WordPress website.

The codes given above will add  Bootstrap to your site (i.e., WordPress or HTML).

METHOD 3 (adding Bootstrap CSS, JS via Functions.php file)

Another way to add Bootstrap to WordPress is via function.php file of your theme. Firstly, go to the official Bootstrap website and download the latest Bootstrap library (not the source files or SASS but the Compiled and minified CSS, JavaScript, and fonts. ) from there.

Upload the Bootstrap.min.css file and Bootstrap-theme.min.css file to your theme folder named “CSS” and upload the Bootstrap.js file to the theme folder called “js” of your WordPress theme.

Now all you have to do is just enqueuing the scripts using the WordPress way.  Paste the code given below to your function.php file. (Note: first upload the files then paste the codes otherwise there is a chance of crash)

You can also enqueue these styles and scripts in your WordPress theme’s functions.php file without actually uploading the files and scripts.

Here is the code. Get it 🙂

It is the best way to include Bootstrap CSS via Functions.php because it doesn’t create issues in above the fold optimisation of your WordPress blog.

These are some natural methods to use Bootstrap in WordPress.

You may also like: How to Eliminate render-blocking JavaScript in above-the-fold content?

Bootstrap is an awesome framework and which is useful for multipurpose creations. It is easy to use and flexible. Bootstrap is supported by all the browsers like safari, chrome, firefox, IE, etc.

Bootstrap looks amazing on mobiles and tablets too because it is a clean and flat designed layout for the better responsiveness and fast loading of web pages. That’s it, you have successfully created a WordPress-based fully Bootstrapped site.

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Last updated: March 4, 2017

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I'm 3nions's co-founder and an individual contributor to the team. Besides being a Web Enthusiast, My latest obsession is SEO. When I'm not playing with CSS3 or Adobe Illustrator, I love adventuring nature and eating.

13 comments

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Glad you liked it, Jack.

Hi Prakhar, I really loved this post and you wrote a very good content. I thought it’s a different language and something like that. Thank you.

Very informative bro. Great thing 🙂

Subodh Chandra Halder

It’s really fantastic document and very helpful. Thank you.

Thanks for reading. Glad you find it useful.

Really great article! Thanks so much for posting this. I have a question. I want to implement Bootstrap to Genesis child theme. Can I still use my custom CSS and the child theme’s style.css file or would that be over written? Do you know if Bootstrap-fied child theme would be compatible with plugins such as Genesis Extender? Thanks!

Yup. You are free to use any of these methods in order to make your WordPress theme support Bootstrap elements. Bootstrap works smoothly without conflicting with other WordPress plugins. Thank you for visiting.

Regards,
Prakhar.

Thank you prakhar for sharing such a great post really I Learning something more from 3nions daily. I like the manner in which you shared 3 methods to add Boostrap in WP theme. Now I have nothing to clear my doubts about Boostrap as you explained it briefly. Thanks again.

Glad to hear that Sameer. Keep visiting.

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