Towards better software

Try Out a Bootstrap Template

  • Feb. 10, 2016

I went live with a new website this week - the one that hosts this blog at I started out with modest plans for a Bootstrap 3 update, but was soon enticed and inspired by some of the trends that have emerged since I designed my last blog website. I quickly realized that a rewrite from scratch would take some serious time for development and testing. I decided to head over to {wrap}bootstrap and try out a template.

After a 1/2 hour or so browsing around I decided to pick one of the ones I liked. The template cost $10 for a Single Application License that suits my purposes, so not a lot of worry about wasting my money and no need to agonize over the decision. This licence allows me to use the template for a single installation for myself or a client. There is also a Multiple Application License available for $40, again for use on my own sites or my clients. Finally there is an Extended License for $500 that allows me to use the template in projects that I may license, resell, redistribute and so on. Prices vary from template to template, but the license options are the same. There is no obnoxious license enforcement scheme.

The template I purchased came with 6 different exmaple implementations geared towards different business types. Each of these had professional images, logos and fonts suited to the purpose. The html files were well commented and came with multiple color options corresponding to different CSS files. Being a Bootstrap theme, one would expect the template to be fully mobile responsive. It was and behaved beautifully across desktop, tablet and phone devices.

I wanted my own imagery, logo and a few other customizations. Updates were easy to make and behaved just as the original. I also removed sections and made changes to the header so it didn't look so good! The template originally displayed a full screen image with an arrow link indicating the user to scroll down. That approach seemed too much for a blog. I wanted users to get to the content quicker on my site, so I changed some of the CSS to accomplish that.

The themes themselves are produced by different people who make a profit on each sale. In that sense my review applies to the theme creator, Start Bootstrap, as much as There is an approval process and a long list of compliance guidelines for theme creators, so I have some confidence that the templates have a consistent quality. You can take that with a grain of salt since I have literally used only one theme.

I highly recommend as a great starting point for your website. I did see some Admin style templates that looked to be geared more towards application development. I am excited to try one of those as most of my work deals with application development.