Bootstrap in WordPress: A Guide
WordPress is a popular content management system used by millions of websites worldwide. Its default design is, however, somewhat limited. To overcome this, developers use front-end frameworks like Bootstrap to enhance the look and feel of their WordPress sites. Here, we show you how to use Bootstrap in WordPress.
What is Bootstrap?
Why use Bootstrap in WordPress?
Using Bootstrap in WordPress has several benefits:
- Design a responsive website, automatically adjusting to different screen sizes and devices;
- Save time and effort when designing because Bootstrap permits the user to use pre-designed templates and components;
- Create professional-looking, appealing websites quickly and easily.
How to Use Bootstrap in WordPress
Here’s our guide to using Bootstrap in WordPress:
Step 1: Download and Install Bootstrap
Step 2: Customize Bootstrap
Step 3: Create a Child Theme
To ensure your Bootstrap modifications are preserved even after a theme update, you should create a child theme. A child theme inherits its parent theme’s functionality and styles but lets you make modifications without affecting the parent theme. To create a child theme:
- Create a new folder in your WordPress themes directory and name it.
- Create a new file called “style.css” inside the folder and add the following code:
- Create a new file called “functions.php” inside the folder and add:
- Save the files and activate your child theme.
Theme Name: Your Child Theme Name
Template: name of your parent theme
Step 4: Use Bootstrap in your WordPress theme
With Bootstrap installed and a child theme created, now you can start using Bootstrap in your WordPress theme. Some of the ways you can do this:
- Add Bootstrap classes to your HTML elements;
- Use Bootstrap components to quickly create professional-looking features like navigation menus and sliders;
- Customize Bootstrap components to fit your specific needs.
By using Bootstrap in WordPress, you can create responsive, mobile-first websites that are professional-looking and appealing. But it can be done quickly and easily if you follow our guide to install and customize Bootstrap, create a child theme, and use Bootstrap in your WordPress theme.