MDBootstrap 5 Review
MDBootstrap has arguably provided the best means to create stunning Material Design websites, web apps, and mobile applications for years.
The current version — MDBootstrap 4 — has held up well since its release, with four different packages based on jQuery, Angular, React, and Vue that allowed for massive flexibility. But with the impending release of Bootstrap 5, it’s about time for the next major iteration of MDBootstrap.
The devs behind this amazing front-end framework announced MDBootstrap 5 a few months ago, and it’s already gaining immense popularity since the release of the Alpha version. So below, let’s check out all that you need to about MDBootstrap 5 and what to expect once the Pro version hits the shelves.
Important Changes in MDBootstrap 5
But on the upside, MDBootstrap 5 will be significantly lighter and faster. Furthermore, MDBootstrap 5 will still let you initialize components in jQuery to make the transition process easier.
Another significant change is the complete drop of support for Internet Explorer 10 and 11 — this isn’t going to bug people a lot since Microsoft has already shifted its focus to the Chromium-based Edge browser, with Internet Explorer was more of a privacy risk anyways.
That said, MDBootstrap 5 will also feature an enhanced grid system, with new breakpoints and improved gutter classes for better customization. The framework even sports updated form support, where you now have access to a single set of form controls that let you quickly update existing elements or update new items for better consistency.
Furthermore, MDBootstrap 5 has gotten increasingly modular, which means that it’s much easier to manage or debug individual components without having to overhaul an entire project all the time. The upgraded framework will now come in a much lighter package complete with a new API for better interactions.
500+ Material UI Components
MDBootstrap 4 already sported a massive library of components that made it a breeze to design websites, web apps, and mobile applications. MDBootstrap 5 adds to it with over 500+ stunning Material Design 2.0 components, providing more choice for your projects.
An updated set of buttons, sliders, card titles, text fields, radios buttons, checkboxes, progress bars, toggle switches, sliders, loading indicators, navbars, and footers mean that it’s now even easier to craft your projects with MDBootstrap 5.
And thanks to the updated grid system and increased modularity, working with these components is more convenient. To make things even better, you also gain access to dozens of free themes, giving you a much-needed leg up when working under tight deadlines.
Fast Setup and Installation
Just like its predecessor, MDBootstrap 5 is incredibly easy to set up and use — in fact, things are even faster thanks to the considerably lighter package that MDBootstrap 5 comes bundled in. Simply download the MDBootstrap 5 package, unzip it, fire it up in your preferred code editor, and you are good to go! Using components is also just as easy as it was before.
MDBootstrap 5, despite the many changes that it sports, still runs in the same vein as MDBootstrap 4, so you should be able to pick up and start using it quickly. If you are not familiar with Bootstrap 4, then it’s better to start learning Bootstrap 5 since it comes with lots of additional features for a better experience.
Detailed Docs and Thriving Community
MDBootstrap 5 will come with detailed documentation and numerous illustrated examples, so you will not be left to your own means no matter how complex a project can get.
The MDBootstrap 5 developers also release tutorials constantly, so you get lots of insights on the inner workings behind the various components that power the framework.
Furthermore, you have access to a huge and active community of like-minded Bootstrap developers, which means that you can get fast answers to almost any query that you might have.
To make things even more exciting, MDBootstrap 5 will supposedly come with a free MIT license that you can use for both personal and commercial uses.
How Long Should You Wait?
The eventual release of MDBootstrap 5 will heavily depend on the actual release of the Bootstrap 5 framework. Most probably, chances are that Bootstrap 5 will feature a faster release cycle that could end with its release in the fall of 2020.
Expect the Pro version of MDBootstrap 5 soon afterward. There’s bound to be friction due to the jQuery-less orientation of Bootstrap 5, though it’s about time that the framework started moving forward with support for better libraries.
Regardless, it’s an exciting phase of time before the eventual transition from MDBootstrap 4 to MDBootstrap 5, so do check up on all the existing MDBootstrap tutorials and the many crash courses by the developers to get familiar with this awesome frontend Material Design framework.