Based on our users’ feedback, we have decided to combine the “CSS Classes” tab with “Visual Content”. This update will be of particular interest to Tailwind Builder users, where most of the work is related to CSS classes.
Now, if you want to add new CSS classes, you don’t need to switch tabs. Just hover on a label, and you’ll see an extra option, “CSS.”
That option will allow you to understand what classes are already used and modify them in one place (add new or delete previous ones).
Note: All screenshots come from Tailwind Builder, but this feature is available in all our editors. To open the Content menu and test this feature, you need to hover on a component and click the “Content” button.
TIP 1. Move mouse over the “CSS” element, and we’ll mark the related item.
TIP 2. You can add multiple classes at once (separate classes with space, confirm with the Enter key).
TIP 3. All classes have an autocomplete function enabled.
PS. We’ve left the old function with the full section’s structure at the bottom of the Visual Content as “CSS Classes (advanced).”
In this mini-tutorial, I’ll show you how to use three functions to change background color in your project. The background color is just an example, and you can change other properties in the same way.
This description applies to three editors, Bootstrap Shuffle, Bulma Builder, and Tailwind Builder. The screens come from Bootstrap Shuffle but are so readable that you will easily find the same functions in the editor you are using.
Note: The last method (Custom CSS) is a new feature, that’s why I created this mini-tutorial 🙂
1. Visual panel with convenient pickers.
The easiest way to change your style is simply to find the right option in the variable settings of the CSS framework.
You can use a search bar for this.
2. HTML Structure
The second method is to add the appropriate CSS class to the body element. You can do this in the HTML Structure panel.
To open it:
Hover over the component you want to edit.
Click the “Content” icon.
Go to the “HTML Structure” tab
Note: Each component you are editing has an additional “Parents” section, which includes a body element and a global wrapper.
You need a good knowledge of the CSS framework classes, but for ease of use, we have auto-completion, which will tell you the name of the class you are looking for.
We have made it possible to add your CSS code, so you can simply add a code that will change the background color for the body. Of course, you can create your CSS classes here and then add them in the HTML Structure panel (see step 2).
Note: Please use the Save button to save the CSS code. All other changes made in steps 1 and 2 are saved automatically. The CSS code can be so large that the autosave would be very inefficient (every time we save the changes, we have to recompile the framework to CSS).
When you open the content panel, you will see two tabs (see the image below).
One is Visual Content, which allows you to change texts and images in your project.
The second is the HTML Structure. This is an option for more advanced users who know the given CSS library. It allows you to modify CSS classes directly from our panel.
Component content window is divided into two columns.
I will start description from the right column because you know it well from the main application screen. This is a preview of the currently edited page with a small addition. The two side markers show which component you are editing.
What’s in the HTML Structure tab
The left column is divided into two sections: Parents and Component. Parents are wrappers in which the component is located, thanks to them you can change CSS classes for body elements and the main container.
Each section has an HTML element tree. When you move over an item, it will be highlighted on the right in the preview so you can be sure which item will be edited.
After clicking the HTML tag, the class edit field will expand with the current classes assigned to the given element. You don’t need to know the names of all classes in the library because we have an auto-complete mechanism! Start writing, and we’ll tell you what classes are available.
The Component section has an additional “copy HTML” link that allows you to copy the entire item to the clipboard – if, for example, you would like to use it in another project.
All changes made to this panel are saved in real-time.
We’ve just published the largest Bootstrap Shuffle update!
From now on, we support Material Design for Bootstrap. It is based on the most popular Bootstrap Material implementation, designed and built by FezVrasta.
Thanks to this update our builder is no longer dependent on library’s version, and the available settings are generated based on SCSS files (we can support any UIKit / library, which is based on Sass).
You can select a base frontend library when you’re creating a new project.
This is a question asked by one of our users on our chat. He said: “I use … to create HTML templates. What is the difference between that one and Bootstrap Shuffle and which Bootstrap builder is the best?”
Facts: The best Bootstrap builder is the one that best suits your present way of working.
Let me explain.
There are several Bootstrap builders available on the market, but they differ in approach and features they offer. Some are designed exclusively for layouts, others only for modifying default Bootstrap styles, while others are a mix of both solutions.
Bootstrap Shuffle is an example of this mix. Our Bootstrap builder consists of two elements:
1. Builder interface – where you have more than 230 components grouped into various most commonly used categories.
2. Default Bootstrap styles editor – where all Bootstrap settings are equipped with convenient pickers + several improvements, like Google Fonts search engine.
We do not know each other so I do not know how you work.
However, over the last 12 years, I’ve been working on hundreds of web projects and I have some observations that guide us when creating our Bootstrap builder.
Observation 1. Developers do not have time to learn new tools.
This is the reason why we want our builder to be as simple to use as possible.
Observation 2. Developers do not want to change their optimal way of working. Often developed over the years of their career.
That’s the reason why we do not want to replace your IDE! I won’t say that you will do EVERYTHING in our builder. That’s the point here. You do just enough to speed up your work, but when it comes to details, you should use your favourite IDE.
See a 6-minutes long video about creating a Bootstrap template, where at the end I switch to IDE (I use Visual Studio Code) to make some final adjustments.
Observation 3. Developers leave the most difficult elements of the project for the end.
As I said above, I have been working in the web development industry for 12 years now and I worked with dozens of developers at different levels of experience. All of them (including me!) do the same thing and leave the most difficult elements for the end of work.
Therefore, if you work on a technology project, for the first 50-80% of the time everything goes well and no one anticipates delays and everyone is sure that you will make it on time.
This is due to the fact that the whole team works on things that they already know and have done repeatedly, and the more difficult are left for the final phase and this is where delays start.
What developers should do is shorten the time of simple things to the maximum so they can get to those difficult ones as soon as possible.
That’s why we created Bootstrap Shuffle. A tool to help you deliver projects on time, within your budget and without stress.
Working with Bootstrap Shuffle comes down to a few steps:
Add pages needed in a given project (e.g index.html, contact.html, faq.html)
Add the appropriate layout components (navigation, header, footer, etc.)
Upload assets and target text content
Change the color palette
Change the Bootstrap component styles (e.g. buttons, navbar)
Download the project on your hard drive and run it, e.g in Visual Studio.
Start working on difficult elements! For example, animations and interactions or backend communication.
PS. Currently, Bootstrap Shuffle exports code to HTML/CSS and PUG/SCSS source files. We’re working on version 2.0 that will allow you to export to React. All accounts created before March 1th, 2019 will receive this update for free.