Materialize CSS – A web UI framework based on Google’s Material Design framework

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Google developed a design language called Material Design(codenamed as Quantum Paper) in the year 2014.

All the informative websites follow a particular grid structure. But most of the websites lack uniformity. We can see too much padding & shadows, wrong color contrast and overlapping elements in the websites which create a bad user experience.

Google developed Material Design framework to address these issues. Material Design makes more liberal use of grid-based layouts, responsive animations and transitions, padding, and depth effects such as lighting and shadow. This framework can be applied to websites as well as mobile apps.

There are so many components suggested by Google in Material Design framework which can give elegant look to your website. Cards, chips, bottom navigation, buttons, etc. to name a few components.

MaterializeCss is a web-based front-end framework based on Google's Material Design framework. The beauty of this framework is that most of the components required for developing a website are already configured or you can simply enable them using a few lines of code which is available on their website.

All the components are responsive and compatible with all kinds of devices, because of this, trying and testing different elements have become faster and easier. As per the data provided by BuiltWith.com, Materialize CSS is being used by more than 100000+ active websites.

Important features of Materialize CSS:

Easy to integrate:

You can easily integrate Materialize CSS in your website. Go to Getting Started page and copy CDN file link and paste it in your website. They have also provided two examples on this page, which you can use directly for your website.

Grid Layout:

Like the popular Bootstrap framework, Materialize CSS also gives an easy to set up grid layout. It provides you a 12-column grid which is completely responsive. You can specify the size of each block for different device sizes by just specifying the corresponding class name. So, the work required for writing media queries is minimized.

Documentation & Support:

It is a properly documented framework. The documentation can be found on their materializecss.com or on their GitHub repository. Also, good support has been provided from their GitHub repository. You can raise an issue, and the repository owner or other developers will solve your issues. You can also check StackOverflow(https://stackoverflow.com) if you need immediate help from a larger developer community.

Components:

Materialize CSS comes with all the components proposed in Material Design framework. The components like Card, Sliders, Carousel images, Chips, Dropdowns, Form elements, Date and time pickers, etc. give your website a very fresh look.

Compatibility:

Materialize CSS is compatible with all top web browsers which include Chrome 35+, Firefox 31+, Safari 7+, Opera, Edge, IE 10+.

Speed of development:

Due to Grid Structure and readily available components, the speed of UI development becomes faster.

Speed of the website:

Every new plugin that you add to the website, it adds at least one CSS and JavaScript file, which enables that plugin in your web page. This increases the page load time. Materialize CSS has most of the components required to develop a website. The overhead of those additional CSS and JS files is minimized which automatically decreases the page load time and loads the websites faster

Customizable:

All the components are completely customizable in Materialize CSS. With the help SASS, you can change the entire theme colors, font size, fonts, etc. really quickly. If you don’t prefer SASS, you can simply load your customized CSS file after the Materialize CSS file, and your changes will be applied. Components like Sliders, Carousels, Form input, etc. can be easily customized using JavaScript.

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