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The most-awaited Bootstrap 4 stable version has finally shipped out. It seems to prove it right as said by Fulton J Sheen – “Patience is power. It is not an absence of action rather it is ‘timing’. It waits for the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.”

Bootstrap is a powerful front-end framework for the faster development of responsive, mobile-first web layouts. It has undergone the revolutionary changes to give you a highly-customizable environment for better user experiences. It was a long journey with first Bootstrap alpha release from 2015 to January 18, 2018; to make it to a Bootstrap 4 stable release. Bootstrap 4 update is worth this patience. The main highlight of the release is the new Bootstrap 4 examples page for smooth migration from Bootstrap 3 to Bootstrap 4. Along with the print styles and utility classes updations, additional border utilities and SaaS maps & much more. So, let’s check out the all-new features and enhancements it is providing with Bootstrap 4 Stable release:

BootStrap 4 New Features and Enhancements:

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The new version is a refinement of last Beta version. It includes stabilized key pieces of CSS, improved documentation, and some new kicks.

1. Updated Print Styles and Utility Classes

There is a great improvement in the rendering of printed pages. It ensures the reasonable size of pages rather than making them fit mobile screens only. The print utility classes hold a new set of display values to match standard display utilities.

2. Additive Border Utilities

It is providing additive border utilities to quickly add all borders to your components. The default border is set to a solid 1px light gray color.

3. Sass Map Updations

The $spacers and $sizes Sass maps are updated for more customizations. They will work the same way as color maps. You are now allowed to add, remove, or replace all your key-value pairs to generate families of related CSS. Sass maps have default flags that can be overridden or overwritten.

4. Added documentation

The new documentation is added to for using the CSS variables. Bootstrap 4 provides around 2 dozen of CSS variables. These help for easy access to theme colors, breakpoints, and primary font stacks etc. It will be really useful for the users who don’t want to use Sass.

5. New Responsive Classes

The new responsive classes .order-0 and .order-last are introduced for more control over the flexbox grid.

6. Endorsement for Bootstrap Approach

Bootstrap 4 stable version introduces the new concept of documenting its approach. This is a brief overview of some of the guiding principles, strategies to build and maintain Bootstrap. It simply means what Bootstrap is doing and why it is doing that. The intent behind this is to endorse all the things that they keep in mind while writing code, building links, and debugging.

In addition to this, plenty of enhancements are made to reuse and extend variables and general code cleanup.

New Examples

Bootstrap 4 has a complete retread version of examples. Many brand new examples are introduced, outdated examples have been removed and some are retouched. So, let’s dive in to see this exciting change:

  • Pricing Page

It is a brand new custom example page to build an effective pricing table for the potential customers. It’s responsive and easily extended based on different utilities and card components.

pricing page example bootstrap 4 stable release update

  • Checkout Form

It is also a newly added extensive form example. It features form layouts, validation styles, grid, and more. The form controls make the validation state triggered if tried to submit without completion.

checkout form page example bootstrap 4 stable release update

  • Product Example

It is a new example page to create Apple-style marketing pages. This is built with utility classes.

product page example bootstrap 4 stable release update

  • Album Example

Album example is updated to include more content in photo cards and enhanced mobile rendering.

Album page example bootstrap 4 stable release update

  • Blog

It is revised with a new two-column blue header layout. The blog example has a magazine-style layout with featured posts and responsive navigation. It highlights the most interesting content of the posts.

blog page example bootstrap 4 stable release update

  • Dashboard

It is redesigned to feature a live ChartJS example. It is semi-responsive and now includes a refreshed sidebar with Feather icons.

dashboard page example bootstrap 4 stable release update

  • Floating Labels

It is a brand new addition. It is based on a sign-in example to provide a CSS-only implementation of the floating input label.

floating labels page example bootstrap 4 stable release update

  • Off-canvas

It has been redrafted to display a navbar-built drawer, horizontal scrolling navigation etc. It also includes some custom lists built on media object and utilities to construct highly repetitive components like blog comments, tweets.
Though Cover, Carousel, Sign-in, and framework examples have minor updates. The changes are made to improve code quality and fix small bugs.

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Reactions from the Community on Stable release of Bootstrap 4

Bootstrap has a huge community support. The Bootstrap community is really active and openly post their views, concerns, and issues about regular updates. Let’s check out the community reactions about Bootstrap 4 stable release:
Most of the users are feeling excited and completely fell in love with Bootstrap 4. The newly added Flexbox, improved grid system, cards with a hybrid approach is greatly appreciated by all. They are liking to run the all-new Bootstrap 4!!

Twitter user reactions:

Even the people out of Bootstrap community are appreciating it.

Though some of the users are feeling it difficult to use Bootstrap 4:

Overall, Bootstrap 4 stable release got a warm welcome and leaving a positive impression on users till now. Let’s wait for new updates from the community with more exposure as the time passes by.

New Development Plan for Bootstrap 4 Update

The next Bootstrap update will be v4.1. It will focus on the betterment of small new features, utilities, responsive font sizes, and more. It will fix any pending bugs. The Bootstrap update is also planning for new releases to go to another feature and to make RTL part of its build tools and components. It is considering to bring a new hosted version of documentation with each minor release. Though it will continue to offer support to prior releases.

Further, below we have detailed all the Bootstrap 4 features that were covered in previous alpha and beta releases and now have become part of the final release.

Bootstrap 4 | Beta version release!

Bootstrap 4 BETA Blog

Bootstrap just released their latest beta version and it is said to be one of the most awaited versions of all times.This Beta update has arrived 7 months after the previous release i.e. Alpha 6 in Jan 2017.

It has rather shaped up the alpha version and provided significant bug fixes to enhance the user’s experience. This two-year long hustle by the Bootstrap team has brought a plethora of changes. But if you are living under a rock, and completely unaware of them, you can further go through the enlisted key highlights of the latest Bootstrap beta version mentioned below.

Bootstrap 4 Beta: Features under the HUD!

  • Bootstrap has become a part of the larger Sass community now.
  • Almost everything is flex based; especially targeting mobile audience now.
  • A completely different component, CARDS, has been introduced. These are merely a replacement of thumbnails, wells, and old panels. These act as content containers.
  • They’ve let bygones be bygones and thus, they’ve cut loose with the age-old browser versions.
  • Pixels have been bartered for rems
  • Normalize.css and all HTML resets have been fused into a new CSS module, Reboot.
  • Gradients, transitions, shadows, grid classes etc have been canopied under the option of Sass variables.
  • A brand new colour palette and new systems fonts have been induced as well.

Further, to have an elaborated understanding of these features, you can hover down.

Beta Update: Reactions from the Community

This latest release has deeply affected the “sense and sensibility” of web designers and developers. Here is to these reactions;

As, we know, “Familiarity breeds contempt”, similarly, one of the reddit user showed his disappointment with the long wait by saying that

“well this took waaaaaay tooooo long… where I work we switched to Semantic UI and Foundation”

Whereas, some understood the grind and applauded these changes;

“Bootstrap is a great tool to – you guessed it – bootstrap projects. To say Bootstrap is just for people starting out is simply invalid. It’s not all about writing the most perfect BEM/atomic/component based CSS, it’s also about how easy you can onboard new people onto that project, particularly in a commercial context.”

Keeping in mind that this latest beta version has been released. We can expect to get a stable Bootstrap 4 version unleashed to the world soon enough. Even then, this fact stands irrefutably firm that, Bootstrap 4 hype has grossed over 2 years of active development despite at a snail’s pace.

Bootstrap 4: Top Features and Enhancements

Bootstrap 4 comes with awesome features and perhaps it is not going to be easy to point out all but, we are pointing out some of the main features:

  • Move from Less to Sass: With the new Libsass compiling is faster and the Sass developer’s community is also growing by the day.
  • Improved Grid System: The Bootstrap update comes with a new grid tier and a new revamped semantic mixins.
  • Flexbox Support: The future is the present! Switch to the Boolean variable, and compile a new CSS. This allows you to take full advantage of the flexbox-based grid system and the components.
  • For cards- Dropped thumbnails, wells, and panels: The Bootstrap latest version comes with a new component-Card, but you will be at ease using them as they can handle everything from panels, thumbnails and wells, in fact, better.
  • All HTML is consolidated in the new module, Reboot: Enter Reboot and out goes normalize.css, providing more reset opinions like margin tweaks, box-sizing: border – box and more in one single Sass file.
  • Customised Options: No more limitations to transitions, shadows, gradients, matter-of-fact more of a separate stylesheet much like v3, are what to expect from Sass variables. Do you want default transitions on all or just disable the rounded corners? Well, in the Bootstrap update you just need to update a variable and recompile it.
  • Dropping IE8 Support and Entering rem and em units: Bootstrap latest version drops IE8, no need to worry as the new Bootstrap update takes full advantage of the best CSS sections minus any fallback or hacks. Bootstrap latest update has swiped to rems and ems (where appropriate) making the responsive typography and component sizing easy. Still, if you want to continue using IE8, keep using Bootstrap 3.
  • Newly written JavaScript plugging: Rewritten plugins in ES6 taking full use of the latest JavaScript enhances. The Bootstrap 4 also comes with UMD support, option type checking, generic teardown method, and more.
  • Improved popovers and tooltips auto-placement: Bootstrap 4 has improved popovers and auto-placement tooltips thanks to the library known as Tether.
  • Improved Documentation: The Bootstrap 4 documentation is rewritten in Markdown with a few new added plugins allowing Bootstrap latest update to streamline examples and the code snippets, making work with Bootstrap docs a lot easy. Next on way in the Bootstrap update is an improved search as well.

Apart from all this the Bootstrap 4 comes packed with custom form controls, padding classes, new utility classes, margin, and more on the way.

Continued Support for V3

Remembering the mishap done during the release of Bootstrap 3 with the discontinuation of v2.x, that gave many users a hard time hence, this time Bootstrap 3 is maintained with minor bug fixes and improved documentation. V3 docs shall continue to be used even after v4 release.

Bootstrap Themes

Bootstrap latest update comes with a new official Bootstrap Theme. Bootstrap always thought of launching them but, just never came around to doing so. Now, finally, the long-awaited themes are here with the new Bootstrap latest version. More than just themes, they are tool-kits on their own. The new Bootstrap update comes with three Bootstrap 3 based themes: Dashboard, Application, and Marketing. Each packed with a bundle of features. All themes come with a multiple-user license for free and paid documentation.

Bootstrap themes are full-fledged toolkits to subsidize your project start-up and running. The Bootstrap team is ready to extend the Official Bootstrap Themes store. The new Bootstrap update will incorporate ten brand new themes. All the themes will be based on Bootstrap 4. The first-quarter launch is in the cards to cater the Bootstrap designers, developers, and creators all over the world building businesses.

Bootstrap CDN

The Bootstrap 4 comes with a feature called CDN. If you want to compile CSS and JS, then use the Bootstrap CDN, totally apart from Max CDN. Users can easily use load JavaScript, CSS, and remotely images from its servers.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/4.0.0-alpha.6/css/bootstrap.min.css" integrity="sha384-rwoIResjU2yc3z8GV/NPeZWAv56rSmLldC3R/AZzGRnGxQQKnKkoFVhFQhNUwEyJ" crossorigin="anonymous">
<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.1.1.slim.min.js" integrity="sha384-A7FZj7v+d/sdmMqp/nOQwliLvUsJfDHW+k9Omg/a/EheAdgtzNs3hpfag6Ed950n" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>
<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/tether/1.4.0/js/tether.min.js" integrity="sha384-DztdAPBWPRXSA/3eYEEUWrWCy7G5KFbe8fFjk5JAIxUYHKkDx6Qin1DkWx51bBrb" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>
<script src="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/4.0.0-alpha.6/js/bootstrap.min.js" integrity="sha384-vBWWzlZJ8ea9aCX4pEW3rVHjgjt7zpkNpZk+02D9phzyeVkE+jo0ieGizqPLForn" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>

Being the alpha version, it may not look like a good resource but, you can use the Bootstrap link via Cloudflare CDN. Yes, do remember this is temporary so you won’t be able to do any SCSS compiling.

Display Headings

The Bootstrap latest update comes with very nice looking headings that give a lead like look. At present, Bootstrap latest version comes with all HTML headings, right from <h1> to <h6> according to the dimensions shown in the table below:

S. No. Bootstrap class Heading Dimensions
1 h1. Bootstrap heading Semi-bold 2.5rem (40px)
2 h2. Bootstrap heading Semi-bold 2rem (32px)
3 h3. Bootstrap heading Semi-bold 1.75rem (28px)
4 h4. Bootstrap heading Semi-bold 1.5rem (24px)
5 h5. Bootstrap heading Semi-bold 1.25rem (20px)
6 h6. Bootstrap heading Semi-bold 1rem (16px)

Managed Dependencies

The Bootstrap alpha version comes with managed dependencies. Meaning, now you can include Bootstrap source Sass and JavaScript files by using Meteor, Bower, Composer or npm. The installs do not come with any documentation but, come with Gruntfire and readme.

Designed for all Devices

Bootstrap alpha release is made for all and everyone. The Bootstrap update is highly responsive making it mobile device friendly. If you are ready to use the Bootstrap alpha version you can download it here.

The Ultimate Bootstrap Editor – BootEditor

Do you want to customize your Bootstrap template to your requirements? BootEditor is your answer. With BootEditor, you do not require knowing how to code as you can easily change the design elements of not only your Buttons but, Pagination and forms as well. You get live customization and the changes are seen in real time. BootEditor is easy to use. You just have to download it and Install. Once installed you are ready to design your CSS, based on Bootstrap. BootEditor is compatible with Version 3 and as the Bootstrap alpha version is out hence, BootEditor will be made compatible with Bootstrap 4. Looking out for something more? If you want to design a full-fledged theme then you can download TemplateToaster. TemplateToaster, a web design software provides full-fledged theme designing and templates are bootstrap based. Whether you want to create a WordPress, Joomla, Magento or an HTML template, all you need to do is download TemplateToaster.

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Bootstrap 4 stable release has lots of new features for rapid, responsive and consistent development. It gives you many reasons to move. For more details, you can also read our article on Bootstrap 3 vs Bootstrap 4. The users are really excited about new Bootstrap 4 and its upcoming first-quarter launch. So, when are you upgrading to the stable version of Bootstrap 4 !!

Let us know what you think about this release. You can share your views and experiences on the Bootstrap 4 in the comment section below.