When using a CSS framework it often doesn't matter what devices people use. These frameworks come with their own set of CSS breakpoints with components that work well with those breakpoints.
Even though it's usually best to choose your own breakpoints based on your own content (one of our ground rules for responsive design) using the framework-provided ones can be a real time saver.
A huge time saver when building websites with these frameworks are Polypane's workspace presets. Workspaces give you a pre-built set of panes and settings so you get a flying start when working on a site.
Workspace presets are built-in for Bootstrap, Bulma, Material UI and Tailwind CSS. You can find downloads for the others that you can import directly in Polypane.
Which breakpoints are used by each CSS framework? Find the lists below.
- Bootstrap v4
- Bootstrap v5
- Material UI
- Semantic UI
- Tailwind CSS
|xs||Extra small devices (portrait phones)||none|
|sm||Small devices (landscape phones)||576px|
|md||Medium devices (tablet)||768px|
|lg||Large devices (desktops)||992px|
|xl||Extra large devices (large desktops)||1200px|
Built into Polypane. Find more information in the Bootstrap documentation
|xxl||Extra extra large||1400px|
Built into Polypane. Find more information in the Bulma documentation
Built into Polypane Find more information in the Material UI documentation
Built into Polypane. Find more information in the Tailwind CSS documentation
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