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Sidi Jeddou
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Float UI: The Tailwind UI Alternative for Building Beautiful Web Interfaces

In the world of web development, creating visually appealing and user-friendly interfaces is paramount. While there are many frameworks and tools available, Tailwind UI has gained significant popularity due to its comprehensive set of pre-designed components and utility classes. However, an emerging contender has entered the scene - Float UI. In this article, we will explore Float UI as a compelling alternative to Tailwind UI and delve into its features, and benefits.

What is Float UI?

Float UI is a powerful free Tailwind UI library and website templates designed to simplify and streamline the process of building stunning web interfaces. Developed as an alternative to Tailwind UI, and many other libraries, Float UI offers a comprehensive collection of components and website templates, enabling developers to create visually appealing websites quickly, the best thing is that it’s fully free and open source.

Features of Float UI:

  • Extensive Component Library: Float UI provides a rich selection of meticulously designed components, ranging from Navbars and Cards to Forms and Modals. These pre-built components allow developers to save time and effort by leveraging ready-to-use elements for their projects.
  • Customizable Styles: Float UI emphasizes flexibility, allowing developers to easily customize the appearance of components to match their unique design requirements. With a robust set of configuration options, it enables fine-grained control over colors, typography, spacing, and more.
  • Responsive Design: Float UI is built with responsiveness in mind, ensuring that the components adapt seamlessly across different screen sizes and devices. This responsiveness empowers developers to create interfaces that provide an optimal user experience on desktops, tablets, and mobile devices.
  • Lightweight and Performant: Float UI is designed to prioritize performance without sacrificing functionality. The library is optimized for speed and efficiency, enabling faster load times and smooth interactions, resulting in a snappy and delightful user experience.
  • Documentation: You don’t need to read a documentation to understand how Float UI works, or how to use it, just copy and paste in your code editor.

Benefits of Using Float UI:

  • Time Savings: Float UI's extensive collection of pre-designed components significantly reduces the time and effort required to build complex interfaces from scratch. Developers can focus on implementing business logic and user interactions, rather than spending hours on visual design.
  • Consistent and Polished Designs: Float UI ensures consistency in design by offering a cohesive set of components with a unified visual language. This consistency helps maintain a polished look and feel throughout the application, enhancing the overall user experience.
  • Increased Productivity: With Float UI's intuitive customizable styles, developers can work more efficiently, iterate quickly, and rapidly prototype interfaces. The library's simplicity and ease of use contribute to improved productivity, allowing developers to deliver projects faster.
  • Seamless Integration: Float UI seamlessly integrates with popular JavaScript frameworks such as React and Vue.js, providing dedicated packages and components for these frameworks. This ensures smooth compatibility and makes it easy to incorporate Float UI into existing projects. Furthermore, Float UI has plans to extend support to Vue.js in the near future, allowing developers using Vue.js to leverage the benefits of Float UI's powerful UI library.

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Shriji

Good but why only JSX, you could add a plain old HTML.

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Sidi Jeddou

The problem with HTML is that nobody these days use it plain, they always use a JS framework to build frontend.

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Joshua Amaju

You sure about that?

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Sidi Jeddou

Yea, especially if the components is interactive, people want to save time, if you miss it people will go to something like MUI or NextUI that support it by default, because if you think about making every HTML you copy interactive will take you time, this is my point.

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Shriji

This limits your userbase to just react, preact, solid... anything with just JSX.

The problem with HTML is that nobody these days use it plain, they always use a JS framework to build frontend.

What about Svelte, Vue or even Angular?

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Sidi Jeddou

Yea you’re right, basically we’re thinking to support them, thanks for your reply :)

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Joshua Amaju

FloatUI is just a repository of pre-written tailwindcss tokens, and looking at the components there's nothing specific to React use case. So you'll just be creating examples that are basically the same for React, Vue etc. when you can just creating one HTML example for all your components and then add examples for the interactive components for different frameworks.

At the end of the day, a React, Vue etc developer is a HTML developer. So everybody benefits, and you do less work, right?

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Sidi Jeddou

Yes, you’re right and I agree with you.

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Jukka-Pekka Keisala

No, that is not true at all. Most of the sites are still built with serverside rendered with PHP/Ruby/.net/java etc...

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Sidi Jeddou

Oops, didn’t know that, thanks for clarifying.

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Brian

You can use DivMagic to convert all of these components into HTML with one click

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Shriji

Is it free/open source?

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Brian

It is a commercial tool

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Sidi Jeddou

Great, didn’t know about it before, thanks!

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Dave A

Sounds cool but what does float ui do that Tailwind doesn't? And how is it better than Tailwind? Genuine question.

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Sidi Jeddou

Thank you David! Answering to your question, Float UI isn’t a CSS framework it’s a UI library built on top of Tailwind CSS, includes ready to use components to speed up your work in building UIs.

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Dave A

Thanks. The article implies it can be a replacement for Tailwind rather than an extension of it. Thanks for sharing and clarifying.

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Emilio González

I think you're mixing up tailwindcss with Tailwind UI

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Riccardo • Edited

And don't forget Blazor too.
Not every developer is into JS frameworks like React, Angular, Vue, etc.
I am a C# developer using the ASP. Net Core stack and I prefer to use Blazor for writing SPA apps.
Just putting it out there 😀

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Sidi Jeddou

That's sounds interesting, how do you deal with the interactive components, do you use pure JavaScript?

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Manuel Targa

Interesting.

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Anurag Vohra • Edited

when i click on floar ui link, it gave me unsecure link warning to me in Android chrome

Attackers might be trying to steal your information from floatui.com (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards)

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Sidi Jeddou

Thank you for reporting, will fix it ASAP.

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Nathan Snyder

Looks really nice! I do think it would benefit significantly from the components being made accessible. Things like appropriate attributes for modals and alerts, and appropriate labels for close buttons that are an "X" SVG would make it easier to get up and running and help users of accessibility technology that interact with these components.

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Sidi Jeddou

Hey, thank you so much for this great point.

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Dauda Lawal

Thanks for this insightful article.

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Sidi Jeddou

Glad you liked it, Dauda :)

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Michael Synan

Looks amazing, can't wait to try it out.

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Sidi Jeddou

Thanks Michael, looking forward to see you using it 🙌

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Louis Low

You should try out WEAVV doesn't build on top of Tailwind. Fit in HTML or JS as you like. No design limits.

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John Rush

love this lib

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Bayu Saputra

nice

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Ejike Aneke

i love this float ui

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Sidi Jeddou

Thank you so much, appreciate it, Ejikr 🙏