Kernel.css – Lightweight, Semantic & Unintrusive Frontend Framework

Developers know the pain of recreating code from scratch. Thankfully, the web development community offers a lot in the way of open source and frontend frameworks.

Popular frameworks such as Bootstrap work well but can also feel too bloated. Thankfully, there are alternatives and one of my newest favorites is Kernel.css.

Kernel.css style UI kit

Kernel calls itself an unintrusive framework, meaning it’ll operate like a thin layer on top of your page. It doesn’t feel bothersome or difficult to customize and the classes are fully compliant with modern HTML5 specs.

Frontend developer work should follow proper semantics for accessibility and the highest level of browser support. Using a framework such as Kernel saves loads of time and frustration solving common issues.

Here are some of the best-selling aspects of Kernel:

  • Its grid system runs on flexbox.
  • Fully responsive and mobile-friendly.
  • Custom transitions through CSS & JavaScript
  • Pre-styled elements for cards, tables, and headers.
  • Simple color scheme modeled after material design.

You can preview all the Kernel elements on the main demo page which includes sample source codes, too.

Kernel.css open source framework

You’ll notice many items such as buttons and headers offer different class names. This means you can easily change a button’s color just by altering the class.

It also comes with default notification classes on buttons for certain actions, such as .btn-primary for a blue “clean” button or .btn-warning with a brighter yellow flair.

The best part of Kernel is that you can easily customize this framework to suit your needs. Want to add Font Awesome to your buttons? No problem. How about adding Google Webfonts to your headers? Just overwrite the styles in your CSS sheet and you’re good to go.

If you want a lightweight starting point to structure fantastic layouts then Kernel.css is the framework for the job.

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