Bootstrap 2 or 3 Frage

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Just a question: is it wise to build templates with Bootstrap 3? Joomla comes default with BS 2. BS 3 won't be implemented in Joomla 3. At best (= very likely) in Joomla 4. Plenty of extensions work with Bootstrap 2. If you build your template with BS 3 you may have to create a mountain of overrides to make those extensions work correctly.

I got into a discussion and the general consensus was it's better at this moment to use BS 2 rather than BS 3 for template development. I'd like to hear your thoughts about it.
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    Thursday, 16. January 2014, 09:48 - #permalink
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    Thats exactly why I don't like the implementation of Bootstrap in Joomla!. It's a paternalism of web developer that they have to choose B2, if they don't want to write a lot of overrides. Bootstrap 2 is the Mootools-Penetration 2.0. So, the fault is not by Blank Template or the web developer, it's by the cms.
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    Tuesday, 21. January 2014, 04:22 - #permalink
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    Alex, I never said it was a your fault. ;-)

    Very soon after Joomla implemented Bootstrap (BS) 2, BS 3 came out. Not merely as a beta version, but a complete replacement. think they should have waited that little bit longer. Something the Joomla developers should have known. I understand the problems involved, but this is just postponing them. Once Joomla 4 goes online with BS 3 existing templates BS 2 have to be converted anyway. Which leaves us poor developers with the smelly cigar for now.

    As to overrides, I try to use them as sparingly as possible. Just had a major problem with a faulty set of overrides. My mistake, I fully admit. I couldn't get a 2.5 site working correctly after upgrading to 3.2 The template worked fine. I completely overlooked the html folder, not realizing it contained no less than 45 overrides! Removing them solved the problem. Once I figured the problem out, it took a full 2 seconds to solve it. But figuring that one out took me quite a while.

    So what is your expert opinion? Start building BS 3 templates right now or better wait a bit? On the Joomla forum the experts are rather hesitant about it.
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