HTML5 template reviews: Starbis

This post is from HTML5 template reviews series. In these series, we are performing a quick test run for the selected HTML5 templates, with the goal to discover how simple it is to use the template. And how quickly we can create a few example web pages.

In this post, we are examining a Starbis template.


Starbis is a premium HTML5 template. Our goal is to review the flexibility of this template from the customization perspective. And to give you an overview of pros and cons we have found while testing it. Let’s start.

How to Customize Bootstrap – The Resources You Are Looking For

As we all know, Bootstrap can be used for multiple purposes and is capable of running any type of site. However, when it comes to the appearance of its individual elements – things like content blocks, forms, buttons – it’s very easy to spot the typical Bootstrap footprint, so to speak.

As a result, many Bootstrap sites seem to look very much alike.

Note. This is part three in our Bootstrap series. Previously, we talked about whether or not you should be using Bootstrap in the first place, and we also listed the ultimate set of Bootstrap resources for developers who want to get started with the framework.

This time, the topic is about customizing sites built with Bootstrap framework.

Or in other words, what we’re going to be focusing on today is how to make your Bootstrap site stand out from everyone else’s.

Ultimate Collection of Resources for Developers Starting With Bootstrap

A couple of weeks ago, we published a general overview of Bootstrap and its pros and cons. Basically, the goal was to help you decide whether or not Bootstrap is a platform worth using for your next web development project.

Feel free to check that post right now if you haven’t already (link).

Some of you have expressed really strong opinions in the comments section under that post, which only proves that Bootstrap framework remains to be one of the hot topics in the web development world today. So as a follow-up, this time we’re taking a look at some of the most useful Bootstrap developer resources from around the web.

This list goes through various types of information, tutorials, and tools related to Bootstrap framework. I’ve divided it into a handful of categories just to make everything a bit easier to grasp and allow you to skip things you’re not interested in.

The Bootstrap Framework Controversy … Should You Use It or Not?

Released back in 2011, Twitter’s Bootstrap framework is one of the most popular – if not the most popular – front-end website development framework out there, at least in 2015.

And not without a reason. Bootstrap provides a really easy to grasp way of crafting your site designs and thus allows you to create great looking and mobile-optimized builds in hours, instead of days.

Bootstrap should you use this framework

That being said, there’s a lot of conflicting opinions around Bootstrap with almost equal number of people on both sides of the barricade. Some experienced developers (like the guys over at ThemeShaper, for example) have addressed various issues with the framework and pointed out why it might not be the perfect web development solution after all.

So today, let’s look into some of the framework’s known traits, both in terms of the positives as well as the negatives. However, I’ll try not to sway your opinion in any direction by telling you what I consider the right solution here – in terms of using Bootstrap or not – but instead, I just want to provide enough insight for you to be able to make your own decision.