The correct order for using Bootstrap tags

If you notice that your page isn’t displaying properly; like maybe Bootstrap is using its’ default styles
instead of your custom css, or maybe your drop-down menu isn’t working, it could be that you need to
check the order of your Bootstrap tags.

The order of the tags is very important for your page to look and work like you want it to.

Check the head and make sure you have the meta tags correct. (The 3rd tag is necessary to display the page on mobile devices.)


<meta charset=”utf-8″>
<meta content=”IE=edge” http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible”>
<meta content=”width=device-width, initial-scale=1″ name=”viewport”>

The above 3 meta tags must come first in the head; the other head content comes after them.

<title>Page Title Here</title>

Next is the Bootstrap core css:
<link href=”css/bootstrap.css” rel=”stylesheet”> OR
<link href=”css/bootstrap.min.css” rel=”stylesheet”>

Your own style sheets come next
<link href=”css/mystyle.css” rel=”stylesheet” />

The Bootstrap Core JavaScript files (jquery.min.js and bootstrap.js) are at the end, right before the closing body tag, so the pages will load faster.

Which Bootstrap css version should you use? It depends whether you want to be able to read it or not. Bootstrap.min.css is a mini version of bootstrap.css. All of the white space and other extra characters have been removed, to decrease the file size. This version is usually used in production. When you’re developing, it’s helpful to use the regular version because it’s legible.


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