How to select the Right UI Framework for your next React Project?

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Author: Sathwik Edupuganti
July 2, 2020 | SimbaQuartz

In this article, I’ll be discussing how to choose the perfect UI framework for your next React Project. Being an Intern at SimbaQuartz it was my first encounter with a project of such Complexity. I was told about the requirements, workflow, and the scenarios that were to be handled in the project.

With such a huge project to be developed, the task was to implement the functionality making sure not to compromise on the appearance of the project. Using a UI framework made our task pretty simple. Now, all we have to do is to make a perfect and optimized code.

Our Judgemental Criteria Included :

The breadth of the components
Quality of implementation
Ease of re-styling
Quality of documentation
Project Support

Our main contenders were :
1. Ant Design ProSemantic UI
2. Ant Design ProSemantic UI

1. Ant Design Pro

a) The breadth of Components:

Ant Design Pro has a vast number of inbuilt components which can be Imported from the Ant-d environment.

b)  Quality of Implementation:

Good looking components had plenty of options and had good interoperability.

c)  Ease of Re-Styling:

The Ant-D components are re-styleable but not made to be Overhauled. The default ant-d style was sufficient for our requirement.

d)  Quality Of Documentation:

Though the documentation is provided in Chinese, it had a good translation. And were provided with thorough examples.

e)  Project Support:

Ant-D Pro has around 20,000 stars on GitHub and has good support on Stack Overflow and Github.

2. Semantic UI

a) The breadth of Components:

Good selection of components, but may need to complement with others (i.e. date picker, filtering/sorting on a data table)

b) Quality of Implementation:

Good looking components had plenty of options and had good interoperability.

c) Ease of Re-Styling:

The components are re-styleable very easily. The documentation for every component is provided very clearly.

d)  Quality Of Documentation:

Interactive examples of each component, clear navigation & information on theming, component options, and sample layouts.

e)  Project Support:

Has around 1,500 stars on and is maintained by Open-Source contributors.

For Our Project’s use-cases, Ant Design React appears to be the best fit. It offers a great number of components, and each is quite easy to use and integrate with others. We’re doing a lot of quick prototyping, and Ant is exceptional for these purposes. Its documentation and extensive examples are supremely helpful for getting started quickly.

However, for Everyone Ant-D isn’t necessarily the best option for everyone: If you need easy theming, then Semantic UI React might be a great fit.

We’ve been happy with Ant Design since we started using it, though we had some hiccups we were able to find a solution either through the documentation or Social Forums. Simply picking one UI library and sticking with it solves a lot of problems with consistency and bugginess that you might have with roll-your-own solutions or picking various single components from who-knows-where.