Quick start

To start using this design system you will need to import some files in your current project or start from scratch using our template (scroll down in this page to view it).


CSS

Copy-paste the stylesheet <link> into your <head> before all other stylesheets to load our CSS.

<!-- Fonts -->
<link href="https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans:300,400,600,700" rel="stylesheet">

<!-- Icons -->
<link href="/assets/vendor/nucleo/css/nucleo.css" rel="stylesheet">
<link href="/assets/vendor/font-awesome/css/font-awesome.min.css" rel="stylesheet">

<!-- Theme CSS -->
<link type="text/css" href="/assets/css/argon.min.css" rel="stylesheet">

JS

Many of our components require the use of JavaScript to function. Specifically, they require jQuery, Popper.js, and our own JavaScript plugins. Place the following <script>s near the end of your pages, right before the closing </body> tag, to enable them. jQuery must come first, then Popper.js, and then our JavaScript plugins.

We use jQuery’s slim build, but the full version is also supported.

<!-- Core -->
<script src="/assets/vendor/jquery/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="/assets/vendor/popper/popper.min.js"></script>
<script src="/assets/vendor/bootstrap/bootstrap.min.js"></script>

<!-- Theme JS -->
<script src="/assets/js/argon.min.js"></script>

Need to use a certain plugin in your page? You can find out how to integrate them and make them work in the Plugins dedicated page. In this way you will be sure that your website is optimized and uses only the needed resources.

Starter template

Be sure to have your pages set up with the latest design and development standards. That means using an HTML5 doctype and including a viewport meta tag for proper responsive behaviors. Put it all together and your pages should look like this:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1, shrink-to-fit=no">

  <title>Hello World!</title>

  <!-- Favicon -->
  <link href="/assets/img/brand/favicon.png" rel="icon" type="image/png">

  <!-- Fonts -->
  <link href="https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans:300,400,600,700" rel="stylesheet">

  <!-- Icons -->
  <link href="/assets/vendor/nucleo/css/nucleo.css" rel="stylesheet">
  <link href="/assets/vendor/font-awesome/css/font-awesome.min.css" rel="stylesheet">

  <!-- Argon CSS -->
  <link type="text/css" href="/assets/css/argon.css" rel="stylesheet">
</head>
<body>
  <h1>Hello, world!</h1>

  <!-- Core -->
  <script src="/assets/vendor/jquery/jquery.min.js"></script>
  <script src="/assets/vendor/popper/popper.min.js"></script>
  <script src="/assets/vendor/bootstrap/bootstrap.min.js"></script>

  <!-- Optional plugins -->
  <script src="/assets/vendor/PLUGIN_FOLDER/PLUGIN_SCRIPT.js"></script>

  <!-- Theme JS -->
  <script src="/assets/js/argon.js"></script>
  </body>
</html>

Important globals

Argon employs a handful of important global styles and settings that you’ll need to be aware of when using it, all of which are almost exclusively geared towards the normalization of cross browser styles. Let’s dive in.

HTML5 doctype

Bootstrap requires the use of the HTML5 doctype. Without it, you’ll see some funky incomplete styling, but including it shouldn’t cause any considerable hiccups.

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
  ...
</html>

Responsive meta tag

Bootstrap is developed mobile first, a strategy in which we optimize code for mobile devices first and then scale up components as necessary using CSS media queries. To ensure proper rendering and touch zooming for all devices, add the responsive viewport meta tag to your <head>.

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1, shrink-to-fit=no">

You can see an example of this in action in the starter template.