jQuery’s long awaited version 3 has finally hit the shelves, and developers all across the globe are working towards using the new features, and transporting their existing libraries to the new code system. Devs who have been implementing jQuery for older versions of IE are going to be disappointed with lack of support for older browser versions, but there’s so much more to look forward to. jQuery has established a monumental foundation that now drives much of the interactive, and dynamic experiences that we are experiencing on the web. Sure, some complain that jQuery is obsolete, but combining your existing jQuery knowledge with frameworks like React and Angular can drive immensely versatile results.
The average webmaster and web developer however sees jQuery as an opportunity to expand default website functionality with added effects and scripts that make the user experience refined, more thoroughly adjusted for its basic core requirements. That’s why we decided to gather around some of the coolest and certainly the most interactive jQuery plugins and effects to amplify your website’s user experience. These plugins and effects range from performance optimization, to creating tailored onboarding experiences that will help your users understand your product better from the moment they decide to signup. These are fundamental jQuery libraries that you can apply to a range of situations, with little to no effort with getting them up and running.
Cropper could very well be the most extensive web-based image cropping tool that you’ll be able to get your hands on. It has more than 70+ different ways of cropping, manipulating, understanding, and modifying your image data. It’s friendly to mobile devices with touch functionality, you can zoom/rotate/scale your photos, and supports many of today’s web browsers. The predefined options allow you to scale your photos to different aspect ratios with a single click, you can change view modes to play with the photo’s dimensions and scale, and there are several ways to get an array of data about your photo, such as container, image, canvas, and crop box data all with a single click of a button. The interface is so friendly that you’ll have zero difficulties in putting it inside one of your image uploading platforms. You can effectively combine Cropper with any of the known jQuery file upload scripts and create an authentic experience for your image sharing site.
Startups and IT companies are launching left and right these days, and many of them are focused around some form of web manipulation through their software, in some cases it means managing and editing photos online, sometimes it’s a product that can revamp your website into a unique experience, and in the last 2 years a new trend emerged where startups started to showcase a 20/20 photo preview experience of their product. For example, with the 20/20 approach — the customer can demo how your product affects a particular function or element, such as a photo. It’s similar to what you’d see in a tool like Affinity Pro, or Photoshop; where images can be previewed for changes with a simple back and forth scroller. TwentyTwenty library once integrated in your main stack can be used to show the different between two unique photos, with an attached slider so the experience remains seamless. Sites like TinyPNG are an example that could benefit from this plugin, as it enables the webmaster to show what the image looked like before compressing, and what it looked like after being compressed, and the concept can be applied to any situation where you’re changing something from one thing to the other, and wish to show the customer the kind of changes they can expect. It’s an interactive approach, and much appreciated by users who’re already getting adapted to such modern techniques of web technologies.
It goes without saying that the advertising marketing is getting shaken up, particularly by ad blockers that are swarming the web like flies on a hot day. The mobile ad blocking market grew by nearly 100% in a single year alone, and it’s expected by experts that the number for both mobile and desktop ad blocker users is going to double in the next 5 years. That’s a number that cannot be taken lightly, even if some advertisers are happy of the change as it weeds out people who would never bother with their ads anyway. Some platforms, such as Flattr, are trying to embrace this change of landscape and want to offer journalists a way of getting paid through micro-transactions that would be spread throughout their work as users invest a monthly cap of monetary reward they’re willing to pay for reading journalist content. Perhaps that technique will evolve with time, but at the moment — ad blocking is still a struggle for many, and as difficult it might be to tell your users that you depend on advertising revenue, in some cases it is really necessary. Adi.js is certainly not the first plugin that wants to put an end to ad blocking, and provides a simple CSS + jQuery interface that will alert your visitors who use adblock, and kindly ask them to disable it so that you can sustain the production of free content. That being said, we’re always exploring new ways that publishers deal with adblocker problems, so if you’re experienced in the field, give us some feedback in the comments as we’d like to get the discussion going.
Speeding up your website techniques have evolved beyond the basics, and now that HTTP/2 is rolling out everywhere, hopefuly the landscape of web content optimization is going to naturally improve. Countless tools exist that can analyze your website for performance, and give you detailed instructions for how to apply fixes to parts of your website that are clearly leaking performance. One way to ensure that your images are not consuming too much of your own and your visitors bandwidth is to use lazy loading, a performance concept that even Google is embracing. And now there are also jQuery plugins for lazy loading your visual website content, bLazy in particular is focused around reducing the amount of images that load on the user’s screen as he opens the page, and also works as a server-side plugin to reduce the number of requests for images, this happens through the unique algorithm that monitors users placement on the website, and only opens (lazy loads) the images when a user reaches the position on the website where an image has been placed. bLazy’s strong points is that it has been tested with websites that server millions of requests, and it’s small library size of not even 2kb is what makes it an essential addition to your list of build tools. It goes beyond traditional lazy loading images only approach too, and can lazy load iframes, videos, scripts, and even games that have been built for the web — all those elements that you’d usually hinder the user experience and slow your website down.
Slide and Push Menus
Bootstrap Star Rating
Bootstrap has so many applications in web development; it’s no wonder it’s the leading front-end framework. You have admin dashboard templates, and spectacular WordPress themes built with Bootstrap, and so many jQuery plugins exist in this space as well, and as much as we’d like to cover them all here (we will in the future), we’re focusing this post in particular to cool jQuery effects and plugins that would spice things up for your user experience, in a unique way. Star rating plugins are usually simple, though Bootstrap Star Ratings pack such a big kick of features, you might confuse it for an individual platform! The plugin supports fractional star ratings. So one can have any fractional stars highlighted and managed. This is totally configurable and one of a significant differentiator as compared to most other rating plugins. Use any of your favorite font icon frameworks to render your star symbols (for example you can easily use the icons from the FontAwesome library). It’s even pluggable with your own custom styles (themes) to better integrate in the design that you’re already using. Within the documentation you’ll find more detailed explanations of how these functions work, and how you can incorporate Bootstrap Star Rating into your mobile apps as well.
As it is in today’s understanding of smooth user experience, onboarding has become somewhat of a hot trend for making sure that your users are getting acquainted with your product through the process of registration. Since it’s easier to explain to the user what your application does as they’re signing up, making onboarding experiences becomes a vital part of your app and software success. While some still manage to argue about the benefits of creating an onboarding experience, some have already ensured themselves great success ahead, one such example is the Shopify eCommerce platform that goes beyond traditional onboarding, and continues to interact and educate its customers long after they’ve signed up, most commonly through email marketing. Mobile apps like Inbox and Peach have perfected their user onboarding screens, and have seen great success with explaining their products to the user even before they finalize setting up their account password. Now with Shepherd (comes from HubSpot, one of the world’s leading marketing platforms) anyone can setup a step-by-step onboarding process for their website or application. Use the library, specifiy the elements you wish to explain, and in detail explain what each one does, and how it correlates with your vision. Simple to follow guidelines can be found in the documentation, happy onboarding!
Exit intent technology quickly grew from random JS modifications to a website, to fully reliable solutions for capturing user’s attention as they try to leave your website, perhaps considered intrusive by many veteran digital marketers, this method of keeping user’s attention engaged is brilliant when it comes to promoting offers, attracting new subscribers, and keeping readers entertained as they navigate your website. Glio.js stands out because it doesn’t just offer an exit popup, but you can set it up so that every corner of your web page provides a unique dialog box where you can put any content you like. Usually used to retain user’s attention, Glio will find uses in situations where you feel that user could be informed additionally on what you’re already providing. This could be a unique feature that you’re placing in the corner of the website, and if user’s start to navigate that way, give them a popup box explaining what the purpose of that feature is.
AJAX has been used in creating tranquil user experiences for a decade now, and developers continue to find new ways to bridge this technology with the user experience that we have when consuming content. Barba.js is a jQuery effect that gives your website a smooth page transition effect. You’ve probably browsed a website before where the website offered navigation arrows on either side of the page, like Previous and Next post. Typically those arrows would be hard navigation elements that would refresh the page and load the new one once you click on them, so Barba.js does the same thing, but removes the part where the browser needs to reload the page again, and instead using PJAX it smoothly transitions to the next page that user wants to view. This kind of UI adds a new dimension of user experience, and will potentially see much more use in the years to come. Barba does use a caching system to cache the pages, and you can set it up the way you prefer.
Radial SVG Slider
Sliders — in particular jQuery one’s — are going to continue getting downsized, resized, and once again downsized, until the majority of jQuery sliders will support modern technology that favors both performance and user experience in the same library. Radial SVG Slider is sort of making the necessary steps in the right direction, through using SVG clipPath and masking effects, the radial sliding effect presents a slider that is not only friendly to the browser and mobile devices, but is also faster than anyone could ever imagine. Needless to say that SVG format plays a big role in this whole scenario. Packed with interactive animation effects, Radial will happily become part of your design workflow as you build new designs for your clients, with modern tools at your disposal.
Turntable isn’t your average jQuery slider, otherwise we wouldn’t have included it! Turntable’s a responsive jQuery plugin for creating rotating slider effects for your images as your users browse the website up and down, Turntable developer calls it the “flipbook effect”, and perhaps it could be applied to a range of images that would display similarities between flipbook design. Images will need to be specified under the myTurntable ID and turntable Class as unique HTML li elements. Turntable.js will figure out the rest. A little bit of CSS is also required to make the UI smooth and appealing.
WYSIWYG are typically unreliable and rely on wrapper’s that haven’t been properly implement in all versions of modern browsers, which creates problems as developers want to use a rich text editor within their apps. Trix does the job, by taking the approach of WYSIWYG and emphasizing features like writing content (blogs, articles, research, anything!), making lists, writing short messages, and general documents. You get the usual Bold, Italic, Strike, Link, Quote, Lists, and Undo functionality, but composed so that most of the time you’re focusing on writing, rather than clicking buttons left and right. Trix automatically accepts files dragged or pasted into an editor and inserts them as attachments in the document. Each attachment is considered pending until you store it remotely and provide Trix with a permanent URL. Since it is developer oriented, the best place to begin with Trix would be the documentation, which explains the different ways features can be implemented to be supported by your own app. The future of rich text editors is looking quite good, thanks to people who work on projects like Trix!
Who needs email marketing when you can work with push notifications, and alert users about new content and updates directly to their desktop of their computers! That’s the future we’re looking at, and surely push notifications will get more refined to allow dynamic content within them, which will for sure take over the email marketing sphere, and cause some new ideas because of it. Quite many websites are already using push notifications to get their visitors to subscribe to the latest content, it’s a simple popup box that asks the user if they wish to subscribe to desktop notifications, and gives them an option of Accept or Deny. Chances are, this way you will be able to gather much more readers as people have an easier to subscribe to your latest content. Push.js pushes that functionality directly into your websites and apps with a simple jQuery cross-browser plugin. You still have to make all the settings configurations to setup your messages, but that’s half the battle after you’ve decided to experiment with push notifications. Inevitably we will see media websites switching to this kind of interaction format.
Background videos have a lot in common with parallax backgrounds, which as we all know became one of the most trending design patterns in the last 10 years, and video backgrounds are kind of heading in the same direction, by offering developers and designers a way to implement a dynamically interactive element within their designs to make for a much needed, and refined user experience. The research might not exactly be there, not to the full extent we wish, but it has been heard that background videos lean towards increased user engagement rates, and it usually goes along with business websites that value professional business ethics. Bideo.js removes the constraint of coding your own HTML5 background video, and instead you’re equipped with a reliable jQuery plugin for plugging away background videos on your homepage, or content pages; anywhere. This kind of plugin does raise questions about the bandwidth limitations for everyday web users, and perhaps won’t be as suitable where the developer knows that the site is mostly accessed by people coming from slow connections.
Since we are on the topic of video content, Plyr is a lightweight video embedding solution for YouTube and Vimeo video content. Coming only at 10kb library size, Plyr won’t disturb your web performance so much, and will on the other hand increase the pleasure of browsing your pages which are video-content heavy. Having responsive design implementation, Plyr not only support modern web browsers, but also any mobile device out there. The options range from everything that you’d expect a solid video player to have, with the added extra of being a user-friendly component.
Animated Transition Effects
It was already in the fall of 2015 that journalists and data scientists were predicting bad financial reports for Twitter, and then in early 2016 — those predictions came true, and although Twitter was able to meet the financial landmark, growth stalled and many are left wondering what’s next for this big social platform. Stock value has been doing down drastically, even in the light of new features that the Twitter team are trying to roll out for everyone; a new timeline, a new way of sorting content, and potential removal of character limits in the future, Twitter is on a roll, but will investors be satisfied? Getting millions of user account details leaked on the dark web definitely doesn’t help.
Alright, enough of this journalistic reporting, it’s time to focus on what Twitter actually is good for — and that’s connecting with your friends, partners, and new audiences all across the globe. Twitter is still alive and still attracts hundreds of millions of users to its platform every month, bloggers and content creators would be crazy to abandon this network when it is doing so well, and one way to increase Twitter engagement for your content is to use specific plugins that let your users share quotes directly from your content onto their Twitter accounts. InlineTweet is one of the many plugins that let you quote a particular piece of text in your content, and give your users the opportunity to share that quote directly to their timeline. If you’re using WordPress, the developer built a WP plugin for the same effect as well.
It’s unlikely that Google will start highlighting keywords in its search results pages, but many platforms have actually chosen to do so, specifically media and content websites that provide extensive lists of data that can be searched through. The problem with standard search functions is that they do return good results, but never highlight the actual terms that you’re searching for, so you end up being in situations where you have 5 pages of found content, but no idea how to navigate to the keyword that you were looking for. That’s where Mark.js is immensely helpful, it can be applied to any content page where a search function would be essential, and will automatically highlight the searched keywords either in real-time, or after a search has been concluded. It works with blog post content as well as it does with data tables and dynamic data sets.
Displaying content without justification can be infuriating to the eyes, but keep in mind that using ‘justify’ for content isn’t always THE best choice as it can hinder the user experience by creating gaps that are too difficult to read, in particular on mobile devices. Though Balance Text tries to solve that issues by using an intelligent algorithm that would ensure all text is equally balanced between each of the paragraphs. Play with the demo that you’re seeing above and double-check to ensure that this kind of jQuery effect would actually enhance the user experience for everyone, not just you. (Which sometimes tends to be the case!)
A little bit of animation can’t hurt! Users enjoy when the web page they’re browsing is interacting with them directly, so small effects like added animation effects upon button clicks can help you nurture a deeper user satisfaction rate. For mobile apps especially, animation effects have been proven to increase engagement and customer satisfaction. Sometimes when you browse something, you fill out a form and click on it and nothing happens, but with animated effects you can ensure that the user sees that their form was submitted and will slowly finish doing the request. Animations in web design have a history, and more than just a single designer has gone out of their way to talk about these effects, and how they enhance or hinder user experience.
Want your own little Instagram empire? Filterizr might make that dream a reality! It’s a jQuery plugin that can navigate your gallery folders and apply to them beautiful filters that you’d typically see graphic designers apply using Photoshop and Illustrator. Optimized for user experience and performance.
Premium Cool jQuery Plugins & Effects
Wow! What an versatile roundup of jQuery plugins & jQuery effects that will surely make users appreciate your thoughtful way of approaching design. Even experimenting with these alone could give you a better understanding of what works for your website, and what could eventually become your benchmark signature of how you envision a professional and modern design to function like. We tried to focus on cool stuff, but sometimes cool also means performance optimized, and enhancing of the user experience that you’re already delivering. To keep things interesting, we’d like to show you a set of jQuery plugins developed by professional coders who publish their work at premium marketplaces. These plugins while share similarities with free and open-source projects, tend to be more refined in their feature approach, and general flexibility for modern websites.
What makes UniqSlider unique? Probably its name! Jokes aside, UniqSlider is in fact a fairly unique slider for those who prefer to use jQuery for their gallery management. Starting off with 30+ unique slider animation effects that are optimized for hardware and are remarkably smooth in their transitions. A unique revealing effect can transition from one slide to the other while in between showcasing the upcoming slide. Works well with written content, images (obviously), videos and even iframe content. Slider content can be paused when hovered over, can be navigated using the keyboard, and will be friendly to search engine requirements. A slider of this scale is best understood when you navigate through the documentation and all of the important plugin points.
Formify Pro Corporate
Formify Pro for corporate businesses is an elegant formula for displaying all kinds of forms on your business sites. You can create simple login forms, registration forms, forms for concluding user reviews, or finalizing orders. A traditional contact form can be built, and you can use Formify within your own content management system as a comments solution, too. A checkout form can be built if you plan on selling services or products directly from your website. Formify’s responsive design blows away everyone who has used the plugin so far, and retina-display support provides retina users with a crisp and clear user experience. Formify goes out of the way to prepackage four unique jQuery libraries: FloatLabels, jQuery Validate, jQuery itself, and FontAwesome to give your forms some visual appeal. Create captcha protection to disallow spammers from spamming your inbox, and choose between nine unique theme styles to leave a lasting impression to your visitors and customers.
Flex Mega Menu
Flex Mega Menu constructed with the help of Bootstrap is a massive menu solution for eCommerce, media, and publisher platforms where menu’s are used as means for doing concise website navigation to find content and other interesting data. Mega menu’s are certainly growing in popularity, because now developers realize that a lot of UI elements can actually be packed into a menu, and still can be integrated as part of a wonderful user experience. Flex Mega Menu has 5 unique color schemes to choose from, it integrates with FontAwesome for all your icon font needs, it is in fact responsive and works great with small and large size mobile devices, it has four unique styles for dropdown menus, an exceptional AJAX integration so that people can do form submissions from the menu itself, a jQuery settings panel for configuring all the necessary settings, and as mentioned is based on the Bootstrap’s grid layout.
Chartli – Interactive Chart
You can’t escape charts, not if you’re understanding the value of producing modern content that favors research and visual analysis, two methodologies known to increase engagement, and social sharing. With Chartli you can add any form of charts to your website using jQuery, it doesn’t block out when viewed from a mobile screen, and it can be customized so that charts can also be exported by the user.
jQuery YouTube Plugin – Yottie
Are you a YouTube video blogger? Do you run a WordPress website? Want to combine both YouTube and WordPress together into a single platform? Then Yottie is your answer. Although not built just for YouTube video blogger’s alone, Yottie’s primary function is to organize YouTube video content on your website, so that users can easily access the research and information that you’re presenting. You can select to show your full YouTube account, a playlist, or just a selection of videos. There’s no limitations for how many videos can be added, and everything is smoothly paginated s well. It’s the most diverse YouTube plugin for WordPress users ever built, and you won’t be disappointed, that we’re sure of.
Choosing the best jQuery plugins for custom website effects