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The popularity of jQuery continues to grow. This means that we’re seeing it used on more websites these days, and there are more developers coming up with new ways to use it. The great thing about that is many of these developers are sharing what they learn though tutorials and plugins. We’re always on the look out for this new jQuery stuff. So for this post, I’ve gathered 10 tutorials and plugins that will help you learn and implement some fresh jQuery effects in your projects. Beautiful Background Image Navigation
Over the last year, Smashing Magazine has evolved. We’ve been publishing fewer lists and more in-depth articles about design and Web development. We have invited professionals and high-profile developers to write for us. We’ve been investing more resources in the quality and relevance of our articles. We’ve also explored new formats; and on weekends we’ve been publishing more inspirational pieces, leaving the in-depth articles to weekdays.
Controlling layouts with CSS is a big subject these days as after dropping the table support, it is clear that the current capabilities of CSS is not enough to develop complex & flexible layouts with ease. There is CSS Template Layout Module which offers exciting features but it is in a draft status. Until we get those new features, there are various solutions that are developed with jQuery to manipulate page layouts for faster & cross-browser results.
Jan 25 2010 By Paul Andrew As many of us know, the initial 15-20 seconds of a new user’s visit to a web site will have a large impact on whether on not they are going to like or dislike the site, prompting them to decide whether they will stay or go. This means it’s vital that you follow usability rules with common design practices and layout your site, especially the navigation, in a style that the user can either learn easily or already understands. The biggest part of this process is developing a menu that is both easy to use and intuitive, as well as styling it to fit into your site’s design.
We all know and love jQuery for its flexibility and many uses. But some of the most impressive jQuery applications are those that involve images. It really can allow you to do some useful stuff and even add a “wow” factor to your project. So here we’ve rounded up 10 jQuery plugins to help you display images in your next project.
Oct 20 2009 Quick and powerful, jQuery can help designers and developers create awesome interactive websites that are appealing and accessible to the widest range of browsers. For your audience, the visit to your site will be both exciting and entertaining. Navigation, galleries and slideshows, are hot points for a site to shine. Here are 35 useful fresh jQuery plugins focusing on navigation, gallery and slideshows, calendars, tab browsing and further resources to reduce time and effort while increasing your audience. You may also want to consider our previous articles:
Forms are part of almost every website. Whether it’s a simple contact form or a complex sign-up form, filling one out is usually a mundane task. When possible, you should try to make form completion for the user easier and more enjoyable. Here are 12 jQuery plugins that can help you enhance your forms. Password Strength
At first glance the Google Map API may seem scary, I mean, were do you possibly start? You probably only want to display a simple map that displays directions to your clients address, you don’t really want an all singing and dancing interactive map with more options than necessary. There has to be a simpler way. Of course there is, and as with almost all web site interactivity, jQuery does offer some simple and easy to use plugins. The plugins below offer not only an easier method to install a map, they also offer the option to add extra functionality, should you choose to need them. They also all come with a varied degree of docs, some are extensive and some non-existent, so choose your plugin wisely.
During the past few weeks we’ve been publishing our “Best of 2009″ series in which we’ve shown you the best WordPress themes , fonts , icons , and Photoshop Tutorials . In this article, our focus is on jQuery. Over the past couple of years jQuery has been growing in popularity, which means more and more plugins are being created to make web designers’ lives easier. Here are our favorites from 2009. Content Sliders
CSS does a pretty darn good job of helping to lay out a web page… but not always. Even with all the versatility that CSS offers (including CSS3), it sometimes is not enough and, dare I say it, I really hate to say it – HTML tables are on [very few] occasions missed, as they can fill in the holes that CSSes layout techniques may leave behind. Thankfully we do not have to venture down the road of HTML tables, there is a White Knight that can save is, as it always does – there is jQuery and its marvelous community of developers that release an endless river of powerful and always useful plugins. jQuery Masonry Masonry is a layout plugin for jQuery. Think of it as the flip side of CSS floats.
Every now and then a web project will come up that has special and unique layout requirements, and the current capabilities of CSS just aren’t enough. With projects such as these, jQuery can be your best friend. So here are 10 jQuery plugins to help you out with page layouts. UI.Layout The UI.Layout plug-in can create any UI look you want – from simple headers or sidebars, to a complex application with toolbars, menus, help-panels, status bars, sub-forms, etc.
The jQuery community never ever fails to let you down. Its constantly evolving, constantly improving and, thankfully, constantly releasing a tidal wave of fresh and powerful freely available plugins for every possible requirement. Today we round-up the best and most powerful jQuery plugins from the last few months. You will find a comprehensive selection of the always popular sliders, image galleries, navigation solutions and form validity options. But this round-up has much more.
Learn how to earn $125 or more per hour as a freelancer - Click Here A few weeks ago we featured 25 jQuery Tutorials for Improved Navigation Menus . Today we’ll take a look at more jQuery options for navigation, this time focusing on plugins that you can use in your own work. Accordion Menu Script jQuery (mb)Menu SuckerFish Style
Apr 09 2008 It’s really amazing to see what one can create using jQuery. Developers just don’t stop making incredibly interactive web applications every now and then. This post just demonstrates excellent examples of some of the best jQuery plugins out there.