We’ve made no secret of the fact that we love jQuery. The possibilities are endless, and there are a lot of amazing free plugins out there to help you make your website (and your clients’ websites) stand out from the crowd. But if you’re anything like us, you sometimes come across jQuery plugins and think, ‘That’s brilliant, but I’m not sure what I’d ever use it for!’ So we’ve put together a list of the most practical jQuery plugins for designers and developers, allowing you to get on and add new features to your projects without spending time thinking of an excuse to incorporate them.
‘Gridster is a jQuery plugin that allows building intuitive draggable layouts from elements spanning multiple columns.’
‘TextExt is a plugin for jQuery which is designed to provide functionality such as tag input and autocomplete.’
‘Complexify aims to provide a good measure of password complexity for websites to use both for giving hints to users in the form of strength bars, and for casually enforcing a minimum complexity for security reasons.’
‘A plugin for defining custom scroll paths.’
‘A continuous jQuery UI carousel.’
‘A jQuery plugin that makes it easy to share and demo code in-page, using GitHub gists.’
‘Turn any part of your HTML content into “tweetable” quotes.’
‘Allows you to add a large image (or a set of images) to the background of your web page and will proportionally resize the image(s) to fill the entire window area.’
‘Never resize a thumbnail again.’
‘Freetile is a plugin for jQuery that enables the organization of webpage content in an efficient, dynamic and responsive layout.’
‘The jQuery plugin for equalizing the height or width of elements.’
‘Allofthelights.js is a jQuery plugin that allows you to switch off the light, enabling your videos to stand out.’
Does what it says on the tin – creates a variety of beautiful shadows.
‘A jQuery plugin to build a website on the infinite canvas.’
‘Automatically generates sliding boxes & captions, allows slide & fade animations with custom directions and preloads images within boxes.’
Easy image magnification.
Ten ways to navigate a set of thumbnails using neat grid navigation effects.
‘Taking inspiration from the BBC News website ticker, jQuery News Ticker brings a lightweight and easy to use news ticker to jQuery.’
‘Secure, PCI compliant transaction forms with fully customizable CSS.’
‘Sharrre is a jQuery plugin that allows you to create nice widgets for sharing via Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and more.’