20 New Essential jQuery Plugins

20 New Essential jQuery Plugins
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Latest jQuery Plugins and scripts for web designers and developers. Today I selected 20 essential jQuery plugins, sliders, image galleries, slideshow plugins, jQuery navigation menus, interactive maps, mobile interfaces , accordion menus, tooltips plugins and many other useful jQuery scripts collected in one place.

jQuery plugin are constantly being released, and it’s no surprise since it’s insanely popular, and for good reason. The only problem is being able to sort through them all to find the good ones. That’s why we’re always on the lookout, and we will found some good ones for you.

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20 New jQuery Plugins

jQuery is a fast and concise JavaScript Library that simplifies HTML document traversing, event handling, animating, and Ajax interactions for rapid web development. jQuery is designed to change the way that you write JavaScript. (via jquery.com)

jQuery Lightweight Tooltip Plugin :Tooltipster

Tooltipster is a lightweight jQuery plugin that enables you to easily create clean, HTML5 validated tooltips. The plugin is small-in-size (4.8kb minified), works fast and can be customized with ease.

Its look can be changed with CSS (theme support) and the position of the arrow, following the mouse, delay/period of the appearance can all be defined.

Website: https://calebjacob.com/tooltipster/

RoyalSlider – Professional Image Gallery and Responsive Content jQuery Slider Plugin

Royal Slider is a professional touch-enabled jQuery plugin for displaying any HTML content (images, videos, text..) inside a slider interface and comes with awesome features.

The slider focuses on providing great user experience on every desktop and mobile device.

The slider is very customizable with 50+ options, 4 skins with PSD files, 9 pre-built templates (and more coming) and full CSS styling.

Compatibility: All Modern Browsers
Website: https://dimsemenov.com/plugins/royal-slider/
Demo: https://dimsemenov.com/plugins/royal-slider/templates/

Cross-Browser JavaScript Drag & Drop File Uploader: FileDrop

FileDrop is a JavaScript cross-browser class for quickly creating drag & drop and AJAX (multiple) file uploader interfaces.

The class doesn’t require any JavaScript frameworks and works cross-browser, including IE6 (with iFrame fallback).

Compatibility: All Modern Browsers
Website: https://proger.i-forge.net/FileDrop_%E2%80%93_cross-browser_JavaScript_Drag_-amp_Drop_file_upload/7CC

Really Simple Slideshow: A Flexible Larger Slider jQuery Plugin

Really Simple Slideshow is a flexible jQuery plugin for creating image sliders of any kind. Images are loaded dynamically as each one is required, allowing for larger slideshows without having to pre-load lots of images.

The plugin converts any list of images into a slideshow, it can display captions with each slide, include links and there are multiple transition effects.

Compatibility: All Modern Browsers
Website: https://reallysimpleworks.com/slideshow/

Responsive jQuery Slider: iView Slider

iView Slider is a responsive jQuery image slider plugin with animated captions, for featuring any type of content (images, HTML, video). Easily add unlimited number of slides and captions. Use it as image slider, image gallery, banner rotator, banner ads, or even presentation.

The plugin has support for responsive layouts down to mobile and it works well with touch interfaces.

Slider has 35 built-in transition effects which is completely compatible with all major browsers (including ie6 to ie9, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari) and mobile platforms like iOS / Android.

Requirements: jQuery & Raphael
Website: https://iprodev.com/2012/07/iview/

Lightweight Framework For Mobile Web Apps: Sidetap

Sidetap is a lightweight framework for mobile web apps (2kb minified, gzipped).

The framework actually focuses on providing a flexible side-navigation similar to the one we know from Facebook’s mobile app, and, once the navigation part is solved, it is pretty easy to build a simple mobile web app.

Lightweight Sidetap only weighs 2k when minifyied and gzipped!

Device Support Sidetap aims to always deliver the best possible experience for all devices by starting with a basic experience and progressively enhancing it for more capable devices.

Less Decisions to Make By embracing convention over configuration, Sidetap lets you start building your mobile interfaces right away.

Simple Sidetap provides a flexible foundation for navigating between content panels on mobile devices using an easy-to-use syntax.

Requirements: jQuery or Zepto.js
Compatibility: All Modern Browsers
Website: https://sidetap.it/

Javascript Slideshow For Flickr Images :Flickrshow

Flickrshow is a simple JavaScript slideshow for Flickr images.

The JavaScript slideshow doesn’t require any development expertise but, if jQuery is detected, it can function like any other jQuery plugin.

It has the ability to display images of a specific user, set, group, gallery and/or tags.

The number of images to be shown “per page”, autoplay being on/off, user control being on/off and the interval between each item can all be defined.

Website: https://www.flickrshow.co.uk/
Download: https://github.com/beseku/javascript.flickrshow

HTML Generator for jQuery Mobile Framework: jqmPhp

jqmPhp is an open source HTML code generator for jQuery mobile framework, the project that aims to simplify using jQuery Mobile with PHP.

jqmPhp is a package of PHP classes that facilitates the creation HTML files for use with jQuery Mobile Framework. All classes in the jqmPhp package can be converted to string and printed with an echo function.

Website: https://www.jqmphp.com/
Download: https://code.google.com/p/jqmphp/downloads/list

UI Notifications Framework: Backbone.Notifier

Backbone.Notifier is a powerful UI notifications framework for displaying and controlling UI notifications.

It is built on top of jQuery, Backbone.js + Underscore.js and has many cool features like a 3D module or animations support.

The notifications can be displayed on the top or in the middle, modal notifications exist and it is possible to set custom styles via CSS + JS API.

Requirements: jQuery, Backbone.js and Underscore.js
Compatibility: All Major Browsers
Website: https://e-w.co.il/backbone.notifier/
Download: https://github.com/ewebdev/backbone.notifier/

Easiest Google Maps Integration With GMaps.js

GMaps.js, is a jQuery plugin, allows Google Maps integration in a easiest way. Google Maps, like any other Google product is already easy-to-use and their API is not that complicated to work with.

Besides adding a standard map of a specific location, we can define the zoom level, add markers, get the location of a user (HTML5 geolocation), define routes, draw polylines and more with only few lines of code.

Requirements: jQuery
Website: https://hpneo.github.com/gmaps/

Chronoline.js : JavaScript Library For Display Graphical Timeline Of Events

Chronoline.js is a JavaScript library for creating a chronological graphical timeline of events.

The timeline is is displayed horizontally, list of dates and events, it can generate a graphical representation of schedules, historical events, deadlines, and events placed on it can be any days long and details about the events are shown in a tooltip when hovered.

Requirements: Raphael.js, jQuery, jQuery qTip2 plugin
Compatibility: All Modern Browsers
Website: https://stoicloofah.github.com/chronoline.js/

JavaScript WYSIWYG Editor With Drag ‘n’ Drop : Redactor

Redactor is a free JavaScript WYSIWYG editor with drag ‘n’ drop images and files on the web. Redactor powered by jQuery its have clear interface.

It auto-converts textarea fields into an editor and the editor is capable of all the major actions (text-styling, adding image/file/video/tables/lists).

Compatibility: All Modern Browsers
Website: https://redactorjs.com/
Demo: https://redactorjs.com/examples/

Awesome Scrolling Effects jQuery Plugin: SuperScrollorama

I m sure you not forget the previous version “Scrollorama, the popular jQuery plugin creating scrolling effects in scrolling of web pages.

There is now a superior version named SuperScrollorama by the same developer which offers more and complicated animations.

It makes use of the feature-rich TweenMax and the Greensock Tweening Engine (make sure you check its license before using) for accomplishing the effects.

Compatibility: All Modern Browsers
Website: https://johnpolacek.github.com/superscrollorama/

Drop Down Menus With Images jQuery Plugin :ddSlick

ddSlick, a free lightweight jQuery plugin for creating drop down menus (list menus) with images and description, list-menus with a better look and more information.

It works as a drop-down menu where we can use images and description besides a simple text.

Compatibility: All Modern Browsers
Website: https://designwithpc.com/Plugins/ddSlick

Awesome jQuery Calendar :jQuery Verbose Calendar

jQuery Verbose Calendar is an awesome jquery plugin created by John Patrick Given (software developer & interface designer), The jQuery plugin creating a calendar that shows the whole months and days of a year at the same time and you can also change month and year.

When its loaded, it auto-scrolls to “today date” and displays the day names when hovered to any date in a tooltip.

Requirements jQuery + Tipsy & jQuery.ScrollTo plugins
Compatibility All Major Browsers
Website: https://iamjpg.github.com/jQuery-Verbose-Calendar/
Download; https://github.com/iamjpg/jQuery-Verbose-Calendar

Vector Maps With jQuery, Vector Graphic Maps for Modern Browsers :JQVMAP

JQVMap is a jQuery plugin for render vector graphic maps by using SVG for modern browsers and VML for the rest.

It is a heavily modified version of another plugin, jVectorMap, and comes withready-to-use maps of “world, USA, Europe and Germany”.

There are several customization options for beautifying the maps including colors, borders or their opacity.

Maps can have zooming enabled or not, show tooltips of data when hovered and there is callback for clicks.

Compatibility: All Modern Browsers
Website: https://jqvmap.com/
Download: https://github.com/manifestinteractive/jqvmap

jCS Media Library (jCSML) For Creating Cross-Browser Animation

jCS Media Library (jCSML) is powered by jQuery and it is specifically designed for creating cross-browser animation and be able to run them everywhere without having to tweak anything for individual browsers or platforms.

jCSML create flash-quality animations can be built that will run from IE7 all the way to the iPad/iPhone without changing a single line of code. It can produce highly effective animations using the jCSML scripting construct. The animations can also be easily packaged up and sold like .SWF files.

JCSML works everywhere like IE7 browsers, android Or an iPad/iPhone.

Requirement: jQuery & jQuery easing library
Compatibility: All Major Browsers
Website: https://jcsml.com/
Demo: https://jcsml.com/pageshell.html?root=Tutorials&target=Starship#
Download: https://www.jcsml.com/pageshell.html?root=PurchasePages&target=PurchasePage&TOCEnabled=FALSE

minjs: Lightweight JavaScript Components

minjs is a collection of independent JavaScript components, built on jQuery, that aims to accomplish a specific job with lightweight code.

minjs stays out of your way. It does not dictate how you to design your UI. It tries to make no assumptions about the layout of the HTML or CSS it’s running in.

Currently, there are 3 components: minform, longtable and dtcal.

minform brings cross-browser compatibility to HTML5 form enhancements(for attributes: placeholder, required and autofocus).

Compatibility: All Major Browsers
Website: https://www.minjs.com/

Real Shadow: jQuery Plugin For Mouse-Sensitive & Realistic Shadows

Real Shadow is a simple-yet-effective jQuery plugin for mouse-sensitive & creating realistic shadow effects for any HTML element.

With a simple function, it works by targeting any number of elements and manipulating the value of box-shadow CSS property for the elements in accordance with the mouse position.

So, the shadow’s location and size is determined by the element’s distance to the mouse pointer which ends up in a cool effect.

Compatibility: All Modern Browsers
Website: https://indamix.github.com/real-shadow/
Download: https://github.com/Indamix/real-shadow/

MiniJs: A Suite Of jQuery Plugins Written In CoffeeScript

Matthieu Aussaguel a web developer working at Envoto, releasing MiniJs plugins.

MiniJs is a free and open source suite of jQuery plugins that are written in CoffeeScript.

The plugins are perfect for everyday-use and include: slider, tooltip, notification, Twitter feed and counter (new ones are on the way).

They are all built with simplicity in mind and very easy-to-use with only few important parameters.

Compatibility: All Major Browsers
Website: https://minijs.com/
Download: https://github.com/minijs

jPages: Awesome JavaScript Pagination Plugin

jPages is a client-side JavaScript pagination plugin (jQuery plugin) with have lots of features like keyboard + scroll navigation, auto page turn, delayed display and a customizable navigation panel and also integration with Animate.css and Lazy Load.

The plugin is very unobtrusive and it won’t apply any extra styles to the items you are paginating. It will only create and insert the links inside the element(s) you are applying the plugin to, in order to turn them into navigation panel(s).

Any number of pagination elements can be inserted into the same page and they can be positioned with ease.

Compatibility: All Major Browsers
Website: https://luis-almeida.github.com/jPages/
Demo: https://luis-almeida.github.com/jPages/defaults.html
Download: https://github.com/luis-almeida/jPages

I'm Muhammad Faisal founder of GDJ and co-founder of FPD. I love all things having to do with WordPress, PHP, HTML5, CSS, or jQuery. And really enjoying to writing articles on web design and typography. You can catch me on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Comments to 20 New Essential jQuery Plugins

Ceba Oct 17, 2012

Nice list, take a look at this plugin SlideControl jQuery Plugin allows you to easily make custom sliders for range inputs. You can set the speed, which controls the speed of the animation for a slider reszing. http://nikorablin.com/slideControl/

Ram Jan 28, 2013

Great Post! Thanks for sharing..

Mayank Feb 6, 2013

Nice collection can i use swf file in Royal Slider?

jane Oct 8, 2013

Great Post! Thanks for sharing..

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