With jQuery now being used in over 40% of all web sites, the demand for up-to-date and feature-rich plugins has never been greater. Thankfully, the community has always met its popularity head on by offering a constant influx of new jQuery plugins that constantly push the boundaries of functionality even-further.
We haven’t actually had a good look at plugins in quite a while, so today, we thought we would bring you up-to-date with some of the latest and greatest.
CodeExplorer is an enitrely unique code formatting plugin that will not only format the code with colors and spacing, but will also display it in an entire folder structure.
The amazing Subway Map Visualization plugin allows you create, interactive subway map visualizations with HTML. Its style has been based on Londons Underground maps, with smooth curves & interchange connectors and 45-degree diagonals. The map size, line width and colors can all be customizable and the markup is also search engine friendly.
Subway Map Visualization PluginDemo
Website Tour with jQuery allows you to, as its name clearly states, create a tour on a website with jQuery. This can be very useful if you want to explain your users the functioning of your web application in an interactive way.
The idea is to add certain class to elements that you want to guide the user through and explain exactly what they do. The user is guided by a little tooltip to show what the current tour point is about, and a navigation that will allow the user to go back and forth between each point.
Website Tour with jQueryDemo
jQuery E-Help is plugin for procedural("How to …") web user interface help and it's easy to integrate into any web interface that supports jQuery. Useful for all web applications, CMS and E-commerce systems.
jQuery Embedded Help SystemDemo
The jQuewy ProjectDemo
Flurid is a fluid width grid system optimized for flexibility (fluidity). It comes with a companion jQuery plugin to help make developing with the framework easier. Along with some additional features like equal height columns, the jQuery plugin can also automatically append alternating "odd" and "even" classes to rows and columns and apply the "last" class where needed to fix things for Internet Explorer 7 and below.
Flurid – The Fluid CSS Grid
With jQuery Runloop, you can create your own small runloop with keyframes at your own choosing, each with code to execute. You can put whatever code you want in each keyframe, rearrange keyframes easily, and use reusable maps of code and/or animations to share between runloops.
It was created to have more power, more control and less hassle than dealing with jQuery .animate() callbacks. It hooks into jQuery's Effects Queue by design, to avoid timing conflicts in the case of doing many multiple .animate() calls.
jQuery Runloop PluginDemo
Arbor is a graph visualization library built with web workers and jQuery. Rather than trying to be an all-encompassing framework, arbor provides an efficient, force-directed layout algorithm plus abstractions for graph organization and screen refresh handling. It leaves the actual screen-drawing to you. This means you can use it with canvas, SVG, or even positioned HTML elements; whatever display approach is appropriate for your project and your performance needs.
arbor.js – A Graph Visualization Library
jMenu is a plugin that can create horizontal navigations with unlimited sub-menus. The look and feel of the menu is set in a CSS file, so you can update it without ever having to touch the JS code.
Besides jQuery, it also requires jQuery UI and does support all of the effects from the library (like fadeIn or slideDown).
jMenu – Horizontal Navigation with Unlimited Sub-MenusDemo
960 Grid on jQuery-Mobile is a port of 960 Grid to jQuery mobile. It combines the flexibility of 960.gs with the ease of jQuery mobile, with the purpose of making jQuery mobile more flexible and easier to use on mobile and touch-screen devices.
960 Grid on jQuery-MobileDemo
MobilyMap is a lightweight plugin (7KB) that can create a Google Maps-like, draggable interface from any image. You can add markers, display captions, display HTML content when markers are clicked and the plugin has callback functions including onMarkerClick, onPopupClose and onMapLoad to better interact on every level.
liteAccordion is an easy-to-use content slider/accordion that only weighs 4.5kb (if you minify and gzip the JS, you can get the file size down to 1.2kb!). It supports pretty much anything and comes with two themes – 'basic' and 'dark'.
jShowOff is a jQuery plugin for creating a rotating content module. It works by creating 'slides' from the child elements (eg. <li>) inside a specified wrapper element (eg. <ul>) on which .jshowoff() is invoked. It then rotates through the slides, with options for controls, links, and more.
Zoomy is a quick and easy plugin that will zoom into a picture. You only need two copies of one image, first the display image and then thelarger zoom image. Just link the zoom picture on the display picture, and tell the plugin to use that link when zooming.
Zoomy – E-Magnification
Waypoints is a small plugin that makes it easy to execute a function whenever you scroll to an element. The plugin makes a solid base for modern UI patterns that depend on a user’s scroll position on the page.
Easy Paginate is a lightweight and easy to use plugin that allows you to browse easily through the list of items with pagination controls. It takes a list of items, calculates a number of child elements of a certain object, divides it by step parameter (which can be easily adjusted) and generates "control buttons". Controls are inserted immediately after the selected object in a form of ordered list.
Easy Paginate – Plugin for PaginationDemo
QapTcha, built using jQuery UI, is an innovative captcha plugin. It is a simple idea, yet very effective: To unlock a QapTcha form, the user has to drag a slider from the left to the right – something that bots are not able to do.
QapTcha – Draggable Captcha System with jQuery UIDemo
jFormer is a form framework written on top of jQuery that allows you to quickly generate beautiful, standards compliant forms. Leveraging the latest techniques in web design, jFormer helps you create web forms that: Validate client-side, Validate server-side and Process without changing pages (using AJAX).
jFormer – jQuery Form FrameworkDemo
bValidator is a jQuery plug-in for client side form validation. It supports fully customized error messages defined with template and CSS, many validation functions (actions) like date, email, URL, IP address, validation of dynamic forms, customized validation functions and more.
bvalidator – Client Side Form ValidationDemo
The jQuery.validVal is a plugin designed to simplify form validation. It is highly customizable, feature-rich and can easily be dropped on any type of HTML-form (even AJAX- and HTML5-forms) with ease.
SheepIt is a jQuery plugin that allows you to clone form elements dynamically. It is very useful to develop advanced forms that require the same type of load data multiple times.
SheepIt! – Form Cloning jQuery PluginDemo
Reveal is a lightning-fast, lightweight (1,75kb), easy to implement and cross-browser compatible jQuery Modal window plugin.
Reveal – jQuery Modal Plugin
jNotify jQuery PluginDemo
The Signature Pad plugin aids in the creation of an HTML5 canvas based signature pad that will record the drawn signature in JSON for later regeneration. It has two modes: TypeIt and DrawIt. In TypeIt mode the user’s signature is automatically generated as HTML text, styled with @font-face, from the input field where they type their name. In DrawIt mode the user is able to draw their signature on the canvas element.
Splatter applies a random position, size, and color to elements on a page. The most basic implementation adds randomly colored and positioned asterisks to the element, it also has lots of optional configuration options, but the most of them are pretty simple and none of them are required.
jQuery Splatter PluginDemo
jQuery-ToastMessage-plugin is a jQuery plugin that offers Android-like notification messages and comes withfour different predefined types of toasts: notice, success, warning and error.
jLabel is a plugin that formats text input fields with unobtrusive labels featuring interactive suggestions. This allows input fields to be labelled clearly and presented with minimal interface obstruction.
jLabel – A jQuery Label Plugin
jRating is a very flexible jQuery plugin for quickly creating an Ajaxed star rating system. It is possible to configure every detail from 'the number of the stars' to 'if the stars can represent decimals or not'.
Although the plugin can be used with any scripting language, a PHP file that handles the requests is included in the download package.
jRating – Ajaxed Star Rating SystemDemo
This a handy chart that will help decide the architecture of your apps, like structuring client-side MVC apps, templating, unit and BDD testing, debouncing and much more.
jQuery Application Architecture Chart