Free WordPress Plugins for Adding jQuery Goodness to Your Site

jQuery is an incredibly popular JavaScript library – and for good reason. It’s powerful, fast and is supported by a multitude of web browsers. In fact, WordPress comes bundled with a version of jQuery to provide functionality and allow developers an easy way to tap in.

If you’re looking for a super easy way to implement various jQuery effects or functionality, there are some outstanding WordPress plugins that are up to the task. Here are 10 freebies that will help you to harness the power of jQuery – all without the need for writing JavaScript.

Smooth Scroll Page Up/Down Buttons

Add smooth scrolling effects in the form of handy up and down buttons. Click a button and it will scroll the current page (smoothly, of course) to the next or previous page/section. There’s also an optional “back to top” button.

Smooth Scroll Page Up/Down Buttons

JQuery Validation for Contact Form 7

This plugin adds jQuery form validation to the popular Contact Form 7. Easily validate the content of form fields including URLs, email addresses, dates, numbers and more.

JQuery Validation for Contact Form 7

jQuery Post Splitter

jQuery Post Splitter takes the ability of WordPress to split up large posts into multiple pages and turns it into a unique slider. So, instead of having to click on pagination and manually load in subsequent pages, the plugin uses jQuery and Ajax to quickly load in new slides of content. It’s a much smoother and more seamless way to navigate through a long multi-part post.

jQuery Post Splitter

Video Background

Video Background employs jQuery to allow you to add (you guessed it) a video background to any element on your website. Just fill out a few fields and you’ll have added a truly compelling feature.

Video Background

WP Slide-up box

Use WP Slide-up box to add elegant jQuery slide boxes to images on your WordPress website. Different available effects will show the slide box by default (disappearing on a user hovering over the image) or show the slide box upon hovering. Boxes can contain content using a selection of HTML tags.

WP Slide-up box

Rotating Tweets

The standard Twitter Widget isn’t very flexible. Rotating Tweets brings a bit of jQuery to the fold by allowing your latest tweets to show one at a time in an animated rotation. You can display tweets as a widget or use a WordPress Shortcode.

Rotating Tweets

T(-) Countdown

Need to display a countdown timer chock full of wholesome jQuery? T(-) Countdown will give you just that – plus lots of customization options. Use it as a sidebar widget or a Shortcode.

T(-) Countdown

Tabs Responsive

Easily add tabbed content within your WordPress posts and pages using a drag and drop interface. Tabs can be created within a page, post or widget. Horizontal and vertical layouts are available. Tabs Responsive also includes support for Font Awesome icons as well.

Tabs Responsive

Popup

Popup enables you to create attractive, responsive popup windows with a number of options. It even includes an integrated MailChimp subscription form to help recruit new readers to your mailing list.

Popup

Equal Height Columns

Using a tiny, 8kb jQuery script, Equal Height Columns uses our spotlighted JS library to solve a web designer’s pet-peeve. Tell the plugin the targeted selectors and it does the rest. The plugin is also responsive, so you can have your fancy equally-tall columns on mobile devices, too.

Equal Height Columns

All That’s Good: Brought to you by jQuery

A quick search around the WordPress Plugin Repository for jQuery brings up quite a volume of results. It goes to show how popular, stable and trusted the venerable library has become. So, whether you’re looking to add special effects like animation or some advanced functionality, chances are there is a WordPress plugin using jQuery to help you achieve your goals.

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