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8 CSS & JavaScript Snippets for Creating Onboarding Carousels

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Everyone that creates a professional product and cares about their users, takes onboarding seriously. It plays a vital role in bridging the gap between the user and application. It is the foundation of a great user experience. It simply cannot be overlooked.

As there are many onboarding solutions available, to make things easier for you, we have prepared this collection of onboarding CSS and JavaScript code snippets. While they are not all teeming with artistic charm and extravagant illustrations, they will all give you a solid base for creating your own user-friendly onboarding UI.

1. Beautiful Onboarding UI by Fabio Ottaviani

Our first code example is an eye-pleasing onboarding solution that uses beautiful graphics and user-friendly animation. It is based on a conventional horizontal slider that offers the universally known three dots for navigation. It has three screens, but you can easily increase that number to however many your project requires. Use this snippet if you would like to make your onboarding unobtrusive.

See the Pen DailyUI – #023 Onboarding by Fabio Ottaviani

2. Onboarding Slides with jQuery by Hainer Savimaa

While the previous example takes a more traditional route to onboarding, this snippet makes use of a split layout, offering a carefully organized UI for displaying information that allows you to separate the visual content from the textual. Along with the classic dot-based navigation, there are also supporting “Next” and “Back” buttons for those who prefer traditional controls.

See the Pen Onboarding slides with jquery by Hainer Savimaa

3. Simple Onboarding by Nahom Ebssa

This minimally designed onboarding snippet manages to accommodate all of the necessary information in one tiny screen while still providing a comfortable user experience. As for the navigation, it may feel a little unfinished since there is no back button, but you could easily add that in yourself. On the whole, this code snippet could serve as a great foundation for your own onboarding UI.

See the Pen Onboarding by Nahom Ebssa

4. Minimal Onboarding UI by Fersho Pls

Inspired by the outstanding onboarding screens created by Ennio Dybeli, this onboarding snippet, with its minimal design and smoothly animated behavior, isn’t anything ground-breaking in concept. The details are standard, and the transitions are basic, yet they work together perfectly. The concept is simple yet straight-to-the-point. It is ideal for use on smaller projects.

See the Pen Onboarding by Fersho Pls

5. Split-Screen Onboarding Carousel by Dario Corsi

We have already featured a split-screen layout in this collection, but this time, the onboarding UI has been rotated ninety degrees and transformed into a traditional stripe layout – looking pretty much like a basic slider from a few years ago. Beyond that, it has the potential to cover all of the onboarding information that you need to deliver to users. Even though it has a relatively wide layout, you could quickly make it responsive.

See the Pen Onboarding Carousel by Dario Corsi

6. Clasic Onboarding UI by Nick Wanninger

This snippet is not the kind of thing that wins over users with beautiful aesthetics or extraordinary animation. Rather, it serves as a base for your own onboarding creations. It does not have a particularly fancy design – just a classic structure. Unlike the previous snippets, this component comes with short lines instead of dots and standard arrows for navigation instead of the words “Next” and “Back,” but the result still feels intuitive.

See the Pen Onboarding by Nick Wanninger

7. Android App Onboarding by Mat Swainson

This onboarding UI may look dated, but it does its job perfectly well. It comes in two parts. The first shows four standard carousel screens that can be used to offer visitors more information, and the second includes an email subscription form for those who want to get straight to the point by pushing the “Get Started” button.

See the Pen Android App Onboarding by Mat Swainson

8. Open-Source Liquid Swipe by Cuberto

We have looked at solutions that provide a base technique for showing a series of screenshots or animations in a row. Liquid Swipe is a bit different. It is centered around a transition effect that perfectly imitates a liquid swipe behavior that feels incredibly natural. You can download the files from its GitHub repo.

Liquid Swipe Open Source Animation Mobile


In essence, an onboarding UI can be created using a basic carousel system. All you need to do is divide each slide into two parts. One for content, and the other for navigation. After that, you can add your own creative flair and transition effects to make the user experience not just informative but enjoyable as well.