Despite the fact that it’s nearly six years old, I get pretty lost when it comes to developing with jQuery (but I’m learning). Thankfully, jQuery has built an incredible community of developers that have created some even more incredible plugins and released them freely to the public. Here are a few of my favorite plugins that I’ve used in various projects.
Modal windows are clean and visually appealing ways to draw users attention to important details or elements, such as contact or login forms. The jQuery Simple Modal by Eric Martin is light weight and easy to implement.
SlabText is a jQuery plugin built to produce big, responsive headlines. It’s easy to use and even easier to implement, I use SlabText here on the homepage of this site.
Lightbox is a popular jQuery plugin that overlays images on the current page.
Scrollorama is a really awesome plugin, built by John Polacek, for building parallax scrolling websites. This one is really fun and will likely be used in future iterations of the current design of this site.
Gips is a great plugin for building better forms.