Today I thought I would post a list of ten useful jQuery plugins I have come across. This list is by no means exhaustive. In fact, it only begins to scratch the surface when it comes to well designed jQuery plugins.
I’ve included image galleries, content sliders, and some very cool tooltip plugins. Enjoy.
Image Tools: Useful jQuery Plugins
This is an easy to install, simple to use lightbox plugin for jQuery. I strongly recommend it, having found it useful on several recent projects. Images load quickly, with smooth transitions. Check out the lightbox demo here.
This is an impressive jQuery plugin for transforming panoramic images into virtual tours. There is lots of potential for the use of this plugin in real estate sites for high-end luxury homes and multi-unit developments. Demo.
This is a powerful jQuery tool to add to your developer/designer toolbox. The Cycle plugin, and its streamlined version Cycle Lite, are packed with options to customize your slideshow’s look and feel.
This is a great tutorial and plugin that walks you through setting up a simple jQuery slideshow plugin. I recommend checking out this tutorial even if you are not looking to set up a image slideshow.
Content Sliders: Useful jQuery plugins
A clean, easy to install and maintain, jQuery content slider. To top it all off, this is as lightweight as they come at only 2k minified. Here’s the demo.
Another good option when looking for a content slider based on jQuery. Also relatively easy to set up and maintain. Demo.
This is a small headline news slider jQuery plugin with lots of potential. I haven’t had the opportunity to incorporate this one into a site yet, but I’m looking forward to doing so. If you have any good examples of its use, let me know. I would love to see them. Demo.
Tooltip: Useful jQuery plugins
This is and exceptionally well designed tooltip jQuery plugin from Craig Thompson. Its look and function is clean, and it requires little coding to load. Demo.
Another good option for simple tooltip functionality. Very minimal look! Demo.
This one takes a bit more fussing around with, but just look at the effect. Demo.