- Adds interest, appeal and interactivity to a static web page
- Easy to update and maintain
- Optimal for search engines
#1 Image SlideshowAn image slideshow is one of the most popular used JQuery trick. There are many types of JQuery slideshows out there that have different features. One could have all of it’s images in thumbnails underneath the slideshow and one could have arrows to click through the images.
Here are some of my favorite slide shows to use.
#2 Menu NavigationUp there in popularity with the image sliders, menu navigation is a great JQuery trick to learn. From animated drop downs to neat, rounded corner buttons, it really makes a navigation (and your website) stand out.
#3 Pop Up Box/LightBoxA pop up image slideshow or single image. I know, it’s a slideshow like above, but it has a different feel to it. It’s simple and classy, plus it pops out so the users focus is directed straight to the images. Another great thing about this particular lightbox is that it’s easy to find how to close out of the image. I’m sure everyone has seen this trick before.
#4 Tabbed ContentAnother cool trick with JQuery is creating tabbed content. This allows the user to place a lot of content into one container and create interaction for the user. There are a couple of ways that I have seen this done. One is with actually tabs and the other is a clickable menu that reveals content hiding behind it. Here are some examples for those.
Tabbed Content Demo by Nut.Tuts+
#5 Hover CloudsThis is a trick that I stumbled upon the other day. It’s more for show, but it’s pretty cool. If you hover over a link, a hover cloud appears. The cloud can be styled to the designers liking to display extra information, thumbnails or links. Take a look at these examples.
Hover Sub Tags by Noupe
#6 Style SwitcherStyle switcher allows the user to click on a button that changes the style of the page. This changes the css template based on which button the user chooses. Some designers do this with color palettes, others use it to change the whole theme of the page. This example is of a theme change between night and day.
JQuery Style Switcher by Net.Tuts+
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