This is a guest post from Lior Levin.
While content is the backbone of your website, aesthetics are still very important, which is why having a site with a little eye candy doesn’t hurt. Now, you could opt for proprietary software like Flash, which allows for some amazing effects, but the problem is that not all browsers support it and it can also be quite complicated to program.
At the moment, jQuery tabs are some of the most popular user interface elements on the web. They have many advantages, including the fact that they are easy to use and your audience understands immediately what they are supposed to do. They are great to organize pages for maximum user friendliness and since everyone knows what they are, it makes your site easy to navigate. It also doesn’t hurt that they help speed up load times. By not having to reload the entire page every time the user wants to move to the next page, it makes life much easier on the browser because the site moves faster.
If you run a site based on a membership model, there’s nothing like having a nice, sleekly designed login panel to keep things interesting for your audience. This login panel slides out, over the site’s content and makes it easier for people to log in. Once login is completed, the panel can be returned to its initial position, allowing people to enter their details and login without changing the page they were on previously.
While it has little to do with functionality, this little script really adds a little fun to a website. It can be used to make the background scroll on your website. Basically you can create a loop and have the same background scrolling continuously. It is advisable, though, to have some sort of control that users can take advantage of to interrupt the scrolling as some people might find the constant scrolling irritating after a while. However, it still creates a great first impression on your readers.
Kwiks is a jQuery script designed to make menus very attractive. It is a tool that is quite easy to use and can help design a very attractive menu. The options in the menu are stacked as images on top of each other, with the ones on the bottom being partially hidden. When you move your mouse over one of the images on the bottom, the others slide out of the way to let it show through. This is a simple script but it really does add character and “wow” factor to any website.
The jQuery library is constantly evolving and improving, which is why there are so many plugins and scripts available for it. So, if you want some more ideas on improving your blog with jQuery, check out a few of these ideas.