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10 Great jQuery Plugins

Are you looking to increase the interactivity and functionality of your website with some jQuery plugins, but don't know where to start? Take a look at this list of ten jQuery plugins to help you filter through the masses.

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This is one plugin that does exactly what its name suggests.  prettyCheckboxes was created for anyone looking to improve the look of the checkboxes on their site.  It's also useful for making sure that site checkboxes look the same when viewed in different browsers.  Sites filled with forms, polls, surveys, and more can all make use of this plugin. 

You can use prettyCheckboxes to create custom checkboxes, custom radio buttons, and inline radio buttons.  Since every site has a different layout, this capability is essential in providing a format that is not only user-friendly, but also easy on the eyes.

Link: http://www.no-margin-for-errors.com/projects/prettyCheckboxes/


Highlight is another jQuery plugin that relates to forms.  As you might expect, Highlight actually highlights certain elements on a page when a user interacts with them.  It works really well with forms, but it is also useful if you have long lists or tables on your site. 

Since tasks such as filling out long forms or analyzing large tables can be cumbersome, the ability to highlight certain elements increases the user-friendliness of the page.  With Highlight, users will be able to jump through forms, tables, and lists with ease.

Link: http://www.keyframesandcode.com/resources/javascript/jQuery/demos/highlight-demo.html


Integrating a comments section on your site is a great way to spark up conversations and increase traffic over time.  One problem with certain comment boxes is that they are too small for visitors who want to type in a lot of text.  This means that the entire comment may not be visible, so proofreading it can become a pain.  The prettyComments plugin addresses this issue by allowing the comment box to automatically expand as the comment does, so nothing will be hidden from your view.

Link: http://www.no-margin-for-errors.com/projects/prettycomments/


Have you visited other sites, seen Google Maps embedded, and wanted to do the same to your own site?  If so, you can accomplish such a task quite easily with the help of the free gMap jQuery plugin.  Perhaps the best characteristic of gMap is the fact that it is so small in size.  The plugin is only 2kb, and simple to integrate.  Here is an example of a line of code used to embed Google Maps using gMap:


That is all it takes.  The plugin also gives you the option to customize the types of maps you embed on your site.  You can add maps with markers, maps in physical view, maps with info windows, and more. 

Link: http://gmap.nurtext.de/download.html

So So Social

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that social networking is everywhere now.  One solid social networking jQuery plugin is So So Social.  It takes all of your social networking activity from various sites, organizes it, and sorts it into a consolidated activity feed.  So So Social is easy to use and works with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and other sites.  If a site you use is not represented, you can simply add yourself.

Link: http://johnpatrickgiven.com/jquery/soSoSocial/

That concludes this top ten list of jQuery plugins.  Can you think of any others that are worthy of consideration?  Let us know.

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