10 jQuery Techniques for Better User Experience
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In today’s article, we will be focusing on listing the ten new jQuery techniques for better user experience. We choose user experience for the simple fact that jQuery can be used to control the more delicate details of a design which leads to a better user experience. So, without further delay, let’s get started.
10 New jQuery Techniques for a Better User Experience
Forms are always an integral part of a website. It is so common that you can find them on almost every blog. This makes it essential for developers to focus on forms and refine them for the best user experience possible.
1. jQuery Login Form
As a web developer, you can either use a plugin or build a sliding panel from scratch. Check out the tutorial by Jake Rocheleau to learn more about how to create sliding elements within the login form.
2. Hide Some Useful Info With Spoiler Revealer
You can improve how users reveal information thanks to the spoiler revealer technique. You can find a tutorial on the subject here. It is elegant and provides a sense of exploration for the end user.
3. Form Submission Without Page Refresh
When a form is submitted, the page refreshes in order to send the info to the server. However, you can make it look swift by using jQuery to do form submissions without a page refresh. CodeTuts has a clear tutorial on the topic.
Navigations also plays a crucial role in user experience. They dicated how a user navigates through the website and a good navigation menu determines how the user feels about the website.
4. jQuery Plugin for Smooth Navigation
You can use a lot of jQuery plugins to ensure smooth navigation. There are many plugins out there and that’s why we recommend reading the list of 20 jQuery plugins which will let you improve the user experience. If you fancy not using a plugin, you can also check out the tutorials on how to create different types of menus using jQuery. The choice of which navigation menu technique depends on you.
You can also create simple jQuery tabs which can come handy during navigation. The tabs should be responsive and offer smooth navigation. You can follow the detailed tutorial on Web Designer Hut to learn more.
You can also manipulate content using jQuery. By doing so, you can customize the content according to your choice and customize it for the best user experience possible.
5. Text Size Slider
User experience is also about providing users an option to change things which, in return, gives them more control. This is why you may want to give your readers the ability to change the text size slider. You can implement it either by using a plugin or by manually coding it.
6. jQuery Pagination
Pagination provides the necessary pages to the website and it helps readers to easily digest the content better.
7. Content Slider
With a content slider, you can manipulate content in a cool format. Want to slow down the slider or change how the slider animates? If you do, you can customize the slider with jQuery. You can also create a fully custom slider if you want.
Animations also play a crucial role in improving user experience. There are tons of jQuery animation libraries that you can utilize to make the website pop, not only in terms of looks but also user experience.
8. Smooth Content Scrolling
Adding small bits of customization to scrolling can add value to your website. Make scrolling not only fun but a seamless experience. You can also opt to put all the posts on a single page and offer unlimited scrolling. Many websites do that, including the Forbes website. The flow is what you need. Scrolling can also open interactivity options that might be missing from the vanilla website.
You can use plugins to achieve the desired result. There are many different types of animations and functionalities that you can achieve with these plugins. Check out the comprehensive article by CSSAuthor on the jQuery scrolling plugin which contains 75+ plugins. You can also check out a detailed tutorial on them and get a better understanding of implementing custom jQuery scrolling.
9. jQuery Fading Menu
You can also improve the menu by adding fading animation to it. This animation will make the menu react to user input, thus improving interactivity and user experience. It will also entice visitors to click and reduce bounce rate.
If you are running an image-heavy website, you may want to add image manipulation features to it. Clearly, there are plenty of ways you can add functionality.
10. Image Cropping and Zoom
Our last jQuery technique that can further improve user experience is image cropping and zoom. You can use Cropper, a jQuery image cropping plugin to add functionality to the website. You can also use jQuery zoom by Jack Moore to get the desired results.
This leads us to the end of the ten best jQuery techniques for better user experience. These techniques will surely help you get a better grasp of the overall user experience. Also, the choice of using a plugin or manually implementing is all about your preference. So, which aspect of user experience are you going to focus on? Comment below and let us know. We are listening.
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