40 Exceptional jQuery Interface Techniques and Tutorials
In this article, we explore the strengths of jQuery in letting web developers create impressive client-side-based user interface components. Whether you're looking for a particular interface/interaction pattern built on Query (like module tabs or modal windows) or you simply want to learn the library by engaging in step-by-step tutorials – you should be able to find something here for you.
In this jQuery tutorial, you'll discover a technique for creating a slick modal window that appears when the user clicks on the triggering element (in this case, form
submit input, but you can easily modify it into other HTML elements like
<a>). The tutorial will also show you how you can deal with
keypress events so that you can incorporate keyboard shortcuts into your interface.
This modal window tutorial uses a
rel attribute to indicate whether a link opens a modal window using inline content. You'll witness a few popular jQuery methods in action like the
This tutorial will show you a method for replacing the built-in browser tooltips that appear on elements such as images and links with
This tooltip technique will check whether a link has a
title attribute or not, and if it doesn't, it skips it
This excellent jQuery tutorial shows you how to create slick popup bubbles that appear when hovering over the target object.
This simple tutorial will show you how to create a set a module tab interface that slides content left and right as you click on the tabs.
This very detailed step-by-step tutorial will show you how to create a tabbed interface using jQuery.
This excellent tutorial is yet another variation to the popular tabbed interface.
10. jQuery Tabs
This tutorial is in screencast format and is aimed at beginners and designers.
This image gallery tutorial shows you an interesting interaction technique for having captions that slide up to reveal more information about a particular image when the user hovers over it.
This tutorial will show you how to fade another image in, superimposing onto the current image when the user hovers it. It can be a great way to display more information about a particular image.
Create a basic image gallery by leveraging the strengths of jQuery in traversing the DOM and in DOM manipulation.
This quick and easy tutorial shows you the concept of hiding and showing elements by watching out for window events (in this instance – mouse hovers).
This jQuery tutorial shows you a slick and animated method for enlarging thumbnail-sized photos when the user hovers on them.
16. Slider Gallery
In this jQuery tutorial, you'll learn how to create a sliding gallery that leans on jQuery UI to make dealing with theming the web component a breeze.
In this tutorial, you'll learn about the concept of tweaking opacity of elements, as well as using the setInterval function to delay the firing off of another function.
This screencast tutorial shows you how to zoom in and out of an image and reveal a module tab interface when the user hovers of it. The tutorial was inspired the BBC Radio 1 site which shows a similar effect.
This tutorial shows you how easy it is to implement the Photo Slider JS library to create a stunning but user-friendly sliding photo gallery.
Interacting with Content / Displaying Content
In this jQuery tutorial, you'll discover a method for creating a gallery of images that can be filtered by categories.
This screencast-format tutorial will show you how you can create a news scroller to display dynamic news feed connected to an RSS feed. This tutorial also uses PHP and SimplePie to interface with RSS feeds.
Resizing text on a web page is often a valuable site feature to help adjust the text within the web page instead of using the browsers' features. This tutorial goes over a method for being able to resize text with jQuery that will work regardless of what font size units you use (i.e. px, em, %).
This tutorial leverages DOM manipulation to create a jQuery script that will replace your unordered (
<ul>) and ordered (
You'll read about a technique on how to animate message boxes using jQuery, in this excellent tutorial.
You'll learn how to leverage jQuery and the Amazon API to display products inside a content area that's horizontally-scrollable in this highly-involved step-by-step tutorial.
Tag clouds are effective in display the most popular categories or keywords on your site. By using jQuery and following along this excellent tutorial, you can create a remarkable tag cloud widget on your site.
In this tutorial, you'll discover an innovative technique for mimicking Digg's now defunct Digg Spy application (here is Digg Spy's predecessor).
Learn to create the Coda sliding content area using jQuery in this step-by-step screencast.
Create search boxes that are highlighted when the user focuses on them by following along this excellent jQuery tutorial.
If you're interested in creating better-looking and more interactive signup forms that drop down from its location when a user clicks on it, this excellent jQuery tutorial will show you how.
This jQuery tutorial will show you a technique for creating an impressive scrollable menu that moves based on the user's mouse movements.
Create an animated fading navigation menu by following along Chris Coyier's excellent tutorial.
Johnathan Snook shows us how easy it is to create a slick, animated navigation menu by transitioning background-image position.
Learn how to create this impressive jQuery-based navigation menu that has an interesting animation effect.
This interesting tutorial shows you how to create an Apple-inspired navigation menu that, when hovered over, expands the navigation item.
This tutorial shows you how you can leverage some powerful jQuery methods such as
.css() to create an animated, multilevel dropdown navigation menu.
In this jQuery tutorial, you'll find a quick and easy method for creating a dropdown menu. (Live demo on the tutorial page)
This jQuery-based navigation menu tutorial will show you how to create a menu that follows you up and down the page as you scroll.
You'll learn about a technique on how to animate a navigation list menu in this wonderful jQuery tutorial.
Learn to create a spectacular sliding navigation whose animation is triggered when the user hovers over a navigation item.