Where would the web be today without forms? We might as well ask where the world would be today without paper! Truly, web forms have helped to create the digital experience more dynamic. Back in the late ’90s, there weren’t that many ways to create dynamic content for websites. All communications had to be through email, and people had to use email management software. Currently, there are more different ways to display and organize dynamic content that at times, it can become quite overwhelming. Some sites almost look like digital billboards because of that. However, we’re not here to help you turn your website into a billboard. Quite the opposite!
With jQuery plugins and effects, enrich your website’s form experience for easier use, understanding, and flexibility. By adding a simple password strength effect to your forms, you could help users make better decisions in terms of choosing strong and secure passwords. In times of serious digital breaches, users will naturally appreciate you for looking after them. You’ll find dozens of examples in this roundup of plugins just like that and more.
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Users would want to spend more time on smooth and interactive websites. It’s because user experience is suddenly personal and more intertwined with your overall functionality and the kind of content you’re promoting. So, it helps to investigate the following jQuery form plugins to see if you could somehow create a more personalized experience on your website.
Rateit.js is a more refined approach to implementing a ratings system on your pages. This approach is the traditional ratings system that you see on blogs, websites, and e-commerce websites all across the web. The key difference from other rating system is that Rateit uses less div elements. Hence, it doesn’t put so much pressure on your website performance by manipulating the DOM too many times.
Multipicker is an excellent time-saving jQuery plugin that enables the simultaneous selection of parts of your form elements. If you run a certain calendar application, you could allow your users to select from a range of dates rather than make them select dates individually. The same goes for multiple-selection form dropdowns. Despite the multifunctionality, Multipicker will work as a standalone form selector, too. The code is easy enough to work through. So, you should be able to apply your existing style sheet to the native design effortlessly.
Checkbox comes from the Formstone framework. You can use it individually for any of your existing projects. Developers can modify the settings to enable a variety of situations for the users. It works as a traditional checkbox interface for selecting specific inputs. With slight modifications, you can enable users to select multiple boxes at once or to disable a specific option based on its availability. Again, the possibilities are limitless. This requires that you implement a dynamic back-end code to support some of those features.
A traditional use would be to show a large portion of content and then to provide a search box that, once used, would highlight the keywords as they are being typed in. You can apply mark.js to table data as well, allowing you to navigate through large sets of data more quickly and easily.
GitHub developers seem to love this project, and we can see why. It’s so flexible to use that you can implement it as part of a plugin for a content management system. You can also use custom data pages if you want to give the user full access over the way that they fetch content.
Dropdown is another form element of the Formstone framework. This one is for any kind of interactive form dropdown designs. Dropdown elements can be grouped into sections (almost acting like a menu). Also, it can be plugged to support navigational jumps to different pages or sites. Technically, it’s friendly enough in the context of providing a navigation menu. It is an excellent addition as well to an existing submission form where you’d like to collect additional information from the user.
Website design can quickly become a bunch of spaghetti as you dive deeper into the process of creating a complex and sophisticated design. If you look back on how many containers the average website uses, your brain can quickly overload just by trying to comprehend how it all works together. Luckily, there are developers who make container design slightly more friendly. So, you wouldn’t have to go back and forth with those same design patterns.
TextFill is a jQuery plugin that helps any text to fit inside a container. It takes an existing container and then checks back on the amount of text that is being put within that container. If the text starts to overflow, the TextFill plugin automatically resizes your font sizes. Not only is it an amazing addition for mobile-style websites. It is also an absolute productivity tool to help you save yourself from container design issues.
When the drag-and-drop interfaces were first introduced, the first desktop computers were inevitably structured to support them. Gradually, this concept entered the smartphone technology. Now, a great number of web applications are also relying on drag-and-drop interfaces. This enables users to manage and structure their data online without having to manually adjust the positioning of certain elements and data using native string queries.
The Dragula library is a godsend for those who are actively developing modern and friendly navigation interfaces that introduce the concept of getting everything all done within a single user interface.
After a brief inspection, we can recognize that such interfaces have become increasingly popular among websites and platforms, such as website builders, where most of the time users are relying on drag-and-drop features to realign the interface that they are trying to achieve for their project. WordPress, in particular, was quick to adapt to this concept within the admin dashboard itself, where WP admins can now rearrange the structure of their interface using native drag-and-drop functionality. You can quickly transform these features into any kind of application or software. Enable the user to rearrange certain elements or features of the app.
Do you ever stumble across a palette of colors that you know for a fact is going to inspire your next design project? Colors are an interesting thing these days. They are being heavily utilized in fields like psychology and marketing. The combination of the two provides a spectacular and authentic browsing experience for different types of apps and software. Think back on your favorite apps that you are using today. Then, ask yourself whether you’d feel the same way about those apps if they suddenly changed the color scheme to the exact opposite.
Light and dark color schemes are often a safe choice for apps like Reddit. However, when working on more sophisticated apps or software, such as banking or general shopping carts, ensure that your site employs colors that are comfortable for your users.
Though this isn’t limited to just apps, any design project or a creative endeavor will often challenge you to look for new and interesting ways to infuse your project with more energy. Often, that can be done through creative color schemes that leave a lasting impression on the user. What better way to find those specific colors if not by analyzing existing projects? Color Thief is a compact library that allows you to snag the most prominent colors from an already existing image.
Is it possible to search through an HTML page for CSS value data using CSS itself? Well, technically it’s not. However, Denis Lukov has managed to craft together an exciting jQuery snippet program that does native CSS searching (acts as a search engine) using a bit of JS magic. The results are quite staggering. The improvements in the speed of using Jets over the traditional style and class algorithms are twice as fast. So, this might actually be a wonderful addition to your existing front-end framework.
A simple way to get Jets working is to predefine two different tags: the search and content tags. These tags are within the input and unordered-list forms within your app itself. This way, Jets can quickly go through the existing elements and output whatever it is that a user was looking for.
One issue in using forms is the process of accidentally hitting the submit button and encountering a page refresh. This removes all of the previously entered data. Another is getting an error after accidentally hitting the submit button and then losing all the form data. This particular library tackles these situations. It automatically saves all your form data as you type them.
Multiple Select gives web developers a massive and well-documented jQuery solution for implementing forms with checkboxes that would require mass selection or multiple orientations for a single purpose. Let’s say that you’re working on an application about managing gardening or similar situations. You’d naturally want to be able to select from a checkbox different times of the day or the week. From thereon, you can create a solid calendar schedule. However, in this context, it would be helpful for the user to create such a schedule himself. This is so, especially if your application is limited in its functionality and serves one basic and essential solution, such as creating calendar schedules.
Check out the big selection of demos and previews of how you can integrate Multiple Select into your existing project.