Where would the web be today if it wasn’t for forms? We might as well ask where would the world be today if it wasn’t for paper! Truly, web forms have helped to create the digital experience more dynamic, more alive if you will. Back in the late 90’s there weren’t that many ways to create dynamic content on your website, and all communications had to happen solely through email, which people had to use separately by having to switch over to their email management software. A tedious task, but at the time better solutions were of no avail. In 2016, there are so many different ways to display and organize dynamic content that at times it can become quite overwhelming, and some sites almost look like digital billboards because of that, but we’re not here to help you turn your website into a billboard, quite the opposite!
jQuery’s helpful framework can be used for many different positive reasons, it can truly help to enrich the user experience if used right, which is what we’re hoping to cover in this post — a useful resource of jQuery plugins and effects that would enrich your websites 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 a strong and secure password — in times of serious digital breaches, users will naturally appreciate you for looking after them. And you’ll find dozens of examples in this roundup of plugins just like that and more.
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When your website becomes smooth and interactive, users want to spend more time on it. The reason why? It’s because the user experience is suddenly personal, more intertwined with your overall functionality and the kind of content you’re promoting, so it helps to investigate these following jQuery forms plugins to see if you could yourself, somehow, create a more personalized experience on your website.
EasyKey.JS adds a magnificent keyboard support to your website that can enable for website visitors to navigate the pages and content of your website using pure keyboard navigation. Users can navigate from one page to the other using only the arrow keys, which can make for a special user experience on blogs and general content websites where too much clicking can quickly become boring.
What would the eCommerce stores look like today if it wasn’t for ratings? Certainly places like Amazon and eBay would quickly get confusing if users didn’t have access to ratings and reviews from other people, it has become a gold standard for using ratings to help others understand how a particular product works, and it’s not only eCommerce stores that can use ratings, but anyone who runs something that is based on user reviews. jQuery Rate is the starting pack for a beautiful ratings plugin that gives you two options; circle and square ratings. These are not your typical 5-star widgets, and will hardly integrate in such designs, if at all. Instead, you could use jQuery Rate to create dynamic web infographics and similar data analysis projects where you need to display specific percentages of something. Both the square and circle boxes can have their values, size, width, and font customize completely customized, though if you plan to use the script at all you will have the opportunity to modify those values through your API or other dynamic code.
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 eCommerce websites all across the web. The key difference from other rating system is that RateIt uses a more simple approach that uses less div elements and hence doesn’t put so much pressure on your website performance through the process of manipulating the DOM too many times.
What is a multiPicker? It’s an excellent time saving jQuery plugin to enable parts of your form elements to be selected simultaneously. If you run a certain calendar application, you might be inclined to 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, as users might have the need to contact you based on a variety of topics and/or reasons. Despite the multi functionality, multiPicker will work as a standalone forms selector too, the code is easy enough to work through and you should be able to apply your existing stylesheet to the native design effortlessly.
Checkbox is actually a very similar asset in this context, this particular element comes from the Formstone framework, and you can use Checkbox individually for any of your existing projects. Developers can modify the checkbox settings to enable a variety of situations in which the user might find himself in, first it works as a traditional checkbox interface for selecting specific inputs, but with slight modifications you can enable users to select multiple boxes at once, or disable a specific option based on its availability. Again, the possibilities are limitless and requires that you implement a dynamic back-end code to support some of those features.
Dropdown is another forms element part of the Formstone framework. This one is intended for any kind of form dropdown designs where you’d like to display interactive and unique dropdowns for the appropriate situation that you’re working with. Dropdown elements can be grouped into sections (almost acting like a menu), and it can be plugged to support navigational jumps to different pages or sites. Technically, it’s friendly enough to be utilized in the context of providing both a navigation menu, but also an excellent addition 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 are making the steps to make the process of container design slightly more friendly to general user experience so you wouldn’t have to go back and forth with those same design patterns all over again. TextFill is a jQuery plugin designed to help any text to fit inside the container, what it does is 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 to continue fitting inside the container. It’s not only an amazing addition for mobile-style websites, it’s an absolute productivity tool to help you save yourself from headaches of container design.
If we take a look back on when the drag and drop interfaces were first introduced to the technology field, we can recognize that the first desktop computers inevitably were structured to support a drag and drop interface for a person to manage their computers and data stored on them, and gradually this concept began to weed its way into the smartphone technology, and now a great proportion of web applications are also relying on drag and drop interfaces to enable users to manage and structure their data online without having to manually adjust the positioning of certain elements and data using native string queries. Dragula library comes as a godsend for those developers who are actively developing modern and friendly navigation interfaces that introduce the concept of getting it all done within a single user interface that is presented to the user initially.
After a brief inspection, we can already start to recognize that such interfaces have become increasingly popular amongst 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. These kind of features can quickly be transformed into any kind of application or software where you would want to enable for the user the ability to rearrange certain elements or features of the app that you are presenting.
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, and the combination of two, to provide a spectacular and authentic browsing experience for different types of apps and software. Think back on your favorite apps that you are using today, and ask yourself whether you’d feel the same way about those apps if they suddenly changed the color scheme to the exact opposite of what they are using right now. While light and dark color schemes are often a safe choice for apps like Reddit, when you are working on more sophisticated apps or software such as banking or general shopping carts, you want to ensure that the colors of your site are using precise and comfortable colors for the majority of population that uses your app in the first place.
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, and often that can be done through the use of creative color schemes that leave a lasting impression on the user, and 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, allowing you to tap into those color schemes quickly and effectively, without having you lose any portion of time trying to find those colors individually, even though tools like the Chrome Developer Panel have made it absurdly easy for developers to tinker with colors on any web elements.
This funky named library (asdfasdf.js) comes back to some of the plugins we have discussed previously which touch upon the subject of forms and form data, and how it is being managed and interpreted these days by all modern applications. One of the first things about using forms, is the process of accidentally hitting the submit button and encountering a page refresh which removes all of the previously entered data, even worse are the situations in which we find ourselves when we are actively entering data into our forms and suddenly after hitting the submit button we receive an error, but all the form data has disappeared! So to tackle those situations, this particular library was born, which automatically saves all your form data as you are typing it, so even in the situation of an auto-refresh or an accidental submit — your data stays intact, or should we say the data of your customers, and everyone can stay happy.
It doesn’t need to be said twice that general IT security is going to skyrocket in popularity over the next 5 years, while many are busy working with artificial intelligence and similar niches, the real key component that we will have to tackle as a collective community of technology experts is going to be security, and in more areas than just passwords alone. Surely there are going to be challenges along the way, and disagreements about the way that we want to manage our personal data under the protection of a single password, or more brutally behind things like fingerprints and eye matching software — it is going to be a wild ride for those who work in deeply sensitive industries, but we all should start to embrace the fact that allowing users to use weak passwords is a threat on its own, and not only to users themselves, but potentially us as owners of the apps and software that we are operating, and one of the quickest and simplest ways to begin conditioning users to use stronger passwords is to employ forms libraries such as Strength.js which automatically check the strength of a password that the user is trying to decide on, encouraging them to choose a password that is more suitable for modern age, certainly one that would be hard to decrypt using even the most sophisticated technology today. This way, users can train their minds to use these passwords elsewhere, too, but in general it is a massive security precaution for your business and how you interpret the importance of concise security measures, such as strong passwords.
Image Picker is a simple jQuery plugin that transforms a select element into a more user friendly graphical interface. This way you don’t have to rely on dropdowns alone, and can incorporate some exciting graphical elements into your existing project to spice things up a little, in particular we can notice from the demo how this concept could be useful for displaying books or other paged materials using preview images of the page that the user is going to switch to next. The use for Image Picker is rather expansive, not only can it be turned into a solidified captcha algorithm for different parts of your website, it could easily be transformed into an interactive interface for quizzes and similar game concepts that we find so popular online these days. How would you use this forms navigation framework to benefit your project right now, we’d love to hear it in the comments below!
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. For example, if 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 when you’re to spend time doing that particular task, and from thereon you can create a solid calendar schedule — though in this context, it would be helpful for the user using your application to create such schedules himself, especially if your application is limited in its functionality and serves one basic and essential solution, such as creating calendar schedules. Please direct yourself to the extensive documentation that gives you a big selection of demos and previews of how you can integrate Multiple Select into your existing project, and whether it is something you’d benefit from in the first place.
jQuery Form Validator
Yet another lovely example of a well-organized form validator built using jQuery. This one is particular nice because it has a lot to offer even to the most complex of application and business types, and acts as an solid all-in-one solution for anyone who wants to amplify their forms with validation examples and precautions that would ensure that no form submission is without a purpose. So one of the first things you will learn about using this form validator is the Default Validators options — here you can select to validate different types of actions within the form, like the length of a particular form, check for URL and Email accuracy, and generally overview how much information users are entering, depending on your set limitations. Then you move on to the juicy security validations, which are all about password strength, captchas, and validations for credit cards as well as server-side data verification, in the event of letting users check if their entered data reflects the data that they have previously stored in the database.
Don’t fret if all this sounds complex at first, to create a world-class form you must be willing to invest time and resources in order to finalize a form that users will never have a problem to use or integrate in everyday situations. The documentation goes in-depth of how different functions and variables can be combined together to provide a one of a kind from submission experience, one that you as a developer will inevitably be proud of as well, because of how smooth it is going to make the different processes within which users need to use a form submission — which let’s be honest, are always about handling sensitive data and similar types of validations.
Not many websites are employing the impromptu techniques these days, possibly the main reason for that is the fact that not everyone wants to deal with different kind of user responses towards popup modals and dialog boxes that challenge the user experience, however there is certainly a niche within which these dialog boxes can become incredibly useful — first one, is onboarding processes that help users to navigate from the homepage all the way towards the finalization of the signup process, and the other one (similar to first) is about showcasing the different product features using an impromptu mechanism that can step-by-step explain to the user what different features and parts of the website are meant to do, and how they can help the user achieve their personal goals.
Customizing and building such an interactive experience yourself could take a little bit of time, but thanks to this library all you have to do is specify the different areas that you want to highlight within the experience and you’re practically set to go. Since this is a jQuery forms post, you will find it rather pleasant to learn that jQuery Impromptu gives you the ability to show forms in a modal box that users can complete using any of the instructions that you have provided — think of neat and tidy feedback review and survey forms where the users can leave feedback based on their experience that they have had with your products and apps.
If you’re dead serious about making a statement in modern web development, you will have to think about the ways that your apps can highlight your modern presence and understanding of current trends, and last several years have shown us just how personalized the user experience becomes when developers and engineers start to use a simple aspect such as the FontIcons concept to better design an interface of a web, mobile, or general software applications. Font Icons in practical terms is a small icon that resembles the main feature of a particular item, let’s say you select a ‘Folder’ font icon, which would represent a particular Category or a selection of a Directory within your app, and these little font icons can really transform the way that users are interpreting your apps in general, because too much clutter-text might make it hard for users to understand what different buttons and features are to do when they’re about to be clicked on.
Inspired heavily by the jQuery Masonry plugin, Shapeshift is a plugin which will dynamically arrange a collection of elements into a column grid system similar to Pinterest. What sets it apart is the ability to drag and drop items within the grid while still maintaining a logical index position for each item. This allows for the grid to be rendered exactly the same every time Shapeshift is used, as long as the child elements are in the correct order.
Everyone saw the success that Pinterest was able to achieve over the span of only a couple of years, and these days you won’t find that many networks that can come close to the reputation and strength that Pinterest has accumulated over that period of time, though that shouldn’t stop you from experimenting with Pinterest’s famous layout for galleries and photo illustrations that act as the trademark for what the social platform stands for. Whether your ultimate goal is to arrange a number of photos in such an context and enable drag and drop functionality, or you want to implement this shape-shifting technology into another project of yours — all you need to do is grab the source code and start playing with the settings to find a solution that work for you.
Long and extensive forms can easily scare users away as they find it intimidating to go through endless chapters of form submissions just to finalize the process of whatever that they are trying to do on your site. That’s why we can’t recommend ProgressionJS enough — a simple solution for showing to the user their initial progress of how far they’ve come with their form progress, and using the helpful snippets function you can give the user advice during each of the steps as to what kind of information that particular form box is requiring, adding a layer of customer interaction that won’t go unnoticed.
Premium jQuery Forms Plugins and Scripts
Alright everyone, that was quite the roundup of jQuery forms and scripts — specifically intended to make the life easier not only for you as a developer, but also for your users who are actively seeking a pleasant user experience where they don’t have to worry about losing their data or precious time because of the irresponsible actions of lousy (lazy) developers. Having said that, we do hope that you will continue reading through our roundup as we count down a number of jQuery forms scripts which can be purchased for a one-time fee on a world-class developer website where professionals can enlist their own creative plugins and scripts at a fixed price. If anything, you might find an idea or a concept that would appeal to your app or project and yield some insight from there.
Developing your own forms can become a tedious process, especially if you have spent any time at all browsing sites like CodePen where you can see thousands of examples of how designers and developers are approaching the process of designing a form, needless to say that each form is unique to the design of the website in majority of the cases, but in this situation with the Form Designer plugin, we are looking at concepts and situations where you’d need to develop an effective and rather pleasant form for the basic usage over your signup, registration, contact, and even eCommerce pages — you create the design, provide the values, and then plug it into your existing framework that you’re using on your website. An effective way to create custom yet authentic and unique forms for hundreds of situations imaginable. This tool will allow you to add or delete fields from an existing template also you can edit the style and all attributes of an element (if any attributes available) just by few mouse clicks. Not only that, you can apply validation functionality to all valid element and can fix the alert text also for each element separately.
The name itself says a lot about the purpose of this plugin — ‘Optin’. Clearly we will be dealing with a snippet that has something to do with signup forms and such, and we’re not far from the truth. This pop-up modal dialog box plugin is a stellar choice of a plugin for those who are seeking to add the functionality of modal boxes to their website, whether for the purpose of showing the registration and login forms, or simply to promote your email newsletter and social media accounts. Optin features mobile-ready and optimized layout so you don’t have to scale the modal boxes for responsive design as it is automatically done for you. There are more than 20 unique forms and effects to choose from, so each of your optin boxes are going to look unique in their own way. Optin uses Bootstrap which means that the native design will naturally adapt to modern design standards and qualities.
Faram is a collection of signup forms that will truly add a special touch to your existing framework that you’re using to allow users to signup and login with. Because of Bootstrap usage, you’re given a flexible set of tools for integrating these signup/sign-in forms into any aspect or part of your website that you wish, with utmost ease. The package itself includes a total of five unique designs that have been tailored in accordance to what the modern standards currently are for such pages on the website. The codebase has been built so that anyone can jump in and follow the clean code guidelines and make any required adjustments to better integrate in your existing project or content framework that you’re using.
Timon – Step Form Wizard
We did mention on-boarding at least once in this roundup so far, and now it’s time to do it again — this time we have Timon; a unique step-by-step forms builder interface that will give your forms a nice touch of simplicity through showing the individual steps required to complete any particular form on your website. So instead of making the user ‘guess’ when the form is going to end, you can lay out a template of different steps and actions that a user will need to fill out in order to reach the final page, such as the checkout page or something of that nature, all depends on the context within which you are using your forms in.
Ultimate Bootstrap Forms
Ultimate Bootstrap Forms is well-designed forms collection that will aid you in the process of quickly adding Bootstrap-style forms to your website, without having you worry about all that extra coding and management work. The plugin itself is not difficult to understand or use, and all of the forms themselves have been pre-built for you already, though it is possible to build your own of course, a little bit of Bootstrap knowledge will be required of you though. The forms that come with this plugin (some of them anyway) are: forms for adding events, products, creating appointments, leaving comments, for contact purposes, for uploading files and documents, for doing booking stuff (like flights), for managing user account details like passwords, for adding people to an email newsletter, and the list keeps growing — I suppose you understand the drill, so now it is up to you to see if such a precisely designed forms package would be a fit for your project.
Any agency that works online is going to need a cost calculator. Especially those who work in design and development. As the number of agencies for these markets continue to grow, people want to be able to get a quote as quickly as possible, to compare their budget and availability, and the quality of work that your particular agency is providing. With Cost Calculator, agencies and indeed individuals themselves, can create a custom cost management page where the client can submit their most crucial details for the kind of work that they need to have done, wheras the calculator will give them the appropriate price as set by you in the configuration panel for each item that you are selling. It comes with full PayPal integration so you’re set to receive orders as they come.
Final words for jQuery forms plugins and scripts
Here we are, at the end of our long journey from the top to bottom for discovering what the currently most popular and most used jQuery forms plugins are, and we have to say — it was a pleasant list to work with, especially some of these last plugins that we mentioned; they might not seem useful at first per say, but if you think about doing services for other people, then such simple scripts like a ‘form designer’ can help you save a ton of time by not having to mess around with those forms individually, and instead you can provide something that is unique, yet highly flexible for optimization on both your side and the side of the client.