You’re building your perfect website — business, personal, blog, interactive; it’s all starting to come together, but you are still lacking a set of features, perhaps a way of being more in-tune with your visitors, letting them know about the latest updates, the latest deals, or simple announcements that you consider important. Notifying your visitors of essential information is always crucial, and these days — thanks to evolution of web — it’s possible to stay in touch with our readers and visitors in real-time using notification widgets and plugins that allow us to notify members with simple popup bars, notification bars, slides and other dynamically interactive ways.
Although native web technology definitely permits to build such notification widgets, the increasingly popular jQuery library is what many webmasters and developers keep coming back to. It’s an effective way of using technology built for the web to allow you to manipulate your website in the way you want to. jQuery has been on a steady rise of growth in the recent years, not only did the company achieve a ‘been around for a decade‘ status recently, it also made a huge announcement for a new jQuery 3.0 release that will bring about further performance improvements, and much more solid support for browsers and devices from their own origin.
We however do understand that sometimes it’s much easier to just take what’s already on the plate, and for that reason we have compiled a neat little roundup of the best jQuery notification plugins that you can find on the market today. The following jQuery plugins will be effective towards creating notifications both outside of an application or a website, but also within it — meaning that you can do dynamic changes to the way functions report back to the user, through the use of clever and intuitive notification widgets.
Noty is one of the hottest GitHub repositories for jQuery notification libraries, and with many good reasons. Noty boasts a modern approach to letting developers create notifications for simple alerts, warning messages, success and error messages, as well as custom messages that can be amplified with the use of HTML. Noty will happily integrate with websites, but also directly within applications (API is available) to help you create notifications for dynamic callbacks within the apps, or platforms you plan to use it on. The notifications can be positioned as you like at any corner of the screen, but with a little modification you can create your own custom locations.
Ambiance is a pre-packaged jQuery notification library that helps you quickly to build notification messages based on the available functions. You can create custom standing notifications that will only be possible to remove once the user clicks the ‘X’ button, or you can use custom effects like fading notifications to give each notification a brief moment of appearance before they fade away. Width, height and positioning are in your full control.
The Notyfy plugin is a fork of the Noty plugin that we mentioned at the beginning of the post, this fork provides a more bubbly design choice for the notification boxes, but also introduces a new method called ‘Confirmation’ — this method can be used to create popup notifications which ask the user whether they would like to confirm the action they are trying to take, so it can be useful in situations where users complete forms and are required to confirm their selected choices.
jQuery UI Notifications library is an effective way of creating simplistic notifications for several different occasions. First off, it can be used to create random messages, but can be extended to enable the use of icons within your messages, and also the use of confirmation dialogs — such as ‘Close’, or ‘Confirm’. Different effects for closing the notifications are also available, either with the click of the mouse, or by using a fade-in effect that relies on your own selected timer.
bPopup is a homemade product of an aspiring GitHub developer. The project was built for personal use, and has no direct availability of pre-built patterns for creating solid notifications, instead it is meant to be used as a way of allowing you to use the plugin to create your own custom notifications based on the requirements that you require. It gives you all the necessary functions, methods and callbacks to begin creating exciting popups that consists of your own provided information and aesthetics. It’s dynamic and supports interactive content to be integrated in the popups directly, as can be seen in the many demo examples on the homepage.
Although Lobibox has separated itself from Bootstrap, it still uses a lot of Bootstrap based design patterns, and mostly utilizes the FLAT design aspects to help you create modern and appealing notification messages that can be stretched far and wide. The first part of the plugin is built to help you create message boxes, these can be used to create confirmation dialogs and boxes for direct integration within your applications or websites. While the notifications aspect can be used to create effective notifications within the websites capacity, that we guarantee won’t go unnoticed. There’s a lot of documentation available for Lobibox, and we encourage you to play around to see if this is something that you would want to use in your projects consistently.
Notify is different from other plugins in this list in the way that it offers you the ability to integrate notifications over any chosen element within the web page. There’s a simple API that developers can quickly wrap around their existing app or platform projects, and the library is so lightweight that you may even forget that you’re using it in the first place.
Toastee is ultra-lightweight jQuery notification plugin that helps you to create “toast style” notification boxes anywhere within your active website. The “toast style” can be best explained by imagining a notification box that has a headline, a divider, and the description of the notification — hence making a “toast” type notification. Doesn’t provide much more functionality beyond that, but is customizable if you have some experience with jQuery.
Notification popups and message boxes aren’t the only types of notifications that developers and webmasters are after, notification bars have become increasingly popular in the field of blogging, thanks to their ease of appearance, they can be of great aid when it comes to promoting products, email lists, and general announcements. peekABar gives you the freedom to create any kind of notification bar that’s based on your own set of colors, and dynamic settings.
NuTip is the new player in the game, trying to win over the hearts of those who embrace jQuery notifications on their websites. NuTip’s library provides a selection of ways to display your notifications, beginning with the ability to display notifications once user rolls over a particular element. Then you can choose to create popups, and rollout messages from the side, all containing your own selected choice of HTML content. The plugin might be in BETA, but we have yet to see any real errors or concerns reported by the users. Give it a go!
Notie is another really popular jQuery library for creating notifications. This one uses the notification bar approach where you can create a variety of boxes that will appear at the top of the page each time the method is called. It also provides support for confirmation boxes that you can easily use to create email subscription modules, or anything else that would require of the user to confirm an action. Very lightweight and pleasant to work with!
The author of this pen is saying that the work is more of a concept work, but after closer code inspection, this jQuery Notifications snippet is ready for use. Create simple notification bars without the need to bloat your codebase with external libraries, just load up the essentials and specify the configuration — the rest has already been taken care of. Also highly customizable thanks to local CSS and HTML integration.
Gritter is a notification library that hasn’t been maintained for years, yet remains as one of the favorites amongst those who need complex functionality, without the complexity of having to code hard stuff themselves. You can use Gritter to build sticky notifications, notifications with custom HTML, and also custom callbacks and fallbacks for when the situation calls.
PNotify is perhaps the most beautiful of all the available libraries here, and perhaps even the most complex as it provides support for desktop and mobile notifications as well. PNotify uses Bootstrap and jQuery UI as the primary design standards for all of its notification boxes and patterns. There’s a feature-packed API that’s secure and extendable to be used in any environment imaginable, just plug away!
Premium jQuery Notification Plugins
Now that we have seen most of the free and open-source stuff that’s out there, it’s time we take a peek at what is available in the premium market, where developers are spending their time to create complex and versatile notification plugins for the use in web projects, applications; desktop and mobile. The prices for these are very reasonable, so definitely look into them as alternative options.
Metro design is the favorite amongst many, which is why there is the Metro Notifications plugin available. This plugin package offers a way to create several types of notifications, including standard alert boxes, popup notifications, and also interactive slide-in notifications that could be targeted at advertising markets. There’s mobile support for touch sensitivity and swipe support.
jNotice lets you specify the ‘div’ that you wish to create as a notification, and then either use existing content, or add new one to create exciting popups that will keep your readers peeled to the screens. The demo displays an example of using jNotice to create notification boxes for registration and login forms, just one of the many uses that you will be able to use this plugin for.
FooBar is a neat and unobtrusive notification bar that sits at the top of the page that can be used to inform or announce specific info to site visitors. The collapsible bar can be used in unlimited scenarios, including displaying notifications, showing site announcements, product specials, competitions, giveaways, etc. Anything you can think of, really. With over 30 options, the FooBar can be customized to look however you want. The FooBar helps you increase your social likes, followers etc, helps to promote your products and increase sales, and it helps with gaining more pageviews when used with the RSS feed options.
Flat Modern Notifications is a jQuery premium notifications plugin library that utilizes the FLAT design concept to let you build seven different types of notifications that use HTML5 markup and smooth CSS3 animations. Will be of great aid for delivering modern and elegant looking notifications across different varieties and needs.