When building responsive websites, jQuery can be very helpful. In this article a list of jQuery plugins that will definitely help you building more responsive and usable websites.
Responsive Web Design is used to present any companies information in the most efficient way possible, depending upon how they are viewing your website. Having a responsive web page is a good way to keep people on your website, instead of another page, especially when it comes to smaller screens. For instance, if someone is looking up information quickly on there smart phone, if they go to a website that is poorly designed they will have to spend much more time (including the time it takes to load something on to the phone itself) looking for what they need. Most likely they will not take that time, and instead will move to another website. One that is designed to adapt to the size of the screen will show the viewer the most important information as effectively as possible. The old way of designing web pages through more structured wire frames, etc., has been replaced with a more fluid model.
SlabText is a jQuery plugin that splits headlines into rows before resizing each row to fill the available horizontal space. Basically, it means that your headline will always look great whatever of the client screen size.
Masonry is a dynamic grid layout plugin for jQuery. Think of it as the flip-side of CSS floats. Whereas floating arranges elements horizontally then vertically, Masonry arranges elements vertically, positioning each element in the next open spot in the grid.
TinyNav.js is a super useful jQuery plugin which allows you to automatically turn a navigation menu into a select for small devices such as iPhones. A must have!
FitText is a simple jQuery plugin that automatically make a text fit the width of its parent element. Perfect for awesome, responsive headlines!
Simply define breakpoints for your responsive design, and Breakpoints.js will fire custom events when the browser enters and/or exits that breakpoint. Very useful on complicated layouts!
Slideshows are very popular among the web. Though, forcing them to fit any screen size can be a little tricky. ResponsiveSlides.js allow you to create responsive slideshows, which will look great whatever on any device.
Flare is another jQuery plugin for building responsive and full width slideshows. It is not free but it is absolutely worth $10 as it is very easy to use and visually pleasant.
A lightweight, easy-to-use jQuery plugin for fluid width video embeds. It was built by was built by Chris Coyier and Paravel.
Does your tables break your responsive layout? If yes, here is a simple JS/CSS combo that will let your tables adapt to small device screens without everything going to hell. A must have for any tables!
Ideal Forms is the ultimate framework for building and validating responsive HTML5 forms. It is super easy to use.
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