jQuery is one of the wonders of the modern design world, enabling for the creation of hyper-impressive animations and interactions. Couple it with the power of WordPress and you’ve got a whopper of a duo to achieve some amazing effects. In today’s Design and Development Digest, let’s look at five WordPress plugins that add some jQuery interactivity to your site that you should know.
WP Sponsor Flip Wall is a plugin using jQuery and CSS for creating boxes that flip when clicked by the user. The plugin provides administrators a way to upload and crop images, and add custom text for the reverse side of the image. (See image below)
Announcement Bar is a very new plugin (just a few hundred downloads at the moment) that adds a jQuery file to WordPress that will position a fixed bar at the top of the browser screen (which can be used to show announcements) on each page load.
WD3K Ajax Sliding Contact Form positions a sliding contact form in the left border of a WordPress blog. The plugin contains client side validation and ajax powered mailing so no page refresh is required. Site administrators can configure form labels, error messages and form status messages.
ThumbSniper is a WordPress plugin that shows preview screenshots of hyperlinks as tooltips. The plugin can be configured to display a preview of all links or just external or specially marketed links.
Polaroid Gallery is a CSS3 and jQuery image gallery plugin which uses the WordPress media library. The plugin is used to overlay images that look like Polaroid pictures on the page or post. Using the Regenerate Thumbnails plugin, administrators can regenerate thumbnails for any images that have already been uploaded so the Polaroid overlay works.