Adding a jQuery plugin to your WordPress site can be done in two ways, a hard one and an incredibly simple one. The hard way to do it is include the jQuery plugin in header.php. For a web designer or web developer that is a piece of cake, but for a regular user that can be a little difficult. The second way to do it, and the easy one, is to install a jQuery WordPress plugin for which the only effort is clicking the mouse a few times.
In this article you will find the most popular jQuery plugins for WordPress with which you can customize your blog.
Smooth Slider adds a smooth content and image slideshow with customizable background and slide intervals to any location of your blog. Smooth Slider is a WordPress Plugin for creating a dynamic slideshow/s for featured Posts, Pages, Media Images and Custom Post Types on a WordPress site.
Slick contact forms allows you quickly and easily create contact forms for any area on your WordPress site using widgets. Creates a widget, which adds a contact form using either a floating, drop down button or a sticky, sliding tab. Can handle multiple forms on each page and the location of the floating button or sliding tab can be easily set from the widget control panel.
Each form includes up to 3 text input fields and one text area. The input labels and type of validation can be set via the widget control panel. The plugin includes validation for the form fields using animated error messages.
Seamlessly integrates FancyBox into your blog: Upload, activate, and you’re done. Additional configuration optional.
You can easely customize almost anything you can think about fancybox: the border, margin width and color, zoom speed, animation type, close button position, overlay color and opacity and even more advanced option like several options to group images into galleries, and more…
By default, the plugin will use jQuery to apply FancyBox to ANY thumbnails that link directly to an image. This includes posts, the sidebar, etc, so you can activate it and it will be applied automatically.
Easy FancyBox plugin for WordPress websites gives you a flexible and aesthetic lightbox solution for just about all media links on your website. Easy FancyBox uses the packed FancyBox jQuery extension and is WP 3+ Multi-Site compatible.
Visual Form Builder is a plugin that allows you to build and manage all kinds of forms for your website in a single place. Building a fully functional form takes only a few minutes and you don’t have to write one bit of PHP, CSS, or HTML!
Creates a widget, which allows you to add drop down mega menus from any standard WordPress custom menu using jQuery. Can handle multiple mega menus on each page, offers either “fade In” or “slide down” effects and the option to use hover or click to show the sub-menu. For best results use 3 levels for the custom menu.
WP Coda Slider adds a Coda Slider using Kevin Batdorf’s new Coda Slider jQuery plugin. Use a shortcode, template tag or create a custom slider using the custom meta boxes added to the post edit screen.
Adds Colorbox/Lightbox functionality to images, grouped by post or page. Works for WordPress and NextGEN galleries. Comes with different themes.
This WordPress plugin adds an automatic and dynamic “To Top” button to easily scroll long pages back to the top.
It features an intuitive control panel to style and adjust to each website’s need. The button only appears for JS enabled browsers and can be optionally disabled for mobile visitors.
Fancy Gallery is a state of the art WordPress Gallery Plugin you can use to create, manage and handle image galleries easily in your WordPress backend and present images to your website visitors.
It migrates the Fancy Image Box to your WordPress. All links pointing to an image will automatically open in the FancyBox. If you use the [ gallery ] shortcode the images will get a navigation bar and the gallery itself will be converted to a valid HTML block.
Add facebook, twitter, google +1, linkedin, digg, delicious, reddit, buffer, stumbleupon and pinterest pin it social media buttons to your website in either a floating or sliding panel and see summaries of all your social metrics in the admin social statistics page
SlideDeck 2 for WordPress is a responsive slider plugin that lets you easily create content sliders out of almost any content. Connect to a variety of Content Sources like YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, WordPress posts and Pinterest to create gorgeous, dynamic sliders in a few clicks – no coding is required.
Photonic lets you use the WordPress gallery shortcode and ramps it up with a lot of added functionality. It adds support for several new parameters to enhance your galleries. It supports Flickr photos, Photosets, Galleries and Collections, along with Picasa photos and albums, SmugMug albums and images, and 500px photos. You can also enable authentication for your site visitors that will let them see private and protected photos from each provider.
Slideshow provides an easy way to integrate a slideshow for any WordPress installation.
Any image can be loaded into the slideshow by picking it from the WordPress media page, even images you’ve already uploaded can be inserted into your slideshow right away!
Fancy doing something crazy? You can create and use as many slideshows as you’d like, with different images, settings and styles for each one of them.
WordPress is a great platform suitable for almost every case of websites out there, ranging from a personal blog to a complex CMS. This plugin started out as a snippet when i needed a way to shorten my posts and make them look more presentable. WP UI plugin for WordPress, right from its first release, is all about user experience and presentation. It takes care of all the not-needed background stuff and makes it ultimately easy to implement wp ui widgets – Tabs, accordions, spoilers, dialogs. Real power of this plugin lies in the handy functions and shortcodes that deal with posts and feeds.
EasyRotator for WordPress helps you create beautiful, responsive photo rotators and sliders for your WordPress site in seconds. Add rotators to posts and pages, or add rotator widgets to your theme. Choose photos and set links, select a layout, make customizations, and everything else is handled for you. Photos can come from your local computer, your WordPress Media Library, or Featured Images of recent posts.
A jQuery slideshow with an adaptive/responsive layout, easy to use with an extended admin panel. It already provides ColorBox, TimThumb, many effects. You can include it into your theme by using the shortcode (through a useful TinyMCE custom button) or through a meta-box by adding some lines of code to your theme.
T(-) Countdown will display a highly customizable, flash-free countdown timer as a sidebar widget or in a post or page using a shortcode.
Overlays linked image, inline, iFrame and AJAX content on the page in simple & fast effects. (improved version of Auto Thickbox plugin)
The Lightbox Gallery plugin changes the view of galleries to the lightbox.
Creates a widget, which allows you to add flyout vertical mega menus from any standard WordPress custom menu using jQuery. Can handle multiple vertical mega menus on each page and offers 3 animation effects – show/hide, fade In or slide out. Widget also gives the option of selecting left or right for the flyout menu depending on where you side column is. For best results use 3 levels for the custom menu.
Quickly and easily build forms with a simple drag-and-drop interface and in-place editing. There are dozens of form-building plugins out there to create forms, but most are confusing and overly complicated. With Formidable, it is easy to create forms within a simple drag-and-drop interface. You can construct custom forms or generate them from a template. Shortcodes can be used as well as spam catching services.
Creates vertical accordion menus from any WordPress custom menu using jQuery. Add menus using either widgets or shortcodes. Features include – handles multiple levels, saved state using cookies, add count of number of links and option of selecting “click” or “hover” events for triggering the menu.
The plugin has several parameters that can be configured to help cutomise the vertical accordion menu. These can either be set via the widget control panel or by passing parameters in a shortcode:
Meteor Slides makes it simple to create slideshows and publish them with a shortcode, widget, or template tag. The slideshows scale with responsive and fluid themes to fit any device and have touch support. Powered by jQuery Cycle with over twenty transition styles to choose from.
Dropdown Menu widget adds a beautiful, CSS only dropdown menu, listing pages, categories of your blog. You can also turn your wordpress navigation menu into a beatiful dropdown menu using this plugin. It allows you to chose vertical or horizontal layout.
Dashboard plugin update notification, update all plugins at once, move your plugins from one blog to another with plugin install.
The Easing Slider comes with various options that allow you to choose different sources to get the images from and also multiple styling options so that you”ll never have to edit any files directly & with ease. Create your own unique elegant slider.