How jQuery has changed the face of web design

Before jQuery came along animation on websites was strictly reserved to flash websites and low quality gif images. With flash your website design would look flawless… but any search engines attempting to index your sites content would have a nightmare trying to lift the content as it is locked within the flash imagery.

As time has passed the power of JavaScript has been harnessed with many libraries being developed to allow complex functions and animation to be achieved with a minimal amount of coding. The most influential of these libraries has been jQuery; an open platform created and managed by a community of developers the world over. By leveraging JavaScript’s ability to modify the DOM (Document Object Model) jQuery has quickly enabled developers to create simple animations, beautiful forms, and advanced web application GUI’s (Graphical User Interface).

The very foundation of jQuery’s open source heart has led to thousands of plugins being readily available for free, granting web designers the ability to drop advanced JavaScript functionality and animation in to their designs without the required knowledge of this flexible programming language.

A great example of how jQuery brought this functionality is the photo gallery: A series of images being loaded into Polaroid like frame over the top of a websites content with its own navigation handlers. To achieve this functionality all you need is to link required JavaScript files to your documents in the head of your html file and write a single line of JavaScript code to activate the functionality.

The ability to attach extensions such as the photo gallery to a website can give an additional air of professionalism and create an element of trust with a potential customer. But it doesn’t stop with photo galleries, there are thousands of plugins currently available right now and the number is growing every day. From calendar applications to drop menu extensions and media players there is a wealth of ready developed functionality available for websites without having to reinvent the wheel.

Written by Michael Lamb, Digital Marketing Manager at bluepole.

bluepole’s web design studio have been harnessing the power of jQuery in their web designs for years and enabling them to provide affordable unique and functional websites to their clients.

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