Fresh and Useful jQuery Plugins That Enhance Usability

jQuery plugins can enhance usability for users of all demographics, and there are plugins that you can use to target usability enhancements for a given area. jQuery tooltip plugins are a great way to provide extra information to the user about a given button, image or feature on your site.  jQuery sliders can quickly cycle through featured images, while jQuery gallery plugins can let photographers and artists display their images and show them off to the world.  For web developers, jQuery form plugins can allow awesome form customizations that guide the user through and allow interesting effects.

In this post, you’ll find some fresh and useful jQuery plugins that can enhance your site’s usability, functionality and overall design.

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Thumbnail Gallery

Thumbnail Gallery JQuery plugin is a easy to use JQuery plugin for web developer to build Javascript gallery on their web application. The gallery can be driven by xml. Easy setup and only minimum programming knowledge is needed. Best to showcase your photography portfolio.

Mobily Blocks

jQuery plugin (2KB) that allows you to create an unordered list as an animated circle.


Showcase your gallery in style with ppGallery, an advanced lightbox photo gallery plugin built with the jQuery Framework. It is lightweight, unobtrusive and installs with ease. It has been tested on the latest versions of IE7, IE8, Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome, Camino and Opera. ppGallery will take your images and create an elegant photo gallery widget. With some simple copy and paste, you’ll install ppGallery in no time!

jQuery Form Designer

This jQuery Plugin allows you to skin standard form elements like select, input and textarea. Just edit the css file to customize your form.

jQuery Capty

jQuery Capty is a plugin jQuery Capty is a plugin that creates captions over the images.

InfiniScroll  jQuery Plugin

I wanted to enable infinite scrolling in a few places: on my blog, on some sites I work on with a ‘leaderboard’, on portfolios — anything with a long list. Pagination works in many cases but I find it nice front end optimization to render a small number of results immediately, and then render more results as the user needs them. This front end usability pattern seen on, statuses, 37Signals’ Sortfolio (and home page now!).


SliderNav is a plugin that lets you add dynamic, sliding content using a vertical navigation bar (index). It’s made mainly for alphabetical listings but can be used with anything.

WOW Slider

WOW Slider is a jQuery image slider with stunning visual effects and tons of professionally made templates. WOW Slider is packed with a point-and-click wizard to create fantastic sliders in a matter of seconds without coding and image editing.

jQuery Z-Layers

zLayers is a jQuery plugin that allows you to orientate an element based on the position of your mouse to the page’s window, or element’s parent.  zLayer is perfect for interactive illustrations and rich user experience through creative methods.


Tipped allows you to easily create beautiful tooltips using your Javascript framework of choice.

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