We bring you 20 tricks capable of transforming a boring site into a slick, cool and interesting one that users will want to engage with again and again. Some of these tricks are more suited to beginners, while others will teach even the biggest jQuery geeks a thing or two.
Most sites these days feature social media share links, but most present them in a really boring way. You can make your site stand out by using the tricks outlined here. Align and overlap your share links to save space, looking sleek in the process.
Creating background image animations is easier than you think, using jQuery. You’ll need to download the Background-Position plugin to do it, but a minimal amount of code is required. Who needs Flash?
9.) Rounded Corners
12.) Style Switcher
Use jQuery and PHP to create a clever style switcher which will really make your website stand out from the crowd. In this example, ‘day’ and ‘night’ styles are used, but there are thousands of potential styles which could be combined using this method.
13.) jQuery Tools
18.) Build a Chat Room
There are loads of jQuery sliders out there, but AnythingSlider has got to be one of, if not, the best. This slider is a plugin, so easy to implement in your web site. AnythingSlider continues to slide in the same direction, even when you reach the last image, and pauses autoplay on hover.
20.) Colour Fading Menu
This attractive colour-fading menu provides a good alternative to the LavaLamp menu listed above. Tabs in this menu fade to a different colour on hover and then fade back to their original colour when the cursor is removed.
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