Noupe Editorial Team January 26th, 2009

The Power of WordPress and jQuery: 25+ Useful Plugins & Tutorials

jQuery is ideal because it can create impressive animations and interactions while being simple to understand and easy to use. WordPress awesomeness lies in its fact that it can be customized to power any type of site you like! But what happens when you combine the power of jQuery with WordPress, the possibilities are infinite.

This article will share some best practices, examples & Plugins for using the most popular Javascript framework to create unobtrusive, accessible DOM scripting effects for your WordPress site.

Let’s take a look at 25 26 useful, yet rather unknown WordPress Plugins and tutorials using jQuery to its fullest potential.

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1. Infinite Scroll

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


Infinite scroll has been called autopagerize, unpaginate, endless pages. But essentially it is pre-fetching content from a subsequent page and adding it directly to the user’s current page. There is a little known feature in the .load() method that lets you specify the CSS selector of the html you want to include. jQuery will load in any local URL, then parse the html and grab only the elements you’ve defined with your selector.

Check Out a live demo here

2. jQuery Lightbox

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


This is the WordPress’s version of the jQuery Lightbox Plugin Used to overlay images on the current page, perfectly working with WordPress 2.2 or up, and fully compatible with K2!

Download Plugin from here

3. WordPress post information plugin

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


If real estate is a priority in your theme then this plugin can help by showing post meta information on demand by using a JavaScript toggle function.

Download Plugin from here

4. Snazzy Archives

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


Snazzy Archives is a visualization plugin for your WordPress site featuring an unique way to display all your posts. You can select different layouts and special effects. Main features of Snazzy Archives are: Unique visual presentation of blog posts, Will work out of the box with all features, Posts are scanned for images and youtube videos and shown together with number of comments, Different editable layouts (HTML and CSS), Special effects using jQuery and more.

Download Plugin from here

5. J Post Slider

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


Show your post in fancy jQuery box, rotating images, with show-up text box with post description. Mousover stop the animation, and user can click on post link anytime.

Download Plugin from here

6. WP-Imagefit

Rather than relying on a CSS or HTML-driven approach to resize large or wide images, WP-Imagefit relies on Javascript to proportionately resize images based on the width of the containing column.

Download Plugin from here

7. WP Wall

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


WP Wall is a “Wall” widget that appears in your blog’s side bar. Readers can add a quick comment about the blog as a whole, and the comment will appear in the sidebar immediately, without reloading the page.
All comments are internally handled by WordPress so that means you have normal comment moderation, SPAM protection and new comment notification.

Download Plugin from here

8. jQuery Comment Preview

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


Live comment preview without page reboot using a simple HTML-editor.

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9. Insights

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


Insights brings a powerful new way to write your blog posts. It increases productivity and at the same time quality of your posts by using dynamic AJAX interface which loads the relevant information to your post in just a few seconds. Insights performs following functions in real-time: Interlink your posts, Insert Flickr images, Insert Youtube videos, Search Wikipedia, Search Google, Insert a Google Map and more.

Download Plugin from here

10. µAudio Player

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


µAudio is a slim (450 Bytes!), fast plugin to create a flash mp3 player when mp3 links are clicked. In order to reduce clutter and file transfer, the links are unmodified until they are clicked, at which point a div with the player is faded in after the link. A second click on the link fades the player back out.

Download Plugin from here

11. SimpleModal Contact Form

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


SimpleModal Contact Form (SMCF) is an Ajax powered modal contact form. It utilizes the jQuery JavaScript library and the SimpleModal jQuery plugin. SMCF has options to include certain contact form elements, like a Subject field and “Send me a copy” option for the sender.

Download Plugin from here

12. Events Calendar

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


Events-Calendar is a diverse replacement for the original calendar included with WordPress adding many useful functions to keep track of your events.

Download Plugin from here

13. µMint Plugin

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


µMint is a slim plugin to integrate statistics from Shaun Inman’s Mint statistics package into WordPress.

Download Plugin from here

14. Shockingly Big IE6 Warning

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


The Shockingly Big IE6 Warning is a plugin that shows a warning message alerting the user why is bad to use IE6, the security risk and the bad compatibility of Web Standards.

Download Plugin from here

15. WP-Slimbox2 Plugin

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


A WordPress implementation of the stellar Slimbox2 script by Christophe Beyls (an enhanced clone of the Lightbox script) which utilizes the jQuery library to create an impressive image overlay with slide-out effects. Almost all options are configurable from the administration panel.

Download Plugin from here

16. Live Blogroll

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


Live Blogroll will make your blogroll livelier. It will show a number of ‘recent posts’ for each link in your Blogroll using Ajax. When the user hovers the mouse above the link, RSS feed from the site is automatically discovered and a number of recent posts is shown dynamically in a box.

Download Plugin from here

17. PhotoXhibit

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


This plugin uses photos from your Flickr, Picasa, and/or SmugMug accounts as well as allows you to upload and build Albums to help you build inviting Photo Galleries on your site using the most popular JavaScript based gallery plugins. This plugin is not yet compatible with WordPress2.7

Download Plugin from here

18. WordPress Sidebar Turned Apple-Flashy Using jQuery UI

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


A tutorial to show you how to create Accordion plugin in jQuery UI to get the sidebar on the Apple Startpage and be able to show and hide it at your pleasure as well.

Check Out the demo here

19. How To Create WordPress Tabs Using jQuery

Tabbed sidebar elements makes users simply click a tab to quickly access various parts of your site. This tutorial will teach you how to do this in your WordPress blog using jQuery.

Check Out the demo here

<div class="tabbed">
	<!-- The tabs -->
	<ul class="tabs">
	<li class="t1"><a class="t1 tab" title="<?php _e('Tab 1'); ?>"><?php _e('Tab 1'); ?></a></li>
	<li class="t2"><a class="t2 tab" title="<?php _e('Tab 2'); ?>"><?php _e('Tab 2'); ?></a></li>
	<li class="t3"><a class="t3 tab" title="<?php _e('Tab 3'); ?>"><?php _e('Tab 3'); ?></a></li>
	<li class="t4"><a class="t4 tab" title="<?php _e('Tab 4'); ?>"><?php _e('Tab 4'); ?></a></li>
	</ul>

	<!-- tab 1 -->
	<div class="t1">
	<!-- Put what you want in here.  For the sake of this tutorial, we'll make a list.  -->
	<ul>
		<li>List item</li>
		<li>List item</li>
		<li>List item</li>
		<li>List item</li>
		<li>List item</li>
	</ul>
	</div>

	<!-- tab 2 -->
	<div class="t2">
	<!-- Or, we could put a paragraph -->
		<p>This is a paragraph about the jQuery tabs tutorial.</p>
	</div>

	<!-- tab 3 -->
	<div class="t3">
	<!-- Or, we could add a div -->
		<div>Something needs to go in here!</div>
	</div>

	<!-- tab 4 -->
	<div class="t4">
	<!-- Why not put a few images in here? -->
		<p>
			<img src="image.gif" alt="Sample" />
			<img src="image.gif" alt="Sample" />
			<img src="image.gif" alt="Sample" />
		</p>
	</div>

</div><!-- tabbed -->

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


Another great tutorial by Nettuts teaching us how to Create A Tabbed Interface Using jQuery.

Check Out a live demo here

20. jQuery Reply to Comment

Add “reply” and “quote” features on each comment list. If you have jQuery installed on you blog, this Plugin add two link in each comments list (on single page). This plugin can auto include jQuery from Google Ajax API repository.

Download Plugin from here

21. My Page Order

My Page Order allows you to set the order of pages through a drag and drop interface. The default method of setting the order page by page is extremely clumsy, especially with a large number of pages. jQuery is used a smooth for drag and drop effect.

Download Plugin from here

22. WordPress Featured Post Slideshow

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


Learn how to create an animated featured posts section in WordPress

Download Plugin from here

23. GD Star Rating plugin

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


GD Star Rating plugin allows you to set up rating system for posts, pages and comments in your blog. You can set many options for displaying the rating stars, and also add widgets into the sidebars for displaying top ratings and other statistics generated by the plugin.

Download Plugin from here

24. Create a featured posts slider in WordPress using jFlow

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


Many premium themes feature cool featured content sliding areas, where the latest posts appear. There is one such plugin, built around the Mootools library, but in this tutorial you will learn how to do this using jFlow jQuery plugin. It will also automatically scroll. Of course, this can easily be modified to use the navigation buttons as well.

Demo of the jFlow plugin can be seen here

25. Adding Form Validation to WordPress Comments using jQuery

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


When it comes to simpler user experience, having your form validation happen instantly on the same page is a lot cleaner than reloading pages and possibly losing some form content. In this tutorial you will learn how to use jQuery to do some instant checking on an example comment form.

Demo can be seen here

26. Using jQuery to liven up your WordPress login

Using jQuery With WordPress: 30+ Encrideble Plugins


A quick method of simplifying the clients login process using jQuery lightbox.

Demo can be seen here

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112 comments

  1. You never cease to amaze with your collections. Some useful things here, I had seen the simple modal form just a few weeks ago and am adding this to my own site.

    Great work
    Graham

  2. Just in the nick of time a few of these that I hadn’t seen before are coming in super handy with a project I am working on right now.

    Thanks much you made my day a bit easier!

  3. As a side note, the Options plugin (http://www.themehybrid.com/themes/options/ utilizes the jQuery tabbed information without having to do much at all. The new version of the NextGen WordPress Gallery incorporates Slimbox – Finally, missing here, unless I am mistaken that it does not use jQuery, is the amazing non-Java image rotator Smooth Gallery, which now has integration into the NextGen plugin

    1. Thanks Will for your feedback. I would like to address few points here.

      Options is an advanced, highly-configurable theme that gives users a lot of control over their site from the theme settings page.

      So options theme is a great theme but not a Plugin.

      The plugin that was mentioned here was using Slimbox 2 ( Lightbox clone for jQuery) :)

  4. Hi, and thanks for the include on my post for the featured slider. I’ll have to re-visit it and see if I can elaborate some. If anyone has questions feel free to ask and I’m happy to help.

    Thanks Noupe!

  5. Thank you for this helpful tut. I have always liked Jquery but never found proper wordpress plugins that used it. Thank you for your recommendations.
    Antonio

  6. This is great timing for me, just getting into WordPress but I don’t like to just rely on “basic” themes or installs – anything to enhance websites in a simple way is worth a lot..

  7. What an interesting mixture of wordpress and jquery. It is extremely is to implement it site wide. The only problem comes is when you have old code in posts that was generated by older versions wordpress.

  8. Great resource! we are just getting in to jQuery, though I’ve been a WP user since the early days. Looks like a good excuse for a redesign! Now if only I had the Time Multiplicator plugin…

  9. Thanks for this great compilation. It helps me to understand Jquery possibilities. I will follow your blog!

  10. HI
    I was using demo named
    26. Using jQuery to liven up your WordPress login
    But unable to implement thick box. Then after little search i found that you have made little mistake in the code provided.
    In this anchor tag you have not applied css class named thickbox
    Login
    when i changed this to
    Login
    it works

  11. Great collection of plugins. I love the page order plugin. I already have the “category order” plugin but I didn’t know there was a “page order” one

  12. Excellent! Just stumbled in on Day 4, but already amazing content and guidance man. Happy to see you still doing it like you do! Keep it up and Thanks!

  13. How To Create WordPress Tabs Using jQuery” looks really neat – got to try it for one of my blogs. Thanks for making and sharing this collection.

  14. I feel very sturdy approximately it and would like to read more. If it’s OK, as you achieve extra extensive wisdom, would you thoughts adding more articles similar to this one with additional info? It will be extremely useful and useful for me and my friends.
    thanks for info

  15. Hi,

    I need to replicate the jQuery as seen in this HTML website in into a WordPress page.

    Click on Wedding Concepts for instance, and you’ll see.

    Any plugins out there to get this working?

    Many thanx!

    Much appreciated.

  16. Hi guys. Thanks for this list. I am looking for an rollover overlay plugin for images, which will display text on hovering with the mouse. I tried this one “CSS3 Image & Text Overlay Plugin”, but it doesn’t work in IE or I don’t know how the css has to be modified. Any ideas for another one or the solution??? The website of the coding guy is down … .

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