20 jQuery Tutorials And Plugins To Impress Your Friends

I have always liked playing around with jQuery and I’m sure many of you do too! In fact we’ve published some jQuery ‘getting started‘ guides here on SpyreStudios in the past. So this time I thought we’d go more in depth and I’ve hand-picked 20 awesome jQuery tutorials (most of them have working demos)

Here they are:

Creating a Keyboard with CSS and jQuery

Creating a Keyboard with CSS and jQuery
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a dynamic keyboard. Of course actually using this keyboard on a website or in a project is probably not gonna happen very often (if ever), but it’s always nice to play around with jQuery to see what can be done.

Animate Curtains Opening with jQuery

Animate Curtains Opening with jQuery
I thought this tutorial was pretty amazing! In this one Sam Dunn explains how to create and animate curtains opening and uses the easing plugin to get a bouncing effect when the rope is pulled.

BBC Radio 1 Zoom Tabs

BBC Radio 1 Zoom Tabs
I loved this tutorial! First, because Remy explains how to achieve this effect very nicely, and second because the result is simply awesome!

Sexy Drop Down Menu w/ jQuery & CSS

Sexy Drop Down Menu w/ jQuery & CSS
Drop-down menus are not new and a lot of sites use them but this tutorial rocks! Soh teaches us how to create a ‘sexy’ menu using jQuery and CSS that degrades gracefully. A must read!

Learning jQuery: Fading Menu – Replacing Content

Learning jQuery: Fading Menu – Replacing Content
I have utmost respect for Chris and his work and in this tutorial Chris teaches us how to create a fading menu which I think is pretty neat!

jQuery Demo: Creating A Sliding Image Puzzle Plug-In

jQuery Demo: Creating A Sliding Image Puzzle Plug-In
This tutorial show us how to create a sliding image puzzle. While you may never use this on a client site, it just goes to show what what can be done using jQuery. Very impressive.

Creating A Fading Header

Creating a fading header
When I first saw Bits & Pixels I thought the header/logo was freakin’ cool. And guess what? Fredrik wrote a tutorial on how he achieved this fade in/out effect!

Sliding menu using jQuery

Sliding menu using jQuery
I Love Colors, on top of being a really nice looking site, has this tutorial on how to create a sliding menu, using jQuery of course!

CSS Dock Menu

CSS Dock Menu
Ahh, the Mac dock! I’ve always loved the way the icons pop on mouseover, it’s such a nice effect. This tutorial will show you how to create you own dock menu using jQuery and CSS.

jQuery Virtual Tour

jQuery Virtual Tour
Large panoramic image? No problem, with this plugin you’ll be able to create a ‘virtual tour’. Very nice if you ask me! And I can already see how this can be used in projects.

How to Load In and Animate Content with jQuery

How to Load In and Animate Content with jQuery
Loading content is one thing, animating it on the other hand can be very cool! This tutorial on NETTUTS will show you how to enhance a rather basic site with jQuery and also load content with Ajax.

Nice & Clean Sliding Login Panel built with jQuery

Nice & Clean Sliding Login Panel built with jQuery
Sliding panels are not uncommon, but in this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a really slick one. And for the WordPress lovers out there, there’s also a tutorial on how to implement it in WordPress. Well worth checking out!

jQuery Dropdown Search Panel

jQuery Dropdown Search Panel
I strongly believe that search functionalities should be easily accessible and visible on every website. But there are some cases where you need or want to hide it to fit in a design. This tutorial will show you how to create a drop-down search panel.

Dynamic Drag’n Drop With jQuery And PHP

Dynamic Drag’n Drop With jQuery And PHP
Ever wondered how to create a drag & drop interface? This tutorial will show you how and also how to implement PHP and create a database. Really nice!

How To Build A Personal Mashup Page With jQuery

How To Build A Personal Mashup Page With jQuery
Lifestreaming and micro-blogging is huge these days. In this tutorial you’ll learn to create a personal ‘mashup’ page using jQuery and JSONP and then pull data from Twitter, GitHub and a RSS feed.

jQuery Horizontal Accordion

jQuery Horizontal Accordion
We’ve all seen vertical accordions before, most probably used in sidebars. But this time let’s see how you can create a horizontal one!

Creating a polaroid photo viewer with CSS3 and jQuery

Creating a polaroid photo viewer with CSS3 and jQuery
Creating a photo viewer with jQuery isn’t that hard, but this tutorial show you how to create one using jQuery and CSS3. Of course since it’s using CSS3, the final result may look different depending on the browser you use. Just download Safari and kick IE6 out the door! :)

Creating A Unique Gallery By Using z-index And jQuery

Creating A Unique Gallery By Using z-index And jQuery
I loved this tutorial and the final result is pretty impressive! This detailed tutorial teaches us how to create an image gallery that looks like a pile of pics. Awesome!

Smart Columns w/ CSS & jQuery

Smart Columns w/ CSS & jQuery
After this tutorial I fell in love with ‘smart columns’. Soh has a killer tutorial on how to create them using CSS and jQuery! Something like this can also be seen on Creative Depart.

Make Your Header Responses To Mouse Movements With JParallax

Make Your Header Responses To Mouse Movements With JParallax
JParallax isn’t new, but it opens so many doors to jQuery lovers! This tutorial show us how to create a header that responds to mouse movements. Very nice! Something similar can also be seen on the Silverback App website (resize the window to see the effect in action).

Your Turn To Talk

Please let me know what you think in the comment section! Do you know of any other cool or impressive jQuery tutorials? Share them with the rest of us! Now go and impress your friends! :)

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Comments

  1. says

    Well, the effects are quite nice but many of the tutorials are very “un-technical” – they assume the reader is someone who wouldn’t touch “the code” if he didn’t really have to. I’d like to see lists split up in “tutorials for designers” and “tutorials for programmers”…

  2. Donovan says

    Dunno. These are cool, but many are not so hot in terms of usability. If you’re new @ jQuery/html/js, then play with it. But I think overall a new programmer is better off learning to create this kind of effect than just using libs.

  3. says

    Oo definately some brilliant gems there to get stuck into on a rainey day – and in England, that’s most days! I particularly like the Fading Header, since that could be applied to add a little ‘touch’ to lots of things. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Jim C. says

    Man these are seriously inspiring! I love seeing new creative ways to use jquery. Really makes me want to go home and create something of my own! Dugg.

  5. says

    Very nice list here that you have here! I definitely found some of the effects I’d like to use on my own site. Thanks!

  6. Devz says

    I just got fanatic for this.. thanks a lot..

    well finally the neat and clean organisation of ur collection matters more than a useful or good collection..

    Thanks for sharing… I’ll surely implement some in my sitework

  7. says

    Nice collection of jQuery Tutorials and Plugins mate. I have also linked to yours from my blog post below where I am trying to collect the most useful and common jQuery code snippets for JavaScript over the web. Here is the title and the link to the jQuery link compilation endeavor:

    Ultimate collection of top jQuery tutorials, tips-tricks and techniques to improve performance

    http://technosiastic.wordpress.com/2009/09/24/collection-of-top-jquery-tutorials-tips-tricks-techniques-to-improve-performance/

  8. says

    Hi great post, does anyone know of a way (Jquery or not) to create a filmstrip effect? I want a feature on a site (nothing to do with mortgages obviously) where people can uploads photo’s via PHP and then use JQuery or similar to have a filmstrip running along the bottom above the footer.

    Any Idea’s? If there’s a tutorial out there it would be mo appreciated – I am not exactly a web Guru so these always come in handy! Cheers

  9. says

    I loved this tutorial! First, because Remy explains how to achieve this effect very nicely, and second because the result is simply awesome!

  10. says

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