How to Code a jQuery Rolodex-Style Countdown Ticker

I’m sure many of you are familiar with how an office rolodex works. You have a series of cards with contact information which you can flip over to sort through alphabetically. These are most common in the office settings because businesses must to keep in touch with so many different people. Although the value is in translation into a web interface, we can still use this idea to create a really neat timer effect.

More specifically I have seen a couple countdown widgets on landing pages. These are numbering systems for websites which count down to a specific launch date. You could alternatively use this code to create a live clock on your website – there are so many uses available! Check out my simple tutorial below and see if you can implement a similar ticker into any future web projects.

jQuery Rolodex count down timer ticker - demo screenshot

Building an E-mail Request Invite Form with jQuery

Using jQuery we can build some incredible web-based applications. The animations and manipulation of DOM elements using jQuery are much more intuitive than coding regular JavaScript. Because the syntax is so minimalist it’s possible to scale a very complex idea within a few hours time.

In this tutorial I’ll demonstrate how we can build an HTML5 invite form and check the results through jQuery. I haven’t gone into any backend PHP as this isn’t always the best solution for an invitation system. You may want to tie into another e-mail campaign such as MailChimp or Campaign Monitor. But with this technique running the frontend you can quickly implement a backend language to manage the e-mail submissions.

jQuery email invite form tutorial - demo screenshot

Using CSS3 Animations to Build a Sleek Box UI

Back just a few years ago it was required for web developers use JavaScript/jQuery to perform animated effects in-browser. CSS3 has dramatically changed the rules of the game where you can animate any standard property of an HTML element. This opens up a whole new room of effects you can put together in just 15-20 minutes of tinkering with code.

My example below uses a few Dribbble shots as a demo of how you can setup animated box effects. The style appears when you hover over each image to display some further information such as the title, description, and publication date. I’ll be explaining how to build a similar effect on your own website using nothing but HTML5 and CSS3 techniques.

CSS3 hover box animation effects demo page

Designing a Custom iPhone App Navigation Bar

App development for iPhone and iPod Touch has become a booming industry. Designers from all over the world are jumping at the chance to have their ideas published into the App Store. It’s no surprise more tech enthusiasts are moving onto Apple devices.

It can be tough to build an entire app from scratch and Xcode menus don’t make things easier. In this tutorial I’m hoping to introduce some bare-bones essential ideas for customizing an application’s top navigation bar. There is a bit of Objective-C code required but it shouldn’t be too overwhelming. It’s also worth noting that you will need a computer running Mac OS X in order to install Xcode and compile these apps in the first place.

Featured image - custom iPhone app navigation bar

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Animate a Custom Dialog Box with CSS3 and jQuery

I am a particular fan of the jQuery UI library and have been following the team since it’s release. It features dozens of examples of how to pull together the best animations from such a small library of code. However in a lot of websites these days we are seeking to limit dynamic JavaScript blocks. As such CSS3 has become an important staple with building dialog boxes.

In this short tutorial I’d like to go over the process of building a simple fade-in dialog box. This may contain a signup/login form, input buttons, or even just a message to your visitors. The technique is pristine and gaining adoption in the sphere of web developers everywhere.

featured image demo screenshot - jQuery dialog box

How to Animate Threaded Comments with CSS and jQuery

With many social applications the use of threaded comments has become a staple in functionality. Webmasters today are focusing much more on user experience rather than content generation, and because of this there has been a rise in custom animation effects.

Below I’ll be going over a guide to building your own custom jQuery threaded comments from scratch. For the ease of our tutorial we won’t be using any backend system to actually store the data anywhere. This means no MySQL databases or PHP calls to a server – all comments are added in-page and will be lost upon page refresh.

jQuery Animated Comments Thread

How to Create a jQuery Animated Sliding Sub-Menu Navigation

We have seen a lot of different jQuery techniques over the years. This comes at a time when website navigation is at an utmost importance. User experience is key in all forms of design. Without perfecting your layout it will be difficult to keep visitors coming back for more. And with so many jQuery Plugins for Navigation it’s hard to miss something great.

Below I’ll be going into the code for developing a very basic dropdown navigation in jQuery. This will include a sub-menu of links to different profiles such as Twitter and Facebook. To create your own setup I would recommend checking Icon Finder to match any social networks you enjoy. But this navigation can be used for almost anything requiring a drop-down setup.

DesignMag Sliding jQuery Navigation Menu Tutorial Demo

Coding an Instant Login Form with jQuery and PHP/Ajax

Login forms have been around for decades. In web design these are very common with so many social media interactions occurring on a daily basis. However the static web has gone by the wayside to make room for much more dynamic content. With popularity growing for the jQuery library it is only natural to see so many new effects being created.

In this brief tutorial I’m going to explain how to create an instant login form with jQuery and PHP. We won’t be accessing any database to keep things simplified for now. Instead I’ve hard coded a username/password combo just for the demonstration of this article. The form automatically begins checking after you type some information to see when you hit the correct user & password combination!

If you’d like to get a better idea check out the demo link below. I’ve also provided my source code free to download. The HTML web page will open and run jQuery properly but without a server running PHP the form cannot be processed. Keep this in mind when playing around with the source code.

Demo of Instant Login Form