Coding a Lazy-Load Website Interface using Unveil.js

There have been a number of recent open source plugins for lazing loading images. A popular choice is Unveil.js which was just recently published onto Github. It is meant to be a lightweight version of the original LazyLoad plugin built over jQuery. After testing out a number of different features I am a huge fan of Unveil.js.

Interface design is incredibly simple once you understand the basics. It will take some practice getting used to the code samples and writing your images properly. However the lazy load plugin can showcase tremendous support across all typical web browsers. Not to mention the popularity among users who are transferring data over slow Internet connections. The lazy load plugin will shave off latency times and still provides an exhilarating user experience.

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Making Draggable Webpage Elements using jQuery

There are so many various plugins and scripts to use for making draggable elements. Some of them allow you to create upload forms or dynamically sorted webpage tables. However, what about just creating some very basic functionality to give users the ability for dragging items through the page? The jQuery UI Draggable feature has all of this and it is very simple to add into your website.

I want to demonstrate how using a very simple jQuery UI script will allow for any objects to be dragged along the page. Since this is all built into jQuery we have the ability to use callback functions, which are sort of like unique JS codes we write whenever a user drags or drops an item. There are so many different examples on the jQuery UI website that you should definitely go and check out. I am not using anything overly complex, but you can also see my live demo or download the source codes from the links below.

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Building an Image Slideshow UI Switcher with jQuery

A lot of newer e-commerce websites and blog archives have started organizing listings in various formats. The interface will feature a set of icons to switch between different views, such as thumbnails or full details. It can be a pleasing design aesthetic for many typical webpages where you need to share a lot of content which can also be easily indexed.

For this tutorial I want to demonstrate how we can build a slideshow UI switcher for a set of photos. Users have the ability to flip forward and backwards in the photos list, or choose a specific image from the thumbnail view. I believe this interface can work with almost any type of slideshow webpage layout. And if you are running a dynamic CMS then you could build a page template which includes dynamic images inside the unordered list element.

How to Build an iOS-Style Content Slider using jQuery

There are loads of tutorials online which are related to dynamic slideshows and image galleries. Typically web developers have been using jQuery to enhance the media in these content sliders. Many other ideas have come to fruition and this has spurred a generation of brand new plugins for jQuery developers.

In this tutorial I want to focus on one of these plugins called iosSlider. This is an open source project with numerous options for customizing your own media slideshow. This includes typical animations and effects for when the user clicks or hover over slideshow items. Additionally we will include some dynamic text as seen on the website demo. This UI style is perfect for improving the creativity of more generic or bland website layouts.

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How To Build an HD Photo Gallery using Schema Microdata

There are plenty of benefits for developers who add Microformats or Microdata into their HTML markup. Search engines like Google or Yahoo! often look for this extra metadata when crawling new webpages. You can offer helpful attributes for text and media on the page, along with other information about people, businesses, ideas, projects, practically anything.

In this tutorial I would like to introduce Schema microdata as applied into an HTML5 image gallery. The dynamic content is powered by a small bit of jQuery so we can display thumbnails and the full-scale image as well. The codes here may be copied and ported into various other layouts for displaying lightboxes or streaming video. It’s a fun topic and offers a lot to those interested in learning!

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Creating Semantic 2-Column and 3-Column CSS Layouts

Website layouts are not the most difficult part of coding a typical design. But unfortunately there are still not many standards set in stone for creating multiple column-based layouts. These are often put together through various CSS methods, but the most supported designs are using fluid width containers.

In this tutorial I want to look over a series of different CSS column layouts. We can see how to build websites using floats and direct positioning. Most common websites will utilize 2 or 3 columns at most, so that is what we’ll be focusing on. Along with these ideas you should feel comfortable trying out other CSS codes. There are new standards being written so frequently it can be difficult to gauge the best possible solution.

Single-Page Ajax Portfolio Update Panel with jQuery

Building your own custom portfolio website can be tough. Freelancers are often stuck looking for work and trying to land projects without prior experience to showcase. But if you can put together even a simple gallery of practice works, your potential clients will be a lot more impressed.

In this tutorial I want to explain how we can build a simple portfolio update panel using jQuery. For this demonstration I am using some beautiful illustrations from Nidhi Chanani. You will notice the webpage itself is very bare aside from the effect. This will make it easier to embed a similar page widget into any portfolio layout.

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DeviantArt API Instant Search App using Ajax & PHP

The digital art community for DeviantArt is very popular and full of talented artists. Creative designers can publish any of their works to DA and share them to gather feedback and comments from other members. I love the community and have always been interested in digital artwork for online forums – avatars and signature banners.

So in this tutorial I want to explain how we can build a DeviantArt Instant Search app which searches through all the most popular banner signatures ever submitted to the website. You can enter some search terms and the app will pull results to display after you finish typing. This is a really cool application for designers who are looking for inspiration, or even for people who love DeviantArt and want a better way to search.

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