Here is a list of the jQuery plugins I use the most.
GSAP: Professional-Grade HTML5 Animation
GSAP is a suite of tools for scripted, high-performance HTML5 animations that work in all major browsers. No other library delivers such advanced sequencing, API efficiency, and tight control. Stop wrestling with cumbersome CSS animations, stuttery jQuery.animate() calls, or a system that limits your creativity. Use animation to tell a story in a rich way rather than settling for a few fades and slides.
It can be used as a simple scrollbar replacement, as an advanced item based navigation tool, or as a great navigation and animation interface for parallax websites. This is achieved by a powerful & developer friendly API that provides a bunch of very useful methods giving you control over everything.
ContentHover is a small jQuery plugin that helps you show some hidden content on top of an element when the mouse hovers over it. There are options to chose how your hover effect would appear, like fade in or slide in from any direction, you can change the opacity of the overlay etc.
jQuery Image Loader Plugin
Cons: it does not use a loading image while each image is loaded.
jCarousel is a jQuery plugin for controlling a list of items in horizontal or vertical order. The items, which can be static HTML content or loaded with (or without) AJAX, can be scrolled back and forth (with or without animation).
bPopup is a lightweight jQuery modal popup plugin (only 1.26KB gzipped). It doesn’t create or style your popup but provides you with all the logic like centering, modal overlay, events and more. It gives you a lot of opportunities to customize so it will fit your needs.
jQuery custom content scroller
Custom scrollbar plugin utilizing jquery UI that’s fully customizable with CSS. Features vertical/horizontal scrolling, mouse-wheel support (via Brandon Aaron jquery mouse-wheel plugin), scroll inertia & easing, auto-adjustable scrollbar length, scroll-to functionality and scrolling buttons.
Style-my-tooltips jQuery plugin
A simple, lightweight jQuery plugin to enhance the look of browser tooltips. Small in size (4kb unminified) script that works just like browser’s native tooltips with few options and styling via CSS.
A more advanced plugin to enhance the look of browser tooltips. It supports html code.
In-Field Labels jQuery Plugin
This is a simple plugin that turns properly formatted HTML forms into forms with in-field label support. Labels fade when the field is focussed and disappear when text entry begins. Clearing a field and leaving brings back the label.
jQuery Selectbox plugin
jQuery Selectbox plugin replace browser built-in select box form element with fancy high customizable one.
A jQuery inline form validation, because validation is a mess
When it comes to form validation, it’s hard to have a versatile solution that works with every form. Figuring out how to display errors is not a simple task. This is something I tried to remedy with this script. When an error needs to be displayed, the script creates a div and positions it in the top right corner of the input. This way you don’t have to worry about your HTML form structure. The rounded corner and shadow are done with CSS3 and degrade well in non compliant browsers. There is no images needed.
jQuery Star Rating Plugin
Supersized is a fullscreen background slideshow built using the jQuery library.
The jQuery Cycle Plugin is a slideshow plugin that supports many different types of transition effects. It supports pause-on-hover, auto-stop, auto-fit, before/after callbacks, click triggers and much more.
liScroll is a jQuery plugin that transforms any given unordered list into a scrolling News Ticker.
jQuery Share Social Media Plugin
jQuery Share is a social media sharing plugin that enables sharing to multiple social media channels from one place. Use it on your Website to promote content sharing on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Digg, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, Google+, In1 and other social networks…
Download git here.
A simple, lightweight jQuery plugin for reading, writing and deleting cookies.
This jQuery plugin provides the ability to push one or more elements to the top of the z-index order.