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Website Walkthrough with AutoPlay | Powered by jQuery

Posted on December 27, 2010, Filled under jQuery,  Bookmark it

Codrop is sharing a script that allows you to setup a tour on a website with jQuery. This is very useful if you want to explain to your visitors the functionality of a web application in an interactive way. The user is guided through tooltips to each of the marked sections of the application. A navigation box is used to go back and forth, start the tour and restart it. A cool feature is the “Autoplay” which automatically goes through each marked element, allowing the user to sit back and watch every step without having to click on the next button.

The steps are configured in a JSON object. The following parameters are used:

  • name: the class given to the element where you want the tooltip to appear
  • bgcolor: the background color of the tooltip
  • color: the color of the tooltip text
  • text: the text inside of the tooltip
  • time: if automatic tour, then this is the time in ms for this step
  • position: the position of the tip

Free SEO Report: Optimize your website in 3 Steps!

Posted on December 15, 2010, Filled under jQuery, SEO,  Bookmark it

FreeSEOReport.com is a tool that generates a SEO report for your website, based on a specific keyword. Unlike many Search Engine Optimization Services out there that offer such reports for ridiculous prices, this free tool can analyze your keywords against your competitors quickly and explains why they are beating you in your ranking. You just need to submit your URL, keyword and e-mail address to receive the report.

The tool offers detailed reports about the document title, headings (h1, h2, h3), body text, url, sitemap and robots.txt, meta description, links, html code and page load time, images, and meta keywords.

For your information, here are some suggestions offered by FreeSEOReport.com for the document title:

  • Make sure that your title tag includes your keyword (a greater weighting is given to key phrases at the left of the title tag)
  • A compelling call-to-action might help you get a better click-through rate in Google search engine results pages.
  • Make title tag unique on each page (Google Webmaster Tools can help you detect problems with the title tags)
  • Avoid keyword stuffing in your page title.

By referring this tool to your friends you can earn more credits that will allow you to generate more reports. If you are running an online business and need to generate a lot of reports you can upgrade the service for $19.95/month that will allow you to get unlimited number of FULL reports plus you can customize the PDFs with your own logo and footer text.

Slides is a simple jQuery slideshow that is easy to implement, customize and style. It includes features like looping, auto play, fade or slide transition effects, crossfading, image preloading, auto generated pagination. Slides is compatible with all modern web browsers including; Internet Explorer 7/8/9, Firefox 3+, Chrome, Safari and Mobile Safari. It even works in the old IE6.

My favorite feature of Slides and main reason for its development is you never see multiple slides fly by. You get to the end and it loops. You click from slide 1 to 5 and slide 5 just slides in from the right. Awesome.

Addy Osmani, a passionate Web Developer, shares a jQuery offline learning pack,for anyone interested in tweaking his skills offline. The kit include printable reference sheets, so you can easy access the right material whether you are wondering what event, selector or method might be the best to you. All the documentation comes in an easy browseable offline format with all the API examples included. For those who started working with jQuery Mobile, the pack also includes a demo application: one for PHP developers and another for Rails developer.

The whole package include:

  • My 1.4.3 Selectors Printable that explains what each selector does and how it should be used (PDF)
  • The FutureColours 1.4.3 Cheatsheet showing all the different methods supported by 1.4.3 (PDF)
  • The jQAPI 1.4.3 Offline Documentation pack that lets you browse the documentation and API examples on your desktop (thanks to the guys at yayQuery and the awesome Ben Alman)
  • A Complete Developer’s jQuery 1.4.3 Mobile Demo Application (PHP courtesy of DevGrow, Rails courtesy Fuel)
  • Rebecca Murphy’s excellent jQuery Fundamentals book and exercises (PDF)
  • 1.4.3 and our 1.4.4 Release Candidate Preview

PS: Take also a look at jQuery 1.4.2 Visual Cheat Sheet from Woorkup.com ;-)

Catch404 is a jQuery and CSS3 Modal Plugin for showing broken links and 404 errors without users even having to leave the page after they click the actual link. The plugin uses the power of AJAX to check the target clicked link in the background. If the URL is not broken nor generates a 404 error, then the page will load for the user. Otherwise, the visitor would be prompted through an Inline jQuery Modal Window that he is trying to access a non-workable URL address.

Let’s pretend that this is a broken link. Can you imagine that when your users click this link, instead of them being redirected to a 404 error on your site, a friendly modal message pops up on your current page saying that it’s not available?. In that same message box you can then give them a sense of direction so that they’re not lost – you could ask them to click on a contact link to report the link’s broken, offer an alternative mirror, recommend they do a site search for the file or just say that you’re experiencing hosting issues and the file will be back up soon.

Lightbox_me aims to be a simple solution to lightbox a DOM element without having all the fanciness of all the lightbox-related plug-ins out there. It’s an essential tool for the jQuery developer’s toolbox. Feed it a DOM element wrapped in a jQuery object and it will lightbox it for you, no muss no fuss.

Features include:

  • Handles overlay resize when the window is resized
  • Handles overlay size in cases where the document is smaller than the window
  • Handles position: fixed in all browsers
  • Position: fixed automatically swaps to position: absolute when the window size is smaller than the modal, so the user can scroll to see the contents
  • Tiny footprint (just over 1000 bytes gzipped & compressed)
  • Small DOM overhead (adds 1 DOM element for the overlay)
  • Dynamic iFrame shim is created and destroyed for the IE 6 select box peek issue (tested and working on HTTPS pages)

Built by Alethia Inc., Open Standard Media (OSM) Player is an industry changing, all-in-one open source (GPLv3) media player that is written in jQuery to dynamically deliver any type of web media, including HTML5, YouTube, Vimeo, and Flash. The new Open Standard technology takes the place of the proprietary Adobe Flash Player, which has been used – for over 6 years – to deliver high quality media to audiences far and wide.

Features include:

  • Dynamic HTML5 content delivery.
  • Audio and Video support with the most popular media formats.
  • Automatic Flash fallback for non-standard media.
  • Easily themable using the incredible ThemeRoller system.
  • Seamless Vimeo and YouTube integration.
  • Playlist support
  • Player to Player communication.
  • Powered by jQuery.

OSM player is 100% open source and 100% free.

Front-End Web Developer Seamus Leahy has created Pure CSS Stack Menus and decided to take the same concept and created a jQuery UI widget for it. With the new jStackmenu, you can can take any element and turn its children into the items of a stack menu.

The effect is really cool and this script can help you reduce space on your web page. You can control when it opens and closes, the direction it opens, the size of the arc and even the time it takes to open. It even has events for those who really want to get clever.

The catch is that it does the arcing in browsers that support CSS transform (that’s an advantage for this browser because the JavaScript load is reduced). For browsers that do not support this property, the script degrades gracefully into a popup of the stack items in a line.

jQuery.popeye is an advanced image gallery script useful to save space when displaying a collection of images. It is designed as an alternative to often-seen jQuery Modal Window scripts. The JavaScript Image Lightbox employs a modal window to display the large images, thus disrupting the workflow of the users interacting with a web page.

This jQuery-powered Script takes a different approach: it allows for browsing all thumbnails as well as the large images in a single image space and respects the page flow, staying anchored and rooted in the web page at all times. This way it gives a less disruptive user experience than modal windows.