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From agencies to blog magazines, fixed headers are all the rage. It’s more common that this effect is created with plugins rather than custom-coded effects. Because of this fact many developers have released free open source plugins for fixed navigation bars. Take a look at these examples and see how they can fit into your projects.

Headroom.js

fixed header headroom js

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Dynamic websites often utilize preloading screens to guarantee that all resources are loaded before the page fully renders in the browser. Preloading screens date back to old Flash websites but have made their way into HTML for resource-heavy layouts.

These tutorials and plugins offer a pool of knowledge for crafting your own preloading screens. The technique requires JavaScript to track HTTP requests and hide the loading screen once all the resources have completed. You won’t find this technique useful on every website but it does come in handy on large dynamic websites.

Codrops Preloading

codrops preloading screen tutorial open source

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Whether it’s WordPress, PrestaShop, OpenCart, Joomla, or Magento, creative professionals put in a lot of effort day and day out to give shape to good-looking websites for their contractors. Part of that effort goes into finding auxiliary resources, especially themes and plugins that serve a specific purpose, and are compatible with the CMS or website launching platform at hand.

Sound premium plugins are particularly difficult to come by. Consciously or unconsciously, each of us creates a list of favorites, over time. I have my own version of it, too. You can read all about it below, in an updated form for this autumn.

LayerSlider Premium Multi-Purpose Slider Plugin


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  • Every frontend developer should be quite familiar with the jQuery library. It provides a simple API for building quick dynamic interfaces without a whole lot of code. Many developers have even created jQuery plugins and released them online for free. This gallery includes 20 free open source examples of new jQuery plugins which can be used to enhance any website layout.

    CLNDR.js

    clndr calendar js jquery plugin

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    The abundance of single-page website layouts has become quite a hot ticket in recent years. I’ve been impressed to see developers jumping onto this trend releasing many free open source plugins and scripts. Parallax itself is defined as a change of perception in objects based on the viewpoint.

    This can extend to parallax backgrounds, text, images, or other page elements. The recursive features of parallax design allow for extensible JavaScript plugins with easy-to-customize options. Any developer with an understanding of their idea can quickly implement the needed functionality by using any of these free open source scripts.

    Parallax.js

    open source library parallax js

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