25+ Awesome Slider Techniques NEED TO HAVE for any Web Developer

June 18, 2013 · 23 comments

by Lars


Animated sliding effects can if not used wrong or to much add excellent dynamics and uniqueness to websites. They are often seen as components that give access to multiple featured articles in an elegant and very space optimized way. Generally sliding effects are created using CSS and JavaScript and typically JavaScript frameworks like jQuery and mootools are used to make the code more robust and compatible. In particular jQuery sliders have become really popular and the availability of great solutions is amazing – check this collection for more information. If you use WordPress you are lucky as with plugins you can add sliders and galleries in no time. In this article tripwire magazine present more than 25 techniques for sliding and scrolling content, a must have collection for Web Developers!




The main point of this plug-in is to make an easy-to-use, simple and fast plug-in to create effect when you switch between images. Minimize the arguments you need to input and still give some decent effects.



The purpose of this library is to make it extremely easy to add scrolling functionality to a website. Whenever you wish to scroll HTML elements in a visually-appealing manner, this is the only library you need.


How easy to create a slide tabbed box using jQuery

Simple and easy to so animated top navigated tab-based Content slider



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).



Excellent ScrollTo plugin that lets you scroll with many configuration options to customize the animation and the position specified. Try it out to see how serious this is!


Moving Boxes

This slider have buttons to change panels and the panels zoom in and out when user click on the buttons at the left and right.


Creating a Slick Auto-Playing Featured Content Slider

Content slider with image thumb navigation below content. Generally good for featuring articles on a frontpage.


Sliding Login Panel built with jQuery

In this tutorial, we will see how to create a show/hide login/signup panel for your website using jQuery. A mootools version van be found here. Panel overlaps content instead of “pushing” it in a slicker way.


Slider Gallery

This ‘product slider’ is similar to a straight forward gallery, except that there is a slider to navigate the items, i.e. the bit the user controls to view the items. Simple stuff. jQuery already has the plugins to create these effects so we don’t have to go about creating them ourselves from scratch. Try Demo | View Code


Start/Stop Slider

This is a heavily animated slider where text and images fly in from different sides.


Sliding Boxes and Captions with jQuery

Great tutorial explaining the fundamental technique of content sliders and how to create port folio style boxes with slider animations.

All of these sliding box animations work on the same basic idea. There is a div tag (.boxgrid in my css) that essentially acts as a window where two other items of your choosing “peek” through.


Coda Slider

Really nice content slider with tab and arrow navigation.



Uses another interesting approach to scroll smoothly in a visually-appealing manner. The advantage of using scrollable compared to “normal” browser scrolling is that you don’t see the browser’s default scrollbars, and you can perform scrolling in much more visually sophisticated ways.


jQuery Multimedia Portfolio

Non obstrusive and accessible portfolio supporting multiple media : photos, video (flv), audio (mp3), will automatically detect the extension of each media and apply the adapted player. Demonstration


jQuery Infinite Carousel

This tutorial will walk through the fundamentals of recreating the effect carousel used on the Apple Mac ads page


Scrollable timeline

Making use of the overflow and scrollLeft DOM property to scroll elements is a much more effective use of the CPU, over animating using CSS top/left. So this episode of J4D demonstrates the same effect used in two completely different ways.



Inspired by iPod’s “coverflow”, ImageFlow is a simple effect that displays a collection of images that the user can scroll there using a scroll bar at the bottom of the image set. Advanced developers can probably modify the slider to spruce it up a bit more. When the user clicks on an image, it re-directs them to another web page with the image displayed, so an excellent idea would be to use this in conjunction with a modal box script to open the image instead.


Creating a Nice Slider With jQuery UI

Sliders have many things going for them as a UI element; they offer the benefit restricting the choice a user has, without taking up the space of a drop down. If you need to ask the user to select a number between a range, you can either do an input box with validation, a drop down select element listing each possibility, or you can do a slider.


The sliding Date-Picker

Due to the development of Qash.nl, a Dutch personal finance website full of cool javascript features, it’s somewhat quiet around here. But to keep you satisfied, we present the sliding date-picker. This element enables you to pick dates with a simple slider bar. By dragging the bar over the time-line, the dates change instantly.



Pikachoose is a lightweight Jquery plugin that allows easy presentation of photos with options for slideshows, navigation buttons, and auto play. Pikachoose is designed to be easily installed, easy to setup, and well… all around easy. Creating an image gallery shouldn’t be a complex thing. I’ve created a new plugin that I’m packaging with PikaChoose called SliderJS.


Easy Slider 1.7 – Numeric Navigation jQuery Slider

Really nice content slider with at least 3 modes.


An Accessible Slider

Slider control that allows users to choose one or a range of values on a continuum. Values on a slider can represent anything from hours on a clock to the volume on a music player to a complex, proprietary data set. In its simplest form, the slider is displayed as an axis of values with a handle to drag and select a value, or two handles for selecting a range.

Phatfusion Slider

Good looking and easy to use bar and slider.

  • Horizontal or Vertical options
  • snap to steps
  • apply transitions to the slide


Dynamic Unobtrusive Javascript Progress/Percentage Bar. jsProgressBarHandler is a Javascript based Percentage Bar / Progress Bar, inspired upon JS-code by WebAppers and CSS-code by Bare Naked App. Next to a structural rewrite of the WebAppers code, this javascript progress bar can easily be extended and tweaked just by setting a few parameters.


A DHTML JavaScript component that allows you to implement vertical or horizontal slider into web pages. This component is highly customizable and really easy to implement. dhtmlxSlider is delivered with a number of predefined skins, but any other custom appearance can be created without any effort. Simple but effective, this JavaScript component is a neat way of creating nice-looking slider bars.

jQuery UI Slider from a Select Element

selectToUISlider plugin uses progressive enhancement to scrape the data from a select element (or two for a range) and generate a jQuery UI Slider in its place, acting as a proxy to the select element (regardless of whether it is still visible, or hidden from the user). This means you can use the jQuery Slider plugin alongside other input elements in a form and submit or serialize the form as if the slider is not even there. It also allows the user to interact and make a choice with or without javascript, since the select element can be used if the slider is unavailable.

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