jQuery lightbox plugins are used for presenting images, videos and html content in an elegant and very focused way.
A page with lightbox enabled elements e.g. images a user click will open a modal window where a larger version of the image is presented. The advantages are obvious as users are not required to leave the page to view the content presented by the lightbox and because the area around the featured element is typically faded out, focus is increased at what is important. Some image lightbox plugins even include gallery capabilities and allow visitors to browse through a set of images from a lightbox control panel.
Online marketers have picked the lightbox technique up and use the modal windows to present their email signup forms, social like/follow requests etc. as a non blockable popup effect. There are many plugins for e.g. WordPress to quickly implement popup style solutions like this.
Another popular and related way to create dynamic web pages is using jQuery tooltips. While lightboxes are often configured to open up and close when clicked tooltips are often activated on mouse over. Further, they are not typically designed to fade out the entire page but simply add the tooltip next to the element it is attached to.
Below you will find a useful selection of jQuery lightbox plugins. Please let us know in a comment if we missed some great resources!
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Responsive Bootstrap Portfolio And Lightbox – MORE INFO
Responsive Bootstrap Portfolio And Lightbox plugin is responsive and it comes with more than 18 lightboxes, simple portfolios and 6 portfolio sliders.
Revolution Lightbox– MORE INFO
Revolution Lightbox is a powerful responsive lightbox plugin that look great on all major browsers and mobile devices and comes with a ton of useful features.
HoverAlls v1.3 – MORE INFO
Highslide JS – MORE INFO
Highslide JS is an image, media and gallery viewer with lots of configuration options. Among others it features single click feature where after the image has been opened or HTML popup, the user can scroll further down or leave the page without closing it. Also, it has outstanding, unconditional and free user support for both commercial and non-commercial users. – Free Plugin
Slimbox 2, the ultimate lightweight Lightbox clone for jQuery – MORE INFO
FancyBox – MORE INFO
FancyBox is a tool for displaying images, html content and multi-media in a Mac-style “lightbox” that floats overtop of web page. – Free Plugin
Lightview – MORE INFO
Lightview was built to change the way you overlay content on a website. – Free Plugin
ViewBox – Media Browser – LightBox Alternative – MORE INFO
The script is a complex jQuery LightBox Alternative. It offers Photo Galleries, Support for video (YouTube and Vimeo), Built-in player – JW Player, The ability to set keys to control etc.
Lightbox 2 – MORE INFO
Lightbox is a simple, unobtrusive script used to overlay images on top of the current page. It’s a snap to setup and works on all modern browsers. – Free Plugin
boxy – Facebook-like dialog/overlay, with frills – MORE INFO
Boxy is a flexible, Facebook-style dialog box for jQuery with support for dragging and size tweening. It differs from other overlays I’ve seen by providing an object interface to control dialogs after they’ve been created. And for simple usage scenarios, boxy also provides a jQuery plugin for automatically hooking up links and forms, as well as an
ask() helper for presenting multiple choices to the user.
Lightbox JS – MORE INFO
Lightbox JS is a simple, unobtrusive script used to overlay images on the current page. It’s a snap to setup and works on all modern browsers.
SimpleModal – MORE INFO
SimpleModal is a lightweight jQuery Plugin which provides a powerful interface for modal dialog development. Think of it as a modal dialog framework. SimpleModal gives you the flexibility to build whatever you can envision, while shielding you from related cross-browser issues inherent with UI development.
PIROBOX EXTENDED V.1.0 – jQuery plugin – MORE INFO
Pirobox is an awesome jQuery lightbox plugin that features a slider functionality. – Free Plugin
ModalBox – MORE INFO
PrettyPhoto – MORE INFO
PrettyPhoto is a jQuery lightbox clone. Not only does it support images, it also support for videos, flash, YouTube, iframes and ajax. It’s a full blown media lightbox. – Free Plugin
Litebox – MORE INFO
jQuery SuperBox! – MORE INFO
jQuery Superbox! is a script which allows you display windows with lightbox effect. – Free Plugin
jQuery lightBox plugin – MORE INFO
jQuery lightBox plugin is simple, elegant, unobtrusive, no need extra markup and is used to overlay images on the current page through the power and flexibility of jQuery´s selector. – Free Plugin
Fancy Zoom (jQuery) – MORE INFO
This works with any html (images, text, headings, flash). The only caveat is it doesn’t currently work with AJAX. Whatever you want to zoom to must be html already on the page.
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