During the past few years, one of the prerequisites of a good web design is responsiveness. This presented web designers with a greater challenge, as they’re now required to create and render webpages that provide an optimal viewing experience, easy reading, as well as navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning and scrolling, across a wide range of mobile devices.

Responsive web design adapts the layout to the viewing environment by using fluid, grid-based proportions, flexible images, and CSS3 media queries, an extension of the @media rule. Flexible images are also sized in relative units so as to prevent them from displaying outside their containing element, which is definitely a requirement when creating a responsive website.

There are factors to consider when it comes to page element sizing, such as whether it should be in relative units like percentages rather than absolute units like pixels or points, among others.  But this is just a minor issue. In fact, creating a responsive website isn’t that difficult, provided you’re equipped with the proper set of tools.

Creating a responsive website is becoming easier and attainable even for site ownerswho don’t have technical skills in coding. With the help of jQuery, users now have at their disposal a sufficient number of responsive web design plugins to utilize and implement in order to achieve desired responsiveness in their websites.

Today, we’re going to provide you a list of amazing plugins that will help you achieve desired results when building a responsive website. With these jQuery responsive plugins, you can now make your images, navigation menus, sliders, as well as lightboxes responsive across various devices; and your content displayed to perfection.

Enjoy!

SlickNav

SlickNav

This responsive menu plugin for jQuery has a number of amazing features like support with multi-level menus, flexible and simple markup, cross-browser compatibility, keyboard accessibility, and many more.

Ferro Slider

Ferro Slider

Ferro Slider is ideal for creating full-page sliders or content/image sliders of almost any type. The content can be placed in a flexible way (horizontal/vertical), and the plugin will simplify browsing. Ferro Slider uses CSS3 transitions for a good performance, works well with responsive layouts, and works on mobile, too!

slimMenu

slimMenu

This lightweight jQuery plugin is made to build responsive and multi-level navigation menus on the fly. With this plugin, you’ll no longer struggle with media queries to create responsive menus or any other heavy plugin to create multi-level nested menus. Weighing only 5KB (2.5KB minified), slimMenu will do the job for you.

Royal Slider

Royal Slider

Royal Slider is a jQuery plugin for displaying any HTML content (images, videos, text) inside a slider interface. It comes with awesome features. It’s easy to customize, with 50+ options, 4 skins with PSD files, 9 pre-built templates (and more coming), and full CSS styling. The plugin works in all major browsers, the output is responsive and touch-friendly, and works fast, thanks to CSS3 animations with JavaScript fallback.

BttrLazyLoading

BttrLazyLoading

This jQuery plugin lets your web app load only images within the viewport. It also allows you to have different versions of an image for 4 different screen sizes. It also allows your web app to defer image loading until images are scrolled to. As a result, the page loading time decreases significantly.

Sidr

Sidr

Sidr lets you create “hidden” side menus on the fly. You can set it to be displayed at the right or left side, a single page can have multiple side menus, and offers multiple methods (existing or remote content) for loading content. For responsive layouts, a Sidr menu can be attached to a button (that’s displayed for specific screen sizes with media queries) which is a handy navigation solution for small screens.

nanoGallery

nanoGallery

nanoGallery is an easy-to-use image gallery plugin for jQuery that’s touch-enabled, responsive, fast, and supports cloud storage. This easy-to-customize plugin features multi-level navigation in albums, lightbox, hover effects on thumbnails, slideshow, full-screen pagination, image lazy load, themes, and Bootstrap compatibility. You can also pull in Flickr, Picasa, and Google+ photo albums. nanoGallery is easily customizable.

matchHeight

matchHeight

This feature-rich and responsive jQuery plugin makes the height of all selected elements exactly equal. It provides row aware, handles floating elements, automatically updates on window resize, handles images and other media, data attributes API, and more.

FlexSlider

FlexSlider

FlexSlider is a simple and semantic markup jQuery plugin with high resolution and works on every available browser. And the great thing is, users can navigate the plugin through keyboard and has support for touch-swipe navigation.

Response

Response

This jQuery plugin provides tools for building performance-optimized, mobile-first responsive websites. Its breakpoint sets use HTML5 data attributes to dynamically swap markup based on breakpoints so that you can serve rich content progressively. Its API includes cross-browser event hooks, HTML5 data set, and ways to get or test responsive properties.

About the author

Carmel is a web developer and designer who also works part-time as a freelance writer. Despite her busy schedule, she makes it a point to share her knowledge about web design and development through her articles on blogs.

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