10 jQuery Plugins to Help with Web Page Layouts

By / May 21, 2010 / Tools

Every now and then a web project will come up that has special and unique layout requirements, and the current capabilities of CSS just aren’t enough. With projects such as these, jQuery can be your best friend. So here are 10 jQuery plugins to help you out with page layouts.



The UI.Layout plug-in can create any UI look you want – from simple headers or sidebars, to a complex application with toolbars, menus, help-panels, status bars, sub-forms, etc.



This plugin let’s you build full featured and fully skinnable containers. The container can be set to draggable, resizable, collapsable and minimizable.



The project aims at providing web designers with a way to use the W3’s CSS Template Layout Module today. As a jQuery plug-in, the script parses a given set of CSS rules and displays the content as indicated in the specification. Options include the ability to select the CSS parsed, as well as an optional prefix to use for the CSS rules. Specifying a prefix allows style rules that are interoperable with a possible future browser implementations.



Masonry is a layout plugin for jQuery. Think of it as the flip side of CSS floats. Whereas floating arranges elements horizontally then vertically, Masonry arranges elements vertically then horizontally according to a grid. The result minimizes vertical gaps between elements of varying height, just like a mason fitting stones in a wall.



Columnizer will automatically layout your content in newspaper column format. You can specify either column width or a static number of columns.



jQSlickWrap forces text to wrap around the contents of an image, not just its bounding box as it does when you use a float with CSS.

Equal Heights


Equal Heights loops through the top-level child nodes of a specified element and sets their min-height values to that of the tallest.



js-columns is designed to help with the creation of newspaper-style column layouts in HTML. While CSS3 has a variety of column-style properties, these are not yet widely implemented, and none help with the creation of page-based layouts.



jQue­ry Co­lum­ni­ze al­lows you to crea­te a newspa­per-li­ke co­lumn lay­out.



jLayout provides four layout algorithms for laying out HTML elements in web pages. This plugin allows you to lay out your elements with as little code as possible, and behaves correctly when used with margins, padding and borders.

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

  • http://www.speed-motion.com.ua Oles

    Thanks, useful post.

  • http://bestdesignblogever.com Heather

    These are great – I know of at least two of these that I’ll be trying out immediately. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • http://www.tgpo.org tgpo

    Masonry is very useful! Thanks for the list.

  • http://www.howtoplaza.com HowToPlaza

    This can really speed up the job of creating awesome-looking layouts.

  • http://www.santorini360hotels.com Santorini

    Very nice list. Thanks, just learning css3

  • http://1click.at Michael Pehl

    Nice collection. I think I should test some of these plugins :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.jordanwalker.net Jordan Walker

    Why use JavaScript in place of CSS?

    • http://www.torbalscales.com ddeja

      Couse sometimes it’s better looking. I think that’s all. You want nice looking page You use CSS, but if You want flash, trendy what ever page You use JavaScript:)

      • dan

        that’s the stupiest comment i’ve seen in a long time. get a book on progressive enhancement.

        • Doug Gough

          Yes, I agree. That comment is pretty stupie.

    • Scott

      Because it’s one line of javascript and 10 minutes work, vs hours of frigging with pages of css, just because css and HTML were not developed with the modern web application in mind. How would it be if all your desktop apps either had a half-filled window, or a scrollbar on the right with half the contents off the page? No thanks.

    • Jay

      It’s the same mentality that uses Java over C++. Make life easy for the developer and make the end user pay in extra processing every time they use the app.

  • http://playgameonline.mobi Marco

    Thank you for sharing, it’s a very useful list!

  • http://www.cssrex.com/ CSSReX

    Nice List! I am going to try all these one by one :)

  • http://machoarts.com/ suraj

    very useful plugins for webmasters, thanks for sharing. :)

  • http://www.soulsizzle.com Soulsizzle

    I tend to stay away from doing layout with JS, but Masonry rocks. Definitely very useful.

  • http://twitter.com/AforAvi Avinash

    Thanks for sharing !

    will give it a try very soon :)


  • http://www.stevensst.com Stevensst

    great ! thanks for sharing, been looking for some of em for a long time!

  • http://allofcraigs.com richard

    Awesome. I especially like the UI.Layout. Tested the layouts on the fly using htmlinstant.com and they looked good.

  • http://ajaxtown.com Abhishek Saha

    You can also have a look at http://ajaxtown.com
    It has a Layout Plugin which can creates 1-2-3 column layouts along with preloading option. easy to implement.