11 Useful jQuery Powered WordPress Plugins

By / Dec 14, 2009 / Resources

We all know the kind of dynamic and engaging functionality that jQuery can add to a user interface, but integrating jQuery does require some technical know-how. This isn’t a big deal for many of us, but some WordPress users prefer the simplicity of a plugin. The purpose of this article is to help you discover some of the useful WordPress plugins available that gives you jQuery powered functionality in an easy to implement package.

Carousel Gallery (jQuery) for WordPress

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This plugin builds on the builtin WordPress gallery, and replaces any gallery inserted using the tag with a neat jQuery powered carousel. By carousel it means you can browse through all the pictures in the gallery and they’ll slide from the right to the left and seamlessly start over at the end.

jQuery Lightbox For Native Galleries

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jQuery Lightbox For Native Galleries makes the native WordPress galleries use a lightbox script called ColorBox to display the fullsize images.

jQuery Image Lazy Load WP

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This plugin adds Lazy Load to WordPress. Lazy load delays loading of images in (long) pages. Images below the fold (far down in the page) wont be loaded before user scrolls down.

jQuery Comment Preview

This plugin gives commentors a live preview without taking up any extra screen real estate. It includes a simple HTML editor and you can customize comment preview block as you wish.

Google Analyticator

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Google Analyticator adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google Analytics logging on any WordPress blog. This eliminates the need to edit your template code to begin logging. Google Analyticator also includes several widgets for displaying Analytics data in the admin and on your blog.

jQuery Post Preview WordPress Plugin

If you don’t like WordPress built-in Visual Editor (because it puts a lot of unnecessary tags or by any other reasons), but you want to have live post preview like in Visual Editor, this plugin may be useful for you.


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jQuery-Pagebar displays a jQuery slider instead of the normal previous/next links.

J Post Slider

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This plugin will rotate latest posts from blog, presented with selected image, post headline, and optional post excerpt.


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This plugin implements the excellent Javascript Slimbox2 written by Christophe Beyls which utilizes jQuery.

WordPress Post Information Plugin

This plugin aims to consolidate your post information into a collapsible panel (using jQuery) that can save space on your page.

WordPress jQuery Lightbox

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This is WordPress’s version of the jQuery Lightbox Plugin written by balupton.

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.robmcguire.net Robert McGuire

    I think the jquery plugins that are associated with blog images or image viewing are the ones that really shine. They can easily turn a boring blog into something worth coming back to.

    • http://www.fotoviva.co.uk Steve @ Fotoviva

      Totally agree Mike, I’m looking at utilising some of these to bring my site into the 21st C! WordPress has come a long way in the last few years and is now such a powerful system.

  • http://www.feedgrids.com Dimi

    Very nice, thanks! And I do agree with you Robert

  • http://www.destinyislands.com/ Destiny Islands

    These really are some useful posts! Web Design Ledger always has the best content for AJAX scripts and tutorials, so I always love coming here to see what’s new.

  • http://www.xcellence-it.com/wordpress/speed-up-your-wordpress-blog/76 Xcellence IT

    Hi Buddy,

    Nice list of jquery plug-ins, I have tried most of them, but J Post Slider, which I will be using in one of the project I’m currently working on.

    We love working on WordPress & J-Query. It makes our life much easier.

    Kindly read out my latest post at..


    Xcellence IT
    An Enterprise & Web Solutions Expert

  • http://smashingeeks.com SmashinGeeks

    Nice Collection

  • kevin

    Cool, i was wondering how the delay effect was done on some sites; the lazt load plugin, gonna be helpfull. thanks

  • http://www.sgdoeschwitz.de BigM75

    perfect, jquery rules

  • http://joshbetz.com Josh

    I just installed the google Analytics plugin. I really like having those stats right in my dashboard along with the WordPress.com stats plugin

  • http://www.bigtunainteractive.com Adam Hermsdorfer

    2009 was a huge breakthrough year for jQuery and WordPress.

  • http://www.gruender-handbuch.de Tom

    Nice list!
    i like the carousel plugin most!

  • http://www.markpalmamedia.com Web Design Philippines

    this is a nice list of plugins. very useful post. thanks

  • http://wallpaperesi.com Phil

    I’m thinking to simply install jquery plugin instead of creating the effect by myself. However, thanks for sharing this, you helping me a lot.

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  • Ledertasche

    many thanks for great article

  • http://www.tonylea.com Tony

    Very cool round-up.

    I also created a plug-in which offers some pretty cool jquery awesomeness, check it out at http://www.OptinBar.com

    Thanks Again!