JQuery & Website Builders
By Tim Brown
The idea is to do more work in less time, right? Isn’t that what computers and technology are supposed to help with? The problem is that doing something elementary like creating a simple business website can sometimes be a very lengthy, menial task. Thanks to jQuery website builders, developers now have a library of shortcuts at their disposal to help make quick time of long, drawn-out programming processes.
jQuery provides users—mostly Web developers—with shorthand commands and function combinations that otherwise would require multiple lines of code. They can now design applications, build plug-ins, navigate documents, handle events, and create animations in fewer steps. The free, open-source jQuery software has simplified an otherwise complicated game. As an example, developers can use it to search and find a particular element in the code document, alter it (based on an event like a mouse click or on a design change decision), and apply it to all instances of the element.
Another benefit of jQuery is its flexibility. Webpages built with a jQuery builder are compatible on nearly every browser. How many times have you experienced a site that simply didn‘t work on one browser only to find it works perfectly on another? jQuery eliminates those cross-browser errors. Plus, the jQuery mobile website builder lets you create touch-optimized sites designed to perform impeccably on all hand-held devices. With its proprietary ThemeRoller, users can control mobile framework, widgets, pages, and navigation.
Creativity is never a concern, either. The jQuery mobile drag-and-drop editor lets you create 26 swatches (labeled A to Z), each with its own unique color. You can then drag the color to its desired location, add text, give it an icon, and set a rule for when the end-user clicks on it. With complete control over the look and functionality of the site, users can create seemingly anything they want.
Even though mobile sites are the future, jQuery builders are used for nearly two-thirds of all traditional pages on the Web. While most site builders limit the developers by supplying a finite number of themes, ThemeRoller lets users create their own unique jQuery website templates. Those themes are then replicated throughout your online project. You can quickly add repetitive elements such as menus, tabs, pop-up dialog boxes, overlays, buttons, and date selectors.
With a focus on making every process as simple as possible, jQuery WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editors help users take all the guesswork out of making alterations to their pages. Instead of waiting until all of the changes have been made to see the results, you can work in a bit of a perpetual preview mode. As you make the edits, you see what the final page will look like.
jQuery is not designed for the first-time site builder. Instead, it is meant to help experienced Web developers do their job in a much more efficient and effective way…just like technology is meant to do.