Web forms can be extremely painful to build, especially the countless functions and layouts. Luckily we have jQuery form plugins to help us with the validation, wizard progress, layout, autocomplete, date picker and many other functionalities.
As a user, it can be extremely boring and lengthy to fill in the registration form, or it can be fun and intuitive. It requires the developer to thoroughly think about the progress and basic functions. So today we would like to list those essential jQuery form plugins to help you every step of the way.
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Form Wizard Plugins:
Smart Wizard is a flexible jQuery plug-in for wizard like interface. It allows to group contents into sections and so it saves page space and also gives a neat and stylish interface for users.
jWizard contains several options to build a beautiful step by step form. You can choose to display the steps counter, percentage counter and many others.
The form wizard plugin is a jQuery plugin which can be used to create wizard like page flows for forms without having to reload the page in between wizard steps.
jQuery Stepy is a plugin based on FormToWizard that generates a customizable wizard.
Build a progress bar to indicate user which step of registration is currently at.
Form Styling Plugins:
Formalize your form to certain styles. “Teach your form some manners.”
jqTransform is a jQuery styling plugin which allows you to skin form elements.
You can highlight certain areas or single form element on the form page using this plugin.
This is a simple plugin that turns properly formatted HTML forms into forms with in-field label tips.
Elastic makes your textareas grow and shrink to fit it’s content.
Form Validation Plugins:
Just as the name say, it validate the data while user is entering.
Ideal Forms is the ultimate framework for building and validating responsive HTML5 forms.
jQuery.validity is an elegant and powerful jQuery plug-in you can use to setup client-side form validation.
This plugin shows the strength of you passwords by telling you how long time it would take to brute force them.
A lightweight password strengthen meter.
PWChecker jQueryPlugin observes passwords as users type and provide instant password strength check (Weak, Medium, or Strong).
jQuery Credit Card Validator detects and validates credit card numbers. It’ll tell you the detected credit card type and whether the number length and Luhn checksum are valid for the type of card.
Smart Validate is a jQuery credit card validation plugin, that makes credit card format validation a simple task. It ensures that user has entered valid credit card number before making actual transaction.
Form Data Input Plugins:
Ajax Autocomplete for jQuery allows you to easily create autocomplete/autosuggest boxes for text input fields.
SearchMeme is to provide a small search button that can be placed anywhere on the website (you may want to put it in your website header). Clicking on search button expands it to show a text box where you can type your search terms.
TextExt’s modular design allows you easily turn a standard HTML text input into a wide range of modern, tailored to your needs input field without bloating your source code and slowing down your site with the code that you aren’t using.
This plugin is a drop-in replacement for the standard select element with multiple attribute activated.
Another great fully featured jQuery mask plugin that can has support for every kind of data set.
File Upload widget with multiple file selection, drag&drop support, progress bars and preview images for jQuery.
With Sisyphus on site you just reopen page in your modern (with HTML5 support) browser and see all your changes at that forms. It’s lightweight (3.5 KB) jQuery plugin uses Local Storage to prevent your work being lost.
Date Picker Plugins:
A standard date picker plugin from jQueryUI.
‘Zebra Datepicker is a small, compact and highly configurable datepicker jQuery plugin, meant to enrich forms by adding the datepicker functionality to them.
Date Picker component with a lot of options and easy to fit in your web application.
Hopefully those jQuery form plugins can save you some time and it worth your time to check out this round-up.