Why jQuery?

jQuery is a JavaScript library designed to ease the client-side scripting of HTML. It is fast, concise and very flexible. There are so many libraries available, that we usually don’t need to write query for it, unlike JavaScript. There are various plugins available for jQuery too, but these are some of the more broad reasons to choose jQuery.

 

1. Open Source

jQuery is developed by and available in the Open source community, thus it is free to use (like most programming languages). There are plenty of developers, designers and webmasters who can enrich you with so much data that you might get confused what all to use. And there are so many plugins already available which can be easily be used for enhancements on a website.  jQuery is generally better for complex development functionality, as compared to javaScript, which should used for smaller, front-end tasks.

 

2. jQuery elements display even when JavaScript is disabled

If Adobe Flash isn’t installed on any given browser, certain parts of the page may render incorrectly, if they render at all. This is not only unpleasant for the user; it forces developers to spend extra time coding for the browsers that lack the Flash plug-in, which adds to development time.

Not so with jQuery. Manipulating the HTML DOM has become the most widely accepted practice of manipulating a Web page so content will be rendered even if JavaScript is disabled in the browser. Since the HTML DOM is always present, there’s no more worrying about browser settings either.

 

3. Huge Library

From simple items like border radius, image slider, design forms, to placing grids, and display audio/videos… the resources are endless. These plugins are so simple to use that you can plug and play the code in just a few minutes.  Pay attention to the demos of the plugins on the various websites to give you the feel of the change you would want to do. In addition, there are many pre-made themes available which developers can pick up quickly and design the page for CMS like WordPress and Drupal.

 

4. Cross-platform

jQuery is great at handling all cross-browser issues. Some JavaScript’s have problems in early versions of IE and Firefox. But, jQuery has helped eliminate this issue. This avoids having to write different codes for different browsers. It results in high efficiency and less hassles.

 

5. jQuery pages load faster

Google and other search engines using page load time as one of the many factors affecting SEO. (More on that later.) For this, and many other, reasons, every developer should strive to make code as light and concise as possible.

The best way to do this is to reduce the size of your code. If your site is coded with an HTML and CSS base, you can easily make uniform adjustments to your code that will reduce the size. Like CSS, jQuery files are generally stored separately from the Web page itself. This lets developers make modifications across the entire site through one central repository instead of search through folder structures. This is a core benefit of CSS coding, and it is a proven success.

In addition, jQuery gives you the option of loading div tags only when you need them. If you are taking measures to improve the speed of your website, then you may consider loading only the necessary div tags needed for your page load event. This way, you can display only what a user needs to see right away and have the rest of your division elements load as they are needed.

 

6. jQuery can be SEO friendly

You may have the most appealing site, but is it worth it if you sacrifice style for SEO? The way you code your site greatly affects the way it can be found in Google, Bing, and other search engines.

As noted, jQuery can be optimized for search engines, and there are a lot of plug-ins available to aid developers in this task. Embedding your jQuery elements using unordered lists is an SEO-friendly practice that works well.

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