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fuski says

I’ve started to see a trend of ‘jQuery’ being used… a lot! I see some templates using jQuery that are selling really well… which is great! But do you think that is the reason for this trend apearing?

Don’t get me wrong.. I love jQuery as much as the next person but I have seen some overkill!

I believe it’s ok if it enhances functionality, usability, etc, and alitte showing off is ok ofcourse. But I don’t include it just for the sake of it. Do you??

Whats your opinions? I would be interested to know your thoughts and maybe your justifications for using it.

Ps. i’m not trying to stir anything up, so don’t take this the wrong way if your theme uses jQuery. I’m just trying to contribute a discussion to the forums. :)

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clarklab says

I use jQuery because it is easy to implement and yields impressive results. It is a fine line though and its easy to overuse it. I don’t need a slide-in and slide-out animation on every element on the page, but when it comes solid, new functionality I don’t think there is ever too much.

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ThemeKioken says

Well it’s because with jquery, we can develop ajax based things much faster & easier and we be preparing more interactive products =)

It’s easy as that.

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danharper says

Javascript is going to be used much more in web designs now that there are frameworks like jQuery and MooTools available making complicated effects very simple.

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JeffreyWay Moderator says

It all comes down to the simplicity of jQuery. Especially for designers, most wouldn’t possess the skills to implement some of the AJAX features with raw Javascript. jQuery, however, makes it easy!

jQuery is like our new toy that we can’t get enough of. :)

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clarklab says

I don’t see most people using it for the AJAX features. Most people just use it for the effects/animations and what they can mean for your layouts (things hidden at first, rotating content, expandable content, etc)

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fuski says

Thanks for sharing your opinions.

Please don’t get me wrong i think javascript is great and brings new life to web design. I understand the benifits of jQuery. I often use it myself for form validation, tabbed areas in sidebars, etc.

Really I shouldn’t of focused on just jquery. My observations include all javascript, etc.

@JeffreyWay – I hope you dont mind me using your theme as an example… but what are the benefits of the jQuery you used on your ‘Beautiful Red Business Theme’ where you have animated content? I can see how that is beneficial for say a picture gallery but not for the whole site. Ofcourse this is just my opinion.

I admit it looks impressive but why is it better to have all the content on one page? I’m no SEO expert but i always thought it was better to have seperate pages so you could have unique page titles, etc. Sorry for picking at your work :)

Also, I can eccept it will be used more in future web design but my concern is that it will be used unnecessarily.

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JeffreyWay Moderator says

@Fuski – It all depends on what your needs are. Not every company has SEO in mind. It’s simply not necessary for some of them.

I personally feel that it allows for a better experience – so that the user doesn’t have to wait fifteen seconds every time they click on a link.

I’m always up for a friendly debate.

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fuski says

Fair point, I didn’t think of seo not being needed.

I’m by no means saying using it is wrong.

A friendly debate is always good to hear other perspectives :)

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clarklab says

Javascript as a whole doesn’t hurt your SEO in any way. Using it incorrectly could.

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