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I’ve never been particularly complimentary about the official jQuery Plugin Registry. The team are working on it, but perhaps the kindest observation is that it’s “ctional” — functional with all the “fun” removed. The system lacks an easy interface, good search facilities, online demonstrations, developer ratings and reviews.

As an alternative, why not try — a new independent jQuery plugin repository…

The benefits of become apparent the moment you use it:

  • The site has a gorgeous dynamic and responsive interface — it’s a pleasure to use
  • Plugins are categorized in sections and sub-sections for interface, inputs, media, navigation and miscellaneous code.
  • The search facility works well.
  • Plugin lists have direct links to demonstration pages and videos.
  • Related plugins are listed.
  • User views, votes and bug reports are recorded.
  • Social media sharing facilities are provided.
  • An RSS feed of new and updated plugins is available for you to check in Google Reader, erm, a compatible RSS Reader.
  • The plugin submission process is easy and straight-forward.
  • Almost 700 plugins are available at the time of writing.

I’m impressed. Unless the jQuery team can produce a system as nice as, perhaps they should give up now and adopt it as the “official” repository?

Unless you’ve found something better?…

Craig is a freelance UK web consultant who built his first page for IE2.0 in 1995. Since that time he's been advocating standards, accessibility, and best-practice HTML5 techniques. He's created enterprise specifications, websites and online applications for companies and organisations including the UK Parliament, the European Parliament, the Department of Energy & Climate Change, Microsoft, and more. He's written more than 1,000 articles for SitePoint and you can find him @craigbuckler.

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