JavaScript - - By Craig Buckler

Unheap.com: a Better jQuery Plugin Repository?

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 unheap.com — a new independent jQuery plugin repository…

Unheap.com

The benefits of unheap.com 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 unheap.com, perhaps they should give up now and adopt it as the “official” repository?

Unless you’ve found something better?…

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