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…
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?…