What Is JavaScript & jQuery?

jQuery is a ready to use JavaScript library that lets web developers and designers bring a webpage to life.

It is without a doubt the most popular JavaScript library that allows you to customise various functions and events on your website.

If you want to make your website engaging for your visitors and improve user experience at the same time, you need to use jQuery.

Every time you see a drop-down menu or a pop up box, JavaScript has been used to make it happen.

What Does JavaScript Do?

If HTML is the structure and building blocks of a website, and CSS is appearance and styling, then JavaScript is the behaviour and interactivity.

Some of the main things that JavaScript can do for a website include:

  • Animations
  • Games
  • APIs
  • Button effects
  • Pop-ups
  • General effects
  • Sliders
  • Drop-downs
  • Scroll effects

jQuery and JavaScript work together and enable website developers such as ourselves to build websites that have character.

Instead of just looking at a lifeless web page, we can now build websites that jump off the page and make the experience fun, engaging and most importantly, easier to navigate.

JavaScript In Action

We think the best we to explain JavaScript is to show you exactly what it can do.

One of our favourite examples of JavaScript in action is a website called Histography.

This is an amazing learning platform that pulls data from Wikipedia and serves up the data in an incredibly fluid and engaging interface.

You can see from this very brief overview just how interactive this website is, and not only that, it has tons of information that makes it a very powerful learning tool.

All of the mouse-over interactions are events that are controlled by JavaScript, and as you can see from the video, there are a lot of them.

JavaScript allows all the information to wait for the user to ask for it, before serving it up in a great interface that is expandable and zoomable.

Creating Mobile Responsive Websites With jQuery

JavaScript is compatible with all modern mobile devices, and as long as you know what you are doing, you can implement JS in a mobile responsive way.

Media queries were introduced in CSS3, and they are a crucial component that enables websites to be compatible on any device.

Media queries allow website designers to specify the attributes of the content on a webpage according to the size and format of the device it is being displayed on.

Frequently asked questions

You don’t need JS, but every single modern website uses some form of JS coding to make it engaging and interesting.

We use JavaScript in some shape or form on all our websites and we custom code in JS elements for our clients.

Yes JS is fully mobile compatible with the use of media queries.

Depending on the requirements, we may take up to 4 weeks to design and build a new website.

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