A slick scrolling effect, CSS animation or page transition can enhance user experience.
Among the most popular scroll animation trends of late, for example, is vertical scrolling.
The concept is quite simple. When users scroll through the website, different scrolling effects are triggered according to their mouse wheel movement. It can be even more enjoyable if you inject a little creativity into the process.
In this article, I will discuss where to find the best JS scroll animation & page effect plugin for your next project.
As a WordPress developer, I have used this type of plugins on various client projects. Some of these plugins have basic features, while others have more advanced ones, but one thing is certain: they will add a variety of scrolling effects to your website.
This being said, below are some of my favorite scrolling animation plugins. Take a look!
Developer: Ram Swaroop
- Allows you to scroll to any part of the page in style
- Provides 4 different options that you can adjust: easing, scrollSpeed, padding and element
- You can customize the style of scrolling, scroll speed, easing Effects etc.
- Choose from more than 30 different styles of scrolling effects e.g., easeOutBounce, easeOutElastic, easeInQuad, easeOutQuad, easeInQuart, easeOutQuart, easeInSine, easeOutSine etc.
Developer: Jan Paepke
- Easily reacts to the website visitor’s current scroll position
- Allows you to add parallax effects
- Supports infinite scrolling page
- It is lightweight and responsive
- It can pin an element at a specific scroll position and add callbacks
- It can not only trigger an animation based on scroll position but also synchronize it to the scrollbar movement
- It can toggle CSS classes according to different scroll positions
- Detailed documentation can be found at: http://scrollmagic.io/
3. Reveal – Scroll Reveal Animations jQuery Plugin
- Premium jQuery scroll animation plugin
- Compatible with most front-end framework. Tested with Bootstrap and Foundation
- Supports custom duration and easing
- Users can create custom keyframed animations using simple syntax
- Comes with 50+ animation presets
- Can be used with any html element
- Built with jQuery, Animus and GSAP
- Mobile-friendly behavior on touch devices
- Stunning beginner friendly designs and option panel
- Well documented
- Support through Codecanyon. Free lifetime access to all the future updates.
4. t – s c r o l l
Developer: Tuds – Crazychicken (CLGT Groups)
- Wide range of customization options
- Easy setup process with node.js
- Uses ES6 / Babel, gulp. Also ships with vanilla Sass
- Compatible with all major browsers
- Premade t-scroll based website templates available
- Newbie friendly
Developer: Fisssion LLC
- Allows to add animation styles to different elements as users enter/leave the viewport
- Robust and flexible yet easy to pick up
- It employs the singleton pattern. So you can call it anywhere
- Easy to follow guidelines cover important details and tips
Developer: Nick Pearson
- The plugin can rotate, crop, ease in, ease out, scale or change the opacity of elements on a page. Thus it adds some icing on the cake while visitors move down along the page.
- Options include enter, exit, span, from & to, easeout, easein, crop, opacity, scale, rotate, translate etc. Detailed information about each option can be found here: http://scrollme.nckprsn.com/
- Works fine with all major browsers except IE9 and lower versions
Developer: Erik Terwan
- All animations are triggered by classes using CSS3 animations
- Compatible with all frameworks
- Ability to define the options inside the HTML attribute
- Built with vanilla JS
- Uses the window.requestAnimationFrame method. So animations are triggered when the browser is ready
- Documentation available on GitHub
8. jQuery Parallax
Developer: Ian Lunn
- Allows you to use an almost static background that moves slightly slower than the user scrolls
- Multiple backgrounds
- The plugin makes use of jQuery ScrollTo script
Developer: Alex Franzelin
- Horizontal parallax plugin that allows you to move in horizontal while scrolling down
- Very lightweight
- Extremely easy configuration
- Disadvantage: if the screen height is smaller than the content, the content is clipped
Developer: Dave Gamache
- Allows you to move, scale and fade elements at once
- Disadvantage: neglects fallbacks and mobile
- Disadvantage: can get stuck if you scroll too fast
- Consider reading this article on Medium before using this plugin in your project: https://medium.com/@dhg/82ced812e61c
Bonus Scroll Animations & Page Effects Plugins:
- 1. fullPage
- 2. skrollr
- 3. Super Scroll Orama
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