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Nowadays, you find a lot of websites being designed creatively with different ideas. A new type of effect called parallax scrolling has gained popularity in recent times and is being used to create a variety of background styles in websites.

This technique has been employed in most of the video games in the past and now it is being used in various websites to make the interface more attractive. Parallax scrolling provides 3D effects for websites as it features layers of images which move around in varying speeds.

You can add special effects to your website by using different types of jQuery plugins. jQuery is a well-written JavaScript code which improves the application’s performance with minimum lines of coding. Here is a collection of 5 popular jQuery plugins for parallax scrolling.


Stellar.js is one of the jQuery plugins which provides parallax scrolling effects to any scrolling element. It is very easy to use as it works by adding some simple attribute data to the markup. It allows you to accurately align the elements and background. Here are the major features of Stellar.js – you can add different scrolling speeds to the elements by including attributes and re-position an element’s background image as you scroll. The unique feature of Stellar.js is that all the elements get back to their original positions when they come to the edge of the page.


SuperScrollorama is an interesting plugin which is an extension of Scrollorama. Using this jQuery plugin, one can add attractive scroll animation effects to the website. You can add many transition effects to the text like fade, fly, pin, rotate, zoom, wipe and unpin. The SuperScrollorama plugin also provides many other added effects like scaling, smushing, horizontal page slides, page wipes, bounces, flinging, coloring etc. With this plugin you can also set the target as to when an element should appear in the view port. You can set a duration for the transition effects and create a timeline of multiple tweets. This plugin can be used to give your website a fun and energetic look.


Scrolldeck jQuery plugin provides many scrolling presentation decks for a website. You can make use of left/right arrows to change the slides. This plugin is best suited for websites that display the webpages in the form of slides. By adding certain classes to the elements you can animate the slides on your website. With this plugin you can create websites with animation, full-screen images and parallax effects. is used to create animated backgrounds and dynamic characters on webpages. It can be used as an alternative to flash if your website doesn’t support it. It is a lightweight, simple plugin which is suitable for websites that use only HTML and JavaScript. Using you can animate objects and make them fly over the text on a webpage or animate a background without affecting other elements on the webpage. It is compatible with iPhone, iPod, iPad and Android devices and supports all major browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Internet Explorer 6+ and Safari.

jQuery Scroll Path

jQuery Scroll Path allows you to define custom scroll paths. It uses canvas flavored syntax to draw paths by making use of methods like moveTo, lineTo and arc. jQuery Scroll Path comes with a custom scrollbar which allows click and drag scrolling. To help you get the path right, a canvas overlay can be enabled when you initialize the plugin. Scrolling is facilitated with the mouse, up/down arrow keys and also with the space bar. The plugin uses CSS transforms to rotate the entire page, in supported browsers. In browsers that do not support CSS transforms, all rotations are ignored but the paths are still followed.

By making use of these jQuery plugins for parallax scrolling, you can create a website that attracts viewers. These plugins give your site a cool, creative and vibrant look. jQuery plugins help designers create dynamic webpages and other web applications with advanced animation and effects. These plugins give visitors a better browsing experience.

Posted by Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor is the Project Manager at Forix, a web design company based in Portland, OR. Forix specializes in web design and development for small, medium and large company websites, e-commerce systems.

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