Super useful jQuery plugins for responsive web design

by Jean.

When building responsive websites, jQuery can be very helpful. In today’s article, I have compiled a list of jQuery plugins that will definitely help you building more responsive and usable websites.


SlabText is a jQuery plugin that splits headlines into rows before resizing each row to fill the available horizontal space. Basically, it means that your headline will always look great whatever of the client screen size.

jQuery Masonry

Masonry is a dynamic grid layout plugin for jQuery. Think of it as the flip-side of CSS floats. Whereas floating arranges elements horizontally then vertically, Masonry arranges elements vertically, positioning each element in the next open spot in the grid.


TinyNav.js is a super useful jQuery plugin which allows you to automatically turn a navigation menu into a select for small devices such as iPhones. A must have!


FitText is a simple jQuery plugin that automatically make a text fit the width of its parent element. Perfect for awesome, responsive headlines!


Simply define breakpoints for your responsive design, and Breakpoints.js will fire custom events when the browser enters and/or exits that breakpoint. Very useful on complicated layouts!


Slideshows are very popular among the web. Though, forcing them to fit any screen size can be a little tricky. ResponsiveSlides.js allow you to create responsive slideshows, which will look great whatever on any device.


Flare is another jQuery plugin for building responsive and full width slideshows. It is not free but it is absolutely worth $10 as it is very easy to use and visually pleasant.


A lightweight, easy-to-use jQuery plugin for fluid width video embeds. It was built by was built by Chris Coyier and Paravel.

Responsive tables

Does your tables break your responsive layout? If yes, here is a simple JS/CSS combo that will let your tables adapt to small device screens without everything going to hell. A must have for any tables!


Ideal Forms is the ultimate framework for building and validating responsive HTML5 forms. It is super easy to use.

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  • am

    hi there

    i am looking for a framework/product that allows creation of forms online, more or less visually and without programming, to be used as data entry forms that end up creating data into a db table…

    do you know of any?


    • Not sure the platform you use, but WordPress has the amazing plugin Gravity Forms:

    • You can try with Forms to Go. I have been using it for years and I think it can be useful for you too.

      At the poster of this article, I have a question: I thought responsive design was best achieved using CSS and media queries. Why should I use Javascript instead? Are there any real advantages in coding or performance?

  • Very useful list. Really like the responsive tables, slabtext and fitvids. Cheers!

  • really useful list, Rotating Image Slider is another awesome jquery plugin that really helps you a lot

  • Very handy list of plugins. I have ‘Evernoted’ it.

  • Shefat