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Custom Content Slider with jQuery

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Custom Content Slider with jQuery
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create a custom content slider. The concept behind it is pretty simple, when you click on a button, it uses jQuery scroll-To plugin to scoll the content and display the right content.

1. HTML

HTML is a little bit long this time. Basically, it has two sections:

  • UL List: This is the list of buttons, you can add as many as you want, or style the layout the way you want.
  • Slider: Slider is where we put all the content for the panels, in this case, we have 3 panels with unique ID panel-1, panel-2 and panel-3. We hide the panel with overflow hidden set in the Mask Div.
<div id="hero-slider">
 <ul>
  <li><a href="#" rel="#panel-1" class="active">Item 1</a></li>
  <li><a href="#" rel="#panel-2">Item 2</a></li>
  <li><a href="#" rel="#panel-3">Item 3</a></li>
 </ul>
 <div class="mask">
  <div class="slider-body">
   <div class="panel" id="panel-1">
    <h2>Title 1</h2>
    <p>Paragraph</p>
   </div>
   <div class="panel" id="panel-2">
    <h2>Title 2</h2>
    <p>Paragraph</p>
   </div>
   <div class="panel" id="panel-3">
    <h2>Title 3</h2>
    <p>Paragraph</p>
   </div>
  </div>
 </div> <!-- .mask -->
 <div class="clear"></div>
</div> <!-- #hero-slider -->

2. CSS

The only tricky part of the CSS would be the mask. You have to make sure it has overflow set to hidden to hide panels. Also, the dimension of the panel and mask must be the same.

#hero-slider {
 text-align:left; 
 background-color:#efefef; 
 border:1px solid #ccc; width:450px;
 -moz-border-radius:10px;
 -webkit-border-radius:10px;
 margin:0 auto;
 font-family:arial;
}

#hero-slider .mask { 
 float:left; 
 width:300px; 
 height:280px; 
 margin:15px 0 0 10px; 
 overflow:hidden;
}

#hero-slider .panel { 
 width:300px; 
 height:280px; 
 text-align:left;
}

#hero-slider ul {
 margin:0; 
 padding:15px 15px 0 15px; 
 list-style:none; 
 float:left; 
 border-right:1px solid #dedede; 
 height:285px;
}

#hero-slider ul li {
 margin:10px 0;
}

#hero-slider ul a {
 outline:none; 
 text-decoration: underline;
 display:block;
 width:75px; 
 height:74px; 
 text-indent:-999em; 
}

#hero-slider a {
 background: url(button.png) no-repeat 0 0;
}

#hero-slider ul a.active {
 background-position: -75px;
}

.panel h2 {
 padding:15px 0 0 0;
 color:#0058a9;
}

.panel p {
 color:#666;
}

.clear {clear:both}

3. Javascript

Javascript is short and simple, I have added comments to explain every line of the javascript

//append click event to the UL list anchor tag
$('#hero-slider ul a').click(function () {
 
 //reset all the items
 $('#hero-slider ul a').removeClass('active');
  
 //set current item as active
 $(this).addClass('active'); 
  
 //scroll it to the right position
 $('.mask').scrollTo($(this).attr('rel'), 300);
  
 //disable click event
    return false;  
  
});

Conclusion

That's it, a simple script that will able to make your website more interactive. Most importantly, it able to help you use the space wisely and display information in an interesting way. It's simple, and I believe it will be pretty handy for your upcoming web projects.