Web navigation has been a big issue when it comes to the usability, user experience and user-friendliness of any website. In fact, confusing navigation is considered as one of the web usability mistakes that spell disaster for any business. Since then, various navigation techniques have been considered by many web designers and developers hoping to serve justice.
Fixed headers become a popular approach for quite some time now with a purpose of keeping the primary navigation in close proximity to the user. As a result, this navigation technique reduces the effort required for a user to quickly navigate a site. Since then, fixed elements (not only fixed web header) as the user scroll become a popular web design technique.
To fix your sticky problem, here’s a clever collection of jQuery plugins to make web elements sticky while users are scrolling in your viewport.
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If you ever needed a subtle sticky element to quietly hang around as you scroll down, then this plugin will allow you to pin or unpin any element you want.
StickyStack.js is a useful jQuery plugin that creates a stacking effect by sticking panels as they reach the top of the viewport.
stickyNavbar.js is a fancy sticky navigation jQuery plugin with smart anchor link highlighting that helps you stick your navigation bars to the top of the browser window during scrolling.
stickyMojo is a contained sticky sidebar jQuery plugin brought to you by MojoTech. It is lightweight, fast, flexible and compatible with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and IE8+. It will degrade gracefully in older versions of IE.
HC-Sticky is a cross-browser jQuery plugin that makes any element attached to the page and always visible while you scroll.
Zebra_Pin is a lightweight and adaptive jQuery plugin for pinning elements to the page or to a container element, so that the element stays visible even if the user scrolls the page.
This plugin makes it possible to have a fixed position element that is relative to it’s parent. A normal fixed positioned element would be “out of context” and is very difficult to use in the most common situations with fluid designs.
onScreen is a jQuery plugin that does incredibly magical stuff to web elements when the users enter or leave the viewport.
ScrollMagic helps you to easily react to the user’s current scroll position which is a complete rewrite of its predecessor Superscrollorama by John Polacek.
Midnight.js lets you switch fixed headers on the fly and lets you to stick multiple headers and/or elements making it a bridge for other possibility.
MakeFixed.js is another quick way to dynamically set up elements to be fixed during scroll helping users in a way not to get lost.
Headroom.js – Hide your header on scroll
Headroom.js is a lightweight, high-performance JS widget (with no dependencies!) that allows you to react to the user’s scroll.
Sticky is a jQuery plugin that gives you the ability to make any element on your page always stay visible which also comes with Options/Settings, Custom Methods and Events.
Sticking elements within the viewport is not the only thing possible with StickyKit as you can also make them stick within the parent element you designate to multiple elements at once.
Waypoints is the easiest way to trigger a function when you scroll to an element while made to exist with other UI patterns such as infinite scrolling, sticky elements and in-view detection.