Pretty Simple Content Slider with jQuery and CSS3

Today we will create an auto-playing content slider with jQuery and CSS3. The idea is to alter the background image and to slide in the heading and the description. By clicking on one of the menu items, the auto-play function is stopped and the respective content slides out. So, let’s start with the markup. The […]
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Today we will create an auto-playing content slider with jQuery and CSS3. The idea is to alter the background image and to slide in the heading and the description. By clicking on one of the menu items, the auto-play function is stopped and the respective content slides out.
So, let’s start with the markup.

The Markup

The HTML consists of a main div called rotator and an unordered list where we will define the menu element, the heading and the description element. The href will designate the regarding content that belongs to the menu item. Here is the markup with two example list elements and the empty list element that we will use to fill the content:

<div class="rotator">
	<ul id="rotmenu">
		<li>
			<a href="rot1">Portfolio</a>
			<div style="display:none;">
				<div class="info_image">1.jpg</div>
				<div class="info_heading">Our Works</div>
				<div class="info_description">
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	non provident...
					<a href="#" class="more">Read more</a>
				</div>
			</div>
		</li>
		<li>
			<a href="rot2">Services</a>
			<div style="display:none;">
				<div class="info_image">2.jpg</div>
				<div class="info_heading">We serve</div>
				<div class="info_description">
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					<a href="#" class="more">Read more</a>
				</div>
			</div>
		</li>
		...
	</ul>
	<div id="rot1">
		<img src="" width="800" height="300" class="bg" alt=""/>
		<div class="heading">
			<h1></h1>
		</div>
		<div class="description">
			<p></p>
		</div>
	</div>
</div>

We use the information inside of the elements with a info_ class in order to fill our empty structure. The background image will have the source images/ and the image name.

The CSS

The main rotator div will have the following style:

.rotator{
    background-color:#222;
    width:800px;
    height:300px;
    margin:0px auto;
    position:relative;
    font-family:'Myriad Pro',Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;
    color:#fff;
    text-transform:uppercase;
    letter-spacing:-1px;
    border:3px solid #f0f0f0;
    overflow:hidden;
    -moz-box-shadow:0px 0px 10px #222;
    -webkit-box-shadow:0px 0px 10px #222;
    box-shadow:0px 0px 10px #222;
}

Since we will give the inner elements some absolute positioning, we need to set the position of the main div to relative. The style of the image that we will insert with the help of jQuery is such an example:

img.bg{
    position:absolute;
    top:0px;
    left:0px;
}

The unordered list with all our elements needs to have a higher z-index then the rest of the elements, since we want it to be on top of everything else. If we would leave it to the default stacking, it would get hidden under the image:

.rotator ul{
    list-style:none;
    position:absolute;
    right:0px;
    top:0px;
    margin-top:6px;
    z-index:999999;
}
.rotator ul li{
    display:block;
    float:left;
    clear:both;
    width:260px;
}

The link elements of the menu will have the following style:

.rotator ul li a{
    width:230px;
    height:52px;
    float:right;
    clear:both;
    padding-left:10px;
    text-decoration:none;
    display:block;
    line-height:52px;
    background-color:#222;
    margin:1px -20px 1px 0px;
    opacity:0.7;
    color:#f0f0f0;
    font-size:20px;
    border:2px solid #000;
    border-right:none;
    outline:none;
    text-shadow:-1px 1px 1px #000;
    -moz-border-radius:10px 0px 0px 20px;
    -webkit-border-top-left-radius:10px;
    -webkit-border-bottom-left-radius:20px;
    border-top-left-radius:10px;
    border-bottom-left-radius:20px;
}
.rotator ul li a:hover{
      text-shadow:0px 0px 2px #fff;
}

With the border radius property, we add an asymmetric touch to the menu items. The hover will create a glowing effect.

The content elements and the heading will have the following style:

.rotator .heading{
    position:absolute;
    top:0px;
    left:0px;
    width:500px;
}
.rotator .heading h1{
    text-shadow:-1px 1px 1px #555;
    font-weight:normal;
    font-size:46px;
    padding:20px;
}
.rotator .description{
    width:500px;
    height:80px;
    position:absolute;
    bottom:0px;
    left:0px;
    padding:20px;
    background-color:#222;
    -moz-border-radius:0px 10px 0px 0px;
    -webkit-border-top-right-radius:10px;
    border-top-right-radius:10px;
    opacity:0.7;
    border-top:2px solid #000;
    border-right:2px solid #000;
}
.rotator .description p{
    text-shadow:-1px 1px 1px #000;
    text-transform:none;
    letter-spacing:normal;
    line-height:26px;
}
a.more{
    color:orange;
    text-decoration:none;
    text-transform:uppercase;
    font-size:10px;
}
a.more:hover{
    color:#fff;
}

And now, let’s add some magic.

The JavaScript

First, we need to add the jQuery script and we will also use the jQuery Easing Plugin to create some neat easing effects:

<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery-1.4.2.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery.easing.1.3.js"></script>

We will add this after all the content but before the body closing tag.
Then we add this:

$(function() {
	/* the index of the current list element */
	var current = 1;

	/* function to iterate through all the list elements */
	var iterate = function(){
		var i = parseInt(current+1);
		var lis = $('#rotmenu').children('li').size();
		if(i>lis) i = 1;
		display($('#rotmenu li:nth-child('+i+')'));
	}

	/* Initially display the first one */
	display($('#rotmenu li:first'));

	/* In intervals of 3 seconds jump to the next element */
	var slidetime = setInterval(iterate,3000);

	/* if the User clicks on one list item, the auto slider stops */
	$('#rotmenu li').bind('click',function(e){
		clearTimeout(slidetime);
		display($(this));
		e.preventDefault();
	});

	/* displays each element associated to the "elem" list element */
	function display(elem){
		var $this 	= elem;
		var repeat 	= false;
		if(current == parseInt($this.index() + 1))
			repeat = true;

		/* slide in the current one */
		if(!repeat)
			$this.parent()
				 .find('li:nth-child('+current+') a')
				 .stop(true,true)
				 .animate({'marginRight':'-20px'},300,function(){
				$(this).animate({'opacity':'0.7'},700);
			});

		current = parseInt($this.index() + 1);

		var elem = $('a',$this);

		/* slide out the clicked or next one */
		elem.stop(true,true).animate({'marginRight':'0px','opacity':'1.0'},300);

		/* the heading and description will slide out, change the content and slide back in */
		var info_elem = elem.next();
		$('#rot1 .heading').animate({'left':'-420px'}, 500,'easeOutCirc',function(){
			$('h1',$(this)).html(info_elem.find('.info_heading').html());
			$(this).animate({'left':'0px'},400,'easeInOutQuad');
		});
		$('#rot1 .description').animate({'bottom':'-270px'},500,'easeOutCirc',function(){
			$('p',$(this)).html(info_elem.find('.info_description').html());
			$(this).animate({'bottom':'0px'},400,'easeInOutQuad');
		})

		/* the image will fade out and another will fade in */
		$('#rot1').prepend(
		$('',{
			style	:	'opacity:0',
			className : 'bg'
		}).load(
		function(){
			$(this).animate({'opacity':'1'},600);
			$('#rot1 img:first').next().animate({'opacity':'0'},700,function(){
				$(this).remove();
			});
		}
	).attr('src','images/'+info_elem.find('.info_image').html())
	 .attr('width','800')
	 .attr('height','300')
	);
	}
});

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and find it useful!

P.S. Google Chrome renders this piece pretty nicely so make sure you check it out. The CSS3 properties will not work in any version of IE and the rounded borders will not work in Opera.

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  1. Is it possible to replace the navigation links on the right with images, then add a hover effect without having to change much of the JQuery code ?

    Thanks

  2. How would I add an active state to the slider so that I can have a different background display between active/hover and not selected?

  3. Broken Initial Image in IE fix:

    You can fix this by inserting a spacer.gif or something like that in html code where he has

    change to:

    to fix that “broken image” in IE, but my problem is the sliding. the thumbnails don’t update their states and after a while clicking on thumbnails the first slide won’t hide. Just seems broken in IE7. works great in Chrome, etc. …please fix…

  4. Great Slide show!!!

    Would it be possible to make it work properly with that damned IE please.

    Thank you

  5. I like this, but I want to give 1 slide a different size and bgcolor. How to do that?

    I have tried coping and editing description and renamed it to discriptionpink. Here the black discription bg should be pink, but how do I “bound” this to just 1 tab.

    So 1 tab should use descriptionpink while others use the default description

    Thanks

  6. If I’m coming from a previous page and want to link to the “contact” tab instead of the “portfolio” tab, how do i get the “contact” tab to display first instead of the portfolio tab?

    Or is there a way to specify the specific tab to start with ex. “rot3” or the “contact” tab?

    Can someone please help me out with this? πŸ™‚

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  8. Hi There

    This code was a godsend πŸ™‚ Big Thank You attached .-) Was looking for an alternative to Flash for a slideshow, and was able to use a lot of this code to achieve this.

    Was wondering where you purchased/obtained the sample pictures? A designer here would be very interested in purchasing one of them for an up and coming site.

    Best

    Sue

  9. I’m trying to implement this on a site I’m working on (http://fuseedtech.com/services.html). I’ve changed some of the code to fit my template and move some stuff around and now, when the page first appears it shows a thin line towards the bottom. As soon as it rotates to the next item, it disappears and doesn’t come back unless you refresh the page. I can’t figure out how to get rid of it. Can someone take a look and give me some advice?

  10. Nevermind…I found it! Now, a new question: Is there a simple way to make it not auto rotate?

  11. I Want to use this code because if I change width 800 to 1090 for img and CSS ‘rotator’ , that break in IE
    Someone can help me please ?