jQuery UI is one of the cooler things to come out with jQuery. It allows you to easily install widgets and simple capabilities onto your site quickly and easily. ThemeRoller makes it even more fun by allowing you to style the widgets in nearly limitless ways. There is one place where jQuery UI is lacking though: the number of widgets it provides. This is where Wijmo comes in.
Wijmo is a kit of UI widgets that extends jQuery UI to give you a much larger selection of widgets. How many widgets do they have? The short answer is “over 40”. But that doesn’t do them much justice. If you check out their site, you’ll see their huge list of widgets, but then you can and look at each widget and discover just how flexible, powerful, and feature-filled they are.
Wijmo comes with nearly a dozen different graphs and charts, accordions, calendars, sliders, select boxes, light boxes, custom form inputs, text editor, menus, pagination, progress bars, and a whole lot more. There’s way more than I can give justice to in this one blog post, so go to their widgets page to see their entire list.
If you’ve enjoyed jQuery UI, but wanted some more widgets, or you’re just looking for one library to handle all the widgets you’d ever use on your site, then look no further than Wijmo. There is one downside that I forgot to mention earlier: if you want all 40+ widgets and their built in themes, it costs money. They have a free download for 18 of the widgets, but the rest of it is definitely meant for enterprise projects and not for small devs looking to mess around and have some fun.