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As a web developer I’m always looking into the latest jQuery plugins and JavaScript libraries. Open source development offers an exceptional world for newcomers and professionals who just need a quick solution.

This post includes many free JS plugins for building a user rating interface. Most websites fall back to the 1-5 star rating but you might customize this to include more stars, less stars, or even build a simpler system. YouTube has even switched to a thumbs up/down rating system which seems to work great.

jRating

jrating jquery plugin website freebie

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jRating is a very flexible jQuery plugin for quickly creating an Ajaxed star rating system.

It is possible to configure every detail from" the number of the stars" to "if the stars can represent decimals or not".

jRating

There is also an option to display small or big stars and images can be changed with any other file easily.

Although the plugin can be used with any scripting language, a PHP file that handles the requests is already included in the download package.

SharpPieces is a set of open source & free ASP.NET controls for improving the usability of the applications easily.

Free ASP.NET Controls

Currently there are 8 components:

  • ExtendedDropDownList
  • LiveGrid
  • FancyUpload
  • ImageCheckBox
  • Rating
  • DynamicImage
  • CaptchaImage
  • GradientButton

They are all are ready with native support for the latest framework (ASP.NET 3.5) and IDE (Visual Studio 2008).

Star Rating System is a free PHP script for adding an Ajax star rating feature to a website.

It uses MySQL as the database & the interface can be styled via CSS.

Ajax Star Rating Script

It has various templates which enables you to create an Ajax or non-Ajax version (that rating can be completed via radio buttons but results are shown in stars).

Several demos for the script can be found here.

Control Suite is a set of 6 high quality widgets and controls built with the Prototype JavaScript framework.

Each script is well tested, highly extensible and unobstrusive.

Select Multiple Textbox With Prototype

Suite has these widgets and controls:

  • Tab
  • Modal
  • TextArea
  • Select Multiple
  • Rating
  • Progress Bar

Different approach to star rating:

Prototype Star Rating

Suite is very well documented. You can easily reach the details of the APIs and this makes the product much more usable.

PHP / MySQL Ajax Star Rating Script is an unobtrusive script (which will work if the JavaScript is turned off) which you can easily integrate it with your current content.

PHP / MySQL Ajax Star Rating Script

This star rating script is not tied to any CMS so you will need some coding skills to integrate it.

It supports configuration of howmany stars will be shown in the front-end.

Rabid Ratings is an excellent Mootools based star rating solution which comes with hearts instead of stars by default.

Installing Rabid Ratings is very easy by simply telling the code the database username, password, host address and including a php tag in where we want the ratable item. Rating data is shown in decimals & in heart images Also, the number of votes are displayed too.

Mootools Star Rating

Most AJAX ratings widgets use star and half-star images with mouse over events on each star. Rabid Ratings uses a reverse alpha-transparent PNG as a background image to achieve infinitely complex precision (ie, 1.23 stars) and robust visual effects with a very low overhead.

Starbox is a star rating library built on Prototype Javascript framework which you can use to create most types of star rating systems with 1 png image.

In order to add some extra effects to the star rating code, you can add script.aculo.us as well (sample codes can be found in the Starbox website).

Prototype Star Rating

Some features of Starbox:

  • Re-rating allows you to adjust your previous rating.
  • Easily saving your rating with Ajax using the build in callback.
  • Styling the Starbox based on status (hover, rated and locked).
  • Good seperation of Javascript, CSS and images.
  • A ghosting bar that tracks your average.
  • Batched building of Starboxes based on cached overlay images.
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