For websites with less content or to simplify the browsing experience, single-page websites are a great option.

Although they are used for any type of content, they are preferred mostly for portfolio, event and app (usually mobile app) ones.

Such websites can be enriched in different ways by a chic scrolling effect, modal boxes, tooltips, etc.

As a fan of single-page websites, here are the awesome jQuery plugins I use regularly (and some alternatives) to create them:

jQuery Scroll Path

jQuery Scroll Path

That's a very original plugin which allows us to draw a totally custom scroll path (with curves) of any size.

HTML elements can be placed along the path and events like mousewheel, up/down arrow keys or spacebar will get you to the next element with an animation that follows the path.

An optional custom scrollbar is included which allows click and drag scrolling. Also, the plugin allows rotating the entire page using CSS transforms.

Ascensor.js

Ascensor.js

This jQuery plugin enables us to locate content blocks into any coordinates of a canvas and browse them with the keyboard.

The sections are browsed like an elevator system which can go up/down and right/left.

Curtain.js

Curtain.js

Curtain.js can display multiple fixed panels with a curtain-rise effect which is great for creating a nice scroll effect.

It is also possible to use the keyboard or mousewheel for scrolling.

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