As you would expect, there are plugins below for creating sliders, image galleries, responsive menus, modal windows, and many other common components. But you will also find plugins that offer truly unique functionality, like sidebar margin notes, GIF previews, animated favicons, and much, much more.
What Is a Script?
A script is a piece of code that does a certain task or adds a feature to your website. Scripts contain a set of instructions that automate processes on a website.
Scripts work in the background—where visitors can’t see them—to make your website flexible and usable. The script is self-initializing when the page loads, and keeps running as long as the page remains open. You just install it and you’re ready to go. The great thing is that you can add advanced features to your website without needing to know how to write code.
How to Choose a Media Script or Plugin
Also, because they are built with presentation in mind, they offer a variety of easy-to-use templates you can choose from in order to enhance the look of your website.
Things to keep in mind include the following:
Ease of use: This includes ease of download and installation, how easy it is to upload and resize video and to adapt it to various screen sizes.
Highly customizable: A script should allow customization to fit perfectly with any theme you choose for your website.
Cross-browser compatibility: Not everyone visiting your website uses Google Chrome or Mozilla. Make sure that your script is compatible with any browser your visitors might use.
Compatibility across devices: A script should seamlessly work on desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. Not only that, but the script needs to be responsive, meaning it can adapt to various device types, widths, heights, orientations, resolutions, aspect ratios, and color depths.
Full touch support: The script should be usable by mobile devices with touch screens.
Lightweight: The file should be lightweight so your media will initialize and load quickly, without slowing down the website.
Standalone: There should be no need to download third-party plugins like Flash for the script to work. However, note that it is common for scripts to require popular libraries like jQuery.