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Animations on websites

Everyone wants a website that not just communicates the bare essential message but does so in a way that stands out as unique. After using text and images the next logical way to spice up your website is an animation. While previously the best way to create an animation used to be Flash – this is today considered archaic and is no longer the favored mode of creating an animation of any sort for a website. The two broad approaches of creating animations on a website are listed below:

  1. CSS3
    CSS3 has brought about a number of new tags to help create some basic animation effects. Since most modern browsers have been supporting CSS3 to some extent for quite a while we can now use this method to safely create these basic animation effects easily. The advantage of using this method is that it does not require loading up any additional libraries.
  2. Javascript
    Javascript is an amazing language to create animations for a website. There are a number of some really amazing libraries custom built for this very purpose allowing developers to create complex animations. Some of the notable ones are Raphael, Snap, Animo, GSAP etc.

Each method has its own pros and cons so make sure you analyze your requirements before selecting an approach.