If you want to be able to create the most demanded parallax scrolling effect that is all the rage now, you’re in the right place, right time and reading just that post you’ll say thanks for down the road. Hopefully that was not too arrogant, but seriously speaking the article covers a few ways of creating the super trendy parallax scrolling effect for your site. On finishing the article, you’ll know what to learn in order to be in the know and show your customer that you don’t live under the rock.
Note: I take it for granted that you already know HTML/CSS because you’re just illiterate if you don’t. No offence, but you really need that knowledge to be at least a bit competitive nowadays.
Being able to integrate the parallax scrolling effect in your client’s website is going to be the thing that sets you apart from the rest of the web developers who are not learning new stuff on a regular basis. What’s more, the good news is that people want that effect more and more. And the trend seems to be going up all the time, Check out the following figure that I got from Google Trends.
If you’ve been in web design and development for a while, your first guest may be Flash, because it’s animation and we are all (to an extent) used to see Flash when it comes to moving things, right? Well, perhaps it does not hold true that much right now but it was so definitely like 3-5 years ago.
You still can use Flash for creating this effect but your customer won’t really appreciate it because Flash is sucky for inbound marketing (SEO). And when I say “sucky” I’m actually using an euphemism because Flash content was never able to make real friends with the major search engines. So, I don’t really recommend going that route. The only way when you want to use Flash for creating the parallax effect is when you create Flash games. :)
The Lazy Way
As in many cases in our day and age, there’s an easier way to add that effect to your site. You can check the parallax scrolling tutorial for more info, but what it allows you to do, in a nutshell, is use an admin panel or an online tool (for lack of a better word) that you can play around with in terms of setting the parameters that you need in your parallax effect. Sure thing, using the tool won’t make you a jQuery guru or what not, but you may wanna use it if you need to add a simple parallax scrolling effect to your blog’s header or background real quick. Why reinvent the wheel if you can use that tool and make what you need in a matter of minutes.
Ken is an SEO with a thing for web design and web development. He’s sure that inbound marketing and WordPress combined can work wonders.