Web Development has changed drastically over the years. With the emergence of customer-centric business policies like Digital marketing and better user-experiences (UX). Businesses are looking for more viable and scalable solutions where user interfaces (UIs) like websites and other customer-targeting campaigns like email-marketing, blogging, infographics etc. Drag and Drop Can be customized as per their requirements. They keep on testing with different designs and themes to attract more and more visitors to increase sales and provide them with a better user experience (UX). WordPress is such a very famous platform where you can change your pages/posts designs by applying different types of themes.

Wix is another such platform which enables people to design their sites with drag and drop toolbox. They can drag and drop any element and place them as per their own requirements. Developing a drag and drop builder for clients which they can use for different purposes like web page designs, HTML-based email templates, blogs, infographics etc.helps them to design anything with no prior or little technical or design knowledge.Few of the key benefits of drag and drop builder are:

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Ease of use

Dealing with external agencies for your design requirements is quite troublesome as most of the time they do not understand your exact requirements or takes plenty of time to deliver it. You can eliminate any external agency by using drag and drop builder for your design requirements as it doesn’t require users to write a new code every time for every single change he wishes to make to his designs. So we can drag and drop is playing the major role for agencies for design needs.

Instant visibility of your actions and their outcomes

You can instantly take a look at your designs with Drag and Drop  and then change it according to your needs. You do not have to stick to any predesigned templates.

No prior technical knowledge

One of the best features of drag and drop builder is you can design your web pages or email templates without any prior knowledge or experience in design languages like HTML, CSS etc.

Freedom to adjust your designs

With ever-changing customer preferences and demands, you’ve to keep on changing your designs. Drag and drop provide a powerful solution for such a situation where you have to adjust your designs frequently.

Tracking

You can insert tracking pixels as well with your email template design which enables you to have mail analytics report with data like how many users have opened your mail, which OS and browser they are using, at what time they have opened it etc. This will help you to analyze your prospective users.

Developing a drag and drop builder sounds difficult but once you have insights from the libraries it becomes easy to implement and develop. Prerequisite for developing such an application is the good knowledge of Javascript, HTML, and CSS. JavaScript is the base for various other technologies like JQuery, Node.JS, Angular, React etc.

Created one small drag and drop builder using libraries mentioned above which can be downloaded from GitHub.

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Below is the list of JQuery libraries you can use to develop your own builder

5 Best Drag and Drop Libraries 

Draggable

Draggable is a conventional drag & drop library, allowing you to start small and build with the functionality you want. At its core, draggable gives you drag and drop functionality, fast DOM reordering, accessible markup, and a bundle of other events to grab it.

Get complete control over drag and drop behavior with Draggable! Draggable abstracts native browser events into a comprehensive API to create a custom drag and drop experience. It comes with additional modules: Sortable, Droppable, and Swappable. Draggable itself does not perform any sorting behavior while dragging, but does the heavy lifting, e.g. creates a mirror, emits events, manages sensor events, makes elements draggable. Features of Draggable are:

  • Works with native drag, mouse, touch and force touch events
  • Can extend dragging behavior by hooking into draggable event lifecycle
  • Can extend drag detection by adding sensors to draggable
  • The library is targeted ES6 first

Dragula

Have you ever wanted a drag and drop library that just works? That doesn’t just depend on bloated frameworks and that has a great support? That actually understands where to place the elements when they are dropped? That doesn’t need you to do zillion things to get it to work? Well, Dragula is the one to look for. Its features are:

  • Super easy to set up a library system with Dragula Drag and Drop
  • No bloated dependencies
  • Figures out sort order on its own
  • A shadow where the item would be dropped offers visual feedback
  • Touch events!
  • Seamlessly handles clicks without any configuration

Interact.js

Interact.js is a lightweight, standalone JavaScript Drag and Drop module for handling single-pointer and multi-touch drags and Drop and gestures with powerful features including inertia and snapping. Its features include:

  • Inertia and snapping
  • multiple interactions
  • cross-browser and device, supporting the desktop and mobile versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Opera as well as Internet Explorer 9+
  • interaction with SVG elements
  • being lightweight and standalone(not yet another jQuery plugin)
  • not modifying the DOM except to change the cursor (but you can disable that)

Jquery UI

jQuery UI is a curated set of user interface interactions, effects, widgets, and themes built on top of the jQuery JavaScript Library.Enable draggable Drag and Drop Library functionality on any DOM element. Move the draggable object by clicking on it with the mouse and dragging it anywhere within the viewport. Few of its features are:

  • Interactions add basic mouse-based behaviors to any element.
  • You can create sortable lists, resizable elements, drag & drop behaviors.
  • Interactions also make great building blocks for more complex widgets and applications

 

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