Intro about progress bars

Progress bar is a visual element of the user interface that serves two purposes: to show users that the program performs some actions so you should wait until it finishes, and the second is to display the progression in something (for example, what percentage of the file is uploaded).

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Any modern website interacts with users. The basement of that is visible and understandable feedback about users’ actions. It may be hover over strings that contain links so you understand that these strings are clickable or animation in web forms after you click the confirm button that warn you “some fields were incorrectly filled in”.

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One such interaction element is a progress bar that either indicates your progress in doing something or shows that the system is doing something. Progress bars play a significant role when it comes to improving user experience.

When do you need a progress bar?

There are a lot of cases when your app needs a progress bar. Some of them are listed below:

  • To indicate that the system is loading or that the app is installing;
  • To display the reload of the whole page, parts of the page, menus, texts, different elements in the web;
  • To show the percentage of upload/download completion;
  • To indicate progress while playing songs/videos (YouTube for example);
  • To use for form check (the strength of your password); 
  • To show the number of steps that you need to pass (for example, imagine that the progress bar is divided into n numbers of blocks. When you achieve the goal in every block, the block changes its color, thus showing your progress);
  • To motivate the customers to buy more products in online stores (you may have seen such an element on sales site: a scale with the price of goods you want to buy with notes “add goods with the total value 13$ and get the discount of 10%!”).

It’s not a comprehensive listing but is intended to give you an indication of the scope of the use of progress bars. Meanwhile we move on.

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Bootstrap 4 Progress Bars

Image source: https://www.w3schools.com/bootstrap4/bootstrap_progressbars.asp

That is a classic bootstrap progress bar that was made by the team that developed bootstrap. This is the original, first bootstrap based progress bar. It’s highly customizable and well documented. For bootstrap version 3 and earlier you can find a previous version of the progress bar in the documentation: https://www.w3schools.com/bootstrap/bootstrap_progressbars.asp.

 More info: https://www.w3schools.com/bootstrap4/bootstrap_progressbars.asp

Bootstrap-progressbar from minddust

Image source: https://github.com/minddust/bootstrap-progressbar/

The mindset team created a great, lightweight progress bars for all bootstrap versions from 2 to 3.3.4. The demo offers a lot of sample code, vertical and horizontal settings, smooth animation, and several options to text layouts (like centered text, in percentage, no percentage, etc.). This repository has 591 stars and 165 forks on GitHub. Developers stopped supporting it, but the progress bar is still good.

More info: https://github.com/minddust/bootstrap-progressbar/

Light Blue progress bar

Image source: https://flatlogic.github.io/light-blue-dashboard/

This progress bar is a part of the admin dashboard template. If you are looking for a progress bar to display the level of server load or you need to monitor the use of some resources that widget will satisfy your needs.

More info: https://flatlogic.github.io/light-blue-dashboard/

Sing progress bar

Image source: https://templates-flatlogic.herokuapp.com/sing-app/html5/components/ui_progress.html

Sing is a premium admin template that contains a modern and fully responsive progress bar. Background utility classes provide great customization, so you can change background colors, size, labels, add animation. Sing is not a free template, but an awesome multipurpose progress bar and a bunch of other ready-to-use components are worth it.

More info: https://templates-flatlogic.herokuapp.com/sing-app/html5/components/ui_progress.html

Bootstrap progress bar / bootstrap loader

Image source: https://mdbootstrap.com/docs/jquery/components/progress-bar/

This component features different designs and shapes of the progress bar. If you built your app based on the Material design principle this bootstrap progress bar will suit your UI perfectly. In addition to changing labels, size, you can alter the view of the component and make an infinite striped loader or circle loader. The component is a part of the premium MDR pro template.

More info: https://mdbootstrap.com/docs/jquery/components/progress-bar/

Skilled progress bar

Image source: https://bootsnipp.com/snippets/712x

Another example of good coded progress bar. It’s completely free, has a clear design with vivid colors. Text and percentage labels are used in combination, so it’s a perfect widget for quizzes, displaying the progress of form completion, and as an instrument for online carts to show what product price customers need to buy to receive a bonus.

More info: https://bootsnipp.com/snippets/712x

Progress bar – Tiles

Image source: https://bootsnipp.com/snippets/9Ddm

Tiles is a Bootstrap 3 based library that was developed with a specific purpose: to display the increase of visitors, subscribers, or other integer values in comparison to the previous period. The component has an unusual design and goes with two text blocks above and below the progress bar.  If you remove the upper block from the component, Tiles can be used to show the progress of the process in which the user is involved, such as form fulfillment.

More info: https://bootsnipp.com/snippets/9Ddm

Progress bar with glow

Image source: https://bootsnipp.com/snippets/klDWV

The component is built on top of Bootstrap 4.1.1 and with the use of javascript. It features great animation and a glow 3d effect. This progress bar brightens up the waiting time of users while pages load. 

More info: https://bootsnipp.com/snippets/klDWV

Progress bar diamond style

Image source: https://bootsnipp.com/snippets/lVPNM

That widget was designed in a diamond style where the percentage value of completion is placed in the middle of the rhombus. The progress bar can be used as a loader to pages while the context is loading for business or jewelry apps.

More info: https://bootsnipp.com/snippets/lVPNM

Progress bar responsive

Image source: https://bootsnipp.com/snippets/EKr4D

This widget is a sample of horizontal progress bars with points to achieve. The bar is divided into several parts by big dots, the number of such logical points can be changed with CSS files, no javascript is required. Marketing specialists find this widget very useful to motivate people to buy more.

More info: https://bootsnipp.com/snippets/EKr4D

Progress bar snippet

Image source: https://bestjquery.com/tutorial/progress-bar/demo17/

The progress bar features a simple and elegant design with thin lines, text description above the bar, and percentage value at the end of the bar.

More info: https://bestjquery.com/tutorial/progress-bar/demo17/

Image source: https://www.bestjquery.com/lab/progress-bar/

If you didn’t find anything that serves your need have a look at the best CSS progress bar snippets on bestjquery https://www.bestjquery.com/lab/progress-bar/.

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