02. October 2012 | 1 minute, 35 seconds

PreLoadMe, a lightweight jQuery website preloader

PreLoadMe is a lightweight preloader for any web content. Powered by jQuery and CSS it

PreLoadMe displays a loading animation until the browser fetched the whole web content and will fade out the moment the page has been completely cached. Because the simplicity of PreLoadMe, it can be easily customized and adapted to your needs.

PreLoadMe needs following components to work:


You need jQuery to run PreLoadMe. Add this code before the /body tag.

<!-- jQuery Plugin -->
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.6/jquery.min.js"></script>

jQuery Snippet

Place the following JavaScript code right before the /body tag.

<!-- Preloader -->
<script type="text/javascript">
		$(window).load(function() { // makes sure the whole site is loaded
			$('#status').fadeOut(); // will first fade out the loading animation
			$('#preloader').delay(350).fadeOut('slow'); // will fade out the white DIV that covers the website.


Make sure you include the following CSS code on your website.

body {
	overflow: hidden;

/* Preloader */

#preloader {
    background-color:#fff; /* change if the mask should have another color then white */
    z-index:99; /* makes sure it stays on top */

#status {
    left:50%; /* centers the loading animation horizontally one the screen */
    top:50%; /* centers the loading animation vertically one the screen */
    background-image:url(../img/status.gif); /* path to your loading animation */
    margin:-100px 0 0 -100px; /* is width and height divided by two */


Place following HTML Code directly after the body tag.

<!-- Preloader -->
<div id="preloader">
    <div id="status">&nbsp;</div>

The outer DIV preloader will be called from the CSS file and will cover the entire website with a white DIV. The inner DIV status will show the loading animation. Also you should not forget to give your document a proper doctype. Otherwise the preloader might not work.

<!doctype html>


The image status.gif is will be displayed in the DIV status and is located at /img/status.gif.

Get the source

The source package contains all relevant files and a working demonstration.


Download, Fork, Commit.

preLoadMe by Niklaus Gerber is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at github.com . If you think you can make this better, please Download, Fork, & Commit. I’d love to see your ideas.


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