JQuery before() And insertBefore() Example

Before() Method

The before() method is used to insert content before the selected elements. It inserts content specified by the parameter in the set of matched elements. With before() method, the selected expression preceding the method is the container before which content is inserted.

JQuery Before() Syntax

$(selector).before(content)

It has parameter called content which is required parameter which specifies content to be inserted before each target.

JQuery Before() Example

<!doctype html>
<head>
<title>JQuery Before Method</title>
<script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.11.0.min.js"></script>
</head>
<h2>JQuery Before Method Example</h2>
<script type="text/javascript">
   $(document).ready(function(){
      $("button").click(function(){
        $("p").before("<p>Welcome to JavaBeat!!!</p>");
      });
   });
</script>
<body>
   <p>Hello!!!</p>
   <button>Click Here</button>
</body>
</html>
  • As shown in the above program, we have used the code inside $(document).ready which is an event which fires up when document is ready. It will run once the page document object model is ready for JavaScript code to execute.
  • $(“button”).click(function()) line defines click event which occurs when button is clicked.
  • $(“p”).before(“Welcome to JavaBeat!!!”); line insert this content before the line Hello!!!.

When you run the above example, you would get the following output :

JQuery Before Method Example

insertBefore() Method

It is used to insert content before specified set of elements. It inserts element before the target in the set of matched elements. The major difference between these two methods is in the syntax. When using this method, the content precedes the method as selector expression is inserted before the target container.

JQuery insertBefore() Syntax

$(content).insertBefore(selector)

It has parameters called content which is required parameter which specifies content to be inserted after selected elements and selector which specifies where to inset the content.

JQuery insertBefore() Example

<!doctype html>
<head>
<title>JQuery insertBefore Method</title>
<script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.11.0.min.js"></script>
</head>
<h2>JQuery insertBefore Method Example</h2>
<script type="text/javascript">
   $(document).ready(function(){
     $("button").click(function(){
       $("<p> Welcome to JavaBeat!!! </p>").insertBefore("p");
      });
   });
</script>
<body>
   <p>Hello!!!</p>
   <button>Click Here</button>
   </body>
</html>
  • As shown in the above program, we have used the code inside $(document).ready which is an event which fires up when document is ready. It will run once the page document object model is ready for JavaScript code to execute.
  • $(“button”).click(function()) line defines click event which occurs when button is clicked.
  • $(“Welcome to JavaBeat!!!”).insertBefore(“p”); line inserts Welcome to JavaBeat!!! line before the Hello!!! line.

When you run the above example, you would get the following output:

JQuery Insert Before Method Example

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