I try to steer clear of modifying a page without the user triggering the change, much less automatically refresh or redirect a page. There are times when automatically refreshing the page is important, like when you pull up game play-by-play pages on NFL.com or ESPN.com. Whatever your reason for automatically refreshing the page, keep one thing in mind: auto-refresh only pages that have little interaction -- nothing more than a click.
var timer = null;
window.location = 'http://domain.com/page.php';
<body onload="timer = setTimeout('auto_reload()',10000);">
The META Tag Method
The following refreshes the page every 30 seconds.
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="30" />
For maximum performance, we all know we must put our assets on CDN (another domain). Along with those assets are custom web fonts. Unfortunately custom web fonts via CDN (or any cross-domain font request) don't work in Firefox or Internet Explorer (correctly so, by spec) though...
The jQuery homepage has a pretty suave tooltip-like effect as seen below:
The amount of jQuery required to duplicate this effect is next to nothing; in fact, there's more CSS than there is jQuery code! Let's explore how we can duplicate jQuery's tooltip effect.