A pagination is an essential part of any content-rich website, such as a magazine or a blog. The classic pagination will consist of linked numbers and some maybe some arrows, a presentation that has its limits. If you have a lot of pages to show, your pagination will either grow out of proportion breaking the design, or, if you don’t want to show all pages, you’ll need to add some kind of access point for the pages in between, requiring an additional user action.
Thinking about a way to navigate pages in a more compact and novel way, we tried our luck with the jQuery UI slider. The idea of using a slider for this came from this brilliant Number Slider pen by simurai.
With a slider pagination we can reach any page quickly by just dragging the handle. Adding a set of arrows makes it easy to navigate to the previous or next page.
The main idea is to initially just show a little button with two arrows. The button shows the current page number and clicking on the arrows will navigate to the next or previous page:
Clicking on the button will make the slider appear; the button handle will be animated to the correct part of the slider. Now we can drag the slider to the desired page. Once we release the handle to drop it, the slider will go back to the initial state, with the updated page number:
Using a slider of this kind will not break a layout when there are many pages to display. It does require an additional click, though. But it might as well be a bit more fun to navigate :)
What do you think? Is is going into an interesting direction for navigating pages or do you prefer the classic way?
Make sure to explore the project and let us know what you think.