How to Add a Smooth Scroll Plugin to Your WordPress Site
For some time, popups have been a major pain point for website owners. They’re often unwelcome, can get in the way of the content you want to show, and they tend to slow down the site. While there are various fixes for this, one particularly elegant solution is called the “smooth scroll plugin.” With this plugin, you don’t need to worry about pesky popup windows getting in the way of the content you want to display. Instead, all the content is stacked up in a single continuous scroll.
Here’s how to add a smooth scroll plugin to your WordPress site.
Get the Plugin
First off, you’ll need to obtain the “smooth scroll plugin.” You can do this from the My Work section of your WordPress Dashboard, or by clicking on the “Get Plugin” button found at the top of the page. This will bring you to the WordPress Plugin Directory, where you can find various plugins available for download. Click on the green “Install Now” button next to the “Smooth Scroll” plugin to begin installing it on your site.
When the plugin’s installed, you’ll see a green “Activate” button at the top of your WordPress Dashboard. Click this button to activate the plugin.
Configure the Plugin
When the plugin is activated, you’ll be brought to the Settings page. Here, you can configure a variety of options relating to the plugin’s functionality. For our purposes, we’ll need to change a few settings.
The first setting we’ll want to adjust is the “Scroll behavior.” This setting controls how the content is displayed and should be set to either “animate” or “no animation.” If you choose to use animation, the content will animate from the current page to the one the user is scrolling to, as if they were reading through a magazine. If you don’t want to use animation, the content will simply stay put until the user scrolls to it.
The next setting to adjust is the “Fade duration.” This option determines how long the content fades into view before scrolling starts. You can set this value to either hide the content immediately or have it fade in over a set period of time. Fade duration should be set to either 0.1 seconds or 1 second for very short fades, 1.5 seconds for mid-length fades, or 2 seconds for longer fades.
Last, but not least, we’ll adjust the “Target area.” This setting controls the area on the page that the scroll target is restricted to. To start with, set the value to “main content.” This will make the scroll work the same as it does on any other page, scrolling only within the content area.
With those settings applied, scroll down to the “Scrolling” section and you’re ready to go.
Using the Plugin
Once you’ve configured all the settings, click on the “Save” button near the “Settings” tab. You’ll then be brought back to the Settings page, where you can click on the “Activate” button to activate the plugin. Now, whenever you scroll down the page, the content will smoothly scroll into view until the user clicks on another section or an advertisement.
That’s it. You now have a “smooth scroll” plugin set up on your WordPress site. If you’d like to learn more, be sure to check out the plugin’s official documentation for more information. You can also contact the plugin’s author directly through his website if you have any questions about how to use the plugin or would like to suggest improvements.