How to Scroll a Website in WordPress

There is quite often more than one page on a website that you want to be able to scroll through to find the information that you are looking for. On websites where images and videos are integrated into the content, this can be a real hassle. Especially if you are using a touch screen and have to zoom in and out all the time just to be able to read or watch the content in the right place. This is where fixing the scrolling issue on a website comes in really handy. Sometimes it’s not possible to find the perfect solution without coding but for the sake of this article, let’s pretend that there is a perfect solution for scrolling a website. The below tutorial will teach you just how to do it in WordPress.

Create a separate scrollable page

Often times when designing websites, the developers will put in a scrolling feature just so that users can easily navigate the site. However, these features are mostly meant to be accessed via a link inside the content. Meaning, if you are on page 2 of a 5 page blog post, you’ll be sent to page 2 of the post, but if you want to go back to the top, you have to click on the link again. This is where having a dedicated scrolling page comes in handy. When you reach the end of the content on the blog post, you can scroll to the top of the page to be sent back to the blog post’s beginning. This way, there will be no need to click on a link to go back to the beginning every time you reach the end of a page.

Make the scrolling area variable

Another issue that often crops up when designing a website with scrolling is having too much content to fit on one page. So much so that there is no way to know how much content is actually going to fit without scrolling first. To solve this, make the scrolling area variable. This way, as soon as the scroll area hits a set point, the rest of the content will be loaded and displayed in a way that allows the user to scroll and find what they are looking for. When the last piece of content is displayed, the scroll area will automatically change height to fit the remaining content.

Use Javascript to add a smooth scroll effect

Javascript can be used in a number of ways to enhance the user experience on a website. One of the best ways to add a touch of magic to your scrolling experience is with a smooth scroll effect. Simply include JavaScript just below the closing tag, and the magic will be accomplished. The below code will add a nice jQuery smooth scroll effect with no extra effort on your part.

This is one solution to the problem of scrolling websites and it adds a touch of charm to the user experience. As long as the content is formatted correctly (meaning, all the pieces of content fit on one page without needing to load more than one page at a time) the above script will add an extra layer of magic to your scrolling experience.

Use CSS to position the scrolling area

Sometimes adding an extra element to an already existing page isn’t possible. Maybe the content is too large and you don’t have the room to add another one. In that case, you can use CSS to position the scrolling area. Simply add the following to your existing CSS file:

#main {
position: relative;
}

The above code will position the main content of the page in the middle, leaving the rest of the space on the sides for the scroll area. This is one of the best ways to create a unique and eye-catching scrolling experience because you’re not simply limited by the heights of the pages. You can use CSS to position the scrolling area anywhere on the page.

Add a parallax scrolling background

Adding a background on a website can be quite the creative challenge. Especially if you want the background to look cool and dynamic as it scrolls. One way to achieve this is with a parallax scrolling background. A parallax scrolling background will move the image slightly to the left as it scrolls, creating the illusion that the background is moving as well. The below code will add a nice, seamless parallax scrolling background to your website (given that you have a square-shaped image):

It’s a good idea to research how to add a parallax scrolling background to your site before you start adding it. There are various methods to making this happen, and not all will yield the same results.

body {
background-attachment: fixed;
background-position: center;
background-repeat: no-repeat;
background-size: cover;
}

#main {
position: relative;
margin-left: 200px;
background-image: url('https://i.imgur.com/bM4m1s9.jpg');
background-attachment: scroll;
background-position: center;
background-repeat: no-repeat;
background-size: cover;
}

The above code will create a background that stays in the center of the screen as you scroll up and down the page. The important part is having the right image size and aspect ratio. You will need a photo that is at least 1000 pixels wide and tall to run smoothly.

Add CSS3 animations to the mix

With the explosion of web development in the last few years, CSS3 animations have become commonplace. You can use this amazing technology to add a bit of life to your scrolling experience. Simply add the below code to the bottom of your CSS file:

The below code will make the content of the page slide down from the top of the screen when the user scrolls down. This is a great way to add some life to your scrolling experience and draw more users to your website. Remember: you are limited only by your imagination and can come up with countless different animations that you can use to your advantage.

And that’s it! Hopefully, this article will help you build better, more engaging websites. Feel free to leave us a comment if you have any questions, and happy coding!