I found a neat WordPress plugin a few weeks ago and have been pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to use and how well it works. It makes it a lot easier for visitors to your blog to navigate through really long blog posts and pages.
The plugin is called Easy Smooth Scroll Links (that link goes to the plugin’s WordPress.org page where you can download it for free).
In its own words, the plugin “Adds smooth scrolling effect to links that link to other parts of the page,which are called ‘Page Anchors.’ [It is] extremely useful for setting up a menu which can send you to different section of a post.”
Does that make sense? In other words, it makes it easy to link to specific locations on a page/post. Yeah, you can do this with html, but this is just easier. You just press a button in the WordPress post/page editor to create the anchor (the place within the page/post that you want to link to) and then simply link to that anchor like you would any normal link. Simple.
Oh, and as the name implies, the scrolling down or up to the anchor is done quite smoothly.
I used the plugin to setup the FAQ page for my fkb.me site. If you don’t want to just click through and see what it looks like and how it works, here’s the screenshot:
So at the top of the page there (right under the FAQ heading) I’ve got a list of questions. People can click on a question to go directly to that question on the page. The little underlined arrow next to each of the two questions that you can see is a link to an anchor location back up at the top of the page.
I think this plugin is great for long blog posts, online ebooks, and FAQ pages. Again, you can download the plugin for free here.
- How else can you see this plugin being used?
- Are you going to use this plugin? How are you going to use it?
It might take me a few days to get back to any comments because I’m moving to Mexico tomorrow :)