Scroll Page Stack

Nick Cates Design

These days it’s hard to imagine a time when websites didn’t open with a large, full width – often full screen – image with perhaps a site title and slogan and maybe a call-to-action. While most users are web-savvy enough to know they’re supposed to scroll down to see the rest of the page’s content, we also know they’re generally a lazy bunch (that’s because we’re users too – Ed) so why make them work any harder than they have to?

That’s where the Scroll Page stack comes in. It’s a neat, highly-customisable stack that’s designed to fit in with your theme and animate smoothly into position when you need it. Just drop the arrow stack onto the page and then define whereabouts on the page you want it to take your visitors. Here you can specify a position in pixels from the top of the page (from 250 to 1500 in increments of 250px) or select a specific container. At the same time you can then tell the  Scroll Page stack whether you want it to add a scroll up button to appear when a specific page point has been reached or – iOS-style – as soon as visitors start to scroll back up the page.

Buttons can be positioned top or bottom, left right or centre and there are 11 different styles with six different animation styles, delays and so on. You can place your arrows inside a circle, rounded box or box, add a shadow and colour them to fit in with whatever theme you’re using. It’s also a useful stack when it’s clear there’s content below the fold because of the option to switch the ‘down’ arrow off and simply engage the ‘up’ arrow at your preferred point.

It would be nice to have a bit more control over the page point positioning (perhaps a percentage would be useful for responsive sites) and at $15.00 it’s pricier than some stacks, but  Scroll Page is classy stuff and will prove extremely useful for anyone who’s building sites that need to tell visitors when to scroll but lack built-in support.

Rob Beattie

Rob Beattie is a freelance copywriter who designs sites using Rapidweaver. He's been reviewing computer hardware, software and web services since 1981. Yes...that long. And he's also the author of 101 Things to Do in a Shed , Fishing: A Very Peculiar History , and The Bluffer's Guide to Fishing

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