What is website scrolling?
From the traditional clicking, website scrolling has taken place in the design world. Scrolling offers a set of menu or links, when clicked by the users, will take them into a new page.Scrolling on the other hand, offers users all the content divided into different sections in a single page.
The benefit of website scrolling
Just like other design elements, website scrolling has also its pros and cons. However, the pros outweigh the cons, making it very helpful for both designers and users.
First, scrolling makes it faster for users. With the invention of mouse wheels and touchscreens, browsing the content is easy with just a flick of a finger and users don’t have to wait for thee page to load.
Second, scrolling does not interrupt reading as users can simply scroll to continue reading until they reach the end of the page. Scrolling eases the reading flow because users don’t need to stop, click the next link, and then wait for the page to load, which can break the reading flow.
Lastly, scrolling allows users to have a glimpse of everything in a single page. With clicking, users can skip a link and go to the next one without ever visiting the pages they have skipped.
Top 5 jQuery Plugins for scrolling effects
Sticky is a jQuery plugin that gives you the ability to make any element on your page always stay visible. Whether you are visiting a website on a desktop computer or with an iPad or mobile devices, this plugin will surely make your viewing convenient.
Cool Kitten is a responsive framework for parallax scrolling websites. It also supports smartphones, tablets, and other hand-held devices, even with desktop computers.
Windows is a handy, loosely-coupled jQuery plugin for full-screen scrolling windows. The plugin simply opens up a handy API for position management, provides callback, and will allow for window snapping.
Adding a dynamic motion with superscrollorama is fast and easy. It creates fly, fade, spin, pin, scale, smush, slide, swipe, wipe, bounce, move and fling effects.
jQuery Scroll Path
jQuery scroll path is a plugin that allows you to define your own custom scroll path. The scrolling can be done with the mousewheel, up/down arrow keys and spacebar. A custom scrollbar is also included, which allows click and drag scrolling.
Deciding on scrolling takes a lot of consideration as it may create a strong impression or it can simply ruin your website. Scrolling is best for usability, so if you want to offer great user experience, then scrolling might be good for you. But, if clicking is better for analytics and search engines, so, if you want to leverage your competitors in the page ranking then you should stick to clicking.
Richard is a creative designer & blogger. He writes for Crayonify about Graphics, Creativity and UX Design. Richard loves to unlock his creativity with writing.