by anthony on 11/24/10 at 10:33 am
When you put too much content on your pages, users can easily get overwhelmed. To avoid this, most sites use a numerical pagination to divide content across different pages. This form of pagination might work well when you have a large set of pages, but when you have a small set of pages there’s a better way to paginate that could give your users a slicker and more intuitive experience.
By combining an accordion menu with a numerical pagination, you can create an accordion pagination that allows users to paginate faster and smoother. Accordion pagination uses the accordion menu’s AJAX functionality to load new content on the same page. As a result, users no longer have to wait for a new page to load when they paginate to the next one. The new content loads and displays on the user’s same page.
Accordion pagination is not only efficient, but it’s also engaging. When users use an accordion pagination, it gives the intuitive feeling of “flipping” the page. This is because each time the user “flips” the page, the page numbers visually stack up making it easy to see the page progression.
Most users avoid clicking too deep into paginations. But by making your pagination more engaging with an accordion pagination, you could encourage users to click deeper.
Perhaps the biggest benefit with accordion paginations is that they save you a lot of space. When one page opens up, the other one collapses. This allows you to display content to users without overwhelming them. It also prevents users from skipping ahead, which is particularly useful for multi-page forms.
Accordion pagination can make navigating more efficient and less overwhelming. It may take more time and effort to execute than a numerical pagination, but it’s worth it if it gives users a better experience.