Back To Top

Back To Top

This "Back to top" link allows users to smoothly scroll back to the top of the page. It's a little detail which enhances navigation experience on website with long pages.

👉 Important: this experiment is built upon the CodyHouse Framework.

This resource is suitable for website with lots of page content. The link fades in on the right-hand side of the content area, after the browser window has been scrolled beyond a certain point, and remains fixed during scrolling.
If users keeps on scrolling, the button nicely reduces its opacity to be less distracting during navigation.

Creating the structure

We inserted the "Back to top" link at the bottom of our content, before the <body> closing tag.

<body> 
  <!-- all your content here --> 
  <a href="#" class="cd-top text--replace js-cd-top">Top</a>
</body>

Adding style

The link will appear fixed on the right-side of the content. Initially it has a visibility: hidden and an opacity: 0.
Both visibility and opacity are controlled through two classes: .cd-top--is-visible and .cd-top--fade-out.

.cd-top--is-visible { // back-to-top button visible
  visibility: visible;
  opacity: 1;
}

.cd-top--fade-out { // reduce button opacity if user keeps scrolling
  opacity: .5;
}

Events handling

In the main.js file, we have defined three variables to control the "Back to top" link appearance:

var offset = 300, // browser window scroll (in pixels) after which the "back to top" link is shown
  offsetOpacity = 1200, //browser window scroll (in pixels) after which the "back to top" link opacity is reduced
  scrollDuration = 700;

The offset variable will be used to toggle the class .cd-top--is-visible; the offsetOpacity, instead, to add the .cd-top--fade-out class. The top scrolling function is bound to the "Back to top" click event.

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