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Pagination with Jekyll and Foundation Sites 6

If you’re running a blog with more than 5 posts, why not add pagination? Here I share my code with you, so if you’re running a GitHub page with Jekyll, you can easily add pagination to your site as well!

Keypoints:
  • I share some code, to add styled pagination for Jekyll sites based on Foundation Sites 6
  • The code runs on GitHub pages, so you don’t need to build your site locally/run jekyll on CI

Prerequisites

This posts assumes, that you already have a site running. It’s also a good idea to run bundle update, to get your dependencies up to date. I will utilize the jekyll pagination plugin which is available on GitHub pages, so you don’t need to build your site locally.

Important: the plugin only works when your posts are listed on your index.html page, this is a restriction of GitHub pages, which bundles jekyll-paginate in version 1.1.0 at the time of writing.

The glorious pagination control we will create

Configuration

In your _config.yml, add the pagination plugin and configure it, for instance with the code below:

plugins:
  # Other plugins go here
 - jekyll-paginate

paginate: 5
paginate_path: "/posts/page:num/"
  • The entry under plugins simply loads the plugin. If you get any errors when building your page, makre sure your gemfile contains gem "github-pages", group: :jekyll_plugins and rerun bundle install
  • paginate sets the number of pages to display on one page
  • paginate_path specifies where the page files will be located. The first page will always be index.html, subsequent files will be in this case /posts/page1/, /posts/page2/, /posts/page3/, and so on.

See the official documentation for more details about these options.

The includable paginator element

Create the file _includes/paginator.html. Files in this directory can be included via {% include paginator.html %}, so you don’t need to have the same code twice, if you want to place the controls above and below your posts. The code for this file is as follows:


{% if paginator.total_pages > 1 %}
<div class="pagination">
    <nav aria-label="Pagination">
        <ul class="pagination text-center">
        {% if paginator.previous_page %}
        <li class="pagination-previous"><a href="{{ paginator.previous_page_path }}">Previous</a></li>
        {% else %}
        <li class="pagination-previous disabled">Previous</li>
        {% endif %}

        {% for counter in (1..paginator.total_pages) %}
            {% comment %}
                Special case: page1 will be the index page, so the link has to be generated manually
            {% endcomment %}

            {% if counter == 1%}
                {% if counter == paginator.page %}
                <li class="current">{{ counter }}</li>
                {% else %}
                <li><a href="/">{{ counter }}</a></li>
                {% endif %}
            {% else %}
                {% if counter == paginator.page %}
                <li class="current">{{ counter }}</li>
                {% else %}
                <li><a href="/posts/page{{ counter }}">{{ counter }}</a></li>
                {% endif %}
            {% endif %}

        {% endfor %}

        {% if paginator.next_page %}
        <li class="pagination-next"><a href="{{ paginator.next_page_path }}">Next</a></li>
        {% else %}
        <li class="pagination-next disabled">Next</li>
        {% endif %}
        </ul>
    </nav>
</div>
{% endif %}

This code will create the control only, if there are actually multiple pages. The appropriate CSS classes are applied for the current page, as well as all the other elements. The edge case for the first page, which is just index.html instead of /posts/page1.

Important: Your paginate_path needs to match href="/posts/page" on line 26.

Adjusting the index.html file

Your index.html has most likely something like the following to display your posts:

{% for post in site.posts %}
    # HTML code to display each post
{ % endfor %}

This needs to be adjusted slightly, and the paginator.html needs to be included:

{% for post in paginator.posts %}
    # HTML code to display each post
{ % endfor %}

{% include paginator.html %}

Conclusion

The code in this post is in the public domain (see below), so feel free to reuse it. This pagination control is easy to implement on GitHub pages. If you need more advanced features, there is jekyll-paginate-v2 which is also backwards compatible. The plugin there unfortunately is not supported on GitHub pages, so you’ll need to set up continuous integration, for instance with Travis in order to use it.

If you reuse the code, I’d appreciate a ping back in the comments, but this is not required.

License for code in this post

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