Comparing pagination methods in Strong Testimonials

Version 2.14 offers standard pagination for displaying your testimonials. WordPress has the ability to split lists of posts into multiple pages for “paged” navigation. You can set how many posts to display on each page.

The original method, now called “Simple”, is the default setting. The page controls appear the same for both but they don’t share the same CSS class names so if you have any custom CSS for the simple style, you may want to apply it to the new standard style too.

There are pros and cons to each method and it may take some experimentation to find the right one for your site.

Simple pagination demo | Standard pagination demo

Let’s compare the major aspects.

Aspect Simple Pagination WordPress Standard Pagination
Intended Use small-scale – about ten pages or less, though it can handle more large-scale – hundreds of testimonials, though it works for small scale too
Display switching pages is handled by JavaScript without having to refresh the page paged URLs (/page/1, /page/2, etc.) provide the more common, expected behavior
Speed fast not as fast – it has to fetch a new page
Back and Forth it does not remember which page of testimonials you are on so if you click away (for example, on a “Read more” link) then click back, you will return to the first page of testimonials you will return to the last page you were on so this works well with “Read more” links (it doesn’t break the Back button)
Random Order works incompatible
Widget works incompatible

Takeaways:

  • If you want your visitors to be able to jump from a page of testimonials to a single testimonial and back again, try the standard method.
  • If you have hundreds of testimonials, try the standard method.
  • If you are displaying testimonials in a widget, use the simple method.