WordPress Anchor Link: How to Add a Smooth Page Scroll (2018)

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Hello Internet People!

I’ll show you two ways of how to add a WordPress anchor link (or some people call it to jump link or page jump) to your post, and this will work also on pages and menus.

Also, I’ll reveal how to reach the anchor from another page.

1. We will add custom id in HTML and use # in the link to tell WordPress that this link is on the same page.

2. To achieve a smooth scroll, we will use a WordPress plugin page scroll to id.

After this tutorial, you can get yourself one of these tattoos…

"tattoos"

So that the ladies can link to you from anywhere.

Not impressed

 

I’ve also made a video about adding an anchor link in WordPress:

 

CONTENTS:

Setup Simple WordPress Anchor Link without a plugin

How to link to anchor link from another page

An Anchor Link Plugin with Smooth Page Scroll

Setup Simple WordPress Anchor Link without a plugin

Alright, the simplest way to add an anchor link to your WordPress does NOT require any plugins.

Here is what I mean by anchor link. You click on a link and it takes you to another part of the same article. In other words, it links to the same page.

page scroll to id plugin smooth scroll

The anchor link is the link you click and it triggers a scroll to the anchor somewhere below on the same page.

Let’s get started. Just make sure you are logged into your WordPress and find the post you want to add anchor link.

"find the post"

Go to the text that you want to make into anchor link.

Let’s convert this text to a link, by clicking here.

"click the link"

Next, give the link a name, but you have to put a # sign before it.

“Don’t use any special characters. If you want to separate words, you can use a hyphen.“

The id can be anything, but I advise to use something short but descriptive.

Because later you will see these links in Google Analytics since Google can link to specific parts of your site.

So for example, I’ll use #anchor-link-info.

"anchor-link-info"

And save the link settings.

Oh yeah, make sure you use hashtags the right way, so you don’t end up like these.

hashtag fials

Now if we would go to the website and try to click on the new link, nothing would happen, except that there would be #anchor-link-info in the URL.

This is because we established the anchor link, but your browser doesn’t know where the anchor is. So let’s add an anchor to the post.

Go back to your post and scroll down to the section you want to anchor link to take to and highlight the text.

"highlight the text"

I usually link to the headers in the text like this one.

Next, you need to switch the mode from visual to text, you can do it at the top corner of the post field.

"visual to text"

Then find the header in text view (it should be highlighted).

"find highlighted text"

Now you see the header is wrapped around the <h2></h2>. This is just HTML code for a header 2 (similar structure as in Microsoft Word).

Next, make a bit of space between “h2” and the “>”. And add the following:

id=”#anchor-link-info”

anchor-link-info

So you should have:

<h2 id=”#anchor-link-info”> instead of <h2>

“Just replace the anchor-link-info with your own anchor id.”

Keep in mind, the id has to be unique or you might break something on your site.

Then, save the post and go see on the website.

When you click on the link, it should take you to the anchor tag.

wordpress anchor link scroll

I realize that this scroll is very sudden, but it’s really simple to set up and does the job well.

If you want it to be smooth, we need some javascript or use plugin.

I’ll show you how to do this with a plugin below.

How to link to anchor link from another page

To link to the anchor from another page you just need to add #your-anchor-name at the end of your post URL (given that you’ve set up an anchor on your post, as we did above).

Here is how to do it step by step.

1. Grab the post URL,

Grab the post URL

2. open a new browser’s window

open browser's window

3. and at the end of the URL add the anchor (with hashtag).

For example: #anchor-link-info.

end of the URL

4. Hit enter and the page opens in the right section.

page opens

For example, the URL for this section on my website is https://punchsalad.com/wordpress-tips/wordpress-anchor-link#anchor-link-from-other-page

You can add this URL anywhere as a link or in the WordPress menu and it will open this tutorial in this section.

An Anchor Link Plugin with Smooth Page Scroll

What if you want smooth WordPress page scroll when you click on anchor link? For this, you need some javascript.

javascript

The easiest way is to install a WordPress plugin called “page scroll to id”.

To do this follow these steps:

1. Go to your plugins and add new.

plugins

2. In the search box type page scroll.

page scroll

3. Install the plugin.

Install the plugin

4. Activate it.

Activate

Now, this plugin has a lot of different settings and you can play around with them.

The settings are located in the left menu bar: Settings > Page Scroll to ID

Page Scroll to ID

I find that the plugin works pretty well out of the box. So I’ll keep everything as default.

“One thing to keep in mind, is that if you are using lazy loading, the plugin might not find the right spot on the page.”

Next, let’s setup an anchor link with the plugin.

If you followed the tutorial above, then go back to the post we prepared earlier and remove the link and the id.

remove the link

As you can see, there are 2 new icons next to the standard text editing icons.

The first one is to setup the link and the one with the bull’s eye is the anchor or target of the link.

bulls eye is the anchor

First, let’s add an anchor link by clicking on the link icon.

clicking on the link icon

A popup will appear and it will request the URL.

Just use the id with #, for example: #anchor-link-info.

anchor-link-info

In addition, you need to include a custom class “ps2id”, which tells the plugin to scroll.

ps2id

And if we take a look in the text view, you will see that it has added a new class ps2id.

new class ps2id

So all is good!

all is good

Next, scroll down to the point you want to add the anchor.

Then, place your cursor just after the header...

place your cursor on header

and then click on the bullseye icon.

Meanwhile add the same id as above, but without the #, so “anchor-link-info”.

place anchor-link-info without the #

You will see that the plugin adds a shortcode.

shortcode

That’s okay, it will NOT appear on the website. It’s just away for it to tell WordPress where to place the anchor.

Next, save your changes.

Let’s take a look how it looks on the site.

Just refresh the page and click on the link

page scroll to id plugin smooth scroll

It will scroll smoothly to the anchor you just set.

As you can see the shortcode is not appearing anywhere!

Amazing! Isn’t it?

You can place multiple anchors on a page, just remember to give them unique ids and create links.

For example, you can see that the ids for this article are:

#simple-wordpress-anchor-link
#anchor-link-from-other-page
#anchor-link-plugin

And the links are at top of the page in “Contents”. This makes it easy to scroll to any section.

That said, I had to disable the lazy loading plugin as I have lazy loading with my wordpress.

Now since your clear value user experience, see how you can improve page speed with few WordPress plugins.

 

 

 

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