Show Next & Previous Post Titles in Blogger with jQuery Navigation

You can see that we have replaced Older/Newer Pagination buttons with Post titles. This trick is not a new one and already many developers proposed different solutions using JavaScript or using jQuery. We will also use jQuery but in a more neater and optimized fashion using jquery to fetch URL parameters instead of running long js queries. Blogger blogs are neither optimized nor structured in a user friendly manner. Same applies to default wordpress themes. The pagination buttons make no sense when placed at the bottom of comments container. Anything that provides usability to readers should be placed straight in front of eyes and not pushed down to the page where one would rarely scroll. After checking our analytics stats, I found thatNext/Previous buttons placed just at the bottom of post body generates more pageviews compared to placing them down below comments section. They become even more useful if instead of showing just buttons pointing to succeeding or preceding posts, show your readers the blog post titles. We will learn today how to create this professional looking pager navigation in blogspot blogs.
  • DEMO: Scroll down to the bottom of this post
Next Previous buttons

Add it to blogger

First we will add the necessary code for the new pagination and then we will remove the existing default buttons that appear below comment section
  1. Go To Blogger > Template
  2. Backup your template
  3. Click "Edit HTML"
  4. Search for ]]></b:skin>
/*################MBT Pager ##########################*/
.mbt-pager { border-top: 2px dashed #ddd; border-bottom: 2px dashed #ddd;  margin-bottom: 10px;   overflow:hidden; padding:0px;}
.mbt-pager { float: right; padding:0px; background:none; margin:0px;}
.mbt-pager a { padding-left: 24px; }
.mbt-pager li.previous { margin:0px -2px 0px 0px; float: left;  border-right:1px solid #ddd; padding:0px; background:none;
.mbt-pager li.previous a { padding-right: 24px;  }
.mbt-pager, .mbt-pager li.previous:hover  {background:#333333; }
.mbt-pager li { width: 50%; display: inline; float: left; text-align: center; }
.mbt-pager li a { position: relative; min-height: 77px; display: block; padding: 15px 46px 15px; outline:none; text-decoration:none;}
.mbt-pager li i { color: #ccc; font-size: 18px; }
.mbt-pager li a strong { display: block; font-size: 20px; color: #ccc; letter-spacing: 0.5px; font-weight: bold; text-transform: uppercase; font-family:oswald, sans-serif, arial; margin-bottom:10px;}
.mbt-pager li a span { font-size: 15px; color: #666;  font-family:oswald,Helvetica, arial; margin:0px;}
.mbt-pager li a:hover span,
.mbt-pager li a:hover i { color: #ffffff; }
.mbt-pager li.previous i { float:left; margin-top:15%; margin-left:5%; }
.mbt-pager i { float: right;
margin-top: 15%;
margin-right: 5%; }
.mbt-pager i, .mbt-pager li.previous i ,
.mbt-pager,  .mbt-pager li.previous{
-webkit-transition-property: background color; -webkit-transition-duration: 0.4s; -webkit-transition-timing-function: ease-out;
-moz-transition-property: background color; -moz-transition-duration: 0.4s; -moz-transition-timing-function: ease-out;
-o-transition-property: background color; -o-transition-duration: 0.4s; -o-transition-timing-function: ease-out;
transition-property: background color; transition-duration: 0.4s; transition-timing-function: ease-out; }
.fa-chevron-right {padding-right:0px;}
  • To change the black background and white font color of the selected area on mouse hover edit: background:#333333;    and for font color edit: color: #ffffff;
  • Use our Color generator tool for picking the hexadecimal color code
   5. Now we will add some fancy Google web font called Oswald, so that our widget stands out. Kindly search for <head> and just below it paste the following code:
<script src='' type='text/javascript'/>
<link href='' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'/>
Note: Remove the bolded code if you have already added jquery library inside your template.
     6. Next we will add the HTML code that will position the pager at the bottom of last paragraph on the blog post. Search for <data:post.body/>
     7. Just below it paste the following HTML code:
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;static_page&quot;'>
<ul class='mbt-pager'>
        <li class='next'>
<b:if cond='data:newerPageUrl'>
<i class='fa fa-chevron-right'/><a class='newer-link' expr:href='data:newerPageUrl' expr:id='data:widget.instanceId + &quot;_blog-pager-newer-link&quot;' rel='next'/>
<i class='fa fa-chevron-right'/><a rel='next'><strong>Next</strong> <span>You are viewing Most Recent Post</span></a>
    <li class='previous'>
<b:if cond='data:olderPageUrl'>
<i class='fa fa-chevron-left'/><a class='older-link' expr:href='data:olderPageUrl' expr:id='data:widget.instanceId + &quot;_blog-pager-older-link&quot;' rel='previous'/>
<i class='fa fa-chevron-left'/><a rel='previous'><strong>Previous</strong> <span>You are viewing Last Post</span></a>

<script type='text/javascript'>
    var newerLink = $('a.newer-link');
    var olderLink = $('a.older-link');
    $.get(newerLink.attr('href'), function (data) {
     newerLink.html('<strong>Next</strong> <span>'+$(data).find('.post').text()+'</span>');  
    $.get(olderLink.attr('href'), function (data2) {
     olderLink.html('<strong>Previous</strong> <span>'+$(data2).find('.post').text()+'</span>');  
Here I used a bit of jquery to fetch the data inside title tags. Since blogger only provides the option to switch between next and previous posts using URLs, therefore we needed jQuery to find the title classes using the heading tags and retrieve the data out of them. The title classes and heading tags may be different for custom blogger templates (you may need my help here by posting your blog urls so that I could tell you the correct title class used inside your blog)
In standard blogger templates the correct class is: .post   and therefore I will be using the same inside the jquery code above.
  • (Optional) The yellow and orange highlighted text can be replaced with any text you like. They will appear when a user is either viewing the most recent post or the last post on the blog.
8. Save your template and you are almost done! Visit your blogs and you will see the pager navigation working just perfectly! :)

Removing existing Next/Previous buttons

Now its time to prevent the default buttons from displaying below comment sections.
  1. Search for  <b:includable id='nextprev'>  
  2. You will see a big chunk of code below it that looks slightly similar to the code below:
<div class='blog-pager' id='blog-pager'>
   <b:if cond='data:newerPageUrl'>
     <span id='blog-pager-newer-link'>
     <a class='blog-pager-newer-link' expr:href='data:newerPageUrl' expr:id='data:widget.instanceId + &quot;_blog-pager-newer-link&quot;' expr:title='data:newerPageTitle'><data:newerPageTitle/></a>
   <b:if cond='data:olderPageUrl'>
     <span id='blog-pager-older-link'>
     <a class='blog-pager-older-link' expr:href='data:olderPageUrl' expr:id='data:widget.instanceId + &quot;_blog-pager-older-link&quot;' expr:title='data:olderPageTitle'><data:olderPageTitle/></a>
   <a class='home-link' expr:href='data:blog.homepageUrl'><data:homeMsg/></a>
   <b:if cond='data:mobileLinkUrl'>
     <div class='blog-mobile-link'>
       <a expr:href='data:mobileLinkUrl'><data:mobileLinkMsg/></a>
<div class='clear'/> 
  3. All that you need to do is to enclose this code inside conditional codes as shown below:
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;item&quot;'>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;static_page&quot;'>
    4. Save your template and you are all done!
Now the default buttons will appear on homepage but not inside posts or static pages. If you wish to permanently delete them, then simply delete the big chunk code above and save your template.

Need Help?

  • If you are looking for free professional set of png buttons for next/previous buttons then check our gallery: MBT Download Zone
I hope this new widget adds a new life to your blogger templates. It is extremely unique in design and rarely used. So be amongst the first to take your blogs to the next level. As always I am here for any help needed. Peace and blessings buddies :)

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