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Create a Vertical, Horizontal and Diagonal Sliding Content Website with jQuery

Written by Kevin Liew on 14 Jul 2009
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Introduction

Content Sliding website is one of the famous and creative design techniques for portfolio website. One thing, please make sure you put the menu on every single page to avoid confusion/dizziness.

  • You should put the navigation menu in every single page
  • Or, fix the position of the menu
  • Let your visitors know exactly what section they're reading, like highlight the selected menu item and have a clear title

In this tutorial, we will learn to scroll your web content vertically, horizontally and plus diagonally! Don't worry, we won't rely on javascript too much, we will use css/html for the layout and javascript only do the scrolling. And hey, it will still work even if your browser doesn't support javascript.

And, thanks to Ariel Flesler, his scrollTo plugin is simply amazing!

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1. HTML

Depend on which direction you want to scroll your website, each of them have slightly different layout. For the horizontal and vertical, they use the same layout, whereas for diagonal, you have to add extra div to create the "diagonal". It sounds like a dirty trick, but hey, it works! :)

I put <a name="name"></a>, just in case some of the browsers out there don't support javascript.

Structure for jQuery share it toolbox

Scroll Horizontally & Vertically

<div id="wrapper">
	<div id="mask">

		<div id="item1" class="item">
			<a name="item1"></a>
			<div class="content">item1 
				<a href="#item1" class="panel">1</a> | 
				<a href="#item2" class="panel">2</a> | 
				<a href="#item3" class="panel">3</a> | 
				<a href="#item4" class="panel">4</a> | 
				<a href="#item5" class="panel">5</a>
			</div>
		</div>
		
		<div id="item2" class="item">
			<a name="item2"></a>
			<div class="content">item2 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>
		
		<div id="item3" class="item">
			<a name="item3"></a>
			<div class="content">item3 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>

		<div id="item4" class="item">
			<a name="item4"></a>
			<div class="content">item4 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>
		
		<div id="item5" class="item">
			<a name="item5"></a>
			<div class="content">item5 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>

	</div>
</div>

<div id="wrapper">
	<div id="mask">

		<!-- first row -->

		<div id="item1" class="item">
			<a name="item1"></a>
			<div class="content">item1 
				<a href="#item1" class="panel">1</a> | 
				<a href="#item2" class="panel">2</a> | 
				<a href="#item3" class="panel">3</a>
			</div>
		</div>
		
		<div class="item"></div>
		<div class="item"></div>
		<div class="clear"></div>

		<!-- second row -->		
		
		<div class="item"></div>

		<div id="item2" class="item">
			<a name="item2"></a>
			<div class="content">item2 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>

		<div class="item"></div>
		<div class="clear"></div>
		
		<!-- third row -->

		<div class="item"></div>
		<div class="item"></div>

		<div id="item3" class="item">
			<a name="item3"></a>
			<div class="content">item3 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>
		
		<div class="clear"></div>

	</div>
</div>
<div id="wrapper">
	<div id="mask">

		<div id="item1" class="item">
			<a name="item1"></a>
			<div class="content">item1 
				<a href="#item1" class="panel">1</a> | 
				<a href="#item2" class="panel">2</a> | 
				<a href="#item3" class="panel">3</a> | 
				<a href="#item4" class="panel">4</a> | 
				<a href="#item5" class="panel">5</a>
			</div>
		</div>
		
		<div id="item2" class="item">
			<a name="item2"></a>
			<div class="content">item2 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>
		
		<div id="item3" class="item">
			<a name="item3"></a>
			<div class="content">item3 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>

		<div id="item4" class="item">
			<a name="item4"></a>
			<div class="content">item4 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>
		
		<div id="item5" class="item">
			<a name="item5"></a>
			<div class="content">item5 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>

	</div>
</div>

<div id="wrapper">
	<div id="mask">

		<!-- first row -->

		<div id="item1" class="item">
			<a name="item1"></a>
			<div class="content">item1 
				<a href="#item1" class="panel">1</a> | 
				<a href="#item2" class="panel">2</a> | 
				<a href="#item3" class="panel">3</a>
			</div>
		</div>
		
		<div class="item"></div>
		<div class="item"></div>
		<div class="clear"></div>

		<!-- second row -->		
		
		<div class="item"></div>

		<div id="item2" class="item">
			<a name="item2"></a>
			<div class="content">item2 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>

		<div class="item"></div>
		<div class="clear"></div>
		
		<!-- third row -->

		<div class="item"></div>
		<div class="item"></div>

		<div id="item3" class="item">
			<a name="item3"></a>
			<div class="content">item3 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>
		
		<div class="clear"></div>

	</div>
</div>

Scroll Diagonally

<div id="wrapper">
	<div id="mask">

		<div id="item1" class="item">
			<a name="item1"></a>
			<div class="content">item1 
				<a href="#item1" class="panel">1</a> | 
				<a href="#item2" class="panel">2</a> | 
				<a href="#item3" class="panel">3</a> | 
				<a href="#item4" class="panel">4</a> | 
				<a href="#item5" class="panel">5</a>
			</div>
		</div>
		
		<div id="item2" class="item">
			<a name="item2"></a>
			<div class="content">item2 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>
		
		<div id="item3" class="item">
			<a name="item3"></a>
			<div class="content">item3 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>

		<div id="item4" class="item">
			<a name="item4"></a>
			<div class="content">item4 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>
		
		<div id="item5" class="item">
			<a name="item5"></a>
			<div class="content">item5 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>

	</div>
</div>

<div id="wrapper">
	<div id="mask">

		<!-- first row -->

		<div id="item1" class="item">
			<a name="item1"></a>
			<div class="content">item1 
				<a href="#item1" class="panel">1</a> | 
				<a href="#item2" class="panel">2</a> | 
				<a href="#item3" class="panel">3</a>
			</div>
		</div>
		
		<div class="item"></div>
		<div class="item"></div>
		<div class="clear"></div>

		<!-- second row -->		
		
		<div class="item"></div>

		<div id="item2" class="item">
			<a name="item2"></a>
			<div class="content">item2 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>

		<div class="item"></div>
		<div class="clear"></div>
		
		<!-- third row -->

		<div class="item"></div>
		<div class="item"></div>

		<div id="item3" class="item">
			<a name="item3"></a>
			<div class="content">item3 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>
		
		<div class="clear"></div>

	</div>
</div>
<div id="wrapper">
	<div id="mask">

		<div id="item1" class="item">
			<a name="item1"></a>
			<div class="content">item1 
				<a href="#item1" class="panel">1</a> | 
				<a href="#item2" class="panel">2</a> | 
				<a href="#item3" class="panel">3</a> | 
				<a href="#item4" class="panel">4</a> | 
				<a href="#item5" class="panel">5</a>
			</div>
		</div>
		
		<div id="item2" class="item">
			<a name="item2"></a>
			<div class="content">item2 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>
		
		<div id="item3" class="item">
			<a name="item3"></a>
			<div class="content">item3 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>

		<div id="item4" class="item">
			<a name="item4"></a>
			<div class="content">item4 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>
		
		<div id="item5" class="item">
			<a name="item5"></a>
			<div class="content">item5 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>

	</div>
</div>

<div id="wrapper">
	<div id="mask">

		<!-- first row -->

		<div id="item1" class="item">
			<a name="item1"></a>
			<div class="content">item1 
				<a href="#item1" class="panel">1</a> | 
				<a href="#item2" class="panel">2</a> | 
				<a href="#item3" class="panel">3</a>
			</div>
		</div>
		
		<div class="item"></div>
		<div class="item"></div>
		<div class="clear"></div>

		<!-- second row -->		
		
		<div class="item"></div>

		<div id="item2" class="item">
			<a name="item2"></a>
			<div class="content">item2 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>

		<div class="item"></div>
		<div class="clear"></div>
		
		<!-- third row -->

		<div class="item"></div>
		<div class="item"></div>

		<div id="item3" class="item">
			<a name="item3"></a>
			<div class="content">item3 <a href="#item1" class="panel">back</a></div>
		</div>
		
		<div class="clear"></div>

	</div>
</div>

2. CSS

The CSS is basically almost the same with the tabbed based content slider tutorial. I have illustrated how it works in that tutorial, so you might wanna check that out as well.

Scroll Horizontally & Diagonally

 

  • #mask : height=100%, width = 100% * total of items
  • .item : height=100%, width = 100% / total of items
body {
	height:100%;
	width:100%;
	margin:0;padding:0;
}

#wrapper {
	width:100%;
	height:100%;
	position:absolute;
	top:0;left:0;
	background-color:#ccc;
	overflow:hidden;
}

	#mask {
		width:500%;
		height:100%;

		background-color:#eee;
	}

	.item {
		width:20%;
		height:100%;
		float:left;
		background-color:#ddd;
	}
	
	
	.content {
		width:400px;
		height:300px;
		top:20%;
		margin:0 auto;
		background-color:#aaa;
		position:relative;
	}
	
	.selected {
		background:#fff;
		font-weight:700;
	}

	.clear {
		clear:both;
	}

Scroll Vertically

The width and height are opposite from scrolling horizontally. Calculations are:

  • #mask : width=100%, height = 100% * total of items
  • .item : width=100%, height = 100% / total of items
	#mask {
		width:100%;
		height:500%;
		background-color:#eee;
	}

	.item {
		width:100%;
		height:20%;
		float:left;
		background-color:#ddd;
	}

3. Javascript

So, you must be thinking how complicated the javascript would be. You'll be surprise! its only a line of code to make the scrolling effect. Thanks to jquery.scrollTo Plugin. What we have to do is solve the layout using css/html, and the plugin will do the rest.

$(document).ready(function() {

	//get all link with class panel
	$('a.panel').click(function () {

                //reset and highlight the clicked link
		$('a.panel').removeClass('selected');
		$(this).addClass('selected');
		
		//grab the current item, to be used in resize function
		current = $(this);
		
                //scroll it to the destination
		$('#wrapper').scrollTo($(this).attr('href'), 800);		
		
                //cancel the link default behavior
		return false;
	});


	//resize all the items according to the new browser size
	$(window).resize(function () {
		
		//call the resizePanel function
		resizePanel();
	});
	
});

This resize function have 2 versions. One for vertical and another for both horizontal and diagonal. The only difference is the mask_height and mask_width.

Vertical
function resizePanel() {

	//get the browser width and height
	width = $(window).width();
	height = $(window).height();

	//get the mask height: height * total of items
	mask_height = height * $('.item').length;
		
	//set the dimension		
	$('#wrapper, .item').css({width: width, height: height});
	$('#mask').css({width: width, height: mask_height});

	//if the item is displayed incorrectly, set it to the corrent pos
	$('#wrapper').scrollTo($('a.selected').attr('href'), 0);
		
}
Horizontal & Diagonal
function resizePanel() {

	//get the browser width and height
	width = $(window).width();
	height = $(window).height();

	//get the mask width: width * total of items
	mask_width = width * $('.item').length;
		
	//set the dimension	
	$('#wrapper, .item').css({width: width, height: height});
	$('#mask').css({width: mask_width, height: height});
	
	//if the item is displayed incorrectly, set it to the corrent pos
	$('#wrapper').scrollTo($('a.selected').attr('href'), 0);
		
}

Conclusion

That's it, simple and easy! I hope you all will enjoy it.

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Jump to Certain Item on Page Load

This is one of the most popular request. A lot of people want this content slider to display certain item on page load. It's simple, you need to use this:

$(document).ready(function () {

   $('#wrapper').scrollTo('ITEM-ID-HERE', 0); 

   ......
   ......
   ...... 
}

With that line of code, the slider will jump to the item on page load.

Update

31 Aug 2009 : Due to popular demand, and something I should have created. I have added window resize function.
Demo 1Demo 2Demo 3Download
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792 comments
Giampy 10 years ago
Not working in IE6, see www.mostramagritte.it for horizontal and vertical scroll
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Steven Mulder 10 years ago
Very smooth, except you've got your directions backwards....
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Nguyen Ngo 10 years ago
You place vertical & horizontal exs in wrong file name for both
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kevin Admin 10 years ago
@steven, nguyen: yes, it's fixed. thanks :)
@Glampy: I haven't tested it on IE unfortunately, I dont have a pc with me :(
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Eric 10 years ago
Kevin! Nice job and examples!
Mixing this with the last tut and the possibilities are endless!
Thanks for the tuts, your site is becoming infectious!
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daniele 10 years ago
Nice job, but I suggest you to add some functions to window.resize() for recalculate divs width
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e11world 10 years ago
I can definatley see this being my next website's effect.
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sturobson 10 years ago
I started doing something like this for my site, www.alwaystwisted.com about four weeks ago, it's not finished but it's up for all to see. Wish this article was out earlier, would have saved a lott of stack overflow questions....Stu
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TutorialFeed 10 years ago
Really nice article. Thanks for sharing.

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daniele 10 years ago
i don't understand how to make 2 simple thing.
1- change background for each slide ( or on the contraty put a unique big background in all the website....consider that using a 5000x20 gif is possible to obtain a wonderful changing background)
2- how to armonize the scrolling...a lot of scrolling are " elastic" and " armonic" ...this is a lot rigid and it seems to be not so useful to look , if you have to navigate a lot.
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kevin Admin 10 years ago
@daniele:
1. you can add different background images for different page.

<div id="item2" class="item">

using that id "item2", u can assign different bg image.

2. you can find out the easing/transition/scrolling effect here http://flesler.blogspot.com/2007/10/jqueryscrollto.html
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paulinho 10 years ago
it don't works with object's in the .content div... the object is always visible when the wrapper is relative small, so nearly 50% or so...
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PiotreG 10 years ago
Error on page on IE 8. Any fixes to that?
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