Native linking to previous and next post or page using CMS

I was about to suggest the same thing! Thanks! :thumbsup:

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This worked perfectly for me.

I added two toggles to my collection, one “First” and one “Last” that I turn on if the lesson (my site is an online course) is the first or last in the unit.

This allows me to show or hide the Previous and Next buttons when appropriate. Maybe that’ll help someone else, too!

Guys, i know its holiday time… and your working on great stuff… but please when that is finished do some small projects like this kind of things it would make the community love your more!:relaxed:


Any updates? :slight_smile:

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It might be worth noting that I had to refresh after adding the “next” reference field to the collection before I was able to link it from my template. Just throwing that out there in case anyone else runs into this same issue :slight_smile: I thought it wasn’t working at first.

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When will this feature be available? @thesergie

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I solved this issue without manually assigning anything in the CMS. If the post order is changed or if posts are deleted, the buttons update automatically. A working version of this can be found here:

How it works:
-A dynamic list containing your posts is added to the post template page.
-Webflow automatically adds the class ‘w–current’ to the current post.
-jQuery searches the dynamic list for that class and the posts that come before and after it.
-jQuery updates your next / previous button anchor tags.

Step A - Add the the post list:

  1. At the bottom of the post template page, add a Dynamic List containing all posts
  2. Assign the ID ‘post_list’

Step B - Add dynamic links:
3) Add a Text Link element inside the Dynamic Item
4) Set the link to Current Post
5) Set the text to the post’s Name field

Step C - Add ID’s to buttons:
6) Add ID ‘previous_button’ to previous post button
7) Add ID ‘next_button’ to next post button

Step D - Paste the code:
8) In the post template page settings, add the following code inside the head tag section:
-CSS is included to hide the post list on the published page

<style>#post_list{display: none;}</style>

  var Webflow = Webflow || [];
  Webflow.push(function () { 
    var next_href = $('#post_list .w--current').parent().next().find('a').attr('href');
    var previous_href = $('#post_list .w--current').parent().prev().find('a').attr('href');
    //if last post in list
    if(next_href == undefined) {
      next_href = $('#post_list').children().children().first().find('a').attr('href');
      $('#next_button').fadeOut(); //optional - remove if you want to loop to beginning
    //if first post in list
    if(previous_href == undefined) {
      previous_href = $('#post_list').children().children().last().find('a').attr('href');
      $('#previous_button').fadeOut();  //optional - remove if you want to loop to end
    //apply hrefs to next / previous buttons
    $('#next_button').attr('href', next_href);
    $('#previous_button').attr('href', previous_href);

Edit: This topic rebounds here (04/2018): Native linking to previous and next post with titles using CMS

This is brilliant, thanks. And without any custom code!

If you put links to next and previous. Use a relative path like /albums/pallets-and-knives.
Otherwise, once you publish live this will redirect to the web flow domain.

Hi @hammerhouse I followed the steps and tried implementing this code as-is but my previous & next buttons don’t appear to show up? I’m using normal buttons with class name “group” as in your screenshots and applied the previous_button/next_button id’s. Let me know if there’s something I’m missing or if this script has changed at all? Thanks!

No need to setup and fiddle with a collection list with my new method. Just design the links.

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Great idea. Way to work the problem with references. This creates some additional ideas for me!

Hi, I just tried this as well and I had the same experience. It cause my buttons to not show up at all. :frowning:


Thanks a lot for this. But just to confirm, if you have, say, over 100 items (blog posts), this means you’ll need to manually link each post to the previous & next items? Seems like a lot of work.

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This is an epic solution!! Thanks for sharing man!!

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Here’s a non-jQuery (vanilla JS) solution for those looking for it:

// Enables Prev / Next portfolio post links at bottom of page
let next_href = document.querySelector('#post_list .w--current').parentElement.nextElementSibling.querySelector('a').getAttribute('href');
let previous_href = document.querySelector('#post_list .w--current').parentElement.previousElementSibling.querySelector('a').getAttribute('href');

//if last post in list, get first one
if(next_href == undefined) {
  next_href = document.querySelector('#post_list .w-dyn-item a').getAttribute('href');

//if first post in list, get last one
if(previous_href == undefined) {
  previous_href = document.querySelectorAll('#post_list .w-dyn-item:last-child a').getAttribute('href');

//apply hrefs to next / previous buttons
document.querySelector('#next_button').setAttribute('href', next_href);
document.querySelector('#previous_button').setAttribute('href', previous_href);