Even if you’ve been blogging on Blogger (aka Blogspot) for years, you may not have run into Auto Pagination. Until, one day, bam, you notice there are only 4 posts on your home page. Your blog is set to display 7 posts on the home page. You check your setting again. It still says “7”. So, why, oh, why is it only showing 4 posts? And now, you have become the latest victim of Blogger Auto Pagination.
What is Blogger Auto Pagination?
Back in 2010, Google took a look at the latency of Blogger blogs. Basically, they were looking at ways to make everyone’s blogs load faster. This is great, right? Everyone wants a faster website.
Well, one of the “solutions” that came out of this was that Google introduced auto pagination in Blogger. You can read the original Blogger official blog post here.
In a nut shell, auto pagination is when your content, particularly your home page, archives, labels pages and search pages (i.e. pages that display more than one post), contain too much content. The Blogger system will automatically remove a post or two from that page to make the page load time comply with their standards.
This means one page may show 7 posts, the next 5, the next 4, and so on.
Bloggers seem to particularly notice this on their Label pages. On some of our templates, we use a nice grid style for the label and archive pages. The templates are designed to show 20 posts per page. But you may notice that your page only shows 9 posts even though you have 35 posts with that particular label.
And another fun treat, the Older/Newer Posts links are missing. Because your page isn’t showing the full number of posts, those links may not be triggered, so your visitors will only see those 9 posts and not be able to view related articles further back in your archives.
That, in a nut shell, is Blogger Auto Pagination.
How to “fix” Auto Pagination
We get the occasional Help Ticket asking us to fix this problem. People want it to be caused by the template. Because that would be the easy fix. Our Customer Support is way more responsive and helpful that Blogger’s support. A quick template fix would be great.
But it’s not a template problem. It’s not really a “problem”, per se. It’s that your content needs adjusting so it complies with Blogger’s load time requirements.
Since the auto pagination is triggered by too much content on your index pages (home, archives, labels, search), you must reduce the content (load wise) in your posts if you want to fix this issue.
This DOES NOT mean you need to write shorter posts. The main culprit in these cases is images. Here are a few ways to “fix” auto pagination:
Use Jump Links
“Jump Links” are what create those Read More buttons. Only a portion of your post, an excerpt, is displayed on the index pages and the reader can continue reading the post on the single post page. There are other reasons to use Jump Links and Read More buttons on your index pages as well. Not only does it help cure auto pagination woes, it helps increase your page load times overall which means better SEO.
If you need to learn how to insert Jump Links, visit your template documentation, the Blog Post Settings section of our docs covers this.
Don’t Drag and Drop Images into your posts
Some help articles on this topic have indicated the practice of dragging and dropping images into posts as causing larger image files to exist in your posts and creating larger load times. Make sure you use the “Insert Image” button to add images to posts.
Optimize your images for the web
Compress, compress. Make sure you aren’t using oversized images. Never use images that have a Resolution greater than 72 pixels/inch. Web browsers cannot display any pixel density greater than this so the extra resolution just means larger file sizes and longer load times.
You can also use lossless or near lossless compression to make your image files smaller. This removes excess encoding from your image files to make the files size smaller while still maintaining image quality. Some great, free online places to compress images include:
And that’s just to name a few. Google online image compressor and you’ll find even more.
Too big! Too big! You also don’t need to use images that are 3600px wide. Many of those great Creative Commons Zero images that you download from sites like Unsplash.com and Pexels are HUGE. The files are easily over 1MB. Multiply that by a couple pictures per post and you’re way over your load time limit and hello, auto pagination.
Most computers come with basic image editing software that can help you resize your images to an appropriate size. Or there are free, online services like:
- http://resizeimage.net/ <– This one even lets you crop and compress your images at the same time!!! Hello, favorite new, free tool.
Again, there are more, just Google online image resizer for ore options.
NOTE: Make sure you re-size responsibly. Always keep the “constrain proportion” setting on. This means keep the same ratio on your images or they’ll end up skewed and ugly.
If your blog content area is 710px wide, you don’t need to upload an image that’s 3000px wide. A good rule of thumb is 1200px max width unless your blog design for some reason calls for something larger.
In a nut shell…
That is the story of Blogger Auto Pagination. If it hasn’t happened to you, be glad. If it has, now you know what it is, what causes it and how to fix it.