I'm using the Yii Framework, with Bootstrap 3, and have noticed the default pagination behavior on the first and last pages is a little strange.

On page 2 of 3 the links look like:

< Prev | 1 | 2 | 3 | Next >

On the first page (page 1) the < Prev link is hidden (not disabled or removed), but is capped to point at the first page (page 1) again.

On the last page (page 3) the Next > link is hidden, but is capped to point at the last page (page 3).

The current page link also has the CSS cursor:default but does allow clicks.

To help the crawlers I have added rel="next/prev" to the relevant links.

I am tempted to remove the next and previous link entirely on the first and last page, respectively, and to disable the current page link (or even change it to a span). Would this be advisable? I would have thought this would make more sense to a crawler.

Is there a reason for the framework to include these hidden capped links on the page? It seems to have been deliberately coded in.


OK, so I just read up on it a bit more.

I thought the rel="next/prev" was supposed to be added to the link (<a>) tags in the body, not as it clearly states to additional link (<link>) tags in the head.. which was particularly foolish of me.

This was the main source of my concern, but I guess the question is still valid, so I will let it stand!

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    I assume that these pagination HTML elements have been thoroughly researched and the implementation is fine. Certainly enough time has existed for this to happen. I would leave it as it is and see what happens. You can also compare your code to other sites to see what they do. I would suggest looking at major in the know sites such as MOZ. Cheers!!
    – closetnoc
    Jun 15, 2016 at 16:12
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    Nothing to worry about. Google doesn't consider navigation elements as content in any-case, and even if it was content you was hiding, it still would be ok, as it just won't be counted to page weight without a visible trigger. Cloaking isn't the same it was almost 2 decades ago. Jun 15, 2016 at 18:17
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    It’s perfectly fine to provide the next/previous link types on a elements (depending on the consumer, you could provide link elements for these in addition).
    – unor
    Jun 16, 2016 at 15:21
  • @unor Thanks for the hint, I may leave them off the <a> tags in this case, because the hidden links actually point to the current page (when on the first or last page) which was what originally worried me.
    – Arth
    Jun 16, 2016 at 15:35

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The best practice is to omit the previous link (on the first page) and the next link (on the last page), because

  • user agents without CSS support will display them, which might confuse users
  • having them is pointless

The link to the current page would ideally be omitted, too, because

  • user agents without CSS support will display it in the same way like the other links, so users might not be able to tell on which page they currently are
  • having it is pointless

Having or not having these links should have no effect on SEO, though.

I can’t imagine any reason why having these hidden links would be a good idea. My guess (without checking their code) is that they kept them because it was easier to implement it like that.

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