"Return to Top" links do nothing for SEO and can even detract from it, and they can clutter your page. When you have a very long page, how do you decide where to put them? Do you need more than one?
Top of the Page removes these concerns by creating a "Return to Top" link when the page has been scrolled by a certain (administrator) designated distance. When the page is scrolled back to the top (above the designated distance), the link disappears. If your page is short and users can't scroll down the designated distance, the link will never be visible and cannot cause disruption.
Your button can be text or images - the style is set by CSS in the plugin configuration, so you're not limited to any included images. The text is set using standard Joomla translation files, and can be overridden using the Joomla Language Manager in your /administrator interface.
Your site isn't about "Return to Top" or "Back to Top", so why confuse your SEO by creating links? There is no need to put links to named anchors in your content which can negatively effect SEO. "Top of the Page" links are automatically created by this plugin and float in the designated position regardless of your position on the page. The administrator also has the option to enable Smooth Scroll, along with scroll speed, CSS options and more! And, it's invisible to search engines!
In MooTools mode, this plugin implements ScrollSpy and SmoothScroll, both by David Walsh ( http://davidwalsh.name ).
Version 1.24 - Performance enhancements, slide-in/out option for the button, fade and slide in/out - (can control the speed and direction of the slide). Clean-up/separate configurations.
Version 1.25 - I found a method to provide automatic z-index! Also, added detailed instruction tab/slider for overriding the button language.
Version 1.26 - even better z-index automation, fixed mootools bug.
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Version 1.25 provides a facility for automatic z-index discovery! This should ease the pain of chasing down the z-index for elements on your pages.
The distance to scroll before the button appears is configurable.
I'm glad you find it useful and thank you for the great review!
I found this little plugin, installed it, and it worked perfectly with that simple text link to get to the top of the page. But I wanted to have a cute button instead of the text link. As I am not familiar with css, I could not get it to work, so I wrote a short email to the developer and only a few minutes later I had my silly problem solved.
Great plugin and very helpful and patient developer!
The only thing I can't figure out is why it won't appear on child pages. There doesn't appear to be any differences in settings between them and the parent pages.
I would like to understand what you mean by "child pages". The link should appear on all pages generated by the Joomla site where the plugin is installed. An exception might be content opened within a modal window - depending on how it's opened.
Also works flawlessly on mobile (the desired avenue for which I am using said plugin).
There's absolutely nothing that I'd change. Well done, my good man!