Multi-page applications

This section covers navigation of multi-page applications

A multi-page application navigates the user between different pages in your app, as opposed to dynamically changing the content of the same page (which would be a single-page navigation system).

Loading multiple pages requires a page reload, which can mean a slower navigation for the user. On the other hand, it can help you keep your pages lightweight, meaning that each page can load faster and be less taxing on the user's device.

Keep in mind that selecting one method over the other does not have to be a black and white decision: most applications use a mix of single-page and multi-page navigation.

Sometimes, you may need dynamic pages that load content and generate unique URLs accordingly. For instance, consider a "products" page and a "product" data type. By setting a page's content type to "product," Bubble enables dynamic content loading based on the URL's slug, such as the example below. You can read more about this method in our section on SEO.


Article section: Dynamic pages

Article series: SEO

Using actions

Go to page

This article covers the go to page action in brief. For the technical core reference listing all settings, you can check out the link below:

Reference: Go to page

To send a user to another page, you can use the Go to page action. This method sends the user to the page that you choose without having to construct a URL or set up a link. You simply choose the name of the page.

The name of the page used in this action is dynamic, meaning that should you ever change the name of the page, the action will automatically be updated to reflect the change. Should you delete the page, Bubble's issue tracker will notify you that the page in the action is missing so that you can update the action before the app is deployed.

  1. In the Destination field you set the page you want to send the user to. If you want to update the page thing or URL parameters on the current page, you can simply pick the same page as you are on – the page will not need to reload.

  2. The Data to send field lets you specify a database record to load onto the page (known as the page thing)

  3. The Send more parameters to the page setting lets you specify to include on the page you are going to, or set those parameters on the current page

Note that the Go to page action needs to be the last action in a workflow, unless it has a Only when condition. If it has a condition that allows it to run, any later actions in the workflow may or may not have time to trigger before the user has left the page.

Understanding "Replace the entry in the browser history"

A browser's page history tracks and stores the web pages a user has visited, allowing them to navigate back and forth through previously viewed content. Whenever a user navigates away from a page, that page is saved in the history, and each tab maintains its own history tab.

In Bubble, you have the option to check Replace the entry in the browser's history when you use the Go to page action.

This means that when a user clicks the 'back' button, they won't see the replaced page, but instead navigate to whichever page in the history was before that. You can see it as moving on to the next page in a book and ripping out the one you just read.

The Open external link action will open the link in the current tab, replacing the page you are currently on. As such, later actions in the same workflow may not have time to run.

The Open external link can be used to go to an external URL or a URL in your own app. It's worth noting that for internal links it will usually be better to use the Go to page action, since it will automatically update if you change the name of a page, whereas the Open external link action may need to be manually updated.

The only setting that you need to provide for this workflow is the URL that you want to go to.

The link element lets you set up dynamic links in your app that can point to internal or external pages. Note that unlike the Go to page action, the link element will work like a standard html link, which means it will reload the page even if you are linking to the same page you are already on.

The link element has several customization settings:

  1. The first is the label that will be displayed to the user

  2. Secondly, you pick whether the link should point to an internal or external page

  3. If you choose internal, you can pick the page from a dropdown. This field is dynamic, meaning that if you change the name of a page, the link element will automatically update. If you delete the page, the Bubble issue tracker will notify you that the page that's linked to is missing

  4. If the page is set up to load a database thing on page load, you can specify this thing in the Data to send field. In this example we are searching for a product and returning the first item.

  5. You can include one or more by checking the Send more parameters to the page box and specifying the parameters below.

Using BBCode

Text elements use formatting, which means you can insert links directly into a text element by using the URL tag:

[url=]Bubble homepage[/url]

The easiest way to create BBCode link tag is to use the Rich text editor:

From there, you select the Link button and provide the URL. Any text that you select before adding the link will be used as the label for that link:

BBCode links will open in a new tab.

Bubble also has a built-in link and email recognition feature. To instruct Bubble to automatically link to URLs and create mailto links to recognized emails, check the Recognize links and emails box in the text elements inspector.

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