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Learn how to enhance your website's user experience with a simple JavaScript back button! In this step-by-step tutorial, I'll show you how to add a back button using a simple JS code that you add to the link (see below). Using this really helps with specific cases such as saving your search queries rather than ending in a static page.


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Why Use a JavaScript Back Button?

A JavaScript back button can significantly enhance user experience by providing an easy way to navigate backward without relying on the browser's back button. This is particularly useful for:

  • Improving usability: Users can quickly return to their previous page without searching for the browser back button.
  • Mobile users: On mobile devices, it can be more convenient to have a back button directly on the webpage.
  • Custom navigation: It allows you to style and place the back button wherever you want on your site.

SEO Benefits of a JavaScript Back Button

Adding a JavaScript back button can also offer indirect SEO benefits. By enhancing user experience and making navigation more intuitive, you can potentially reduce bounce rates and increase the time users spend on your site. Both of these factors can positively influence your site's search engine rankings.


Creating a JavaScript back button is a straightforward task that can significantly improve the usability of your website. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily add a functional and stylish back button that enhances the navigation experience for your users. Remember, a smoother navigation experience can lead to happier users and better SEO performance.

Feel free to experiment with different styles and placements for your back button to see what works best for your website. Happy coding!

By integrating this simple yet powerful feature, you're taking a step towards a more user-friendly website. Keep exploring new ways to enhance your site's functionality and user experience.

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