• I have a page with infinite scrolling on it.
  • I display news in descending order of time and new items keep coming in
  • When people go to the bottom of the page, they load more items automatically and this goes on till my database is not exhausted
  • I also have a search bar at the top of my page letting people search news
  • Here is my concern, user loads page, user scrolls down 4 pages
  • User types something in search box, the 4 pages are completely gone and we have 50 new results instead relevant to the user's search
  • User clears search, now we load 50 default items once again

Should I save the state of the page when user jumps between searches?

  • Example, user loads page, goes down 4 pages
  • User types "Election news" in the search box, default state is stored in local storage with 200 results
  • User searches "UK news" in the search box, election news with 50 items is stored in local storage
  • user clears search box
  • Default 200 items loaded from local storage instantly
  • infinite scroll means no pagination but you say 'scrolls down 4 pages'. What do you mean by this? Nov 28, 2019 at 14:33
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    Twitter returns you to the state you left the app.
    – Reydv
    Nov 28, 2019 at 15:05
  • a page is 50 items, so even in infinite scroll when you scroll down 200 items, i consider that 4 pages because backend works on the concept of knowing where you left off
    – PirateApp
    Nov 28, 2019 at 15:48
  • Your consideration does not mean anything to the reader if you use contradictory terms with the question's itself @PirateApp. You might have explain the same thing without using the word 'page'. Backend probably using a variable like 'contentItemCount' and it's just a parameter to specify the count of the items, nothing relation with the pages again. The parameter can be changeable on frontend if you don't have a restriction by the way (: Nov 28, 2019 at 16:25

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Yes. Please let the user return to his initial state.


Perhaps a new design function called 'recent searches' that are stored on cookies/ app and visually accessible on the page like in a side menu or when you click on search again? This may make your product more user personalizable, assuming its on the web.

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