Ever wonder how to add those minimalist progress bars to your pages that appear to “fill up” as you scroll further down the page? They can be custom built, but if you’re a WordPress user, there’s a great plugin you can use to achieve this effect using jQuery called Worth the Read.

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The plugin lets you add a progress bar to all single post pages and gives you control over the placement and positioning of the progress bar. It allows you to choose the color of the bar, and the foreground color and background color. It’s also sleek and subtle, and only appears once the user actually starts scrolling down the page. Once the scrolling stops, the bar smoothly disappears until the scrolling begins again. The plugin also gives you the option of including the progress bar for the comments section of a post as well, and if you choose to do that, it’ll allow you to to change the background color option just for the bar when it appears over the comments. Once the plugin has been installed, all you need to do to is adjust a few settings and your progress bar will be up and running.

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