What problem are you trying to solve? In my case, I don’t want the bottom of the page to be a dead end. Paging would appear to be a good solution – click next page, get more content. Alas, it has issues:
- When you post a new article, it changes the content of all your pages. Google doesn’t like this – search traffic to your blog will suffer since people will click through expecting an older version of the page.
- Invalidates your entire cache when you post something new. Admittedly not a problem for most of us, but worth considering.
Archives solve my problem – not wanting a dead end, while avoiding the two problems with pagination mentioned above. It is harder to get your window size right though (you don’t want 2 or 200 articles per page).
I’ve just added archives to this site – an interim fix to tide me over until I do it right.
Thanks to Rick Olson for telling me I didn’t need paging.