Pagination: Server Side or Client Side?

The right answer depends on your priorities and the size of the data set to be paginated.

Server side pagination is best for:

  • Large data set
  • Faster initial page load
  • Accessibility for those not running javascript

Client side pagination is best for:

  • Small data set
  • Faster subsequent page loads

So if you’re paginating for primarily cosmetic reasons, it makes more sense to handle it client side. And if you’re paginating to reduce initial load time, server side is the obvious choice.

Of course, client side’s advantage on subsequent page load times diminishes if you utilize Ajax to load subsequent pages.

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