# AJAX Transitions

The template is powered by seamless AJAX transitions thanks to Barba.js (opens new window) plugin.


You need to use any web-server to make AJAX transitions work. If you open the template files locally via the filesystem you may get the browser console error like this one:

"Access to XMLHttpRequest at '...' from origin 
'null' has been blocked by CORS policy:
Cross origin requests are only supported
for protocol schemes: http, data, chrome,
chrome-extension, https."

# Markup

<body data-barba="wrapper">
  <main data-barba="container" data-barba-namespace="dark">
  • Everything outside Barba container with data-barba="container" attribute will remain unchanged when navigating the website. This could be a page header and a page scripts.
  • There is a namespace attribute data-barba-namespace="dark" where you should specify the main color of the page. This will affect header color when transitioning from page to page. It’s useful when you have mixed dark & light pages to make sure the header has enough contrast on the loaded page.
  • To turn off AJAX transitions, remove attribute data-barba="wrapper" from the div container. Or simply unwrap everything from this container since it doesn't create any styling in the document.

# Excluding Rules

If you don't want the specific links to trigger the AJAX transitions, here are the options.

Add data-barba-prevent attribute for the link you want to act as a normal link:

  Download File

Add an outer wrapper with data-barba-prevent="all" attribute for all the links you want to act as normal links:

<div data-barba-prevent="all">
  <a href="/downloads/somefile1.zip">Download File 1</a>
  <a href="/downloads/somefile2.zip">Download File 2</a>
  <a href="/downloads/somefile3.zip">Download File 3</a>
# Option 3. Add jQuery selectors to the prevent rules

This option is useful if you don't want to change the HTML markup.

<a href="#" class="my-link-class">Link 1</a>
<a href="#" id="my-link-id">Link 2</a>

# 3rd-party Scripts Compatibility

When extending the template functionality with a JavaScript plugin that’s not included to the package, you may run into an issue. Your plugin may work good after the initial site load. But when it comes to any AJAX transition it doesn’t initialize again. This is an expected behavior due to the nature of AJAX technology.

All the 3rd-party scripts you need to re-init manually each time an AJAX transition occurs. You can do this by placing the initialization code of your plugin inside initComponents() function wrapper in 📄js/components.js file:

function initComponents($scope = $document) {

  new SmoothScroll();
  new Parallax($scope);
  new Grid();
  new Form();
  new SliderImages($scope);
  new SliderTestimonials($scope);
  new AsideCounters($scope);
  new GMap($scope);
  new SectionMasthead($scope);
  new SectionContent($scope);
  new SectionIntro($scope);
  new SectionTextSlider($scope);
  new SectionHeadingsSlider($scope);
  new SectionHalfScreenSlider($scope)
  new SectionNavProjects($scope)
  new SectionComposition($scope);
  new FigurePortfolio($scope);

  // your custom plugin init here


initComponents() function is called each time a new page is loaded (normal or AJAX way).

# Ad Trackers Compatibility

Some of the popular tracking scripts are already AJAX-compatible with Rubenz template. It means that you don’t have to write any additional functions to make them work flawlessly. Those include:

  • Google Analytics
  • Facebook Pixel
  • Yandex.Metrika

If you need to fine tune those ad tracking update functions, please take a look at PJAXUpdateTrackers() function in 📄js/components.js file.

function PJAXUpdateTrackers() {


   * Google Analytics
  function updateGA() {

    if (typeof gtag === 'function') {

      if (window.gaData && Object.keys(window.gaData)[0] !== 'undefined') {

          trackingID = Object.keys(window.gaData)[0],
          pageRelativePath = (window.location.href).replace(location.origin, '');

        gtag('js', new Date());
        gtag('config', trackingID, {
          'page_title': document.title,
          'page_path': pageRelativePath




   * Facebook Pixel
  function updateFBPixel() {

    if (typeof fbq === 'function') {
      fbq('track', 'PageView');


   * Yandex Metrika
  function updateYaMetrika() {

    if (typeof ym === 'function') {

      var trackingID = getYmTrackingNumber();

      ym(trackingID, 'hit', window.location.href, {
        title: document.title


    function getYmTrackingNumber() {

      if (typeof window.Ya !== 'undefined' && typeof window.Ya.Metrika2) {
        return window.Ya.Metrika2.counters()[0].id || null;

      if (typeof window.Ya !== 'undefined' && typeof window.Ya.Metrika) {
        return window.Ya.Metrika.counters()[0].id || null;

      return null;