The usability of such sites is often questioned, but I personally think they’re great, although one important factor I’d advise considering is to tap into the user’s mouse scroll wheel to enable it to scroll the website horizontally. This is a technique employed by a bunch of the sites in this showcase, and as you’ll find when browsing, it makes them much more usable.
Elfletterig is a horizontal website that uses navigation keys to scroll from left to right. It has a lot of content and images displayed in a unique layout.
This is Jason Love’s creative horizontal scrolling website. He presents a story with 2 ends with a lot of illustrations along the way
Magpie-studio has an interesting way of presenting content to their readers. They have a one-page website made of horizontal images that slide as you click them.
Zand uses animation and a horizontal scrolling layout for their website. They’re a UX team who love design and are focused on finding the best solutions for their clients.
Appd is a Russian horizontal scrolling website dedicated to children health care. This is also an interactive website that combines illustrations with good design.
Norgam focuses on forming design language for the digital era that we’re in. They have a horizontal scrolling website that showcases all their projects.
This horizontal website is dedicated to the work of the contemporary illustrator, Frederico Babina. You can scroll through a gallery of impressive artwork while listening to a carefully picked soundtrack.
This website has a minimalist yet unique design. They focus on presenting key information about themselves and their work.
Maison-poule is an interactive website that invites their readers on a gastronomic adventure with their online food truck.
This horizontal website works as a design and development agency’s portfolio and it stands out with a creative and unique design.
This is yet another good example of a horizontal website that focuses on print related content and uses the navigation keys to scroll left and right.
This website also uses navigation keys to scroll through their content. They have a nice gallery of projects that can serve as good inspiration.
This website gives you the impression that you’re reading a book or a flier. They’re specialized in bottles which they photograph at a price that makes everyone happy of their investment.
Magic Realism also uses a horizontal website on which they post content in a good looking minimalist way, similar to an image gallery.
Neu-e is a horizontal website that encourages their readers to make something out of an ordinary box. The results are very nice and each object is posted on their page.
Zupadupa is a web agency from Cluj, Romania and they have a horizontal scrolling website that uses a minimalist design.
Hipstamatic uses both vertical and horizontal navigation on their website. They have a creative way of posting content especially through animations, pictures and typography.
The horizontal way, as their name implies, is a project that aims to showcase a list of horizontal websites like their own one.
This is another example of an interactive horizontal website that focuses on sharing a story about the movement of data and how it became what it is today.
Guillaume Juvenet’s personal website uses doodles on a horizontal layout to create a beautiful and responsive page for himself.
This website has a horizontal layout that uses navigation key to scroll through a gallery of photos taken by Alex Flueras.
With a minimalist design, Anders Drage’s horizontal website presents an impressive portfolio of his latest projects.
This is yet another interactive horizontal website that focuses on raising awareness about what we eat, how we produce it and how we could protect our planet and our most iconic species.
LoveBento’s aim is to showcase through their horizontally scrolling website some of most loved stuff in around the world, such as music albums.
25 years of internet tells the story of internet starting with the first proposal in 1989 to nowadays using a horizontal layout and an interactive way of presenting content.
Chester Zoological Society shares their story, starting from 1930 to nowadays through a horizontal scrolling layout on their page.
Lucuma uses a more minimalist design that only has a horizontal scrolling galleries.
Hasrimy specialize in web design and they don’t only think outside the box but also outside of this world. They use a horizontal layout for their website on which you can scroll to find out more about themselves.
This website focuses on presenting architecture projects from France in a horizontal scrolling website. The images are showcased on a grid layout, very frequently used in portfolios.
Last but not least, Dean Oakley’s website is yet another example of using horizontal scrolling in a user-friendly manner.
BONUS: How to Create Your Own Horizontally Scrolling Website
Fancy building a horizontal site of your own? Check out these handy articles and tutorials. Each one offers expert advice on the coding techniques used, and the best practices when considering going the horizontal way.
This first example might come in really handy if you’re considering making a horizontal page. From this video, you’ll learn how to make a smooth horizontal scrolling page using Bootstrap and some jQuery magic.
From this article, you’ll learn a lot of new techniques about making a vertical and horizontal scrolling website using fullPage.js.
The next example is another video tutorial, which will help you learn how to make a webflow dynamic horizontal scrolling portfolio.
This is yet another helpful tutorial from w3schools which will teach how to code and create a horizontal scrollable menu with CSS.