Love it or hate it, more and more blogs and even popular sites like Facebook and Tumbler are using Infinite scrolling. For the unaware, infinite scrolling is a technique implement by the website owner to continuously loads the next page as the user scroll down the page.
While infinite scrolling does keep the visitors on the site leading to more page views, but it doesn’t always offer the best user experience. There are few problems with the infinite scrolling.
- Use to too much RAM
- Impossible to reach static links (like About Us or Contact Us) at the footer
- User is left with the sense of loss of control
Now, you can always, turn off your Internet to stop infinite scrolling but that means your active download running in the background would also stop. Alternatively, you can also use extensions like Kill Infinite Scroll (Firefox), but If you are like me who don’t prefer to install too many extension, that one is off the list as well.
- Click on the padlock icon next to the URL of the website
- Choose Site settings from the drop-down menu
- A new window will open with Chrome settings,
- Go back to the webpage and refresh it
While infinite scrolling has advantages for some website (like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook) which generates personalized content dynamically, other blogs that only use it to get more page views, should think twice before using it. Or the least these blogs can do is not put static links (like About Us or Contact Us) at the footer.
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