A kindly blogger told me this morning that WordPress has – at last! – given us a button that will allow us to turn off the infinite scrolling, which so many of us (including me) had complained about in the last few days.
Quickly, in your Dashboard, go to Settings, go to the Reading submenu, and about halfway down the page, you will find
“To infinity and beyond: […] Scroll Infinitely”
Quick-quick – un-click the box before they change their mind again!
An update on infinite scroll:
Thanks for your feedback and patience, everybody. If you’re using footer widgets to display content in your blog, you can now disable infinite scrolling by visiting your Reading settings, in your dashboard. We’re still working on improving the reading experience with infinite scroll, including how well it integrates with your themes and customizations.
Infinite Scroll is now an option when footer widgets are present. You can find the option under Settings → Reading when two conditions are met:
1. You are using a theme that supports infinite scroll
2. You have added footer widgets
So this applies to all of us who are currently using Twenty Ten and Twenty Eleven as our enabled themes. But it also seems to suggest that we can only turn infinite scroll off, if we actually have added footer widgets. As I have footer widgets, it’s working for me. How about you?
There also been some interesting back-and-forth on Infinite Scroll: Do we get an opt out and will this apply to other themes. For instance, thesacredpath cautioned:
All they did was fix the footer widget issue. That is all. When this rolls out to the other themes here that do not have footer widget areas, you will not have the choice to turn it off. That is only an option on themes that have footer widget areas with footer widgets installed.
As WordPress seems hell-bent on implementing infinite scrolling on almost all our themes, this is cause for concern. It suggests that, if your theme does not have footer widgets, and WordPress decides to implement infinite scrolling, then you won’t have the option to turn that off.
Oy… I foresee another battle looming in the Forums when that happens!
However, in the meantime, will you all please join me in singing at the tops of our collectively-heard voices?
My-o-my what a wonderful day!
Thank you, WordPress!