Why I hate Infinite Scrolling
Mahesh K Jul 8
I am sure you have seen old Pre-Material Design YouTube homepage layout where they had the menubar and essential details in the footer. And you have to rely on low speed internet connection, to access the footer.
YouTube's recent design has changed this. However there are lot of websites out there who make use of the bad UI design with infinite scrolling to create distracting experience.
Here's why I hate infinite scroll.
- I can't find your menubar if it's under scroll.
- I can't find your contact details under page that has endless images like pinterest.
- I can't find way to navigate between the different pages apart from infinite scroll.
- I can't find map or business details under scroll.
- I don't know when the infinite scroll will end.
Here are few things I think people who implement infinite scrolling should keep in mind.
- Don't keep menubars in the bottom footer.
- Avoid keeping essential website details under infinite scrolling.
- Offer manual triggers for infinite scrolling with buttons.
- Don't put map or media element under infinite scrolling.
Think like an ordinary web user who spends less time on the internet. And then design your website interface.
As a front end developer, I find it really annoying that people who design websites don't keep user experience in mind.
What's your experience with Infinite scrolling and other fancy web design trends?