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New, constant scrolling format(?) causing problems with memory and videos

  1. Hello. I have been having a lot of problems with my main WordPress blog the past day or so. (By the way, I have been posting to this blog very frequently, and have had a lot of success with it (very positive responses, good readership, etc.), for five years.) Until the past couple of days, at least as far as I have noticed, my first page had a more limited end to it and you could then easily move on to the next page. Now, there is a constant scroll-down effect whereby the blog keeps loading. (But I have not changed themes - it has always been Black-LetterHead.) This is causing problems for me, because my laptop, which I bought just three years ago and which is not a bad model, cannot handle the memory overload (so the page freezes at some point, the flash crashes, etc.). Also, there has been a problem with the videos. Before, I added some formatting specs to the YouTube URL to make sure that it came in at a certain quality. That may not have been necessary for the past two years or so, but I got used to doing it that way. But last night, I found that almost all of my videos had disappeared. This is a film and music blog that depends heavily on YouTube clips, often with multiple clips to a post. I am now removing the extra specs/codes from all the YouTube URLs, but it is going to take a lot of time. More importantly, though, is this problem with the memory caused by the scroll-down function. (I hope I am being clear; I don't have all the latest technical vocabulary for this stuff.) I do not have the money to upgrade my computer, and I don't see why I should have to in order to read my blog. I badly wish the format would go back to the simpler arrangement that existed before! I have tried to find a button that might do this, but I don't think it exists...

    The blog I need help with is roughinhere.wordpress.com.

  2. Staff have been introducing "infinite scroll" to themes -- a site wide change. See here for infinite scroll themes updates and note your Black Letterhead theme is among the themes with infinite scroll. See Disabling Infinite Scroll on your WordPress.com Blog

    Also note that you can split content in your posts by inserting "the more tag". Using it means only the beginning of posts appear on the front page followed by a read mor link that visitors can click to view the full post on its own page.

  3. Yup, these are some of the reasons I was against this, but...

  4. One of the reasons many of us argued against this "feature"

    Resistance is Futile -

  5. Thank you to all for the feedback on this. I didn't know what the hell was going on! I have switched themes and am now using Chateau, which is not infected by this illness, and if I am correctly interpreting the directions that I've read (thanks to links provided), the fact that it has footer widgets means that it is possible to ward off the infinite scroll indefinitely.

  6. I wouldn't count on being able to ward it off indefinitely. I suspect if staff ever figures out a clean way to have the footer widgets, AND have infinite scrolling, then everyone will be infected.

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