Lazy Load WordPress Plugins to Speed Your Site
I am pretty sure most of you already know that speed is a very important element when it comes to web presence. Every site needs to load fast because users are usually not patient and they just want their needed content delivered. If your site is very slow, be sure that you will lose lots of visitors and potential (even those existing) subscribers. Search engines like Google also prefer fast loading sites, so that’s another reason why you should improve the speed.
What usually makes a site load slow (besides a possible slow server) is the use of many images, especially when they are large or not optimized for web.
But what is to be done when you actually have to publish a post with many images and photos on your WordPress based site? Fortunately, there is a way to get through this and still have a fast website (BTW, remember when we talked about WordPress caching plugins? that’s another method for speeding up your WordPress site Tutorials Series ) so you will not only keep it safe for Google, but your visitors will also get a much better user experience. This way is called Lazy Load WordPress plugins.
How Lazy Load WordPress Plugins Work
Lazy Load WordPress plugins are a great tool for speeding up your site! Don’t get tricked by their name because you won’t get a lazy website. On the contrary, lazy load plugins will make your site load the images only after the rest of the page has been loaded. In other words, with a lazy load WordPress plugin, when users access a post of yours they will first see the content and only after that, they will see the images. This is a great technique which will help a lot!
7 Lazy Load WP Plugins
This is one of the most popular plugins. Using jQuery.sonar, Lazy Load will only load an image when it’s visible in user’s viewport. This will really enhance the loading speed!
This is another much used plugin. It will load your images only after the entire page content has been loaded. After loading the visible images, your browser will be ready to load the rest of them, so they will load when you scroll down.
This one is a bit different from the ones I mentioned as it is for widgets that load slowly. It works great on widgets loading external data (such as Adsense, Facebook, twitter etc). With it, this kind of widgets will be postponed until the whole content has loaded.
With BJ Lazy Load, all your images (including post thumbnails, content iframes, gravatar images etc) will be replaced with a placeholder and loaded when those elements are in user’s viewport.
Ai Loader will take care of your long pages and show the images only when they get into the visible part of the page.
It was created by David Walsh who thinks “why load stuff you never need?” and that describes such kind of plugins pretty well. With this plugin, your images will only load when someone scrolls near them.
YS assures you that no matter what kind of browsers your visitors use, all of them will take benefit from lazy loading. It’s a server side plugin which will load the images right after DOM elements are finished loading. It will also save you bandwidth.
Configuring Lazy Load
Most of these plugins don’t need any special configuration – you just install one, activate it and nothing else is to be done. As these plugins only install a jQuery script and there is nothing to configure, nothing extra is needed.
So in order to take benefit from such a plugin, just find it, install it and voila!
Here is how you install one (my plugin of choice was Lazy Load, but the same methods apply for any of the ones I mentioned).
From your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins -> Add New, search for “Lazy Load” (or any other preferred plugin) and click install.
The same thing can be achieved by downloading the plugin from WordPress Plugin Directory, place the content of the archive in your plugins folder via FTP and then activate it from your list of plugins in Dashboard.
If your site is important to you, then you should definitely try making it load as fast as possible. It’s very important for search engines and visitors. While this is not the only thing you should do, having a lazy load WordPress plugin installed on your site when your content is rich in photos is highly recommended.Don’t Forget To monitor your WordPress Sites Speed before and after the instillation to see the results in paper.
So what do you think, did we miss any important plugin? Also, did these plugins improve your site loading speed? Please let us know by writing a quick comment below!
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