Blog loading time is one of the major factors to consider when it comes to user-friendliness. When you are having a slow loading blog, your visitor may not be waiting and for sure he/she will be leaving your site.
Statistics say that higher the loading time of a web page, higher the abandon rate of visitors. You can take a look at the below infographics (src):
People are all using their smartphones to browse the web and for sure they expect the page to load faster. When you are able to design a fast loading blog pages then you can completely overcome this problem and deliver the content as quick as possible to your visitors.
There are a lot of factors to consider in optimizing the loading time of images on your WordPress blog.
Images and Videos are the rich graphical content that means they will be the bigger size and takes more time for a browser to download it from your web server. Simply, when you use a number of images or videos on your blog, it takes more time to load and you will end up losing those impatient visitors.
Why Do You Use WP Lazy Loader?
By using WP Lazy Loader plugin, you can reduce the blog loading time without any hard work. The plugin enables lazy loading of images, YouTube videos and hence reduces the loading time immediately.
In general, whenever a visitors come to your blog all the images, videos that you have embedded are all downloaded immediately and this is the major cause of the delay.
When you use WP Lazy Loader plugin, it avoids loading all the images, videos immediately instead it enables the download only when they come to visibility.
- Let’s say, you have embedded 5 images in a blog post and that too at the lower half of the blog post. When a visitor, comes to your blog post all those 5 images won’t be downloaded immediately.
- Instead, WP Lazy Loader starts the download only when the visitors scroll down the blog post. This way, the blog post will be loaded immediately to the visitor however, the images, videos are loaded only when they are required to be displayed.
- Hence WP Lazy Loader enables better user experience on your WordPress blog.
The plugin comes with below 3 options:
- Lazy load on Homepage – By default, all the images and videos on the homepage of your blog are lazy loaded. With this option, you can enable or disable lazy loading on the homepage including thumbnails.
- Lazy load on Blog Posts – By default, all the images and videos on all the blog posts of your blog are lazy loaded. With this option, you can enable or disable lazy loading on the blog posts.
- Lazy load on Blog Pages – By default, all the images and videos on all the blog pages of your blog are lazy loaded. With this option, you can enable or disable lazy loading on the blog pages.
You can setup any of the lazy load options in any combination. This is a lightweight & best plugin which doesn’t overload your blog.
How to Install WP Lazy Loader Plugin?
Let’s see the steps to install the plugin:
- Login to the WordPress dashboard.
- Go to Plugins – Add New.
- Search for “WP Lazy Loader”.
- Click Install Now and then Activate.
- Once installed, go to Settings – WP Lazy Loader.
- Enable/Disable the options based on your need.
- Don’t forget to click Save Changes.
Now visit your blog post/pages, you can see the images and YouTube videos are lazy loaded.
How to Disable Lazy Loading on Certain Blog Posts/Pages?
WP Lazy Loader plugin has the option to control lazy loading functionality.
- For example, you can disable lazy loading on any blog post/pages by adding a shortcode <!– disable-lazy-loader –>
- This helps to avoid lazy loading and do the normal loading of images/YouTube videos on specific posts/pages in case if you want to disable it.
The following screenshot shows how do you add the disable shortcode:
I hope this plugin will be helpful to improve your blog loading time.
Let me know if you need any more features or facing any issues in using this plugin.
I will be happy to help you!