Your website speed is affected by both servers related issues and client related issues. If any web page contains several high-quality images, it directly affects both sides: more server resource is used to process several HTTP requests and page loads slower in client’s browser as loading several high-quality graphics takes more time. In order to solve this issue, lazy loading technique can help a lot.
What is lazy loading?
Loading the images only when they are or are near to viewport is what lazy loading means for us. This allows the browser to load the image only when necessary. Since browser need not load all images at once, the page loads significantly faster. On the other hand, it reduces the burden on the server as well. This way, lazy loading is very powerful speeding up technique for any website with a large number of high-quality images.
How to implement lazy loading on your WordPress website?
Lazy loading is implemented with jquery. It is very easy to implement lazy loading for your WordPress website as you just need to install a small plugin. Another good thing is you can easily find several free plugins in WordPress Plugin repository. So, you can directly install it from your WordPress dashboard.
Isn’t it really great?
Here I’m going to enlist 5 good lazy loading plugin available in WordPress plugin repository:
A2 Lazy Load is the most powerful and feature-rich lazy loading WordPress plugin. This plugin not only does lazy loading of images but also of videos and iframes. You can even choose to exclude certain pictures from lazy loading. Animation for lazy loading can be chosen as well. And, a3 Lazy Load is fully compatible with WooCommerce and cache plugins. You can see the best use of a3 lazy load plugin in this website where images are loaded when they are 50 px below the viewport.
It is the most downloaded and used lazy loading plugin available in WordPress plugin repository. It is light weight plugin without any option panel. You just install and activate it to speed up your page load.
BJ Lazy Load is yet another feature-rich lazy loading plugin. It supports image as well as iframes. Images are simply replaced by a placeholder and are loading only when they are close to the viewport. Even youtube videos are replaced by placeholder until it appears in the viewport.
This lazy loading plugin has 8000+ active install now. It hasn’t been updated for 2 years. But, works well.
Speeding up your website is very important for the better experience of your audience. And, lazy loading helps a lot in speed optimation. I highly recommend you to try lazy load plugin for your WordPress website.
If you have any good or bad experience on lazy loading plugins enlisted above, please comment below. I’ll refine the list as per your suggestions.