Boost Your Site’s Load Time with the Lazy Load Plugin!

Boost Your Site's Load Time with the Lazy Load Plugin!
You wish your site was as fast as this dog is awesome, but it never will be.

There’s something about the phrase “lazy loading”. It somehow seems a bit suggestive. Or perhaps that says far more about me and my Freudian ways than it does the phrase itself.

But regardless of that, lazy loading is a good thing. For those who are not familiar with the term, it is simply a design pattern that defers the loading of a particular element in a web page (or computer program). It is extremely handy for particular elements that are resource intensive – if you choose to load that particular element last, it won’t prevent the rest of the site from being loaded.

We’ve seen lazy loading before on WPMU – Digg Digg uses it. The Lazy Widget Loader that Sarah featured back in September 2011 is a clever little bugger with lazy loading functionality. But now it’s time to take it to the next level.

Lazy Load

It is always reassuring when you come across a plugin developed in part by Automattic. Whilst that certainly doesn’t mean that the plugin will be flawless (the official Facebook plugin, anyone?), their presence does lend a certain gravitas to proceedings.

And that is one of the reasons why I like the Lazy Load plugin – but not the main reason. The main reason of course is its functionality, which is really quite simple – it only loads images when they are visible in the browser’s viewport.

So, if you have a blog post that is image-heavy, the rest of your site won’t suffer for it. And since each individual image is not likely to be particularly large, they should load near-instantly at the time of calling. And let’s face it – regardless of how code-heavy your site is, the cumulative weight of your images are likely to have the greatest impact. Rationing their loading is a great way of delivering your site far more quickly.

That’s it folks! It does one thing, and it does it well. And with a near-perfect star rating, you know they’re doing something right.

Download Lazy Load here.

Creative Commons image courtesy of Andrew Morrell Photography