You have lots of great contents. But unfortunately, the site takes long time to load. What will happen ?
You will lose the readers naturally, as nobody likes the waiting time and will move to some other site, even though how much precious content you are giving. It will ultimately affect your Google page ranking too. That’s why major WordPress sites, with hundreds of images to load, opt for lazy load plugins.
Lazy load plugins are really helpful to improve the performance of the site. It forces images, widgets, videos, social icons to load only when they are needed. However, the plugin doesn’t leave your site any time as blank. Readers will be able to see any graphical content according to their scrolling down, without any delay.
More awesome is that, 90% of these plugins are easy and free to use. Cool, na ?
These are the top 21 lazy load plugins that are usable wide across the net for different purposes- for images, videos, comments and more.
1. BJ Lazy Load
BJ Lazy Load is one of the most trusted plugins for speeding up WordPress. It works well with images, iframes and will load your site faster than before.
2. Lazy Load
Lazy Load is another good choice to reduce page load time and saves bandwidth. Images will be loaded only when they are visible to the user.
3. Unveil Lazy Load
Unveil Lazy Load will speed up your site by decreasing the data size loaded from the server. It uses a lightweight lazy load library for the purpose.
4. jQuery Image Lazy Load WP
The plugin adopts jQuery feature for lazy loading of images, as the name indicates.
5. WP images lazy loading
It will optimize images by following jQuery technique. The plugin delays loading of images outside the visible area of the webpage. It also reduces your server load and will save bandwidth too.
6. Advanced Lazy Load
Advanced Lazy Load will increase site speed many times. When a user opens site, it loads the text first, then loads images according to scrolling down the screen.In that way, it will reduce the loading time of the page.
7. Image Lazy Load
It is another nice plugin for lazy loading of images and to improve page rank.
8. Rocket Lazy Load
Rocket Lazy Load will work for all types of images, thumbnails, widgets, avatars and smileys. It uses tiny lazy load script instead of jQuery. The plugin reduces HTTP requests and improves loading time in an exact way.
9. Crazy Lazy
Like most other plugins, Crazy Lazy doesn’t have any complex settings to configure. Install and activate, that’s all. Soon it will make positive changes in the loading time of images.
10. WordPress Lazy Load
WordPress Lazy Load will enhance page speed by not loading images from outside of the readers’ viewport. It supports all types of images uploaded to the site.
11. Disqus Conditional Load
This plugin replaces official Disqus plugin with advanced features including lazy load. Similar to lazy loading of images, it will load comments and form only when they are needed. It comes with all the features of official version plus additional options. Website owners can decide how to load comments (on the scroll or on mouse click).
12. Lazy Social Buttons
We need social media buttons to promote posts. This plugin will add Facebook like, Twitter tweet, Google+ icons to the posts, but delays its loading until the user hovers over them. You can set the button position anywhere on the post (above, below or manual).
13. WP Social Lite
This is an effective way for lazy loading of social share buttons. It’s integrated with major networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn etc. WP Social Lite is useful for getting more visitors and to improve the site speed also.
14. Lazy Load for Videos
It will replace default YouTube and Vimeo embedded videos with a clickable preview image. The video will play as soon as the user clicks on the image.
15. WP YouTube Lyte
WP YouTube Lyte will lazy load videos by inserting responsive lyte YouTube embeds. It will look like normal embedded YouTube, but will call Flash player only when the user clicks on it. This plugin is more useful when you are displaying multiple videos on a single page.
16. Lazy Widget Loader
Lazy Widget Loader enables lazy loading of widgets to improve page loading. It will make a big change especially when your widget needs to load datas from external sources like Facebook, Twitter, AdSense etc.
17. WordPress Advanced Image Lazy Load
WordPress Advanced Image Lazy Load is a premium plugin from CodeCanyon. It delays loading of images- those from posts, widgets, plugins, themes etc. It has lots of advanced features. You can enable or disable it for particular posts, pages or images.
It replaces all images with a placeholder and loads the content when the visitor is about to reach that particular part by scrolling down the page.
19. Speed Booster Pack
Speed Booster Pack lets you improve the loading time by activating certain features. You can change image compression level, minify and inline all CSS styles and move them to the footer, remove junk header tags etc with this plugin.
20. WP Electric Carousel – Full Width Lazy Load Slider
Electric Carousel is a premium lazy load slider plugin from CodeCanyon. It has a great look and you can add many high-resolution images to the slider without reducing the page speed.
21. Images Lazyload and Slideshow
It will do more than just lazy loading of images. The plugin can add lightbox effect, gallery slideshow effect to the selected images. You can set custom HTML too. These all are independent features and you can use them separately.