Lazy Loading for WordPress in Under 5 Minutes (Beginner Tutorial)



Learn exactly what lazy loading is, how it works, and how to add lazy loading to your website with this quick WordPress tutorial.
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In 2010, I made my first WordPress website.

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About this Video
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Lazy loading is a fantastic optimization to speed up WordPress sites. Normally, when someone visits a page on your site, every image on the page will load at once. This is completely unecessary because the visitor probably won’t even scroll far enough down the page to see all of the images.

With lazy loading, images don’t load until they come into the visitor’s screen. This means the page is finished loading much sooner, and you don’t waste server resources serving images that don’t get seen. The images quickly load as the visitor scrolls down the page so they never know the difference.

Adding lazy loading to WordPress is extremely easy, and I recommend using either the OptiMole plugin (free) or the WP Rocket plugin (premium) which I use on competethemes.com.

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