7 Best Youtube Lazy Loaders For Faster Youtube Video Embed

by jQueryScript,

Why You Need Youtube Videos In The Website?

Youtube is currently the second largest website in the world and the second largest social media platform with 1.9 billion users worldwide.

A study shows that one-third of the total time online is spent watching videos, and YouTube has more than a billion active users.

Since 'Time on Page' is one of critical SEO Ranking Factors more and more bloggers & website masters embed Youtube videos into their articles and blog posts to increase visitors' average time spent on the sites.

How To Embed Youtube Videos In Your Page?

The fastest and simplest way to insert Youtube Videos in the page is to using iframe element:

  1. Visit the video on Youtube.
  2. Click the Share button under the video player.
  3. Click the Embed button in the popup.
  4. Copy and paste the code into your document. Done.

Youtube Embed Code Iframe

The problem is…

You might encounter a performance issue when embedding Youtube videos using iframe.

The webpage will instantly load Youtube videos on page load and block the DOM rendering until the video players are completely loaded.

This will greatly increase the page load time and thus damage the user experience.

Best Practices?

To delay the loading of Youtube videos within your document, you might need lazy loading technology.

For Chrome users you can use the loading="lazy" attribute introduced by Google.

<iframe src="video-player.html" loading="lazy"></iframe> 

For the best experience, you might need a 3rd JavaScript plugin to lazy load Youtube videos and improve the page load time:

  1. Stops the auto loading of Youtube videos.
  2. Fetches and displays Youtube video thumbnails on the page.
  3. Loads the Youtube video players until the visitors click/tap the thumbnail.

The Best Youtube Video Lazy Loader

Here are the 7 best jQuery and/or Vanilla JavaScript based Youtube lazy loaders that help developers and bloggers bring a performant, fast, SEO-friendly lazy loading experience to your Youtube videos within the document. I hope you like it.

Table of contents:

jQuery Video Lazy Loaders:

Lightweight jQuery Youtube Video Lazy Load Plugin - LazyYT.js

LazyYT.js is a small and fast jQuery plugin for delaying loading of Youtube videos in your website for reducing the page loading time to improve user experiences.

Lightweight jQuery Youtube Video Lazy Load Plugin - LazyYT.js

[Demo] [Download]


Lightweight jQuery Plugin To Lazy Load Youtube Videos - Lazy Loader

YouTube Lazy Loader is a super light (~2kb minified) jQuery plugin used to lazy load & control youtube videos to improve the page load time.

Lightweight jQuery Plugin To Lazy Load Youtube Videos - Lazy Loader

[Demo] [Download]


jQuery Plugin To Lazy Load Youtube Videos Until Needed - LazyTube

Yet another jQuery Youtube video lazy load plugin that displays the thumbnail images of Youtube videos on the webpage and then plays them when clicked.

jQuery Plugin To Lazy Load Youtube Videos Until Needed - LazyTube

[Demo] [Download]


Performance-focused Youtube Video Embed - jQuery embedVideo

embedVideo is a simple-to-use jQuery plugin that helps you quickly embed Youtube videos into your webpages with lazy load support.

Performance-focused Youtube Video Embed - jQuery embedVideo

[Demo] [Download]


Vanilla Youtube Video Lazy Loaders:

Lazy Load Youtube Video With JavaScript – llyv.js

llyv.js is a Youtube Video lazy load library which allows the user to load Youtube Video Players on demand.

Lazy Load Youtube Video With JavaScript – llyv.js

[Demo] [Download]


Load Youtube Video Only When Needed – Youtube LazyLoad

Yet another Youtube lazy loader that delays the loading of Youtube video player to improve the performance of your web page.

Load Youtube Video Only When Needed – Youtube LazyLoad

[Demo] [Download]


Only Load Youtube Video Player After Clicking The Thumbnail – LazyTube

LazyTube is an ultra-light Youtube video lazy load library which only loads/displays video thumbnails on the page and fetches the Youtube video player only when the thumbnail is clicked.

Only Load Youtube Video Player After Clicking The Thumbnail – LazyTube

[Demo] [Download]


Conclusion:

Want more jQuery plugins or JavaScript libraries to create Youtube Lazy Loaders on the web & mobile? Check out the jQuery Lazy Load and JavaScript Youtube sections.

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