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Videos and site loading speed
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Marcy
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June 20, 2018 - 11:41 am
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I’m trying to see if there is a better way for me to put videos in my website. I have solved some of the slow load time, but not all of it, and am wondering if videos are part of the issue. I hope when I'm done writing all of this that it is clear! 🙂

Right now, the home page (https://www.ruach.org/) is using the Video Widget and other pages (such as https://www.ruach.org/high-holy-days/sukot-and-simchat-torah-services/) are using the Agility Page Specific Widget Content. When a visitor clicks the video, it plays right in the web page rather than opening in a new window or taking you to YouTube.

 

When I run GTMetrix on those 2 pages, there is a lot of what looks like video-related ‘stuff’ that load for the last seconds. I’ve tried to take screen shots and have attached them Sukot page first – not sure if this will help show what I mean. OK - it would not let me do the 2 files, even though I downsized them twice to way smaller than the specs. Then it put them in and would not let me post because I exceeded 5 links - I only have 2. I took out one of the screen shots - I'll try to submit this again.

 

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Is there a better way to do videos so they don’t add a load to the site? Should I add videos so they are not embedded but linked? If so, how would I do that? Would something like Vimeo be better for this – I’ve heard it does not add stuff to the site because they make money through paid subscription rather than ads? Someone else suggested using the iFrame code from YouTube – you had a video that said not to use that – with a Lazy Load plugin. Someone else suggested using a thumbnail and setting it up to open in a modal (I’m not sure what that means).

 

Or am I totally off base as to where all the extra stuff is coming from?

 

An aside question - is there a way to tell where the widgets are from? For example, is the Video Widget from Thesis, Agility, WordPress?

 

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Marcy

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Marcy, yes videos add "load" to a site and no there is no way around it.

Some methods of playing video require more javascript helpers than others, all methods of responsive video require javascript.

Neither of the suggestions (iframe/lazy load and thumbnail/modal) will speed up the page load.  In fact both will slow it down because they add yet another set of javascript that must be loaded.

Vimeo may be slightly lighter weight but it won't be a ton faster, I tested this a couple of years ago and found very little difference.

Now - to the BEST way.

Use a simple HTML5 link to the video.  This can be in the video widget or used in the page editor.  And because you are using Agility you can set the desired video embed width in the template options and can add responsiveness to the video by checking the box under Agility Page Details.

The video widget is part of WordPress.  Any Agility widget will say that it comes from Agility.

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