Load Social media buttons without slow load time in easy step

Why should we care?

Social media buttons have become a mandatory part of any website.Social media buttons delay initial page load time.The problem becomes worse as you need to put more than one button on your website.Most of the webmasters use Facebook,Twitter and Google plus buttons on their site.Each of these social sites are important for your website in one way or other.

All of the above buttons add extra kilo bytes of JavaScript in your page size and extra time in your page load (Facebook button is very heavy and needs many calls).This slows down your website.Speed has become one of ranking factor in Google search algorithm and also visitors tend to leave a slow site.

All these factors make life of a webmaster tough.

Is there a solution?

From webmaster point of view the best solution is to load social media buttons on requirement basis.For example if user wants to share something and is hovering above the buttons then they should get loaded or if the user is scrolling down your content.This way webmasters can have fast page load time and social buttons also.

The above solution is made feasible by JavaScript library by David Busell.You can download the JavaScript library from Socialite website.

There is good news for WordPress users.There exists a plugin which uses Socialitejs library to load the buttons.You can download the plugin WPSocialite for free.WordPress users are always lucky in this regard.Anything good and new does get converted into WordPress plugin.

Currently it offers Facebook,Twitter,Google Plus,Linkedin and Pinterest buttons.These are most used buttons on a website.This can be extended to other platforms as well.

Does the solution work?

I have tested WordPress plugin and it does work.The initial page load time is great and buttons load only after user scrolls down the page.There is no delay or lag of any kind at button load time.

I would recommend this solution if page load time is your concern.Feel free to share your concerns and any alternative solutions taking care of problem discussed above.

5 thoughts on “Load Social media buttons without slow load time in easy step

  1. Dr. Ashok Koparday

    Hello,
    Greetings.

    It’s true that sharing on social media is plugged into every website and blog. Loading on basis of requirement is good idea. How does Jetpack for WordPress, which uses Sharedaddy, compare with WPSocialite?

    My experience with website optimization:
    1. Query strings.
    The problem I get with Jetpack for WordPress is there are many query strings, which PageSpeed doesn’t like. The other problem is poor response from the plugin support. It uses Publicize to post to social networks. One of the reasons I I switched to Jetpack for WordPress is I am in love with Matt Mullenweg. However, I suspect Jetpack for WordPress is toxic for fast page loading.
    2. Images

    With SpriteMe for images the icons are not distinct, but all of them appear like the ‘twitter’ icon, that too as the twitter bird would appear when lying on the floor dead.
    So I do not know how to Sprite images.
    3.
    How to combine CSS and JavaScript to optimize web site as suggested by YSlow?

    My experience with substitute for Google Adsense:
    After the initial registration and their instant reply ylliXmedia has not contacted me or replied. Is it that they don’t like me?

    My experience with SEO:
    “One of the Internet’s strengths is its ability to help
    consumers find the right needle in a digital haystack of data.” ~ Jared Sandberg
    This doesn’t seem to work for my site, which is unique in that it offers free personalized expert opinion to every query received related to Sexual Health.
    Does the doctor have to be patient?

    Do I have to visit Haridwar or Shirdi Sai Baba to get all these things functioning well?

    Regards,

    Dr. Ashok Koparday

  2. Dr. Ashok Koparday

    Hello,
    Greetings.

    It's true that sharing on social media is plugged into every website and blog. Loading on basis of requirement is good idea. How does Jetpack for WordPress, which uses Sharedaddy, compare with WPSocialite?

    My experience with website optimization:
    1. Query strings.
    The problem I get with Jetpack for WordPress is there are many query strings, which PageSpeed doesn't like. The other problem is poor response from the plugin support. It uses Publicize to post to social networks. One of the reasons I I switched to Jetpack for WordPress is I am in love with Matt Mullenweg. However, I suspect Jetpack for WordPress is toxic for fast page loading.
    2. Images

    With SpriteMe for images the icons are not distinct, but all of them appear like the 'twitter' icon, that too as the twitter bird would appear when lying on the floor dead.
    So I do not know how to Sprite images.
    3.
    How to combine CSS and JavaScript to optimize web site as suggested by YSlow?

    My experience with substitute for Google Adsense:
    After the initial registration and their instant reply ylliXmedia has not contacted me or replied. Is it that they don't like me?

    My experience with SEO:
    "One of the Internet's strengths is its ability to help
    consumers find the right needle in a digital haystack of data." ~ Jared Sandberg
    This doesn't seem to work for my site, which is unique in that it offers free personalized expert opinion to every query received related to Sexual Health.
    Does the doctor have to be patient?

    Do I have to visit Haridwar or Shirdi Sai Baba to get all these things functioning well?

    Regards,

    Dr. Ashok Koparday

    • No there is no need for a visit but they are great places to be in..Please message me your site name along with keyword for which you want to be on page one (on social network site)..I will review the site and try to give some input..

      About Yllix have you asked them any query.(I mailed them four times and received two replies)…You can try direct mailing to emily or catch her on Skype (I have not tried it)

  3. No there is no need for a visit but they are great places to be in..Please message me your site name along with keyword for which you want to be on page one (on social network site)..I will review the site and try to give some input..

    About Yllix have you asked them any query.(I mailed them four times and received two replies)…You can try direct mailing to emily or catch her on Skype (I have not tried it)

  4. Yes! social share button will slow down your site.. I found nice article about this.
    wordpressapi dot com/2013/06/05/social-button-slow-wordpress-site/

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