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[Geek] Embedding Youtube videos are slowing down my site

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On Friday, I did a speed test on my website.   This was my score.



Compare to when I just launched my site, there was a huge increase in requests, load time and page size.  Obviously the site at that time had no content.  It was fast and speedy.

As I dig deeper, I noticed that most of the requests are coming from embedded Youtube videos.  It appeared that in order to embed Youtube videos, the blog is pulling flash files (swf) and Javascript files (.js) from Ytimg.com (YouTube Property).  It is pulling files to load that it might not be use.  In order words, it is taking up time to load something that we might not use.


Another problem I noticed with embedded YouTube videos is that they are not mobile friendly (or responsive).

Here’s how it looks like on my phone:


Noticed how the video sticks out from the rest of the blog.

So we have two problems with Youtube videos:  They are slow to load and they are not mobile friendly.
Looking online, I found a plugin that fixed both of these issues.  It is called WP YouTube Lyte.  I loaded the plugin and made minor changes to my YouTube videos.

WP YouTube Lyte only loads the YouTube files when you click on them.  This reduced the number of requests and loading time tremendously.  The plus side is that it is mobile friendly (responsive) as well :).

It is nice to kill two birds with one stone.

Website speed test after


I know my score has gone down.  I added a few more plugins and had a few more Javascripts on my blog.  I will figure out how to merge them together 🙂

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