Preload images to get faster page loading experience. Preload Images plugin supports unlimited image urls, good for photo galleries and other image-heavy sites where you want to deliver the photos as seamlessly as possible.
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I wanted to trigger an animated GIF on hover. To implement this, I followed a simple online guide to *swap* an image on hover - set initial image as the first frame of your GIF, and the second image as the animated GIF itself.
This worked perfectly on desktop, but there was a small but very annoying flash on mobile (on touch).
Enter this plugin!
I enabled the plugin for pages (setting), then copy/pasted the URL of my GIFs in the 'Image URLs' field on my specific page ... and voila! The flash is history!
Thanks to the plugin author - Ravikumar Patel (@ravipatel) - for such a simple and neat solution for my unique case.
PS: it took me longer to write a Support question followed by this review, than it did to actually apply the fix! 🙂
Sadly, the plugin does not work to preload a site's background image when that image is specified in common image urls.
Plus, when there is no image specified in the common image urls, the site loads as a blank page with what I can only describe as a spinning waiting icon. Once the spin is done the site does load smoothly with the background image. But, who wants clients seeing a site that loads with a spinning icon for 3 seconds?
Hopefully they'll update so that the background image can be specified in the common image urls, because it does seem an easy to use plugin.
I found myself needing to pre-load some images and started to figure out how to do it by hand when I thought "If you have a need in WordPress, there's probably a plugin for it." So I went hunting and found this plugin.
Gutenberg made it a little hard to see the meta box on Pages at first, but I found it.
I REALLY like that you can preload per page/post, or have them global. Nicely done.
I am very thankful for this plugin, and of course the person/s who created it. My client wanted an image carousel as the homepage header, which resulted in short loading delays the first run through. Since using this plugin -- no delays! Pretty cool stuff.
Contributors & Developers
“Preload Images” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.