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How to Lazy Load Gravatars in WordPress Comments

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Do you want to lazy load Gravatars in WordPress comments?

Every time a comment is added to your site, WordPress makes an HTTP request to Gravatar to retrieve the commenter’s avatar. This can slow down your site’s page load speed, particularly on articles with a lot of comments.

In this article, we will show you how to easily lazy load Gravatars in WordPress comments and improve your site speed.

Lazy load Gravatars in WordPress comments

Why Lazy Load Gravatars in WordPress Comments?

Gravatar is a super popular web service. It allows users to create a profile and associate an avatar image with their email address.

These images are then used in the WordPress comments each time the visitor uses that particular email address. This is because WordPress-powered websites can fetch profile photos from the Gravatar website.

WordPress comments showing gravatar images of users

Even though Gravatars are great for user engagement and SEO, each user Gravatar adds an HTTP request to your page load.

This increases the time users will have to wait to see the content on your page affecting the user experience negatively.

For example, in the screenshot below, you can see the number of HTTP requests sent by different Gravatars.

Gravatar requests on your website

Lazy loading Gravatars in your comments section prevents loading them until the Gravatars are visible to the user on the screen.

This can help reduce the amount of bandwidth that your website uses and improve your overall WordPress speed and performance.

Having said that, let’s see how to easily lazy load Gravatars in WordPress comments to decrease page load time.

How to Lazy Load Gravatars in WordPress Comments

First, you need to install and activate the a3 Lazy Load plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, visit the Settings » a3 Lazy Load page from the WordPress admin sidebar. Here, open the ‘Lazy Load Images’ tab.

Next, toggle the switch next to the ‘Gravatars’ option. Now, all the Gravatars on your site, including the ones in the comments sections and author bio, will be lazy-loaded to improve site speed.

Toggle the Gravatar switch to lazy load Gravatars in WordPress comments

Once you are satisfied, just click the ‘Save Changes’ button at the bottom to store your settings.

With this plugin, you can also lazy load images in your WordPress content, thumbnails, videos, and more. You can even add a loading effect functionality for Gravatars by scrolling down to the ‘Effect & Style’ tab.

From here, choose the spinner or fade-in loading effect. You can also select a loading background color that will be displayed to users while the Gravatar is loading on your site.

Once you’ve made the changes, don’t forget to click the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.

Customize the Gravatar loading effect

You can now visit any article with comments on your WordPress website. Here, you will see the lazy loading of Gravatar images as the user scrolls down.

Bonus Tips for Improving WordPress Site Speed

Other than Gravatars, you can also add lazy load for comments, videos, and images on your WordPress site to improve the page load speed.

However, if you don’t want to lazy load these parts of your site, then you can also try:

For more tips, you can see our ultimate guide on how to boost WordPress speed and performance.

If you have tried all these methods and your page speed still hasn’t improved, then we recommend switching to a fast WordPress web hosting provider like Hostinger.

Hostinger did very well in our WordPress performance tests. Plus, they are offering our readers an exclusive discount on their hosting plans, starting at just $2.69 per month.

Hostinger website

Finally, once you have switched your hosting and used all our tips for speeding up your site, you can easily test your website’s performance using different tools.

For detailed instructions, see our tutorial on how to properly run a website speed test.

We hope this article helped you lazy load Gravatars in WordPress comments to improve site performance. You may also want to see our beginner’s guide on how to moderate comments in WordPress and our expert picks for the best plugins to improve WordPress comments.

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4 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. Syed Balkhi says

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  2. Kuba says

    Great article, as always!
    But I´ve got one question: should I use the BJ Lazy Load plugin if I use e.g. Yoast SEO plugin, too or is the last one enough?

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