Lazy Widget Loader

Lazy Widget Loader provides lazy loading for widgets to improve page loading. Use on slow widgets with content from Facebook, Twitter, AdSense …

Author:itthinx (profile at
WordPress version required:3.0
WordPress version tested:3.6.1
Plugin version:1.2.8
Added to WordPress repository:02-09-2011
Last updated:03-08-2013
Warning! This plugin has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
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Total downloads:16 838
Active installs:300+
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The Lazy Widget Loader plugin provides lazy loading for widgets to improve page loading.
Use it on slow widgets, especially those where external data is loaded, like widgets from Facebook, Twitter, AdSense, …

What this plugin basically does is to postpone loading the content of those widgets you choose, so that their content is loaded after the main content of the page that is displayed.

You can choose which widgets should be loaded like that, by default the plugin does not “impose” itself on any widget. You may also choose to display a throbber while the content of a widget is loaded.

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Advanced lazy loading integration

The Lazy Widget Loader can take advantage of the advanced asynchronous loading mechanism provided by the Itthinx LazyLoader for content and widgets.
This plugin helps to optimize site speed by greatly improving page load time and bandwidth usage.
Instead of deferred loading in the footer, it provides advanced options that allow to load any content only when needed.
These include shortcodes that allow to lazy-load content anywhere on a page, the option to load content on sight and an automatic noscript feature that helps to provide alternative content for visitors that have disabled JavaScript.
You can see a demo of the Itthinx LazyLoader here.