How to Preload Links in WordPress for Faster Loading Speeds

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Do you want to preload links in WordPress and improve loading speeds?

Link preloading is a browser technology that will load links in the background before a site visitor clicks them, making your website seem faster.

In this article, we’ll show you how to preload WordPress links for faster loading speeds easily. 

Link preloading is when your web browser will load the link in the background before the user clicks it. That way, the moment they get to the page, it’s already loaded. 

The only thing is, you’ll need to make sure you set up preloading the right way and not make the common mistakes. For example, if your settings are too aggressive and all your internal links are preloaded, then it could have the opposite effect and even crash your server altogether.

That being said, let’s show you how to preload links in WordPress the right way, step by step. 

If it detects any issues like that, then the plugin will stop all preloading. 

Upon activation, navigate to Settings » Flying Pages in your WordPress admin panel to configure the plugin settings. 

Then, you need to set the ‘Delay to start preloading’ time in the drop down. This is the delay to start preloading links if your user’s mouse isn’t moving in the browser window.

You can change this, but we’ll keep the default recommended setting of ‘0 second’.

Next, you can change the ‘Max requests per second’. The lower you set this number, the less impact it will have on your server. 

After that, you can check the box to ‘Preload only on mouse hover’. This will only preload links if a user hovers over it and will preload the page just before they click.

This technology makes the perceived load time nearly instant because there’s a 400ms delay between when the user brings their mouse over a link and clicking it.

You can also set the ‘Mouse hover delay’. This is the time that will pass after a user hovers over a link before preloading starts. 

Below that, there’s a list of keywords that the plugin will ignore for preloading.

These are standard login pages and image files. You can leave the list as it is or add more keywords if you like.

The final option is to disable preloading for admins.

Overall, this will help to reduce your website server load. If you want to only preload for website visitors who aren’t logged-in admins, then simply check the box.

Once you’re finished, click the ‘Save Changes’ button at the bottom of the page.

That it, you’ve successfully enabled link preloading on your website.

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