The latest WP YouTube Lyte version came with support for responsive themes and added microdata for better search-engine discovery of your embedded video’s. But there were also some important improvements from a performance point of view;
- The LYTE player chrome (the play button -with 2 states- and the bottom control) is now fetched with one request for a CSS sprite (lytesprite.png) instead of 2 separate images
But what are words worth, you only want to know if WP YouTube Lyte still out-performs normal YouTube embeds, right? Well, there’s nothing like a nice old-fashioned comparative webpagetest;org test to see where we stand!
|document complete||fully loaded||video only|
|time (s)||requests||size (KB)||time (s)||requests||size (KB)||requests||size (KB)|
|Standard YouTube (page | result)||1.757||10||167||4.718||13||483||8||429.8|
|WP YouTube Lyte (page | result)||1.021||6||79||1.353||8||100||3||22.9|
So yeah, WP YouTube Lyte is more efficient then normal YouTube embeds, by a very large margin! Now go and preach to the unfaithful, because after all, doesn’t the world deserve Lyter YouTube embeds?