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  • I am working on a website where MP4 loads on the homepage. I notice it’s very slow on slow library type connections. I’m going to get it sped up, but, is there a way I can display a thumbnail/image of the first frame of the video (or another image) while the video loads in the background?

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  • You can certainly set a poster images for videos in WordPress. You can find instructions for that here: However, where the video is being hosted and if it is set to auto-play also need to be taken into account. The above method would only work for videos that are hosted on the WordPress site (non-embedded videos). In addition it is more difficult with auto-play videos, as the browser may go right into loading the video instead of displaying the poster image.

    Reducing the size of the video file is definitely worth pursuing as that will cause the video to load rapidly on most connections, and the poster image should take care of the slower connections/unsupported browsers.

    Hope this helps! Let me know if I can be of further assistance.

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