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  • The plugin works well and looks good, however it added a full two seconds of load time to my site…no thanks. When I disabled the plugin load times went back to normal.

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  • Plugin Author smashballoon

    (@smashballoon)

    Hey @andrewnyc,

    Thanks for your review. We appreciate all feedback, both positive and negative, as it helps us to further improve our plugins!

    I’d like to address your feedback though as we specifically built this plugin so that it would have no affect on page load time, as it’s loaded entirely using JavaScript after the rest of your page has finished loading. As it doesn’t load until the rest of the page has loaded then it shouldn’t have any affect on the visible load time of the page. Could I ask how you’re measuring the load time? If you’re measuring the time for every single asset on the page to finish loading/executing then it will add a couple of seconds as it sends a JavaScript request to the database to get the cache, or check Instagram’s API, however it does this in the background after the rest of the page has already loaded and is fully functional and so it won’t affect the usable load time of the page. If you’re measuring the load time for when the page is visible and ready to be used then it shouldn’t affect this at all as the plugin doesn’t run until the page is visible and usable.

    You can see that if you observe the load time of our home page which doesn’t include the Instagram feed (the blue number after the “DOMContentLoaded” at the very bottom of this screenshot) and the load time of our demo which does include the Instagram feed (screenshot here) then they are pretty much identical.

    If you’re willing to provide some more information about how you’re measuring the load time then I’d appreciate it, as if there is an issue that’s causing an issue in the visible load time then I’d like to be able to fix it.

    Many thanks, and I hope you had a good weekend!

    John

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