With WordPress, you can customize every aspect of your site, including the effect of loading screen animation. Normally, you would need to use coding to achieve this. However, you can also use a plugin. And I have found the perfect one, WP Smart Preloader.
This plugin allows you to select a loading animation and apply it to the site. It also offers users the ability to add tailored CSS to customize any of the default animations. So the possibilities are endless.
Today I will demonstrate how to use WP Smart Preloader plugin to customize the load screen.
What Is a Load Animation?
Loading animation is a small animation that is visible when something is loading. For websites, these animations appear when pages take longer than usual to load or when a particular process requires additional time, such as a payment transaction.
There are many famous ones that have become synonymous with certain brands.
For example, Mac users should be very familiar with the spinning color wheel. In many cases, these loading animations can become very recognizable. It really depends on the perspective of the visitor.
Why Change the WordPress Page Upload Animation?
In fact, there is no benefit to doing this in terms of performance. In fact, you may even increase the load times to do so (almost negligible). That said, making your site look the way you want it to do is a good enough reason for most.
And many visitors will appreciate that attention to detail.
There is, of course, one main advantage, which is custom branding. Instead of using generic preloader images, you can create one custom. And that personal visual might include your logo or your company mascot.
So even when a customer loads, they can’t escape your brand.
That said, doing this requires more coding knowledge, so that’s not for everyone.
It is also worth noting that load animations are not for pages only. In some cases, customers may have to wait for the information to process on your website. These are great opportunities to showcase flash animations.
How to Modify the Load Animation in WordPress
Step 1: Install WP Smart Preloader
The WP Smart Loader a plugin allows you to swap between 6 loading animations for your site. Each can be further modified with additional CSS. You can also choose to add your own personal animation, but you must design it fully with code.
Overall, the process could not be easier and will only take a few minutes at most.
Let’s start by clicking on Plugins and selecting the Add New option on the left admin panel.
Search for WP Smart Preloader in the search box available. This will remove additional plugins that you may find useful.
Scroll down until you find the WP Smart Preloader plugin and click on the “Install Now” button and activate the plugin to use.
Step 2: Select Preloader Image
In terms of installations, there aren’t many. In fact, you just need to select the gif preloading and save your selection and everything will appear on your website.
On the left admin panel, click Settings and select WP Smart Preloader option.
At the top, you will find a drop down box that you can use to select a website loader. In total, there are six of them and you can create your own.
Since creating your own involves using custom code, I can’t figure out how to do that.
Instead, select one of the preloader images.
In the box below, you can see a preview of the loading animation.
There is a checkbox below this that will only display the animation on your home page. In fact, the homepage is the most common place to view a tailored loading animation, so it might make sense for your website to do the same.
Step 3: Use Custom Code (Optional)
Next, you’ll find two text boxes where you can add custom code to create new loading animations or change existing ones. The custom animation box accepts HTML, while the custom CSS box receives CSS code.
Even if you like the default loader, it’s good to make sure it uses the colors of your site.
Keep in mind that these boxes do not check for syntax errors. So, you might want to use a real HTML editor to troubleshoot.
If you are looking for a great place to learn a little bit Free CSS, W3Schools has some amazing tutorials.
Step 4: Select the Animation Time
Finally, you’ll find two other text boxes that you can use to control the animation’s fading times and times. In most cases, you can leave these blank because they have a default value that is ideal for the default load animations.
If you chose to adjust these effects, you will probably want to edit the fad and fade times. Enter the number of seconds the animation will last.
Note: 1 second = 1000, so if you wanted the effect to last 2.5 seconds, you would enter 2500.
Once you’re happy with all the changes you’ve made, click the “Save Changes” button.
Congratulations, your new loading animation will appear on your website. You can make changes to this section at any time.
As you might have guessed, there are quite a few plugins to choose from when it comes to uploading animations in WordPress.
Here are a few other plugins that you may find useful.
Preloader for the Website
The Preloader for the Website plugin allows users to add animated loading screens in WordPress. The plugin uses a lightweight design, which makes the impact on your website minimal. You can customize various features on the loading pages to better suit your needs.
Preloader matrix is another excellent choice if you want to customize your loading screens and animations in WordPress. This plugin offers over 40 unique animations for users to choose from with a variety of customization options. You can even set how long the loading screen will last.
I highly recommend checking out the animation this plugin offers if you are not satisfied with WP Smart Preloader.
Avoid Long Load Times
Unfortunately, some developers might think this is an excuse for longer loading times, but let me assure you it is not. Long loading times not only spoil the user experience, but also tanks your search engine rankings.
So the best loading animations are the ones you’ll never see.
However, there are many instances of page loading that are not the same as page loading. For example, say your website does a calculation that allows visitors to enter values. If the formula is complex, this could lead to extended waiting times.
So having a flashy animation on the screen while they wait for the data to load makes sense.
It really depends on the type of loading.
Adding a dedicated loading animation can help make your website stand out and show your creativity. And if you make the animation incorporate your website’s logo and colors, you can help build brand recognition.
Of course, the less users see these loading animations the better. After all, seeing these animations means they don’t enjoy your content or look at products.
Did you use default animation or create a tailored one?