Click on the image to load the actual youtube video


How the code works.

The script works using the principle that Javascript is synchronosly loaded by browsers. That means once your web page content is loaded by a browser, the included javascript files and inline javascript are first fetched and executed. Once all javascripts are done, the DOM is fully done and the browser loads additional content like iframes, images etc. That means if we call a javascript function right before the ending </body> tag, it will run before the browser gets a chance to load any iframes.

In our script, the function removes all iframe elements and replace them with a preview image from YouTube having a superimposed play button. Since this happens immediately before the browser starts to load external content including iframes, neither the iframe nor any dependent file is loaded and you save that time in your total page load time.

Here's the codewith comments to give you a clear understanding.

// Call this function at the end of the closing </body> tag.

function optimizeYouTubeEmbeds() {

    // Get all iframes

    var frames = document.getElementsByTagName( 'iframe' );

    

    // Loop through each iframe in the page.

    for ( var i = 0; i < frames.length; i++ ) {



        // Find out youtube embed iframes.

        if ( frames[ i ].src && frames[ i ].src.length > 0 && frames[ i ].src.match(/http(s)?:\/\/www\.youtube\.com/)) {



            // For Youtube iframe, extract src and id.

            var src=frames[i].src;

            var p = /^(?:https?:\/\/)?(?:www\.)?(?:youtu\.be\/|youtube\.com\/(?:embed\/|v\/|watch\?v=|watch\?.+&v=))((\w|-){11})(?:\S+)?$/;

            var id=(src.match(p) ? RegExp.$1 : false);

            if(id == false) { continue;}

            

            // Get width and height.

            var w=frames[i].width;

            var h=frames[i].height;

            if(src == '' || w=='' || h=='') {continue;}

            

            // Thease are to position the play button centrally.

            var pw=Math.ceil(w/2-38.5);

            var ph=Math.ceil(h/2+38.5);    

            

            // The image+button overlay code.

            var code='<div style="width:'+w+'px; height:'+h+'px; margin:0 auto"><a href="#"  onclick="LoadYoutubeVidOnPreviewClick(\''+id+'\','+w+','+h+');return false;" id="skipser-youtubevid-'+id+'"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/'+id+'/hqdefault.jpg" style="width:'+w+'px; height:'+h+'px;" /><div style="background: url(\'data:image/png;base64,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\') no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;height: 77px;width: 77px; position:relative; margin-left:'+pw+'px; margin-top:-'+ph+'px;"></div></a></div>';



            // Replace the iframe with a the image+button code

            var div = document.createElement('div');



            div.innerHTML=code;

            div=div.firstChild;

            frames[i].parentNode.replaceChild(div, frames[i]);

            i--;

        }

    }

}

// Replace preview image of a video with it's iframe.

function LoadYoutubeVidOnPreviewClick(id,w ,h) {

    var code='<iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/'+id+'/?autoplay=1&autohide=1&border=0&wmode=opaque&enablejsapi=1" width="'+w+'" height="'+h+'" frameborder=0 allowfullscreen style="border:1px solid #ccc;" ></iframe>';

    var iframe = document.createElement('div');

    iframe.innerHTML=code;

    iframe=iframe.firstChild;

    var div=document.getElementById("skipser-youtubevid-"+id);

    div.parentNode.replaceChild( iframe, div)

}