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Faster YouTube Videos

This uses the Beaver builder HTML module and speed up page load by serving only YouTube thumbnail until the play button is clicked.

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The video above is from 2016. I may updated it but this template is so easy it does not need one. The video is also a
a working example as it is used here.

  1.  Change this YouTube video id “KYniUCGPGLs” with your own in the HTML module and save:
    <div class=”youtube-player” data-id=”KYniUCGPGLs”></div>
  2. Remove the code highlighted below (it’s the link to this page).


Beaver Builder Fast Youtube Videos

The code for this module was taken from this article

See the Faster YouTube Videos template in action.



This speeds-up page loads by only adding thumbnail image associated with a YouTube video. 
The other YouTube files are only loaded when the images is clicked. Change the data-id below for your video: 

<div class="youtube-player" data-id="KYniUCGPGLs"></div>


position: relative;
padding-bottom: 56.23%;
height: 0;
overflow: hidden;
max-width: 100%;
background: #000;
margin: 5px;
.youtube-player IFRAME{
position: absolute;
top: 0;
left: 0;
width: 100%;
height: 100%;
z-index: 100;
background: transparent;
.youtube-player IMG{
bottom: 0;
display: flex;
left: 0;
margin: auto;
max-width: 100%;
width: 100%;
position: absolute;
right: 0;
top: 0;
border: none;
height: auto;
cursor: pointer;
-webkit-transition: .4s all;
-moz-transition: .4s all;
transition: 0.4s all;
.youtube-player IMG:hover{
-webkit-filter: brightness(75%);
.youtube-player .play{
position: absolute;
cursor: pointer;
z-index: 1;
left: 50%;
top: 50%;
margin-left: -20px;
margin-top: -34px;
.youtube-player .play:after{
content: "▶";  /* unicode used for the play button*/ 
font-size: 25px;
color: #fff;
padding: 8px 22px;
border-radius: 12px;

.youtube-player .play:hover:after{
background-color: red;  /* Color of the play button on hover over*/ 


        function() {
            var div, n,
                v = document.getElementsByClassName("youtube-player");
            for (n = 0; n < v.length; n++) {
                div = document.createElement("div");
                div.setAttribute("data-id", v[n].dataset.id);
                div.innerHTML = labnolThumb(v[n].dataset.id);
                div.onclick = labnolIframe;

    function labnolThumb(id) {
        var thumb = '<img src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/ID/hqdefault.jpg">',
            play = '<div class="play"></div>';
        return thumb.replace("ID", id) + play;

    function labnolIframe() {
        var iframe = document.createElement("iframe");
        var embed = "https://www.youtube.com/embed/ID?autoplay=1";
        iframe.setAttribute("src", embed.replace("ID", this.dataset.id));
        iframe.setAttribute("frameborder", "0");
        iframe.setAttribute("allowfullscreen", "1");
        this.parentNode.replaceChild(iframe, this);

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