How to Lazy Load Google Map Iframe Embed in WordPress

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If you embed a Google Map iframe on your WordPress website, you may notice an increase in the total webpage size and a slowdown in your website’s loading speed. This can be addressed by implementing lazy loading for Google Maps.

In this article, I will show you to apply lazy loading to Google Map iframe code to improve the loading speed of your page.

Let’s say you have an embedded map:

And you have the code below:

<iframe src="!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3373.978550513172!2d-113.40879688366614!3d53.48337304218447!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x53a01855064a43c7%3A0x912b306bfe897bb!2sAnnie%20May%20Jackson%20Park!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sie!4v1714660542494!5m2!1sen!2sie" width="600" height="450" style="border:0;" allowfullscreen="" loading="lazy" referrerpolicy="no-referrer-when-downgrade"></iframe>

One thing you can try is to make sure you have the loading="lazy" and defer parameters in the iframe tag. However, this will not help a lot. So let’s make the iframe static.

We will change the tag from <iframe> to <div>, give it a class of lazy, and replace the src parameter with data-src, like below:

<div class="lazy" data-src="!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3373.978550513172!2d-113.40879688366614!3d53.48337304218447!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x53a01855064a43c7%3A0x912b306bfe897bb!2sAnnie%20May%20Jackson%20Park!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sie!4v1714660542494!5m2!1sen!2sie" width="600" height="450" style="border:0;" allowfullscreen="" loading="lazy" referrerpolicy="no-referrer-when-downgrade"></div>

Next, we need to style the <div> element and only display it when it becomes visible (scrolled to) on screen:

.lazy {
    position: relative;
    width: 100%;
    height: 450px;
    overflow: hidden;
.lazy iframe {
    position: absolute;
    top: 0;
    left: 0;
    width: 100%;
    height: 100%;
    border: 0;

document.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", (event) => {
    const observer = new IntersectionObserver((entries, observer) => {
        entries.forEach((entry) => {
            if (entry.isIntersecting) {
                const iframe = document.createElement("iframe");
                iframe.src =;


    const lazyLoadMapElements = document.querySelectorAll(".lazy");
    lazyLoadMapElements.forEach((element) => {

That’s it!

Now, if you have the map below the fold, it won’t load until you scroll and reach the <div> element. This will give your pagespeed a boost, as it does not need to load the Google Maps assets and resources.

In my case, having a map in the footer saved me a lot of bandwidth, as most users would never reach the footer.

This is also useful if you are using a Google Maps API key, and you want to reduce your quota usage.

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