2 Ways to Optimize AddThis Performance

While we take great lengths to provide AddThis with top notch performance, we have a couple suggestions for anyone who wants to take extra measures to ensure the best page load time.

Asynchronous Loading
Normally, AddThis executes initialization code as soon as it arrives on the page. While we strive to make this as efficient as possible, load times of more important resources can be affected. To optimize load time, AddThis can be loaded asynchronously, such that no assets are loaded and only the most essential processing occurs. To read how to load AddThis asyncronously, check out our docs here.

Loading Without CSS
If desired, you can prevent our CSS from loading during the initialization sequence, allowing you to completely override our CSS without incurring the cost of an additional load. Go here to grab the code for loading without CSS.

We are always monitoring and improving the performance of AddThis, but please never hesitate to reach out to us (via forum or email) if you are noticing any sort of lag. It is a priority for us to make sure you are getting a smooth and seamless integration of our tool.

  • Edgar

    Thanks, btw what is the Visualization software ‘AddThis’ uses to display its charts and graphs

  • http://aaron.jorb.in Aaron Jorbin

    Hi Edgar,
    We use a couple of different tools and techniques. We outlined it in a post in January.
    -Aaron

  • http://eckstein.id.au Gary

    Awesome that asynchronous loading is possible! Are there plans to incorporate asynchronous loading as an option (or default) in the AddThis WordPress Plugin?

  • http://www.yzcu.com/ EMRAH

    The performance of AddThis is great. Really!

  • http://mika-gustavson.de/ Mika Gustavson

    That’s great. Many greetings from Germany.

    Mika

  • http://itechnoplanet.blogspot.com Hammad Baig

    Thanks for the tips, I love how you’ve simplified everything for easy sharing

  • http://www.coverstorymedia.com/ Alex Schenker

    I’ve got the same question, is there an easy way to make the WP AddThis share plugin asynchronous?

  • http://www.addthis.com/ AddThis

    Hi Alex, we’d like to know a little more about what you’re trying to accomplish so we can help you. Can you email us at help@addthis.com with more detail? Include your URL, too.

  • http://www.coverstorymedia.com/ Alex Schenker

    Thanks I emailed help@addthis.com with details.

  • http://www.addthis.com/ AddThis

    Sounds good!