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Delay loading modal content until modal is triggered


Like many on here i'm only just beginning to learn so be kind!

I have a portfolio page with 40 projects listed (filtered by category). Each project has a thumb, which when clicked, reveals a modal window containing a slider gallery of roughly 8 large images. This is all working fine, but its a heavy loading burden on the page (40 x 8 large images).

What I am trying to do is dynamically load the content of each modal when the modal is triggered. I tried using an Ajax method to do this but the content does not load. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I could achieve this?

3 Answers

What modal/slider plugin are you using?

Hey Sean! Thanks for your response. I'm using Reveal by Zurb and the slider inside the reveal is Orbit. What I want to do is dynamically call in the content of the reveal using Ajax.

As each reveal has a slider with 8 images @ 1000px width, the page will be slow onload so I need a solution to counter this. I'll be using cloudfront to distribute the images which will take a little load off, but nowhere near enough. Ordinarily I would have linked each project to a separate page, but the client is insisting that all categories and galleries be displayed on the same page without reload.

Any help would be appreciated!

Cracked it using godsend data-attributes!

Stored the content of each modal in separate files. In the portfolio page I iframed the content in. I did not give the iframes an src but instead stored the src value in a data attribute called data-src

<div class="reveal-modal">
<iframe data-src="example.html" height="750" width="1000" frameborder="0"></iframe>
<a class="close-reveal-modal">Close</a>

I then passed the value of the data-src to the actual src when the reveal is shown using jquery

$(this).find("iframe").prop("src", function(){
    return $(this).data("src");

Think this should work but until it is live tested I won't know. Thoughts? Tips?