How to Add Video to a WordPress Site

Video is everywhere! It wasn’t that long ago, that blogs were just text and images… now you need to have a multimedia approach. If you’ve been wondering how to add videos to your blog (or other WordPress site), then this post is for you!

Where do I find videos to share?

If you are comfortable with it, you could create your own. Whether it’s an “on camera” performance or a simple screencast recording.

Most people start though, by going to YouTube (or some other video sharing site such as Vimeo) and finding great videos to share with their users.

What to look for in a video:

  • Branding – Be sure you don’t find one that has someone’s URL splashed all over it. The video is there to encourage your visitors to stay, not go to someone else’s page. (If the video is really that good though, go ahead and share.)
  • Relevance – Is your video relevant to the rest of your site? The cute kittens playing piano may be great but, if your readers are coming to your WordPress site for the latest information on shoe styles, they may not find it as funny. Find kittens playing in shoeboxes instead! 🙂

Once you’ve found a great video, find a button labeled “Share” (assuming you are on YouTube, other sharing sites work basically the same way).

A window will appear where you’ll find another button called “Embed.” Technically, you could just copy and paste the URL within WordPress, but you DON’T want to do that. Each video you embed into your WordPress site needs to be customized in how it’s presented to your viewer.

The Embed code allows you to do just that!

First, make sure you UNCHECK where is says, “Show suggested videos when the video finishes.” If you forget to do this, once the video is done playing on your site, YouTube will offer a whole bunch of other great videos to your viewer. Sounds good, right? Once they click on those “video suggestions”… they are gone. Off your site, and on YouTube!

Second, be sure you have the size customized so it’ll fit your particular theme. You may need to play around with this for a bit until you find the perfect size for your site.

Once you’ve customized the settings, copy the embed code that YouTube has created (they updates the code in real-time as you customize).

Swing back to your blog post and make sure you are in Visual view (instead of HTML). Find where you want to place your video and type “XXXXXXXXXX” or something similar. You’re just using that as a “placeholder” and you’ll delete them later.

Now, switch to HTML view and find the “XXXXXXXXXX” (or whatever you typed). Highlight the “XXXXXXXXXX” and then right-click and paste the YouTube embed code. You should see the “XXXXXXXXXX” replaced with the code from YouTube.

Go ahead and publish your post!

When you view it, you should see your YouTube video ready to go. Test it out. Make sure it doesn’t show related videos at the end and that the size fits your theme.

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