The rise of weblogs (or blogs) has created a way for instant access to a wide range of valuable information, from various how-to guide YouTube converter videos to forums with a comment section for discussion. Although blogs originally had an entire text-based content, they have now resorted to having a few videos on a specific part of their post.
The inclusion of videos on every blog helps a lot because a few audiences prefer a visual representation of a slightly ambiguous piece of content in a post. Speaking of blogs, WordPress is the most popular and user-friendly tool when it comes to content creation. If you are curious about the steps in embedding a video in a WordPress blog post, follow the tips below.
How to Embed a YouTube Video in a WordPress Blog
One of the handiest functionalities of WordPress is a feature called auto-embed. Once you have created a site for your blog, you can automatically obtain an embed code from your choice of video hosting services, including Vimeo and YouTube.
Auto-embed makes converting YouTube videos into becoming a part of WordPress content just a few keypresses and mouse clicks away. Let’s use YouTube as an example for now.
Log on to the YouTube website first to copy the URL of the video that you want. Second, open the WordPress editor so you can paste that video URL into it.
Afterward, open a WordPress post that you want to edit. Next, navigate to the line in the content area where you want the video to appear and paste the URL in that line.
Once you have pasted the video URL, WordPress fetches the embed code automatically and then shows the YouTube video within the content editor. Save the post to apply the changes, and click on the preview button to check how the embedded video appears in your blog post.
Adjusting the Embedded Video Settings
After embedding a video to your WordPress blog post, you will then notice a block toolbar with icons on its upper portion and a media settings column on the right. Using these settings allows you to tweak the video alignment and width, add a closed caption, and scale its aspect ratio on smaller devices.
Whitelisted Video Hosting Services
Take note, however, that WordPress is capable of automatic video embedding for whitelisted video hosting services.
Luckily, there are a lot of whitelisted video services compatible with the WordPress auto-embed feature. Vimeo and YouTube aside, they include Amazon, Dailymotion, Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, Kickstarter, Reddit, ReverbNation, Screencast, Twitter, and Tumblr.
On other sites, you need to copy a video’s full HTML embed code instead of the URL alone if you want that video to show up in your blog post. After copying the embed code, paste it in a Custom HTML block in your WordPress editor.
Video Embed Plugins for WordPress
There is no need to use a WordPress plugin to embed videos by default, but having a few plugins improve the viewing experience. Among the highly recommended video embed plugins for WordPress are Lazy Load for Videos, Smash Balloon YouTube Feed, and YouTube Subscribe Bar.