Videos are a great way to spice up your blog posts. They are also becoming more prominent in search engine results and are one of the most syndicated forms of content on the internet. What goes viral? Videos go viral and you should think about how you can incorporate videos into your overall content strategy.
Ok, now to the question at hand. How to embed videos.
In older versions of WordPress (version 2.8.6 and older), you had to go the plugin route or use the embed code from the video site in order to embed videos. This wasn’t necessarily a major source of frustration, but there had to be an easier way. Enter WordPress 2.9! This update added the time-saving oEmbed feature, which made the task of adding videos into your blog posts extremely easy .
Just how easy you say? This easy…
How to Embed Videos in WordPress Blog Posts
- Go to White-Listed website and find the video you want to embed (list below).
- Copy the video URL
- Paste the video URL into the content area of your blog post – just make sure the video URL is not a link and it is on its own line.
That’s all there is to it!
What are the White-Listed Providers?
- Flickr (both videos and images)
- FunnyOrDie.com (WordPress 3.0+)
- Instagram (WordPress 3.5+)
- SlideShare (WordPress 3.5+)
- SoundCloud (WordPress 3.5+)
- SmugMug (WordPress 3.0+)
- Twitter (WordPress 3.4+)
- Vimeo (note older versions of WP have issues with https embeds, just remove the s from the https to fix)
- YouTube (only public and “unlisted” videos and playlists – “private” videos will not embed)
- WordPress.tv (only VideoPress-type videos for the time being)
Can I upload my own videos WordPress?
Yes you can, but a word of caution is necessary here. If you have a shared hosting plan, then you may not want to upload videos to your server as they require a lot more space than simple text. If you start adding several videos and begin to garner a descent amount of traffic, you risk crashing your site and at the very least poor performance (slow load times which are very frustrating for visitors). If you do insist upon going this route, you should ask your hosting provider if your site’s server will be able to handle the extra load.
If you want to create your own videos it may be more advantageous for you to upload them to a video site like Youtube – which is the 2nd largest search engine in the world, playing second fiddle only to Google. This puts your videos in front of the huge Youtube audience. That’s a good thing 🙂