Embed video into your website is an excellent way for engaging your audience, helping to promote your brand, and educate your users. However, embedding videos can be difficult. You may not know where to start from, be afraid to make mistakes about the process of embedding video within your website, or even be afraid to suffer from long loading times. This blog will show you how to embed video into your website with WordPress.

 

 

There are different ways to embed video with WordPress into your website. You can directly upload videos into your WordPress website with the default editor, using a third-party domain or embed video in WordPress using plugins.

Upload videos directly into your website can bring several benefits but also run some risks as, for example:

Network Bandwidth common restrictions: The concept of network bandwidth refers to the speed at which data can be transferred, through a connection, in a given period of time. The use of this bandwidth may vary by the number of pages, the average volume of media that load as videos, images, texts, gif, files, etc., and the average traffic that arrives at the site.

All of these elements consume the bandwidth gradually which means that, if your website receives a lot of viewers, you can risk it due to the numerous requests that the bandwidth that you have available decreases dramatically making it difficult to load the pages of your website or even worst producing unexpected pauses while your audience watches your video thus impacting the loading of videos. 

File size limitations blocks: Almost all servers have a size limit set to the file that the user will upload to their pages. Once this limit is reached, users cannot upload files bigger than the set size limits (which usually means uploading a video about a couple of minutes) if you want to upload a larger video, it is important to make sure you have read all the terms of service because some hosting platforms may have some limitations in terms of video size possible to upload and other platforms instead, can offer an increase in the size of uploading videos to your website.

Inappropriate use of the videos: Hacking doesn’t just touch sensible information or private data but can affect also videos you upload on your platforms/websites.

Especially if you want to keep your contents exclusive or want to offer a video only for members of your community or special visitors to your site, keeping your video safe must be a priority to avoid illegal download and the redistributions of your content, without your consent on file sharing sites.

OPTIONS FOR EMBED VIDEO WITH WORDPRESS

EMBED VIDEO DIRECTLY WITH WORDPRESS WITH THE DEFAULT FUNCTIONALITY:

It’s very easy to understand, regardless of the type of WordPress version used (Gutenberg, Classic editor, etc..) you can:

  1. Directly Paste the Url you want to embed into the content area you chose in your page editor. After performing this step, WordPress will automatically embed the video in your blog post. Remember that this method doesn’t work with ANY Url; So if you have trouble embedding a video or you can’t visualize it, might be due to WordPress security policies, because WordPress will allow you to embed only the URLs corresponding to an internal whitelist ( If you want to know which Url codes are allowed and which are not, click here.)
  2. If you use WordPress classic editor some videos might be harder to embed but just use another method to be able to easily upload your content. After copying the URL of the video, select the “text” button ( at the top right corner of the editing area on your WordPress) and then paste the code previously copied in the chosen place within your page.
  3. You can embed videos from different video hosting services, some of which are:
  • Youtube
  • Vimeo
  • Flickr
  • Animoto
  • Dailymotion
  • Educreations
  • Sproutvideo
  • The Internet Archive
  • TED talks
  • Twitch.tv
  • Wistia
  • Cloudup
  • Tiktok
  • Tumblr
  • WordPress.tv

P.S:

Remember that hosting your video on Youtube, will send traffic to Youtube, not to your website. Unfortunately, nowadays is quite difficult that people go on youtube to watch your video products, or learn about your company, or buy things, except if you are already famous. But instead, they go to youtube mainly to be entertained.

Traffic coming from youtube to your site will always be quite small as there are far too many distractions and related pieces of content.

In addition, If you use Youtube to host your video, keep in mind that you lose some of your rights to the distribution of your content. because by submitting your Video Content to Youtube, you grant them a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works, view and execute the Content in relation to the Service and the activity of Youtube (and its successors and affiliates), including, but not limited to, the promotion and partial or total redistribution of your content (and its derivative works) in any media format and through any media channel. In other words… Leaving in their hands the possibility to use your contents to their liking.

 

EMBED VIDEO USING WORDPRESS PLUGIN:

Using plugins to embed video to your website allows you to add features and extended functionality that otherwise you might not find using the standard edition of WordPress. They can be incredibly useful, through the use of plugins you can improve not only the speed of loading to your site and your content but also enjoy features such as video protection, video gallery, responsive video etc….

If you want to know more about what you should check when looking for a good video plugin here you’ll find some tips to start your research 

Now let’s see together which of the numerous wordpress video plugins could be useful for your different goals:

 

embed video with plugins cfpt

CFPOWERTOOLS: 

Cfpowertools can offer several advantages. If your objective is to upload videos within your website but at the same time keep them safe from people who might download your content illegally and use them as they please, this plugin should be your first option. Why?  Because cfpowertools is the union between the powerful Cloudflare global network with the practicality and the safety of cfpowertools. It can provide signed URLs to protect your video and, meanwhile, it can receive detailed analytics directly from WordPress and be able to export all of them to CSV.

WP gallery video plugins

VIDEO GALLERY WORDPRESS PLUGIN:

If your goal is to create a video collection, this plugin will help you to build a completely responsive video playlist on your website. Through the use of this plugin you can mix and create your best playlist for your audience or, after having seen their preference, you can create a playlist that perfect fit for them

smash balloon embed video

SMASH BALLOON:

What distinguishes this plugin from others plugins that load the video player on the web page by default? It’s that Smash Balloon only loads videos if the visitor starts to interact with the video feed.
This plugin also allows you to create responsive designs and style customizations, plus provides an additional option to convert videos to WordPress posts.

The WordPress library offers different features that makes easy to embed video within your website.

Find the solution most in line with your needs and your work thanks to our article and, if you need help, do not hesitate to contact us on our page.