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WordPress Guide: Adding A Video To Your Website

WordPress Guide: Adding A Video To Your Website
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Incorporating videos into your WordPress website can significantly enhance user engagement and enrich the overall browsing experience. 

Whether you want to share tutorials, showcase your products, or simply entertain your audience, embedding and adding videos is a powerful way to connect with visitors. 

Here, we’ll explore how to easily add or embed videos onto your WordPress site.

Why Embed Videos on Your WordPress Site?

Videos are a dynamic form of content that captivates audiences and conveys information effectively. 

By adding videos to your WordPress pages or posts, you can create compelling narratives and keep visitors engaged for longer durations.

To add videos to your WordPress site, there are 2 main methods: Embedding a video from YouTube, or uploading the video into your WordPress site’s media library, then displaying it on the page of your choice.

We highly recommend using the former method as it is a lot easier to do and will net you multiple benefits over manually uploading your own video into your media library.

How Do I Embed Videos On My WordPress Site?

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In WordPress, you can embed videos from popular platforms, mainly YouTube.

Doing it this way will allow you to use YouTube’s video player, which given YouTube’s reputation, will likely always be more up-to-date and optimised as compared to the video player you would use should you upload your own videos.

WordPress allows easy embedding of external content using embed blocks. Similar to normal content blocks where you add paragraphs, you’ll be embedding videos here on your site.

Step 1: Ensure That You Are On The Correct Page Or Post

To do this, navigate through your WordPress dashboard and go to the post or page where you want to embed the video.

Step 2: Obtain The Link To The YouTube Video

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Ensure that you have the link to the YouTube video of your choice in your computer’s clipboard, otherwise, copy the link by going to that YouTube video and clicking on the “Share” button.

If you want the video to play starting from a certain timestamp of the video, tick the box next to “Start at …” and then select the appropriate timestamp of the video that you want the embedded video to start playing at.

Step 3: Creating The Video Block On your Site Editor

Once you’re on your site editor, simply paste the URL of the YouTube and WordPress will automatically show the embedded video on your site!

If, for whatever reason, that doesn’t work, you can try to create a YouTube block by typing in “/youtube”, and then select the YouTube block. Press Enter on your keyboard and you’ll be prompted to key in the YouTube video’s URL and click on “Embed”.

I’d Still Like To Upload The Videos On My Own

Although we do not recommend this way, if you really want to upload your own videos to your site, you can do that by uploading videos directly to your WordPress media library. 

This, however, means that you will have to host videos on your server and have full control over their distribution. 

Because of that, you’ll need to ensure that your server has enough capacity and you may have to make some tweaks to optimise the efficiency of the video player.

In any case, to do this, you’ll need to be on the page or post you want to add the video to, then navigate to your WordPress dashboard, go to ‘Media’ and then click ‘Add New.’

Step 1: Uploading Your Video To Your Media Library

Before you add the video, ensure that the maximum upload file size accommodates your video, then Once uploaded, you can use these videos within your posts or pages.

Step 2: Creating Your Video Block

Once your upload has been completed, return to the site editor of your desired page. Here you’ll see a ‘+’ icon to add blocks, click on that, search for “video”, and select “Video”.

Step 3: Populating The Video Block

After your video block has been created, you’ll be prompted to upload your video. Since you have uploaded your video into your media library previously, select “Media Library” then click on the video that you have uploaded.

This will then create a WordPress video player showing your uploaded video from start to end for your visitors to see.

Customising Your New Video Block

For either embedded or uploaded video blocks, you’ll have a variety of customisation options. Adjust the video’s size, alignment, and dimensions to suit your layout.

Additionally, you can choose to enable options like autoplay, loop, or preload through the video block settings to make the most out of your user engagement.

Feel free to experiment with different layouts or styles to make the most visually appealing and readable design for your visitors.

Overall, the addition of videos to your WordPress website surely helps with boosting viewer engagement. From engaging tutorials to immersive product showcases, videos enrich user experiences and keep visitors engaged.

If you are still undecided between using embedded YouTube videos and uploading your own, we once again highly recommend using YouTube due to its ease of doing so and the more advanced video player that it provides you with.

If you’d like to see more guides on WordPress and other related guides, stick around to find more!

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