Add dynamic content to your posts – embed videos!
Whether reviewing a movie, adding a cute animation, or just adding different content to a blog post, you want to be able to add a video. And sure, you can add a link to the YouTube page. The problem is, that takes viewers away from your site and on to YouTube. And once there…well, it’s pretty easy to get sucked in to videos and forget all about what you’re reading. But by adding a plugin to your WordPress site, you can embed videos so they play directly inside of the post. Read on to find out how!
On the left-hand side of your dashboard, there is a section specifically designed for adding plugins to your site. This will only work if you’re an admin on your site. If you’re not, send your admin a link to this tutorial! Under “Plugins,” click “Add New.”
From there, you will see a list of popular Plugins. Putting “YouTube” into the search box will come up with dozens of options. We prefer Viper’s Video Quicktags. This allows you to embed videos from a number of sources, including YouTube, Google Video, and Vimeo. In order to add it, click on “Install Now.” In general, there are a couple things you need to look for in a good plugin:
1. What is the Version? If it’s the first version of a plugin, you may want to wait until later versions appear. Also, this may show that the developers are not updating their original version.
2. Rating – do other web admins like the plugin? A one-star plugin should NOT be added to your website.
3. What version of WordPress is it compatible with? If a plugin was released awhile and not updated, then it may not work with your site or, at worst, break the site.
Once the plugin has been installed, you need to activate it so that you can start using it to embed videos in your posts. Click on the “Activate this plugin” button to get Viper’s Video Quicktags going.
Now you can add videos! Click on “Add New Post.” In both Visual and HTML mode, you will notice some new buttons added to your options. If you click on the “YouTube” button, the box to the left will appear.
The video is now embedded in your post! Anyone reading your post can click on the video and have it play within the post, on your site. They will not be taken to YouTube or whatever video hosting site you have embedded from. This allows you to keep people on your page, and yet add an extra dimension to your posts.