This article guides you step by step on how to embed a video in WordPress. Furthermore this article would explain to you, why it is preferred to embed a video rather than uploading them.
Why embed a video when you can upload them?
It makes no sense to embed a video when you can upload them but this one of the most common beginner mistakes. Uploading a video to the media library and using it in your post is not preferred for the following reasons
- Firstly, WordPress is not meant for video hosting
- Larger the size of the video, larger the site’s load time
- Finally, the video might take forever to load or freeze due to its high quality.
In addition to the above reasons, several other problems arise when we use a uploaded video.
The solution: Embedding
Embedding is a pretty simple two step process.
- Copy the link of the video
- Paste the link in the post
This article consists of two sections: the uploading process together with the embedding process. If you are pretty familiar with the uploading process or if you wish to embed an existing video, you are suggested to skip Part1.
How to embed video in WordPress
Part 1:Uploading the video
Firstly you need to upload your video to any one of the video hosting sites. In this case, I am using youtube.
- Log on to your account
Log in to your youtube account
- Settings window
Towards the left, you can find a settings option, click it.
- Creating a new channel
You can create new channel by hitting ‘Creating a new channel’
- Giving the channel a new title
Give a channel name and hit enter
- Uploading videos
Click on the upload button. Drag and drop your video files on the screen.
- Publishing your video
Enter all the necessary details and finally hit ‘Publish’
You have uploaded your video successfully
In the meantime, do check out this guide on uploading a video to Vimeo.
Part 2:Embedding the video
- To begin with, n
avigateto the video which you wish to embed and click share. A pop up window would open, now click on ‘Embed’.
2. Then, click ‘copy’
3. Lastly, paste it onto your post and click on Preview to view it.
Congratulations, you have embedded the video successfully.
I strongly believe that this tutorial has been beneificial as a result of which you have learnt to embed a video in WordPress. If you have any questions leave them in the comments section below. Happy blogging 🙂