WordPress is one of the most popular and flexible blogging platforms. The majority of the top ranked blogs use WordPress. These blogs are usually owned by experienced bloggers or media companies.
However, there are thousands of people new to blogging who also use WordPress as their blogging platform. While WordPress is generally easy to use, adding video to a WordPress post can be somewhat confusing for new bloggers.
Part of the confusion lies in the fact that there are numerous WordPress plug ins available. Having a lot of options is generally a good thing. However, the majority of bloggers do not need “customized flash players” or other specialized video plug ins. They simply want to add a video to their blog that they found on YouTube or other video sharing site.
The good news is that adding video is very easy by embedding the video!
The first thing a blogger needs to do is open up a new post. When a new post is opened up, there are two tabs that give you a choice of using a visual or HTML view. You want to make sure that you use the HTML view tab. The visual view tab essentially gives you a preview mode of your post. It is useful sometimes, but in this case you want to use the HTML tab because you will be embedding HTML code.
Where do you get embed code? YouTube and most other video sharing sites have an option that will allow you to get the embed code. On YouTube, it is listed below the video on the right hand side.
All you need to do is click. After you do this, HTML code will appear highlighted on the box to the left. When you look at this code, YouTube generally gives several options below the embed code box. Options can include show related video, show border, size of video, etc. If you check one of these boxes, the embed code automatically changes.
My preference is to leave all these boxes unchecked.
Your next step is to paste this embed code in your post. After you to that, click preview and you will see the video embedded in your post. You can title your post however you want. In addition, you can add text either before or after the embed code. Play around with it and experiment because sometimes you need to add extra line breaks before or after your text to give everything a good appearance.
The basics are that simple.
One common problem is that the video is either too small or too large for your post. If you look at the embed code, you see two spots in the embed code where object width and height are listed. You can change these numbers to resize your video. My preference is 560 by 340. This gives you the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.777 that most people want. If you divide 560 by 340, you actually get a ratio of 1.647. However, 25 pixels of the height is for the bottom play menu bar. If you subtract 25 from 340, you actually divide 560 by 325 and get a 1.777 widescreen aspect radio. You can change the size to whatever you want, but always remember to add 25 to the height number.
What about embedding video from other video sharing sites? Most video sites will give you the option of getting the embed code for their video. It is sometimes hidden in the “share menu” below the video. You basically do the same thing as you do with YouTube. Almost all of the embed codes will give you the option of resizing the video. The bottom line is that embedding video is very easy once you learn how to do it.
There is one other advantage that needs to be mentioned. If you upload a video on the web hosting server that you have your blog on, and then use some type of plugin to play that video in your blog, you will use your hosting provider bandwidth whenever that video plays. If you have a long video or you get a lot of views, this will quickly eat up your bandwidth.
When you embed video, the video is actually playing from the place you got it from. It does not use your bandwidth. For example, if you embed a YouTube video, that video could play a million times on your website. Generally, only the HTML code surrounding the embed code, such as text, is being charged against your website bandwidth. The massive bandwidth of playing a video, and the server resources with it, are coming from YouTube and not your own web host.