How to Insert Web Videos into Your WordPress Blog Posts

Whether you’re producing your own videos for publication or want to embed other people’s videos that you find interesting into your WordPress post, placing a video file in a blog post has never been easier.

Check out a good example of a video blog at www.thedogfiles.com. The Dog Files is a website about dogs and the people who love them; the site serves up videos for information and entertainment.

Several video galleries on the web today allow you to add videos to blog posts; Google’s YouTube is a good example of a third-party video service that allows you to share videos. To add a video from the web, click the Add Media icon and then click the Insert from URL link and follow these steps:

  1. Type the URL (Internet address) of the video in the URL text box.

    Type the full URL, including the http and www portions of the address. Video providers, such as YouTube, usually list the direct link for the video file on their sites; you can copy and paste it into the URL text box.

  2. (Optional) Type the title of the video in the Title text box.

    Giving a title to the video allows you to provide a bit of a description of the video. It’s a good idea to provide a title if you can so that your readers know what the video is about.

  3. Click the Insert into Post button.

    A link to the video is inserted into your post. WordPress doesn’t embed the actual video in the post; it inserts only a link to the video. Your blog visitors click the link to load another page where the video can be played.

The previous steps give you the ability to insert a hyperlink that your readers can click and view the video on another website. WordPress also has a nifty feature called Auto-Embed that automatically embeds videos within your posts and pages when you simply type the URL for the video into the body of your post or page.

WordPress automatically detects that a URL you typed in your post is a video from YouTube (for example) and automatically wraps the correct HTML embed code around that URL to make sure that the video player displays in your post (in a standards- and XHTML-compliant way).

You do not need to do anything to enable the Auto-Embed feature — this is built into WordPress and it does it for you automatically.

Currently, WordPress automatically embeds videos from blip.tv, Bunkr, DailyMotion, Flickr, FunnyOrDie.com, Hulu, Instagram, Qik, Photobucket, PollDaddy, Rdio, Revision3, Scribd, SlideShare, SmugMug, SoundCloud, Spotify, Twitter, Viddlr, Vimeo, YouTube, and WordPress.tv. Find out more about these services in the WordPress Codex.

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