The core WordPress has a video embed feature which allows you to embed a video in WordPress very easily. This video embed feature was included in WordPress 3.6 which made it easier for you to embed a video in WordPress without having to install a plugin. In this post, I will show you how you can directly embed a remotely hosted video in WordPress or a video that you have uploaded to your WordPress media library.
The easiest way to embed a video in WordPress is to copy and paste it into your post/page editor.
Please note that this option will only work on a self-hosted WordPress site where you can install plugins/themes. So if your website is hosted elsewhere (e.g. wordpress.com), make sure to move to a managed WordPress hosting environment. If you wish to embed a video in lightbox you will need to use the Lightbox Ultimate plugin.
Insert from Media Library (Classic Editor)
While you are writing content in the classic visual editor, you can click on the Add Media button to upload and insert a video into the post/page.
Once the video is embedded, you will be able to see a preview of the thumbnail even before publishing it.
Embedding a video by directly pasting the URL is easier. But if you use the video shortcode you will have more customization options.
Currently, the video shortcode supports the following options.
This is the source of your video file. It is recommended to use mp4 file format since it is compatible with most browsers (including browsers running on mobile devices).
You can specify other file formats to allow for graceful fallbacks.
video mp4="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myvideo.mp4" ogv="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myvideo.ogv" mov="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myvideo.mov"]
“poster” attribute defines an image to show as a placeholder before the video plays.
video src="https://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myvideo.mp4" poster="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/poster.jpg"]
“loop” attribute allows for the looping of a video. If set to “on” the video will start over again every time it is finished.
video src="https://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myvideo.mp4" loop="on"]
“autoplay” attribute causes the video to automatically play as soon as it is ready.
video src="https://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myvideo.mp4" autoplay="on"]
“preload” attribute defines if and how the video should be load when the page loads. Default is “metadata”.
- metadata – only metadata should load when the page loads.
- none – the video should not load when the page loads.
- auto – the video should load entirely when the page loads.
video src="https://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myvideo.mp4" preload="auto"]
“width” attribute defines the width of the video.
video src="https://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myvideo.mp4" width="640"]
“height” attribute defines the height of the video.
video src="https://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myvideo.mp4" height="360"]
It’s better not to specify a width and height in the shortcode. WordPress will fit the video in the content area with the best possible width and height (keeping the aspect ratio). This will also make the video responsive.
How to Embed a WMV Video in WordPress
WMV is a Windows Media Video file compressed with Microsoft’s video compression formats. This format is normally used in Windows to store videos on your computer. Since WMV is not an HTML5 compatible video format, it’s not possible to play this type of video file in a modern browser.
If you have a WMV video file that you wish to play on your WordPress site, you should encode it to a supported HTML5 video format instead (e.g. MP4, WebM, and Ogg). You can do this very easily these days with a free video encoder like handbrake.
First, Select the video file on your computer and open it using Handbrake.
Now select a destination where the encoded video file will be saved. Make sure to keep the Web Optimized option enabled. Click Start Encode.
You can upload the newly generated video file to your server and embed using the above method.Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. If you follow one of those affiliate links and purchase something it will provide me with a little bit of a commission. This costs you nothing extra but helps maintain my site, free plugins, and themes. So I thank you for your support.