Below is a brief description of the options of how to include videos in your pages and posts. Videos can also be uploaded via The Media Library but we recommend embedding them from a third party.
Our installation of WordPress allows users to upload these types of video files: .MOV, .AVI, .WMV.
The best way to embed a video from a third party site:
- On your visual editor screen, click “Text” at the top right of the content area. (This is tab generates the content into HTML coding)
- Go to the video at the third party site (i.e. Youtube, Vimeo, etc)
- Find the “Share” button somewhere on or around the video.
- Click “Embed” and copy the <iframe> shortcode.
- Paste the shortcode into the editor on its own line.
- Update the page and make sure the video/audio showed up on your page.
For more help view this guide about all the WordPress shortcodes
Embedding a video is sometimes as easy as copying the URL of the video directly into the visual editor. Embedding usually works the best with videos from third parties like YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, and many others. Many third party video hosts have excellent tools. For example YouTube provides your own editing environment including:
- Adding captioning for hearing impaired users (required for accessibility)
- Trimming out sections of video
- Adding annotations
- Adding filters and special effects
Self Hosting a Video
Self-hosting a video means to upload the video into the media library like you would for an image. It is possible to self-host a video on your site but it is not recommended in WordPress for the following reasons:
- Managing videos using a third party is much easier than managing with WordPress media library
- Third parties allow for easier and better video sharing for your viewers
- Uploading videos to your site will cost you bandwidth on servers
- Using a third party will help increase visibility and traffic to attract more viewers
- Embedding allows viewers to choose their own video quality as they watch it on your site