How To Quickly And Easily Embed YouTube Videos In A WordPress Blog Post
In this article, I will describe step-by-step how you can quickly and easily embed YouTube videos in a WordPress blog post.
It's true, a blog with nothing but text can be pretty boring so it is a great idea to add things like pictures and video to your blog. One of the most common question we get asked over at Learn WordPress Visually is how a YouTube video can be embedded into a WordPress post.
Step 1: Create a new blog post
Step 2: Give your post a title and type in any text that you would like in your post. Note: You can have a post that only has the video or you can have the video in the post along with text that you have added in.
Step 3: Click on the "HTML" tab
There are two tabs on the upper right side of the WordPress posting area. One tab is called "Visual" and the other is called "HTML"
Important: This is the step that most people forget to do so make double sure that you have selected the HTML tab and not the Visual .
Step 4: In another internet window, go to YouTube and find the video that you would like to embed in your blog post. This is the other step that many people get wrong. Make sure that you are not just clicking on the channel, it's important to actually click on the title of the actual video that you would like to embed.
Step 5: Click the "Embed" button which is located on YouTube and directly under the video window.
Step 6: You will now see the HTML code that is needed to embed that particular video. You will also see some options below that code which you can select. Once you have the options selected (you do not have to select additional options if you do not need them) click your mouse in the box with the code and it should automatically highlight the code. Once you have done that, right-click and copy the code (or click on "edit, copy") which will copy the code for that video.
Step 7: Go back to your WordPress window (or tab) and again, make sure that the "HTML" tab is selected. Click you mouse in the posting and put it where you would like the YouTube video to show up. Once you have done that, just right-click (or select edit) and paste that code into that area of the post.
Step 8: That is all there is to it. You can now click back to the "Visual" tab to get back to your normal view. You probably will not be able to actually see the video until you publish your blog post so go ahead and click "Publish" to publish your post and you will now have a post that has a means that people can watch the video without even leaving your blog!
Final tip: When you are choosing the embed options on YouTube, I usually uncheck the "show related videos" box which means that when the YouTube video is done not being someone else's related video.