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How To Integrate and Embed YouTube Videos in WordPress

Making a YouTube video is just the start. After the challenging process of video creation, it is time to share your work by posting it on Facebook, Instagram, and, of course, your website. YouTube videos add a distinctive edge to your website and are a great way to enhance your user engagement.

Instead of running your YouTube channel in isolation, you can use it actively to enhance your WordPress site. There are several advantages of adding your videos to your website, including:

  • You can introduce your website users to your YouTube channel, channeling growth for your channel
  • High-quality and interesting videos make your website impressive and offer valuable content for your visitors
  • Adding videos to your website can help to enhance your SEO strategy and improve your website traffic
  • You can add them to blogs to enhance its credibility

Whether you want to start embedding other people’s videos in your content or you’ve got a YouTube channel that you want to integrate into your WordPress site or blogs, you can embed them without much more than the YouTube link. Here is how:

WordPress YouTube Embed Plugins

The latest version, WordPress 5.5, has a feature called ’embeds’. This feature allows you to copy and paste YouTube videos right into your website without the need for additional plugins or settings. All you need to do is copy the YouTube video URL and paste it into the WordPress editor. The embed feature will automatically turn it into an embedded video.

While this is a simpler and effective way, you might also want to explore other YouTube embed plugins to add different functionalities to your site.

Some of the popular plugins:

1. YouTube by Embed Plus

The YouTube Embed Plus plugin has a beautiful design interface with an extensive gallery of settings to help you adjust colors and sizes. It offers several efficient ways to customize the videos you embed on your WordPress blog. The free version has tools for generating playlists and galleries with the added advantage of including YouTube live streams so that the streams play directly on your website.

2. WP YouTube Lyte

The WP YouTube Lyte helps you lazy load your embedded YouTube videos so that your website loads faster and runs as quickly as possible. The WP YouTube Lyte plugin plays a lightweight embed version of the YouTube video until your website user chooses to view it. Only after they click, a full version of the YouTube video plays. What’s more, the WP YouTube Lyte plugin is completely free.

3. Video Gallery – YouTube Gallery

Instead of displaying all the videos from your channel, you can also create a beautiful gallery of YouTube videos. And, it is actually simple to set one up with the Video Gallery plugin. Interestingly, you can also support videos like Vimeo from here and even create an unlimited number of galleries by creating unique combinations from all of these services (Vimeo and Wistia).

4. YotuWP

YotuWP is easy to use and lightweight plugin to help add videos to your blogs. It provides all the crucial features to support playlists, channels, galleries, and videos from specific usernames. The layouts include mixed galleries, list, gird, and you even have the option to add a single YouTube video from one source.

5. WpDevArt YouTube Embed plugin

WpDevArt YouTube Embed plugin provides a simple yet powerful option to embed your videos without the complexity of having too many features to choose. It’s easy to install, and all of the videos are responsive for viewing on mobile devices.

The free version offers interesting features for adjusting the size of your videos, placing videos in widgets, and changing the colors. However, it’s the pro version that has the most impressive features like revealing your videos in popups, and options for button shortcodes in posts or pages, and quick tools for creating YouTube playlists.

If you have any further questions about the ways to embed YouTube in WordPress or you find a better way to embed YouTube videos to your site, let us know in the comments!

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