Embedding a video on your new website

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Embedding a video on your new website

So, you have a new website, and now want to add a bit of Va Va Voom by embedding a video within a page on your website. There are a few choices to make, each with different pros and cons. We are basing this information on the client having a WordPress website.

Option 1 upload a video to directly your website

As long as your website can handle the upload of the large file (videos are inherently larger than still images) then simply add the file to the media library. If it cannot, then FTP the file to a folder within your website folder structure.

Locate the page where you want to add the video, then click ‘edit’ to edit the page. Find where on the page you want your video to appear and then click the ‘Add Media’ button in your WordPress editor. Then, if you uploaded the file using WordPress, choose the file and press ‘Insert into post’. If you FTP’d the file then press ‘Insert from URL’ and add the full file path.

Save the page. View the page on the web to check your work. amend as needed.

Job Done.

the pros
a. You have full control over the look of your video.
the cons
a. If the file is large you may see the video stutter, stop or buffer.
b. If the file is large and viewed a lot, you may incur additional hosting charges or your website may be limited.
c. The video can only be seen on your website.

 

Option 2 upload a video to your YouTube channel and then embed in your website

(like the video above)
Login to your Google account. Then visit Youtube. Create a Channel, name it after your business, add your logo and basic information. Then upload the video. Copy the video URL.

Then, back on your own website, locate the page where you want to add the video, then click ‘edit’ to edit the page. Find where on the page you want your video to appear and then click the ‘Add Media’ button in your WordPress editor, then press ‘Insert from URL’ and add the full file path (URL). Wait for a few seconds and you should see your video appear in the add media pop up. Press ‘Insert into post’.

Save the page. View the page on the web to check your work. amend as needed.

Job Done.

the pros
a. It doesn’t matter what file size the video is, YouTube will handle the smooth delivery of your video.
b. Your video is on the YouTube website (the 2nd biggest search engine) visible to potentially millions of eyes.
the cons
a. You don’t have full control over the look of your video.
b. You can’t control the look of the buttons.
c. There is a YouTube logo on the screen.
d. When I press pause I see other ‘suggested videos’.
e. When my video ends I see even more ‘suggested videos’.

Option 3 upload a video to another video host

Here is a list of other white-listed video services for auto embeds in WordPress:
Amazon / Animoto / Cloudup / CollegeHumor / Crowdsignal / Dailymotion / Facebook / Flickr / Hulu / Imgur / Instagram / Issuu / Kickstarter / Meetup.com / Mixcloud / Reddit / ReverbNation / Screencast / Scribd / Slideshare / SmugMug / Someecards / SoundCloud / Speaker Deck / Spotify / TED / Tumblr / Twitter / VideoPress / Vimeo / WordPress.tv

Simply do the same steps as option 2, but add the alternate URL.

the pros
a. The same as option 2a, but change YouTube for the alternate video host name.
b. For some providers there may be no cons.
the cons
a. Depending on the platform chosen, some or all of the option 2 cons.

More Reading:

I don’t host my videos on my own web server. I always use Option 2. Here are a few reasons that I agree with:

https://www.wp101.com/10-reasons-why-you-should-never-host-your-own-videos/

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