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How to embed YouTube video in WordPress

How to embed YouTube video in WordPress


If the content is King, YouTube videos would be the Queen. All jokes aside, video content is more and more the very type of content no one can do without. And, instead of stuffing your website with big videos you’ll need hours to upload, we suggest something different. Much more efficient and user-friendly.

How to embed a YouTube video in WordPress – 3 easy ways

Today we’re talking about how to embed video in WordPress from a third party service like YouTube. No plugins or previous coding experience needed. And no additional site load. Follow our tips and learn how to do it yourself in no time!

1. YouTube video URL embed

This is one of the easiest and quickest ways to embed YouTube video in WordPress. You found the video you want to share with your visitors; it goes nicely with the topic you were writing about and wanted it in it. Simply take the YouTube URL and paste it into your Visual editor, where it’ll show up just like this:

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youtube video share options

embed you tube videos in wordpress example

But, in order to work like this, you need to paste it as is, not short coded (you know, by using or

2. YouTube video iframe embed

Another quick and easy way how to embed a video in WordPress is by using iframe code. Now, don’t get scared thinking you’re not a coder, you know nothing about it, it can’t be done and stuff… Let me show you how you too can master it, with just a few copy/paste options.

When you find the video you want to share, simply click on the share button and, instead of the link itself, click on the embed option and you’ll get this:

iframe embed youtube video code

Copy that embeds link then go to your WordPress editor dashboard, click on the Text option, paste it below the text, and the result will be something like this:

iframe embed youtube video in wordpress example

See? No need to have previous coding experience, you already did some HTML and made a YouTube video appear in your article!

3. Taking WordPress video website to the next level

Now, if you want to step it up a bit, I suggest you do something even greater and cooler. Why not take a video-based WordPress theme and make your blogging experience even greater? Vlog is one of the WordPress themes we made especially for video purposes. It is designed with the focus on all your video content, whether you make it yourself, or use other people’s video clips.

Are you a magazine type of business, DIY crafter, consultant, educator, video storyteller or just beginning your online video journey? Vlog theme will surely help you put your work in best use and have the exposure you need. It’s compatible with all the big video streamers: YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and others, so you can easily make what you want from your own piece of the web.

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In case you’re thinking Vlog is just another WordPress video theme and they all look alike, let me tell you something. It has more than 200 post layout combination which gives you the opportunity to present your content in (almost) any possible way you want. Just think of how many different and original things you can make and modify! Check out our live preview here, test it for free and let us know what you think.

Bonus: WordPress YouTube plugin recommendation

Adding YouTube video to WordPress can be done with the help of a plugin as well. These are the ones we recommend.

YouTube Embed plugin


A free plugin that lets you embed and manage YouTube videos and galleries, both channels and playlists. Comes with a ton of features to make your video content look impressive, responsive and easy to interact with. Some of the features are:

  • YouTube gallery auto continuous play
  • YouTube Live Stream
  • Easy “Insert” button for both the Visual and Text mode of the editor (for YouTube gallery and live stream embedding as well)
  • Instant HTTPS support
  • Modest branding – hide YouTube logo while playing (note that the YouTube watermark is shown instead)
  • Loop your videos and more

Pro version has more options like full visual embedding wizard, alternate playlist and channel gallery styling, automatic tagging for video SEO, priority support and more. The price starts at $19.99

YouTube Channel

YouTube Channel

A simple free plugin that helps you display sidebar widget with YouTube videos, whether it’s a playlist or a channel. All you need to do is insert a widget to sidebar or shortcode to content, set Channel or Playlist ID and it’s done! As simple as that. Later on, you can choose whether you want your videos on autoplay, get random videos from any of 4 sources, or customize it to any of your needs.

YouTube Embed

YouTube Embed

Another free embed YouTube video WordPress plugin that is fast and very simple to use. YouTube Embed lets you build your own playlists and play them the way you want. You can even automatically generate playlists based on username or search text, have dynamic video sizing, create multiple profiles… Worth checking out for sure!


These are all simple and easy solutions for maximizing your video content efforts. Whether you want to embed YouTube channel in WordPress or specific videos, these are the ways to do it. Also, it saves you space and speeds up your website. And, it’s good for SEO. All the things our Vlog already has in it so – what are you waiting for? Grab it and start vlogging from today!


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Ivana Cirkovic

Ivana is a Digital Marketing, PR and Social Media consultant with over nine years experience in the field. She is also a WordPress enthusiast and an active member of WordPress community who lives online almost 24/7. In love with Twitter, WP, photography and NYC.

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