3 Simple Ways to Add Video to Your WordPress Blog

Hi.  Welcome to BuildMySiteForFree.com.  In today’s tutorial, I am going to give you three quick and easy ways to add a video to your WordPress website.

Now the good thing about adding a video is it makes your website overall more exciting.  People don’t want to read pages and pages of words.  They want to see images; they want to see videos.  Because what it’s doing is it’s grabbing their attention and keeping their attention.

So you always want to make sure you have these videos and images on your blog or website, and I’m going to show you in this video three ways that you can do that.  Now many of you do know that you can easily upload a video from using these four icon buttons on an Add New or Edit Post page, but there are three other ways as well.

The first way is you can add a video using an embed code.  So here I am on YouTube – and there are several other sites that have videos as well – and I’m on a video that I want to embed into my post.  So you go to the bottom of the video where it says “Share” and you will see the tooltip comes up that says “Share or embed  this video.”  You would then click “Embed” after this textbox opens, and then finally, you are going to copy the  embedding code it gives you right here. You’re going to copy it, and then you’re going to come back to your Add New Post page, and you’re going to paste the code here.

After you do this, you can then publish it, and your video will now be displayed upon your post.  Another way to add a video is by using video
plugins to embed moving pictures.  So what I do is I come to BuildMySiteForFree.com where they have plenty of plugins to choose from.  I click the plugins link up here in the top right-hand corner, and all the plugins are then listed alphabetically.

So the two plugins that I prefer for this are on page 18, and they’re called VideoPress and Viper’s Video Quicktags.  Now VideoPress is just a plugin that easily uploads videos for you to blog on.  The Viper’s Video Quicktags not only reduces length of embedding codes on posts, but there’s a lot more flexibility on the display of the video.

So these are two great plugins in order to embed moving pictures.  The third way that you can add a video to your WordPress website is by reating your own.  So what you could do is simply get a digital camera or even a webcam, create a video, save it to your hard drive, and then you can come to the Install Plugins page from the navigation menu.  You open up Plugins; go to “Add New.”  And you’ll click the “Upload”
link.  And from here, you could choose the file that you saved your video under and upload it.

You can also come to YouTube and upload any videos you’d like from here. Now another really great thing about using this YouTube is it’s a much easier alternative.  So all you do is come here, upload your video, then you can come back to your “Add New Post” and paste that mbedding code for that video here.

And these are the three very quick and easy ways that you can add videos to your WordPress website.  Thank you for watching, and please stay tuned for more videos at BuildMySiteForFree.com.

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About the Author

Andy Johnson

Andy Johnson has been on the Internet since the its dawn(ie his first computer program was recorded on cassette tape) and his first hard drive cost about as much his current MacBook. His first byline was in 1993 for a local newspaper rag he eventually helmed, and his last “real job” was at a computer start up which ended when it ended. Throughout it all he’s freelanced and blogged. Now he is mesmerized by Search Engine Optimization forever trying to “rise to the top” for the right reasons. He’s been married to his wife Julia for as long as he can remember and has two lovely, wonderful children. He looks forward to sharing the latest in the technical best for all the online entrepreneurs.