Do you want to add video to your website?
If you’re in a personality-based business, like a coach or a real estate agent, having
a video on your website is really important so that you can let potential clients know
exactly who you are. I’m Brighton West and today on Subscriber
Nation, I’ll show you how to add a video to your WordPress website.
Now we’re starting off with some assumptions. First I’m assuming that you know how to
make a video. But I have a video to help you with that, if you don’t already know.
I’m also assuming that you have a YouTube channel that you can upload that video to
– got a video for that! I’m assuming that you know how to upload
a video to your YouTube channel and I’ve got a video for that.
Okay, we’re going to hop over to YouTube now and just choose the video that you’re
looking to embed. You can actually embed anyone’s video; it doesn’t have to be your video.
Actually, I think people can turn off the ability to embed. Most videos though, you
can embed into your website. So you’ll find the video and then head down,
scroll down to where it says ‘Share’. And in WordPress, there’s two ways to do
this – one that’s simple and one that offers you a little more control.
First, once you hit share, you can take this and right-click Copy and you can paste it
over into your website. You’ll go over to your website and go to
your website – usually the admin panel is wp-admin – and you’ll go to either a post
or a page. I’m going to say ‘Post’ and then ‘Add
new post’. And then you can actually do this on either the Visual or the Text tab.
We’ll go with the Visual. And when you hit ‘Paste’, either one of
two things will happen. Sometimes you’ll just see the URL. You need to make sure that
it’s not a clickable link. You can use this little button here to make it not clickable,
but it looks like WordPress sometimes actually just puts that video right in there and actually
does that translation for you right away. So that’s the first way to do it – it’s
just to paste in that URL. I’m going to delete this and I’m going
to show you the second way to do it, which offers you a little more control.
So we’re back here in YouTube and we go to ‘Embed’ this time and then click ‘Show
more.’ You’ve got a number of controls down here and the first thing is, by default,
this ‘Show suggested videos when the video finishes’ is checked.
We want to uncheck that; what that’s doing is at the end of your video, it’ll go back
to your thumbnail instead of going and suggesting some videos from other people. I’m not sure
why you’d want to have that running on your website – suggesting other people’s videos
on YouTube. You can also turn the player controls on and
off, so this is kind of across the bottom, whether you want to turn off – whether the
viewer wants to turn off closed captioning or jump forward.
Also the title and actions across the top of the screen – you can turn those off,
so you can see that’s now missing. ‘Enable privacy enhanced mode’ – this
has to do with information that YouTube is collecting from visitors to your website.
I am going to just leave the player controls on, and now you go up here to this code and
right-click on it. First you will select all – highlights that whole thing – and then
copy, and then back to WordPress, and this time you have to paste this. If you paste
it on the visual side, nothing’s going to happen. It’s just going to paste that information.
That’s not how you do it. So you go over here to the text and you paste
it on ‘Text’ – and then if we go back to the visual, you’re going to see the little
box that is created. So there’s a number of options. You can
create different sizes and there’s one more thing I want to point out. This is kind of
a bonus piece here. This isn’t something that is obvious – they don’t have a check
mark for this in YouTube, but if you go right after this question mark, type in autoplay=1
and then a semi-colon, that will make this video play as soon as someone hits this webpage.
Putting video on your website is a great idea, especially if you want people to really connect
with your personality. If you want to add online video to your business, I’d love
to help! Just click here to head on over to my website and there’ll be wonderful amounts
of information and a way that you can get in touch with me.