Ultimate Guide to Embed YouTube Videos in WordPress

With the increase in usage of internet and smartphone, the video buffering on blog websites gained much popularity. It’s a win-win situation for both, the publisher and reader to have videos in the article.

It helps publishers to engage the readers more, better SEO of the blog post with added revenue of YouTube viewership. Also, the reader finds it helpful to have everything articulated . With a video illustration, it becomes easy to understand the flow and concept better.

YouTube is one of the biggest and popular choices to embed videos in the articles. Following which I will show you multiple methods to add YouTube videos in the WordPress blog posts and other spaces of the website.

This also valid for the other platforms like Facebook videos, Vimeo, TED, Flickr, Reddit and Instagram media. So, Let’s get into it one by one…

How to Embed YouTube Video in WordPress Blog Post?

Embedding YouTube videos in WordPress blog posts is as easy as pie.

If you are new to blogging and tech world then let me relax you, The jargon embed or embedding refers the process of inserting the external media inside your content. In this case, we are inserting YouTube video into the WordPress blog post.

Although, there are plenty of plugins available to embed YouTube videos in WordPress, but nothing is much better than using an inbuilt feature of WordPress.

The WordPress supports AUTO-EMBEDDING. This is a feature of WordPress by which it renders the simple URL of YouTube and other supported media hosting websites to a full media content (Live Preview).


  1. Open the YouTube video, you want to embed into the blog post.
  2. Click on the share button given at the bottom right of the video.
  3. The selected URL will appear with the icons of social media websites.
  4. Copy the URL using copy button or CTRL+C on Windows (Command+C on Mac) or Mouse.


Embed YouTube Video URL in WordPress - Dots Created



Embed the YouTube video URL in Blog Post. To insert the YouTube video inside the blog post…

  1. Open Editor in the WordPress (Edit the Blog Post).
  2. Head over to the part of post, where you want the video to be inserted and click on the free area.
  3. Simply paste the URL copied in step-1.

The AUTO-EMBEDDING of WordPress will convert the URL into a full video preview in the visual editor itself. Don’t hyperlink the video by placing <a> tags. Just simply past the URL as it is.

Another hack for this auto-embedding is to use embed shortcodes with URL. This will ensure that, if WordPress fails to render full live preview, there will be a link to the media in post.

So, it will be best to use embed shortcode while inserting media from URL.

Embed Videos and Images on WordPress

WordPress supports the popular media websites for auto-embedding. We have seen that it takes just copying and pasting the URL into post editor of WordPress to insert or embed video using the auto-embedding feature.

Below are some websites, which are supported by WordPress…

  • YouTube
  • Daily Motion
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Vimeo
  • Flickr
  • Twitter
  • Tumblr
  • Sound Cloud
  • Reddit
  • Kick Starter

and many more. Full list of supported websites with the media type and WordPress version can check out at https://codex.wordpress.org/Embeds

Embed YouTube Video in WordPress Widget

WordPress Widgets doesn’t support an auto-embedded feature. To embed the video in the widget area of WordPress the full HTML code will be required.

Scared by the name CODE??
Don’t worry, you don’t need to write anything. All the code is available in the YouTube itself.

  1.  Open the YouTube video, you want to embed into the blog post.
  2. Click on the share button given at the bottom right of the video.
  3. Click on the Embed button, as shown below.embed YouTube Video in WordPress Widget - Dots Created
  4. Customize the width and height of the video in the code as highlighted below.embed YouTube Video in WordPress Widget - Dots Created
  5. Customize the other embed option available.
  6. Finally, Copy the code within iframe tags.
  7. Create New HTML Widget and paste the code.

Voila, the Video is inserted in the widget area of the website.

That’s all of video embedding in WordPress.
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