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Hi everybody, welcome back to another installment of Creative Quick Tips. This week, I'm going to be showing you the quickest way to embed YouTube videos in a WordPress post. A lot of people come to me and they ask me how to do this and they're using some sort of plugin or something like that. And that can get kind of messy, especially when plugins or WordPress itself is updated. And so, I think this is actually the easiest way, and it's built in directly into WordPress, you don't have to do anything to make this work. So let's take a look at exactly how we do it. So here I am on a YouTube video page, and this is just one of my YouTube videos from my personal YouTube channel.
And in order to make this work you're going to do one of two things. You're either going to right-click on the video and chose Copy Video URL, or you can simply just snag the video URL from up here up in the address bar of your browser. Either way it works just fine. Right-clicking, copying the video URL. Or selecting URL from the address bar up here at the top. Once you do that, you're pretty much done with YouTube. You don't need it anymore, so you could actually just close that up. Once you close that up, just go over into WordPress. I have a new post that I've created here called Test YouTube Video, and what I'm going to do is I'm simply just going to paste in that URL.
Now you have to make sure that this is not hyperlinked and it's not inside of an embed tag or anything like that, it's just URL, paste it in. Once you have that pasted in there, just go ahead and save yourself a draft and then hit Preview. And when I do, there's my YouTube video, ready to start playing just like it would on the YouTube site. So, the next time you have to embed a YouTube video on your WordPress blog, don't use a plugin, and don't try to use the actual embed code from YouTube and then go into the text editor portion of WordPress. Just take the URL, paste it in, and let WordPress do the work for you.
It's really quick. It's really easy. And it's going to save you a ton of time.
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