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Embedding YouTube videos in a custom post type

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Video: Embedding YouTube videos in a custom post type

One of the huge benefits of hosting your videos on a site like YouTube or Vimeo is that they make it easy to place the videos on your own site. We have created a custom post type for our videos and now it's time to put some videos up on the site in these custom post types. The newer versions of WordPress come with video embedding support built-in, making it easier than ever to place videos from YouTube and other video sharing sites right on your pages. All you have to do is grab the URL and WordPress will do the rest of the work for you. As you can see here, we have the video we upload previously.

Embedding YouTube videos in a custom post type

One of the huge benefits of hosting your videos on a site like YouTube or Vimeo is that they make it easy to place the videos on your own site. We have created a custom post type for our videos and now it's time to put some videos up on the site in these custom post types. The newer versions of WordPress come with video embedding support built-in, making it easier than ever to place videos from YouTube and other video sharing sites right on your pages. All you have to do is grab the URL and WordPress will do the rest of the work for you. As you can see here, we have the video we upload previously.

So I am just going to grab the clean URL for this video, copy it, and now I can go into my Dashboard under Videos, click Add new video, call it Pizza Primavera, and then go under HTML and simply paste in the URL to the video. Now of course, I have to add a Meal type. So I will add Dinner. Ingredients, I will just say pizza crust, tomatoes, and cheese.

And then I have to pick a Video type, so I will say Showcase. When I publish this post now, WordPress will take that YouTube link and automatically convert it into a live video on your site. So if you click on View video and everything worked right, you'll see the title of the post and then the video underneath. When we click Play, it will play in our site. That's really easy, but sometimes you want a little more control.

For instance, you may want to control the size of this video. Because right now this size of the video is controlled by WordPress itself, or rather if we go into Settings at the bottom here and select Media, you see that we can set the Width and Height of videos that are embedded. Then what we want to do is control the video size exactly. So I will go back to Videos and open my Pizza Primavera video. Then I will go to YouTube, scroll down, and under Share you will find the embed code and here you have the complete embed code.

You can set a bunch of settings here. You can use HTTPS, you can pick different sizes, or you can set a custom size. So I am going to set the custom size Width to 300 pixels, and then it automatically sets the Height to 198, and you see those changes change up here as well. So now I can copy this iframe code out, go back to my edit page, and replace that URL with the code YouTube gave to it. When I update it now and go back to my page, you will see we have a much smaller video that still works the same way.

So now you have two ways of uploading videos from YouTube and this technique generally works for everything else as well. You should be able to do it using either YouTube, Vimeo, or any of other major sites and for the most part, WordPress will actually recognize the URL for the video itself and automatically embed it for you. It's one of those trial and error things. Try it with the a new site, see if it works. I it doesn't, you can just go and grab the embed code, paste it in, and you're good to go. Well, of course, everyone doesn't have videos lying around they want to publish to YouTube and use, and if you want to experiment with this on your own, we've uploaded three videos on YouTube for you to experiment with.

You can find them if you go to YouTube and go to youtube.com/lyndaculinarydemo, and here you have access to all the three videos. You can either watch them from in here or you can select one and then click on a trip to the market, for example, and then it goes directly to the page where you can get the embed code or you can just get the URL directly. So now you can experiment with embedding videos into your site and creating multiple different pages with different videos, text, and images, all bundled together.

With your videos hosted on YouTube or another video hosting site and using the latest version of WordPress, publishing videos on your site is as easy as cutting and pasting a URL. That means one less headache for you and more time to make more videos.

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Create an Online Portfolio with WordPress

40 video lessons · 28590 viewers

Morten Rand-Hendriksen
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  1. 6m 28s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 54s
    3. Using the code snippets file
      1m 36s
  2. 8m 31s
    1. What is an online portfolio?
      2m 43s
    2. Tour of the finished project
      3m 15s
    3. Setting up a WordPress development environment
      2m 33s
  3. 16m 10s
    1. Creating site architecture
      5m 1s
    2. Creating a child theme
      6m 7s
    3. Creating an external file to manage functions separately from the theme
      5m 2s
  4. 25m 26s
    1. What is a custom post type?
      2m 14s
    2. Setting up a custom post type
      6m 39s
    3. Adding advanced variables to the custom post type
      3m 35s
    4. Advanced custom post type functionalities
      4m 29s
    5. Changing the menu position of the custom post type
      3m 19s
    6. Adding a custom post type icon
      5m 10s
  5. 22m 8s
    1. What are custom taxonomies?
      3m 34s
    2. Setting up a basic custom taxonomy
      2m 52s
    3. Hooking a custom taxonomy to a post type
      3m 13s
    4. Adding advanced variables to a custom taxonomy
      3m 9s
    5. Using hierarchical and nonhierarchical custom taxonomies
      5m 54s
    6. Using custom taxonomies in admin
      3m 26s
  6. 25m 40s
    1. Populating content into the custom post types
      10m 54s
    2. Uploading videos to YouTube
      2m 22s
    3. Embedding YouTube videos in a custom post type
      4m 23s
    4. Uploading videos to WordPress
      8m 1s
  7. 39m 47s
    1. Creating custom post type templates
      6m 50s
    2. Adding taxonomy info to the custom post type template
      9m 13s
    3. Creating conditional custom taxonomy links
      4m 46s
    4. Handling multiple post type templates: Individual templates
      6m 25s
    5. Handling multiple post type templates: Consolidating everything in one file
      6m 21s
    6. Handling multiple post type templates: Making custom post types the default
      6m 12s
  8. 15m 23s
    1. Creating an index page for a custom post type
      8m 10s
    2. Creating a custom taxonomy index page
      7m 13s
  9. 12m 3s
    1. Creating a custom footer sidebar template
      6m 58s
    2. Displaying a list of links to the latest custom post type posts
      5m 5s
  10. 14m 58s
    1. Creating static pages for the front and the blog
      4m 54s
    2. Populating the menu with new index pages
      4m 52s
    3. Creating a contact page with a contact form
      5m 12s
  11. 5m 55s
    1. Including the abstraction layer in other stock themes
      5m 55s
  12. 1m 22s
    1. Next steps
      1m 22s

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