Adding Videos

Youtube’s Bandwidth

The author recommends YouTube. This is for a number of reasons:

  1. You preserve both the disk space and bandwidth limits of your hosting account. Youtube gives you this for free, so why not use it?
  2. There are many thousands of searches and eyeballs on YouTube at any one moment and you can leverage traffic to you site with good titles and keywords for your video content.

WordPress does support both the upload and embedding on mpeg files, but be warned the client computer may deal with these in different ways e.g. play in the browser window or open up Windows media player… or some other media player. This may confuse and disorientate some users.

If you have a Gmail account, you have a YouTube account. No more action is required. You can start uploading straight away.

Once you have all the videos you want to use uploaded, click the Youtube “Share” link, then on the “Embed” button under your videos and get the embed code for WordPress site.

Youtube's Share & Embed Options

Youtube's Share & Embed Options

Tip: stay away from the iframe version of the Youtube embed code. Iframes are not allowed in WordPress. They are a security risk. Select the tick box that says “Use old embed code”.

Youtube's HTML Embed Options

Youtube's HTML Embed Options

File Size Warning

Some hosts limit uploads to 5mb-6mb. Normally a quick email to the host’s technicians will get you larger file sizes. Obviously you should be mindful of the download by your users and not add any file that will take someone on a slow connection a very long time to download.

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