Videos add a new life to your blog posts. There are tons of things that can easily be explained a 2 minute video versus a 1500 words post. In older versions of WordPress (Prior to 2.9), you were required to use the embed code from the video site, or use a plugin to embed the videos properly. Introducing in WordPress 2.9, the oEmbed feature has made it extremely easy to embed videos in your WordPress Blog posts. In this article, we will share how to easily embed third-party videos in WordPress blog posts.

How to Embed Videos in WordPress Blog Posts

All you need to do is paste the video URL into the content area. All you need to make sure is that the URL is in it’s own line and not clickable (hyperlinked). For example:

Here is how you can add Post Thumbnails in WordPress:


Wasn’t that super easy.

What are the White-Listed Providers?

  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
  • DailyMotion
  • blip.tv
  • Flickr (both videos and images)
  • Viddler
  • Hulu
  • Qik
  • Revision3
  • Scribd
  • Photobucket
  • PollDaddy
  • Google Video
  • WordPress.tv (only VideoPress-type videos for the time being)
  • SmugMug (WordPress 3.0+)
  • FunnyOrDie.com (WordPress 3.0+)

If you upload your videos or other media on one of these sites, then WordPress will automatically embed. Otherwise, you would have to post the embed code manually.

Why can’t I upload the videos to my WordPress?

Well you can, but we do not recommend you to do so. Most smaller blogs are on shared-hosting accounts and videos take a lot of server resource. If your video got tons of traffic, your site is more likely to crash. Second, you are missing out the traffic from Youtube users. We recommend that you pick a third party site such as Youtube, Blip.tv etc to upload your videos. Benefits: You save your server resources, and you get new users from youtube or another site.