Adding a YouTube video to a blog post in WordPress is quite simple, and who doesn’t love kitten videos? There are three ways to add YouTube Videos. Let’s look at the Easy Way first.
There are other video services out there, and these methods should work for them too, including Vimeo as I showed in class.
You cannot upload your personal video clips directly to wordpress.com with the free account. You either need to buy the VideoPress upgrade, or consider using self-hosted WordPress from wordpress.org. You can always upload your own videos to YouTube (or Vimeo) and simply use the methods below to include them in a blog post.
Adding a Video, The Easy Way (Copy and Paste!)
1. Copy the URL of the video on YouTube.
Just click on the URL in the address bar and copy the link, [Image 1:1] (you may have to highlight the link by dragging the cursor). The keyboard shortcut is CTRL + C (Command + C on a Mac), or go to Edit > Copy in your browser menu.
Here is the link to use for when we work on adding a video to a post in class.
I used Camtasia by TechSmith to create a screencast of logging in to WordPress.com and creating a post. I will try to make more for future lessons if I can. This should help those who need a refresher on the process.
UPDATE: click the image below to watch the video (it will redirect you to screencast.com)
When you go to log in on wordpress.com, don’t click on Get Started. Yes, that is a bit misleading, but that is how things are.
Adding an image to a blog post is a great way to spice it up and to illustrate what you are talking about. Plus, everyone loves photos of cute animals.
The way you insert an image is rather simple, like everything in WordPress it just takes a few clicks of the mouse. But, there are a few things to remember before you click Upload (see bottom of the post).