Everyone agrees: websites are better with video. But when you’re building your WordPress site, what’s the best way to embed those videos? To get the best results, you’ll want to use a video plugin, and there are plenty to choose from. We’ve rounded up 5 of the best for your consideration.
Keep It Simple
For great gallery customization, one video plugin option is the Youtube Simple Gallery. One of the greatest benefits of this plugin is that it allows you to customize the controls, hide other suggested videos, and is easy to use. For sites with a limited number of videos, the Youtube Simple Gallery is a good option.
If your WordPress features a lot of video, you might want to consider the Smart Youtube plugin. It’s the perfect plugin for playlists, making it great for sites that want to share multiple videos – think Park West Gallery’s series of “In The Artist’s Studio” clips – without having to set up multiple videos one after another. This makes for a cleaner page, avoiding the clunky row of video boxes.
All In One Place
Many WordPress video plugins are only useful for playing videos, or perhaps arranging them in galleries, but if you want to be able to edit your content, you’ll need a more advanced setup. For that, we recommend the All In One Video Pack, which will allow you to post and edit material, let users leave video responses, and really personalize your site’s media. The plugin also includes features for audio and photos.
Like A Pro
Some video plugins only support core platforms like Youtube and Vimeo, so always do your research to make sure you’re choosing a plugin that’s compatible with your video needs. The ProPlayer plugin, for example, supports Dailymotion videos, Youko, nand Veoh, among others. ProPlayer also boasts a video rating system, watermarks – great for protecting your content, and different skins, allowing you to customize the appearance of your player.
A Side Note
If you don’t want your video content to be front and center on your website, but still want to embed such content, you’ll likely need a special sidebar widget to do so. The Video Sidebar Widgets plugin specializes in this format, letting you load videos from a variety of source sites without dominating your page. This is a great format for sites that want to include video for reference, but don’t consider them their primary content.
Including video is one of the best ways to ensure that users spend quality time on your site, with studies showing that users spend more time on sites with visual content and remember more about them. With these great plugins, you’ll be able to to effectively embed video content in a way that fits aesthetically and structurally with your site – it’s all part of cultivating a digital experience.