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Here’s Why You Should Never Upload a Video to WordPress

Let’s face it, images, audio, and video make the web have a wealth of experience. And I’m all for adding videos to your website. Not only does adding videos to your website or blog increase the value to your content, but it can also increase the chances that your audiences would react very well to it. And adding video to your site definitely has some SEO benefits as well.

But I will save that for another post regarding SEO and videos. Now you have probably noticed that most people that are using WordPress are using a third-party video sharing service like YouTube or Vimeo to upload their videos too. Now, the question is, can you upload videos on your WordPress site? The answer is yes, but I don’t recommend that you do it. In this post, I am going to tell you why you should never upload a video to WordPress.

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Why You Should Never Upload A Video To WordPress

Upload vs. Embed (What’s the difference?)

Before I go into why you should never upload or host videos directly in WordPress, I want to make sure you understand that there is a difference between upload vs. embed.

I want to go over with you what Uploading or Hosting a video means. Uploading or Hosting a video means that you are going to upload videos on your website or blog like you would upload images on your WordPress site. And I highly recommend that you do not upload your videos this way.

Now, I want to go over embedding a video and what it means. Embedding a video means that you are going to upload your video via a third party site like YouTube or Vimeo. Once you get your video uploaded to a third party site of your choosing you can then easily embed the video in your blog posts. This is what I highly recommend you do. Now, I understand that there are going to be some scenarios where you might need to upload a video directly into WordPress but try to avoid it as much as you can.

Easy Sharing

Embedding your video in WordPress is a lot easier than you might think. What I love about this is not only is it easy but you can share your video uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo or any other video sharing sites just by pasting the URL directly into your blog posts. I must say, it is way easier to manage a channel on YouTube or Vimeo than it is via WordPress to create a video section that is completely separate from your images and any other uploads you have on your site. You can easily take your video that you upload to YouTube and share it with your social media accounts allowing you to reach a way bigger audience than just uploading your video to your WordPress site. Another advantage of uploading your video to a third party video site is that you’re going to be making it so much easier for your viewers to share your video. And we all know getting more exposure, and video shares are important.

Bandwidth

I want to go over bandwidth now. This is another reason that I do not recommend that you upload your video directly to WordPress. When you upload videos to your website or blog, it’s going to cost you bandwidth. The higher quality the video, the more bandwidth it’s going to take. Even worse, if you allow your users to embed the video on their own websites, that bandwidth now is going to get multiplied every time your video is embedded anywhere else. Not good right? Another bad thing about uploading your videos in WordPress is that more than likely your probably going to have to add more plugins to manage and show your videos to your visitors. The extra plugins that you install are going to increase your server load time which slows down your site. And let’s face it. Nobody likes a slow site. And here’s a really good reason to not upload your video in WordPress. If you are on shared web hosting, then more than likely your hosting provider is going to suspend your website and take it down temporarily. Yikes! This could cost you sales and lost revenue. Are you convinced yet?

Visibility and Traffic

Now I want to go over visibility and traffic. According to Alexa rankings, YouTube as of right now is the world’s second most used search engine and the third most visited website. Because of this many website owners upload their videos to YouTube. It’s more exposure. And why doesn’t want more exposure? If you upload your video to YouTube, you are going to get a lot more views than uploading it straight to your WordPress site. Another cool thing about YouTube or other third party sharing websites is that the social networking features can very well make your video go viral and gain popularity. And who doesn’t want their video to go viral?

Video Quality Optimization

Lastly, I want to go over video quality optimization. One of the many advantages of uploading your videos to third-party video sites like YouTube or Vimeo is that they process videos for a better web experience. They give your viewers options like watching the video in HD or on lower resolutions. Another good thing about these third-party video sites is that they will automatically try to detect the user’s internet connection and the device they are on so that they can play the video in the best quality for that viewer. If you upload your video directly to WordPress, you are missing out on all of the optimization opportunities and your video will display just as it is when you uploaded it. This is costing you more bandwidth and damaging your user experience.

Final Thoughts

We hope this article helped you and showed you why you should never upload a video to WordPress.

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How to Easily Embed Videos in WordPress Blog Posts

In this post, I go over how to embed videos in WordPress blog posts or pages quick and easy. This step by step guide makes embedding videos in WordPress a breeze. You’ve made an excellent decision in choosing to embed videos on your WordPress website or blog. Videos bring your site to life and videos are a great way to boost user engagement. And we all know that increasing user engagement is a big plus.

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How to Embed Videos in WordPress Blog Posts & Pages

One of the great things about WordPress is that it comes with a fantastic feature called auto-embeds. This feature allows WordPress to automatically get the embed code for the video from any popular video hosting sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, and others. So how do you embed videos in your WordPress blog posts? It’s easy. All you need to do is paste the video URL into the post editor. One thing you want to make sure you do is to ensure the URL is on its own line and not clickable.

 

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One of the many reasons why I love WordPress is if you are using the visual editor, then WordPress will fetch the embed code and display the video right inside the post editor. Once it fetches the embed code you just need to save your post, then click on the preview button. Once you click the preview button, it’ll take you to a preview of your blog post, and you will see your video embedded.

 

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WordPress, at this time, can only auto-embed for a select few white-listed service providers. For other websites, you need to get an embed code and then paste it into your blog posts.

Below, I’ve provided a complete list of the white-listed service providers for auto embeds in WordPress. To get a list sent to you so you can easily download and save on your computer or print out click here to get the complete list of whitelist service providers for auto embeds in WordPress.

Animoto
Blip
Cloudup
CollegeHumor
DailyMotion
Facebook
Flickr
FunnyOrDie.com
Hulu
Imgur
Instagram
Issuu
Kickstarter
Meetup.com
Mixcloud
Photobucket
PollDaddy
Reddit
ReverbNation
Scribd
SlideShare
SmugMug
SoundCloud
Speaker Deck
Spotify
TED
Tumblr
Twitter
VideoPress
Vimeo
Vine
WordPress plugin directory
WordPress.tv
YouTube

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

You can upload videos to your WordPress website or blog, but I do not recommend for you to do so. Videos can take a lot of server resource and if you are on shared hosting this can slow your site down big time.

Let’s just say your video gets a ton of traffic, then there is a pretty big chance your site is likely to crash. And you would be missing out on traffic from YouTube users. You want to make sure you pick a third party site like Youtube, Vimeo, or another one that you will use to upload your videos.

If you’d like to know more regarding this topic, take a look at our article we wrote on why you should never upload a video to WordPress.

Final Thoughts

We hope this article helped you and showed you how to embed videos in WordPress blog posts quick and easy.

Let us know in the comments below if you were successful! We would love to hear from you.

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