How to Post a Video in WordPress

A client just asked me how to post a video into his WordPress blog. It’s a simple affair, once you know how to do it. And yes, you will have to look at the code, but just for a second.

It won’t bite, I promise.

You can watch this video, How to Add a Video to Your WordPress Blog, or read the brief description below.

Step 1: Grab the embed code. YouTube and other video sharing sites make it easy to grab the code that displays the video, often called the “embed code.” In the case of this client the video was from a segment on a local television show. Luckily, this show posted the video along with the embed code. You’ll want to copy that embed code to your clipboard.

Alert! After making this video I noticed YouTube has a new iframe embed code (pictured below). WordPress “cleaned up” that code. If this happens to you check the “Use old embed code” box on YouTube. More details below.

Embed Video in Your WordPress Blog

Step 2: Post the code into your WordPress blog post. First, determine where you’d like the video to be placed while looking at the Visual editor. If you’re not familiar with HTML code, you may want to create a placeholder by typing in something like “Video Goes Here” or “xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”.

Then click on the “HTML” tab in the upper right hand corner so that you can view the HTML code.


Find your placeholder (if you made one) and copy and paste the embed code there. Switch back to the Visual tab and you should see a pale yellow box where your video will appear. If this doesn’t happen then try selecting the “Old Embed Code”.

Old YouTube Embed Code

That should do it! If you get the video going on your own blog, feel free to post a link below.

Rich Brooks
Video Marketing

12 Responses to “How to Post a Video in WordPress”

  1. Brett Slater

    Yup… Great post, Rich… And it’s true: It may seem daunting at first, but it’s really pretty easy once you see how it’s done… And being able to share a video is such a great add to your blog, fo sho!

  2. Marc

    Thanks! I was using a plugin at first but I didn’t like the way it presented the video on my site! but after using Google to find another way to embed I came across your site. I did exactly what you said and it worked!

    Thanks Again!


  3. Corporate Videos

    Thanks for sharing this valuable post with us. One of the biggest misconceptions is that the process is going to be hard, complicated or otherwise frustrating. Add to this the concern about the time factor and it is no wonder so many people are frustrated with the process.

  4. Katie

    Thanks! I followed your instructions and I get a yellow box in the visual tab, but when I preview the changes or publish the page, the videos only appear as links. Is there a way to change this so the actual video is on my page?

  5. therichbrooks

    Hmmm…not sure why that should be. The YouTube code is a little different now, but that shouldn’t make too much of a difference. I’d ask your web developer to make sure you’re upgraded to the latest version of WordPress. Hope that helps!