These days, a plain text article may not be enough to catch a reader’s attention. In the course of creating content for your site or blog, you might run into the need to insert (or embed) videos in your post to make it more interesting or to simply support an idea. If you have a YouTube, DailyMotion or Vimeo channel/playlist and want to integrate that into your blog, then a video embedding tool is necessary.
If it’s your first time learning about embedding videos, you might find there are dozens of plugins for WordPress and you’d probably get confused over which ones work best.
Here are seven most feature-rich and versatile WordPress Video Player Plugins of 2017 for displaying videos on your WordPress site:
Best WordPress Video Player Plugins
Advanced Responsive Video Embedder
This WordPress video player plugin claims to be the only plugin you need for embedding videos on your site. Its main feature is being able to display videos in responsive format so it fits any screen size. To embed a video, click on the “Embed Video” button on the top right portion of the WordPress text editor.
Paste the video link on the text box in the pop-up box that appears. You can also configure a few other settings like alignment, maximum width, enable autoplay and more. When done, click “Insert Shortcode“.
Easy Video Player
Easy Video Player is a simple plugin for videos that lets you embed both self-hosted videos or videos from external sources that link directly to the video file. As such, it may not work for streaming video sites like YouTube.
For embedding your own videos, they need to be in mp4 format. It’s HTML5 compatible and videos are responsive. You can also set the video to play in a loop. All embedding options are done via shortcodes that are listed in the plugin’s download page.
This WordPress video plugin not only lets you embed a video but an entire playlist from any YouTube user or channel.
By clicking on the YouTube button on the top right corner of the blog post editor, you get a pop-up window with several options. To embed videos, select “Search for a video or channel to insert“. Here you can search for videos or paste a link to a video or playlist.
The plugin then generates a shortcode that you can insert to your blog post. In the example above, the video player has a slide-in view of the videos within the playlist.
WP Video Lightbox
This video plugin for WordPress goes beyond the usual display of videos in a site. Using a lightbox overlay pop-up, you can embed videos from YouTube, Vimeo and other flash and iFrame content. The video is first presented as a link within your post, which opens the pop-up video when clicked.
You can customize the way your videos appear by going to Settings -> Video Lightbox -> prettyPhoto. Here, you can change the animation speed, enable autoplay, adjust opacity, show/hide title and many other options.
Instructions for embedding Vimeo and YouTube video are done using different shortcodes, which is discussed in the plugin’s support page.
FV WordPress Flowplayer
This WordPress video upload plugin is a feature-rich video player for FLV and MP4 files. This means it can embed streaming videos from YouTube or Vimeo as well as user uploaded files in MP4 format.
To be able to embed YouTube or other streaming videos, you’ll need to go to the plugin’s Settings page first and check the box for Embed. There are many other settings that are not enabled by default, but most of them can be enabled without upgrading to the Pro version.
The embed icon is again located on top right corner of the blog post editor. When clicked, a pop-up box appears and you can enter video files or links to embed. Note that you can add more than one video at a time, even in different formats. As an added feature, this plugin allows you to customize the video player with your own logo and splash image that appears at the end of the video.
This WordPress Video Gallery Plugins help you to incorporate your Vimeo and Youtube Videos on your WordPress website. One thing that many people hate about including a video player or a gallery on their website is the fact that the design style doesn’t blend in with their site’s aesthetics. This will not be an issue as Video Gallery comes with seven beautiful perspectives to display your video content. You are bound to find something that is complementing the surrounding ambiance.
Other than this, the plugin will act as a full-fledged video gallery (namesake), let alone a video player and will also help you with video upload, writing a title, adding descriptions and also providing links.
There are also plenty more features like the ability to create as many video galleries as you like, or a lightbox pop-up with useful options, view counter, thumbnails and much much more. It is one of the gorgeous ways to showcase your YouTube and Vimeo videos on your WordPress website.
Video Player – Playwire
Playwire comes with all the bells and whistles you will need for publishing online videos. The plugin can help you encode, host, syndicate, stream and even monetize your video content. The plugin works by integrating your Playwire account (which you must already have) to your WordPress page and then gives you the liberty to control your video inventory and video posting right from your WordPress dashboard.
Some of the notable features of the theme include its support for HD video playback with the help of HTML5 bolt playback. You will also get social share features and also control your content on different publishing platforms with the Playwire’s Sandbox. Other features include its very own advertising system to help you earn revenues. You can even control your commercial breaks as well as track your results as well as the audience with detailed analytical data.
Though it can be considered a drawback that you don’t get the liberty to stream videos from platforms like YouTube or Vimeo to your site and have to have a Playwire account, the ad revenue feature completely makes up for the limitation.
With the diversity of WordPress video embed plugins, you have the freedom to be creative with your video content. However, you should always think about a great viewing experience for your visitors. Just because a plugin has a lot of features, it doesn’t mean you need to use all of them.
Be mindful of your purpose when embedding videos, bearing in mind that sometimes less is more. It’s also important to note that video embeds can slow down site speed, so learn how to compress video file before uploading them.
Not all these plugins will suit your needs, so learn about their features and consider which ones will work for your site.