Videos can significantly increase the importance of a WordPress post/page. It makes your content much more compelling to the users as well as the search engine crawler. Research has shown that users tend to spend more time on a webpage where the key concept is presented via videos. To be honest if I had to choose between a blog post where the content is too long (sort of like a written tutorial) and a video tutorial I would definitely be interested in the second option. That pretty much explains why video marketing has been so successful.
Problems With Video Embedding
I have always experienced issues trying to embed videos on my WordPress blog. It’s just there are not many good options when it comes to video embedding. Even though there is a few I find them extremely confusing for the new WordPress users. Not all all users are familiar with coding. That’s why they use WordPress. So it will be really good to have a solution that requires less steps to follow and meets user’s expectation.
Getting Started With Easy Video Player
Finally I took an effort to create a plugin that may be able to resolve some of the major issues WordPress users were experiencing – Easy Video Player.
Easy Video Player allows you to embed your favourite videos on a WordPress post/page.
- Embed videos using simple shortcodes (no coding required)
- Play videos using HTML5
- Enable automatic fallback for browsers that don’t support HTML5. It allows older browsers like Internet Explorer version 8 or lower to play your videos.
- Embed responsive videos so they look great while browsing from mobile devices.
Download the Easy Video Player plugin
- Login to your Admin Dasboard and go to “Plugins->Add New”
- Click on the upload option
- Select the easy-video-player.zip file on your computer
- Install and Activate the plugin.
Now go to the Settings menu of the plugin (Settings->Easy Video Player) and check the “Enable jQuery” option. That’s all you need to do for configuring the plugin.
Embedding Videos on a Post/Page
Create a new post/page and embed the following shortcode:
Now replace the URL parameter with the actual URL of your video.
That’s it. Simply publish the post/page and your video will be embedded along with your content.
If you want a particular video to start playing automatically you can set the “autoplay” option to “true” in the shortcode:
[evp_embed_video url="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/videos/vid1.mp4" autoplay="true"]
Control Player Size
To control the size of a video you can specify a width and height:
[evp_embed_video url="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/videos/vid1.mp4" width="500" height="400"]
Control Player Aspect Ratio
The player aspect ratio is set to “0.417” by default. To override it you can specify a different ratio:
[evp_embed_video url="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/videos/vid1.mp4" ratio="0.345"]