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YouTube videos can easily be embedded into posts, pages and in widgets.

Embed with a URL

The fastest way to embed a YouTube video is to use the video URL:

1.  Click on the Share link under the YouTube video.

2.  Copy the Video URL.

Video URL

3.  Go to Posts > Add New or Pages > Add New.

Adding the video URL

4. The video will look something like this when you view your published post.

Important tips! 

1.  Must not be hyperlinked

When you embed using the URL you need to make sure it is not hyperlinked.

If the URL is blue, as shown in the example below, then it is hyperlinked.

Hyperlinked URL

To make it work you need to unlink the video URL by selecting the whole URL and clicking on the Unlink icon on your Visual Editor toolbar.


2.  Place URL on its own line

Make sure the URL is on its own line.  There should not be any characters or whitespace before or after the URL.

Using Embed Code

You can also embed videos using their embed code.

This is handy when you want to change the size of the video embed or remove related videos when embedding YouTube videos.

Here is how you remove suggested videos using embed code:

1.  Click on Share underneath the YouTube video you want to embed.

2.  Click on Embed.

3.  Deselect Show suggested videos when the video finishes.

4.  Copy the embed code.

Suggested video

5.  Go to Posts > Add New or Pages > Add New.

Add New Post

6.  Place your cursor where you want the the video to appear and then click on the Add Media button.

Click on Add Media

7.  In the Add Media window click on the Insert Embed Code tab.

Click on Embed code

8.  Paste the video embed code into the embed code field.

Paste the embed code

9.   Click on Insert into Post.

Insert into post

10.  Your Add Media window will close and the embed will appear in the visual editor as shown below.

Google form in post

11.  When you view your published post you will see your video.

Add to Sidebar/Footer

Depending on the location of your theme’s widget areas, you can also embed YouTube videos in your sidebar or footer by pasting the YouTube embed code into a text widget.

1.  Click on Share underneath the YouTube video you want to embed.

2.  Click on Embed.

3.  Click on Show More.

4.  Select Custom Size from the Video Size Drop down menu option.

Click on custom size

5.  Add your desired width and the height will automatically be added.  For most sidebars you need to use 200 or less.

Video size

6.  Copy the embed code.

Copy embed code

7.   Log into your blog.

8.  Go to Appearance > Widgets.


9.  Click on the triangle on the right side of desired Sidebar to expand (so you can add the widget).

Click on the triangle

10.  Drag a text widget into your sidebar.

Text widget

11.  Paste the embed code into the text widget.

Paste into Text widget

12.  Click Save and Close.

13.  You should now see the widget in your sidebar.