Add Videos to a WordPress Site from Vimeo!

At this time, you can add videos from Vimeo on your posts and pages in WordPress in three different ways:

  1. Using your video’s “share URL”.
  2. Using your video’s “iFrame code”.
  3. Using a WordPress Plugin.

The first method is straight forward but does not always work on the first try. The second method is slightly more difficult because it involves pasting code into the text editor and the third involves installing and using a plugin.

Please note that if you have already installed a plugin to add videos to your site, the plugin may interfere with the following instructions for methods 1 and 2 and prevent the videos installed without the plugin from appearing.

How to Add Videos Using the Vimeo “Share” Link

In Vimeo’s free version, after you have uploaded your video, click the “share” icon (the paper airplane in the top right corner). Copy the link that appears. It looks something like this:  https://vimeo.com/  followed by a series of numbers.

Go to the visual editor in your WordPress page or post and paste it where you want it to appear.  If it doesn’t work, you may have changed some of your video’s Privacy Settings in Vimeo.  If so, go back to Vimeo and change those settings to make your video available for viewing and embedding. (If you have Vimeo Plus or Vimeo Pro you will have more options in the privacy settings.)  For some reason, even if the settings are correct, it does not always work the first time and needs a second or third try.

If you want to add another video. Begin a new paragraph in the WordPress visual editor and paste the “Share URL” for the second video.  This is an example of a video added to this post using the “Share URL”.

How to Add Videos Using the Vimeo “iFrame” Code

In Vimeo’s free version, after you have uploaded your video, click the “share” icon (the paper airplane in the top right corner). Copy all of the code in the “Embed” field that appears.  In your WordPress text editor, paste it where you want it to go.  At first in the text editor you will just see the code and no video.  Once you update the post or page you will see a gray box.  When you view the page/post online, outside of the WordPress Editor, you will see the video. You will only see the video when viewing online, outside of the WordPress Editor.

Urban Beat Promo from Julie Principe on Vimeo.

Video Plugins

As a rule, I recommend that if you don’t need a plugin, don’t use them.  However, it is possible that a plugin could deliver more options, especially if you want to include a video gallery.  Also, if you find that the first two methods are just not working – for whatever reason – it is a viable alternative.  Choose one that is regularly updated and maintained by its creators and then keep it updated on your site.  Go here to find a list of available plugins, or do a Google search for recommended plugins.

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