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Top 5 ▶️ video plugins for embedding & playing videos on WordPress website

Text alone is not enough to fully catch the attention and deliver value for your website’s visitors. People want to get the information fast and clear. Videos are good ways for catching the attention and get people stay longer at your website. So, let’s find out what are the best WordPress video plugins that allow you to easily embed videos on any post or page.

Some video streaming websites such as YouTube offers an easy way to add a video to your WordPress website. You can just copy & paste the video’s URL from YouTube on the page where you want the video appears, and WordPress does the rest. You can also copy & paste embed code from YouTube instead of URL. However, this way you could only insert one single video without any effects or control not to mention video galleries or the ability to select a video thumbnail. There’re also other video streaming services such as Vimeo and Dailymotion etc., and not all of those offers easy video posting on your WordPress-based site.

There are plenty of video plugins available for WordPress. Those offers extremely creative ways to use videos and audio in your website. You can create video galleries, add advertisements, and player controls, choose thumbnails for each video and so on.

Below are the best feature-rich WordPress video player plugins. These are what you need to display of videos on your website in the most creative, engaging, and user-friendly way.

Advanced Responsive Video Embedder is one of the best plugins available for displaying videos on WordPress websites. ARVE is fully responsive giving the plugin the capacity to display videos smoothly in different screen sizes, including Smartphones and tablets. It offers also quick and easy way for adding videos. When installed, just click “embed a video” on the WordPress editor’s top right-hand corner to initiate embedding a video. Then just paste the link of the video you intend to display. You can also adjust different configurations such as autoplay, alignment, and maximum width.

Below is the short introduction video made by developers:

Key features:

  • SEO friendly, lets you specify title, description, upload date to provide search engines with the schema.org data
  • Makes all URL embedded videos responsive using embeds with CSS, which is much better than with JavaScript.
  • Supports tens of video services, including YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion etc.

For this video player plugin, it is just as easy and simple as it’s name states. It is a video player plugin that allows you embed videos from either external source or your self-hosted videos. The video is linked to the video file directly. It displays local videos, streaming videos from a server, Youtube videos or Vimeo videos.

As a requirement for this plugin, videos must be in mp4 format, which is the best and most used format on the web. The plugin is compatible with modern web technologies such as HTML5 and it is also responsive. It has the capability to play videos in loops.

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Key features:

  • Mobile and desktop optimized
  • Support for local videos, and streaming videos
  • Support for subtitles files
  • Optional commercial popup ads

The YouTube embed is versatile video player plugin for WordPress sites. It allows you to in addition to embedding a video, embed the entire playlist from a YouTube channel.

When you click the YouTube button on the top corner of the post editor, a pop-up window appears with options. Select, ‘search for a video or channel to insert’ to embed the video. In this section, you can either search to find a video or you paste one from a link or playlist. A shortcode is then generated by the plugin which you can insert into the blog post for the video to display.

Key features:

  • Build your own playlists and control how to display videos
  • Automatic playlists based on user name
  • Dynamic video sizing for responsive sites
  • Google compatible metadata

The WP video lightbox plugin allows you to embed videos. Videos are displayed on overlay pop-up. You can embed videos from several sources such as Vimeo and YouTube. You can also embed any other iframe and flash content, and also images. You can customize multiple settings such as animation speed, adjusting opacity, enabling autoplay and hide or showing titles.

Key features:

  • Automatically retrieve the thumbnail
  • Disable suggested videos (YouTube)
  • Show video description of a popup in overlay

FV WordPress flowplayer is responsive WordPress video player. It is perfect for displaying FLV and MP4 videos offering  98% coverage even on mobile devices. You can embed videos from your own server or from YouTube and Vimeo. Be sure to take a look on setting section as there are plenty of them. There is free and pro versions, however free version alone offers many advanced features such as Google Analytics, Cuepoints, Native fullscreen, Keyboard shortcuts, Subtitles, Slow motion and Random seeking.

Key features:

  • 100% responsive video player
  • Lightweight
  • Full support for Amazon S3, Cloudfront and other CDN
  • Brandable

With the abundance of WordPress video plugins, there’s again the same old problem. Which one to choose, which one is the best? It’s hard to say generally as all sites are not the same, and you might have some special requirements.

  • For generating revenue from videos, Playwire Video Player is an excellent choice, but it lacks the ability to stream videos from popular platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo.
  • For creating video galleries a good choice is Huge-IT Video Gallery Plugin.
  • If you just need to embed some videos from YouTube, it might be that you don’t need any video plugin at all or you can use a free plugin such as YouTube Embed.

Don’t hesitate leave your questions or comments below about displaying videos on WordPress websites. Thank you for reading, hopefully this was helpful post.

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