The inclusion of video in your site can enhance you visitors’ experience, and sometimes it is just easier to explain something via video rather than by writing out a long winded post.
By default, WordPress automatically converts embedded links of Youtube, Vimeo and other video servies embedded in posts into video on the fly. So you don’t need additional plugins to this. All you have to do is go to Go to “Settings > media”, enable auto-embeds and set the video dimension.
For more advanced video usage however you will be best served by a plugin. You can add things like playlists and even monetize your videos. In some cases you will also want to upload a video file to your own server and then play it in your WordPress website, then you will definitely need a video player.
Here are some excellent plugins that will help you insert video into your WordPress site’s posts and pages.
JW Player for WordPress
In a nutshell, the WordPress plugin allows you to use the JW Player to present your video content to users. It allows you to take advantage of the JW Player’s major features including HTML5 support, skins, plugins and the AdSolution without writing a single line of code. It also substantially expands WordPress’ built in Media Manager. Some highlights include the following:
- Player embedding and management: Customize multiple JW Player’s all within your WordPress site and embed them without writing any code.
- Playlist management: Create and manage playlists using the videos already in your library.
- Plugins: Take advantage of the JW Player’s many plugins including social plugins like Tweet It andFacebook It or playlist plugins like Flow.
- Advertising: Run the LongTail Video AdSolution to monetize your content. It’s a great way to pay for your hosting costs and to make some extra money.
HTML 5 Video Player for WordPress
This is the only HTML 5 player that works on Android. It is an excellent video player that also includes multiple skins and side/bottom playlist display.
Video Player WordPress Plugin
This wordpress plugin will help you administrate the entire video player using a very friendly interface. You’ll be able to customize the player look & feel, playlist and CSS file. The plugin comes in two versions: Right Side playlist and Bottom Playlist
Any type of video file that Flash Player supports can be played with our player:
– FLV/H.264 encoded video : MP4, M4V, M4A, MOV, Mp4v, F4V
– RTMP (using FMS or RED5) and RTMP live streaming
It also plays Audio MP3 files. It supports Google Analytics.
Vimeo Video Player WordPress plugin
This wordpress plugin will help you administrate the entire video player using a very friendly interface. You’ll be able to customize the player look & feel, playlist and CSS file.
It supports VIMEO files. It supports Google Analytics.
Chameleon – HTML5 Video Player with Flash Backup
HTML5 Video is one of the coolest new features of HTML5. However, Internet Explorer doesn’t offer the fullscreen experience that we’re all used to, and if you want to use HTML5 video in Firefox, you have to create additional videos because it doesn’t support the mp4 file type.
Chameleon solves these important challenges with its intuitive Flash backup. When a browser can’t go fullscreen, the Flash backup is used. And if you don’t want to create additional video files just for Firefox, Chamelon gives you the option to use the Flash backup instead.
Spider Video Plugin
Spider Video Player is a WordPress video plugin that allows you to easily add videos to your website with the possibility of organizing videos into playlists and choosing a preferred layout for the player. Spider Video Player is one of the best WordPress video players available in WordPress plugin directory.
This WordPress Video Player provides a convenient user interface, incorporating all the common features for video players including video quality selection, sharing, full screen, shuffle etc. Moreover, you have the option of designing different themes for the video player by customizing each feature available. This is an optimal video player solution for your WordPress website, providing effective integration and high level of customization.
VideoJS HTML5 Player for WordPress
A video plugin for WordPress built on the Video.js HTML5 video player library. Allows you to embed video in your post or page using HTML5 with Flash fallback support for non-HTML5 browsers.
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