Looking to add video content to your WordPress website or blog? There are tons of great reasons to include videos for your users – whether you’re showcasing your own video clips, or profiling video content shared by other users, like business partners.
Video is an engaging and compelling medium, offering users a chance to interact with content in a different way, and giving you an added opportunity to build a rapport with prospective customers and readers while adding value.
Wondering which video plugin will best meet your needs? Here are three popular and highly-rated options which we think are among the best available.
YouTube Embed Plugin
YouTube Embed Plugin allows you to easily embed YouTube videos – and entire channels – into your WordPress website or blog. As well as the ability to set the width and height of your player, set autoplay or loop, and set the start and end times of your videos, this plugin’s functionality includes:
- Forcing HD quality where available
- Making your videos responsive so they fit smart phone, PC and tablet screens
- The ability to hide the YouTube logo while playing
- The ability to show or hide related videos at the end of your clips
- The ability to show or hide the video title and other info
- Embed an entire channel as a playlist
If you’re looking for further control and functionality, you can upgrade to the pro version of the plugin, which offers additional features such as deleted video alerts, and an embedder-centric analytics dashboard that adds view tracking to each of your embeds.
YouTube Embed Plugin has been downloaded more than 727,00 times and has an average user rating of 4.4/5 stars.
FV WordPress Flowplayer
FV WordPress Flowplayer plugin offers an easy-to-use solution for embedding FLV or MP4 videos into your WordPress website or blog’s posts or pages. With MP4 videos, FV WordPress Flowplayer offers 98% coverage, even on mobile devices, and multiple videos can be displayed on each page or post.
FV WordPress Flowplayer features include:
- Responsive compatibility for viewing on all devices
- Automated checking of video mime type for logged in admins on MP4 videos
- Custom start and end screens with the ability to use your own custom design before and after the video
- Attractive playlists which you can skin with CSS
- Full support for Amazon S3 and other CDN’s.
- The ability to design your own player and even include your own branding when you purchase a license
FV WordPress Flowplayer has been downloaded more than 282,000 times and has an average user rating of 4.4/5 stars.
WordPress Video Player
WordPress Video Player offers support for HTTP, YouTube and RTMP videos, and a convenient user interface, incorporating a range of features such as video quality selection, sharing, full screen, shuffle and more. It also offers the versatility to edit the themes to make its appearance more relevant to your website or blog design and color scheme.
Additional features include:
- High level of customization
- Social media integration
- Support for HD videos
- Video thumbnails
- Multiple playlists for each player
- Video tagging
- Multiple default themes
- Location settings
WordPress Video Player has been downloaded more than 170,000 times and has an average user rating of 4.3/5 stars.