Free & Premium YouTube Video WordPress Plugins

Video content is great for engagement on your website and blog. As the most-used video platform on the web, it’s important to ensure your site plays well with YouTube. Here are five great YouTube plugin options to help you maximise your video content usability and display.

YouTube Embed Plus


Looking for a basic but highly functional YouTube embed plugin to display responsive YouTube videos and playlists on your website or blog – free?

YouTube Embed Plugin is one of the most downloaded and highly-rated free YouTube video plugins available free from the WordPress plugin directory, with more than 100,000 active installs and a 4.3/5 star average user rating.

Embed an entire channel as a playlist, add video thumbnails, optimise your video content for search, keep an eye on your video analytics and more. YouTube Embed Plugin is free via the WordPress plugin directory.



Youmax enables you to display a YouTube channel on your website. The aim is to stop sending traffic to your YouTube channel, and instead, bring your YouTube channel to your existing users (and keep your traffic on your own website).

This premium plugin displays:

  • Channel header
  • A tab of channel uploads
  • Specified playlist tab
  • YouTube search tab
  • Search box for your channel

Youmax is $11 via Code Canyon.

WordPress Responsive YouTube Playlist Video Player


Are a significant number of your website or blog users viewing your content on a mobile device? If so, it’s important to ensure the video content you promote is displayed and played responsively, to adjust for optimum display on mobile devices.

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Simply enter a YouTube playlist id, channel id or a single video id as playlist source, and the player will resize the content intelligently for horizontal and vertical layouts. Custom-design your player interface in the intuitive admin panel, then add your playlists to pages or posts using a shortcode generator in the editor.

WordPress Responsive YouTube Playlist Video Player is $16 from Code Canyon.


Do you require your users or customers to view a YouTube video in order to access more of your content? FWTube forces users to watch an embedded YouTube video – hiding your premium content until the video has been viewed. Hide some or all of your content in any page or post, set your video to autoplay, and customize your video message.

Designed to be easy to set up with a simple shortcode, the FWTube plugin is $16 from Code Canyon.

Elite Video Player

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Looking for a fully-customizable video player that enables pre-roll advertising and self-hosted videos? Elite Video Player for WordPress is a modern, responsive and fully customisable high-end video player that support the most popular video platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo or self-hosed mp4s.

Additional features include:

  • Amazon S3 support
  • Resizable width and height
  • Font Awesome Icons
  • Color customisation
  • Autoplay, autohide and shuffle options
  • Social sharing integration

Elite Video Player is available from Code Canyon for $28.


The good folks at WooThemes celebrate WooSlider as the ultimate responsive slideshow slider plugin for WordPress. The plugin boasts a range of great features to control every aspect of your slideshow, and the updated version WooSlider 2 offers advanced video controls, with support for YouTube, Vimeo and Wistia video content.

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WooSlider is available from WooThemes from $49.00 for a single site license.

Nikki is a professional freelance writer and story teller with a passion for the web and technology. She writes for WP Dev Shed and amongst a roster of other clients.

One thought on “Free & Premium YouTube Video WordPress Plugins

  1. Anja Skrba says:

    Embed Plus is the one I like to use… But the others are definitely worth of checking out, maybe I’ll discover some even better then Embed Plus…

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