Want to keep your website’s viewers tuned in? Whether it be a tutorial, welcome message, or the latest viral cat video – Videos are your ticket. WordPress video plugins can give your content the type of value and enhancements that simple video embedding doesn’t provide.
Grab some popcorn, because in this post we’ll be binge-showcasing some of the best free WordPress video plugins available.
I’ll also be showing you why you should be using videos, specific features for each plugin, their benefits, capabilities, and more.
By the time we close the credits on this post, you’ll have a good idea of what works best for you.
Why use a video plugin?
Good question. WordPress has made it easier than ever to add a video to your blog or page.
Let’s be clear: you don’t need to have a plugin to get a video on your website. It’s simply a matter of uploading a file to your Add Media section or dropping a link.
And now the Gutenberg video block has made it even simpler by adding a video block to upload and embed videos.
Still, plugins can add additional value to your videos by enhancing them in various ways. For example, they can:
- Feature ways to style your video display without any CSS knowledge.
- Allow user uploads.
- Supply additional help with adding subtitles.
- Include download buttons.
- Save the location of a video remembering a visitor’s playback position.
- Include analytics.
And much more.
In a nutshell, a WordPress video plugin can help with additional features that might not be available for general uploads into WordPress, or if you have limited knowledge of design and functionality.
Each one has specific features that might be perfect for you and your audience.
Whether you decide to use a plugin or not, videos can visually enhance your website in many ways, as I’ll be discussing in this post.
Lights, camera, ACTION!
Just a reminder, video recording has come a long way in recent years.
Anyone with a decent mobile phone can create a high definition video and upload it online. The visual medium has become increasingly popular. Need an example? TikTok recently hit 1.5 billion downloads on the App Store and Google Play.
People are watching videos more than ever before, so featuring them on your site is a welcome feature these days. Consumers have shorter attention spans, so with videos, people can consume more content, faster.
And that can lead to…
S, E….O, WOW!
A major reason to also include a WordPress video plugin is they can help with your SEO.
YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine in the world, and any keyword you want to target for your website can be a great opportunity for your
This article was written by Nathanael Fakes and originally published on WPMU DEV Blog.