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How to Add Live Streaming to WordPress Site using Periscope

How to Add Live Streaming to WordPress Site using Periscope

Frankly speaking, the live video streaming tool of Periscope is popular now among so many webmasters who are looking to stream every moment of their lives to all of their website visitors and online followers. Even, some of these site owners choose to use this application to promote their contents in a new way and enlarge the audience base with the high level of personality.

In the following, we’d like to make the detailed guidance about the integration of WordPress and Periscope, telling you how to add live streaming to WordPress site using Periscope.

General Knowledge about Periscope

To put it simply, Periscope can be regarded as a special social media application that gives you a special platform for broadcasting some live videos for your followers. This way, people can check and comment on your published contents within 24 hours. After these hours, the videos will be removed from the platform automatically.

When considering the WordPress integration with this tool, we firstly would like to tell you what benefits you can get from this practice.

  • You can showcase your contents in a new and unique manner. As the regular blog posts or image galleries may make your website readers feel bored, you can display the live streaming to better attract the attention of your visitors. In addition, if you come out some tutorials for the special topics, recording the steps using the live videos can be much more effective than explaining using the simple words and screenshots.
  • You can get more daily visitors and Periscope followers via this integration, giving you enough chances to share and connect with a new scope of potential readers on the web.
  • This integration can showcase more personality to your readers. After all, the live streaming content requires you show your face or your voice, proving that you are the real human being.
  • You can display the web contents easily, without the need to spend a large sum of time to write down the words, do the proofreading, insert the images and many more. Instead, you simply need to open your camera and make the recording.
  • The Periscope tool is one of the products of Twitter, so the integration can do something good for the social marketing of your WordPress site.

Add Live Streaming to WordPress

Add Live Streaming to WordPress Site using Periscope

To integrate your WordPress site with the tool of Periscope, you can use the WPScope plugin, which allows the automatic sharing of the Periscope contents to your WordPress site, working as a common blog post. This way, you can turn all your Periscope followers to your website visitors, along with turning the Periscope traffic to your website traffic. Just check the following to learn how to use it and how it works.

Finish the Basic WPScope Settings

Firstly, after installing the WPScope plugin on your WordPress site, you need to click the WP Scope button and enter the settings page of this tool. Here, you should enter your exclusive license code correctly for the activation of this plugin.

Basic WPScope Settings

Determine the Periscope Settings

Next, you need to click the Periscope tab to enter your Twitter API details, which include the Twitter username, API secret and key, as well as the access token and the corresponding secret. As the Periscope tool is owned by the Twitter social media, this step can get you started quickly.

Now, you can scroll down just a little bit to decide which scope to be downloaded. Here, you can choose to download all the contents available on your Periscope account or only download the ones coming with the “wpscope” tag in the title section. In this case, when you create the Periscope contents and you want them to be downloaded, you can add this special tag on their titles.

In addition, you also need to decide the maximum minutes for the automatic display of the video. This is a useful feature for the shared web hosting users and can effectively save your bandwidth, web space and the processing power.

Periscope Settings

Set Up the Video Settings

Now, you can hit the Video Settings tab to determine where exactly you can upload the videos downloaded from your Periscope account. The default options include YouTube, Amazon S3 as well as the DailyMotion. Note that you can choose one or all of these three options and enter the right ID information, Access Key and API Key respectively.

In addition, you can decide whether to delete the videos right after the proper upload. We recommend you to do so. This way, once your videos are pulled from Periscope and are uploaded to your upload destinations, they can be deleted automatically from your server to save space and bandwidth.

Next, you should choose to display the live video streaming before your post content or after the post content. Even, you can have the tags created automatically.

Video Settings

Create the Periscope Post

Now, you can create the Periscope posts and display them on your WordPress site. For this, you need to click the Scope Manager button and start a special campaign to display the Periscope contents.

Campaign Name

Then, you can click the Next button to move to the Content area. Here, you need to enter some keywords to tell the plugin what kinds of Periscope contents you are looking to display automatically. The keywords types include the “keywords”, “keyphrase”, “exclude”, “or function” and “hashtag” options.

Also, you can decide the language and campaign type. Note that if you choose the My Scopes option as the campaign type, it means this plugin will only pull the contents from your Periscope account. If you choose the Other’s Scopes option, this plugin will pull the videos from the accounts of any others.

Periscope Contents

Again, you need to hit the Next button to enter the WP Post part, deciding the content template and tags that can be used while you post the Periscope videos to your WordPress posts. Also, you can modify the video content template that is used while posting the videos to DailyMotion and YouTube.

WP Post Settings

In the next step, you can decide the sharing frequency for your live video streaming that is downloaded from Periscope by determining the maximum number of posts to be published and the display interval. If you use shared web hosting, we think you can do this one or more per day.

Frequency Settings

After that, you can move to the Traffic section. Here, you need to decide the upload destination. Note that if you choose YouTube and DailyMotion, you should select the content category before uploading. Even, the YouTube option requires you to choose the privacy status.

And then, you can decide whether to post your Periscope contents to Facebook and Twitter automatically. Personally speaking, we think this is a good option to try.

Traffic Settings

Now, you only need to click the Finish button to have your campaign started. Here, you may find that all your Periscope videos are paused by default.

Your Scope Lists

This is because you haven’t activated the campaign. In this case, you should go back to the Content section one more time and click the box of Active. That’s it. Now, this plugin will publish the blog post that comes with your live video streaming from Periscope based on your pre-determined frequency automatically.

In addition, the post content not only contains the video, but also contains the tags you have decided in the WP Post section. In the following example, we display the tags for the Periscope account name, location, the number of account followers, likes, followings, tweets and many more.

Periscope Sample


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