Adding videos to blogs is an effective way to enrich blog content and increase the likelihood of audiences. However, do you know it never should upload or host a video in WordPress website? In this tutorial, we explain the reasons in detail and introduce an easy method to help readers upload their favorite videos to the internet.
Why Should Never Upload a Video to WordPress?
WordPress website is powerful to contain all kinds of contents, such as text, images, music, video, audio, etc. However, uploading some large size file like video may hurt your blog in some aspects.
File Size & Storage Limits
Video files often come with a large size, for example, an HD video file can easily surpass 100 MB. However, many WordPress hosting limits the upload file size within 50 MB, which makes you hardly upload some large size and high definition videos.
On the other hand, many web hosts limit the web storage (even if they claim to offer unlimited web space) for a few hundred Gigabyte, and you can easily exceed this limit if you upload many video files.
Cost High Bandwidth
When you upload a video file into your WordPress blog, it may attract a large number of customers to watch it at the same time. Actually, you may never get that long as many web hosts turn your website offline or ask you upgrade to a higher plan when your bandwidth exceeds the normal usage.
Slow-Loading Video or Unexpected Pauses During Playback
For visitors who are tempting to watch your videos, they may encounter unexpected pauses when playback, and then they have to wait for a lone time. That greatly decreases the website user experience and many folks may complain about the slow loading videos.
How to Embed Video into WordPress?
It is obviously terrible to upload a video file to WordPress. However, how to do if you want to add a video file in WordPress post? Don’t worry. In below, we introduce a simple way to help you embed video files within minutes.
Instead of upload a video file into your Media Library directly, you can upload them on third party websites like YouTube or Vimeo since their servers are optimized for streaming video. Then, you can easily share the video to social media and or embed it into WordPress post.
Actually, starting at WordPress 2.9, it’s quite easy to embed videos, images and other content into WordPress website. All you need to do is to paste the URL of video file into the content area. Only make sure the URL is on its own line and not hyperlinked. And then, WordPress can read it and automatically show the media player.
Here is how you can add Post Thumbnails in WordPress:
<iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xngJPd9Vk-s" width="690" height="388" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>
For example, upload a video to YouTube, and you can simply copy the URL and paste it into content on a line of its own, and the YouTube player can show in its place when published, just like the following: