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Why It’s Important To Add Video To A WordPress Website
We all know the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Well, a video supporting the content you wrote for your post might as well be worth much more. If you had a great idea for a blog post and brought it to life with an awesome article, a video will always be the best icing for the cake. Now, how can you add a video to your WordPress Website?
First thing’s first, can you just upload a video to your WordPress Website and be done with it? Well, the short answer is “yes.” The “But” that comes right after can be more interesting, though.
Uploading a video directly to WordPress
WordPress is an incredible platform, it’s versatile and user-friendly. But a good thing to remember is that hosting content is very expensive, so most hosting platforms want you to host your video elsewhere. Plus, hosting a video directly on your blog will exponentially increase your loading time, create a poor user experience, and can lead to your traffic decreasing significantly.
This can lead to a slower page loading speed that can directly increase your bandwidth usage. In turn, more usage raises your chances of reaching the limits of your web hosting account and bandwidth overages (or even your website being shut down altogether).
Using a third-party platform to host your video
Embedding a third-party video to your WordPress Website will always be the most recommended option. Let’s use Youtube as an example…
By hosting your video with them, and embedding it to your WordPress site, you will be able to take advantage of a huge marketing platform, which will bring in more viewers and grow your community. Moreover, if you’re thinking of creating several videos to support your posts, you might as well create a dedicated channel and grow your community over there. All this without hiring any outside service or paying any server limit fees.
How to add a third-party video?
That being said, how can you add your video to your WordPress website using a third-party host? Well, it’s easier than you might think. Just follow this step-by-step guide and you’ll be golden:
1. Login in to WordPress and go to the place you’ll want to display the video
2. Go to Youtube / Vimeo or your 3rd party host and get the embed code
3. Go back to WP and past the code to the page, post, or widget
4. Click save
What other options are there?
There are other methods you can use to upload that awesome video and share it with your audience. For instance, you could use a plugin.
A good video-hosting plugin will allow you to upload your video to WordPress, as you normally would. The difference is that instead of you hosting the video on your server, they will use a third-party server and lighten the load for you, in every sense of the word. Of course, any video-hosting plugin you find will have its own conditions and more than likely a monthly fee. A small price to pay for peace of mind, some might say.
In the end, it’ll come down to what’s more important and accessible for you. But a good third-party platform will always tip the pros-cons balance its way for sure.