In this latest “WTF” video (I’ll try to do one of these at least once a week) I’m showing you a nifty WordPress plugin that anyone who puts YouTube videos on their blog will want to have: Smart YouTube Plugin.
(Can’t see the video? Click here.)
Why is thing so cool? Well, from my viewpoint it’s amazing, because it gives me everything I want in video embedding: fast & lazy and with very specific settings and features.
Here’s the thing: WordPress lets you just throw a YouTube URL into a post (right in the Visual tab, no pasting of <iframe> code necessary) and it will automagically embed the video, like so:
What you see there is the default settings, which I don’t want.
What I want is what you see in the first embedded video on this page, which is the same video except it’s taking advantage of Smart YouTube.
Once you install Smart YouTube you configure it so all your videos have the settings you want. I wanted bigger videos, I didn’t want related videos to appear afterward and I wanted the YouTube logo removed (yes, it does that).
To trigger Smart YouTube for your video URL, just sneak the letter “v” into it right after the “http” with no spaces, like this: httpv://.
See the “v” in there?
THAT’S ALL YOU HAVE TO DO.
Smart YouTube also solves a problem I was having. The way I was embedding videos before was to just paste in the <iframe> code into the HTML tab in WordPress. That was a great way to do it before WordPress upped its game, but what happens is that the video rests on top of anything else and blocks it from view. So nobody could +1 the post on Google+ because that button’s flyout menu was blocked by the video.
That could be fixed by adding ?wmode=transparent at the end of the URL string in the <iframe> code, but what a pain in the ass to have to that every time! I thought to myself there has GOT to be a WordPress plugin that solves this problem. After only a few minutes of searching around I found the Smart YouTube plugin.
I love this thing.
And by the way these are not affiliate links nor do I get anything out of this other than a better video blogging workflow—for myself and for you.