Featured Video Plus
A picture is worth a thousand words. How many words is a video worth?
Featured Videos work like Featured Images, just smoother: Paste a video URL into the designated new box on the post edit screen and the video will be displayed in place of a post image.
There are three ways to get the videos onto your page:
Automagically! If your theme makes use of WordPress’ native featured image functionality you are set: Automatic insertion, lazy loading or lightbox overlays, its your choice. If this does not work you can either
[featured-video-plus]–Shortcode in your posts or
manually make use of the PHP-functions in your theme’s source files.
For more details, check the installation page.
Sadly many themes do not follow the WordPress standards and implement their own fancy functions for displaying featured images – those very likely break this plugin. Check out the FAQ. Another common problem are sliders: Videos, in general, do not like sliders at all.
Besides Local Videos you can use videos from a whole lot of external providers like YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion. SoundCloud and Spotify (including playlists) are supported as well. Check the WordPress Codex for a complete list. If some provider is not listed you can always just use an embed code or whatever HTML you like.
After installing the plugin check your site’s Media Settings (
Settings -> Media in the administration interface): The plugin adds quite some little helper options there. Change to lazy or overlay mode, tweak video sizing, individualize the look of the most prominent providers’ video players and turn on autoplay or video looping.
Followed the easy instructions and everything worked as expected. Simple as that. If you need to add videos to your WP site, give this plugin a try.