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Enable Youtube autoplay for wordpress.com - a workaround

  1. Some users want the Youtube autoplay option since autoplay is already available for some sites (such as Soundcloud).

    There is no short-cut but an easy tweak is available if you want Youtube autoplay.
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    Instructions:

    Copy the video url from the address bar:

    Here is an example Youtube video url:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SuXOnBmDm8

    Paste the url in a post using the html editor.

    Now look out for this part in the url

    watch?

    delete it completely.

    Here is how the video url looks after watch? is deleted:

    http://www.youtube.com/v=1SuXOnBmDm8

    Now add a / after v and also delete the =

    This is how the example url looks after these modifications:
    http://www.youtube.com/v/1SuXOnBmDm8

    The first part of your job is finished.

    Now copy the following code and paste it using the html editor:

    [gigya src="PASTE-MODIFIED-URL" flashvars="autoplay=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"]

    See the part that says PASTE-MODIFIED-URL in the above code?
    Delete it completely. Copy the modified url and paste it in its place.

    This is how the code looks after the change:
    [gigya src="http://www.youtube.com/v/1SuXOnBmDm8" flashvars="autoplay=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"]

    You can see a working example in a free wordpress.com blog here:
    How to enable Youtube autoplay in a wordpress.com blog

  2. Hi sanjidas

    I am moving this thread to the Showcase Forum. The Ideas Forum is meant for ideas and suggestions for wp.com.

  3. Here is a more simplified code:

    [gigya src="http://www.youtube.com/v/VIDEO-ID-NUMBER" flashvars="autoplay=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="350"]

    Just copy the video id number of a youtube video, delete the part VIDEO-ID-NUMBER in the above code and paste the video id number.

    Your video will be autoplay-enabled.

    @1tess,
    Hey thanks for sorting things out for me! :)

    But you know what? Even after years, I have trouble understanding the nuances. (Maybe because English is not my first language)

    Here are the explanations for some forums:

    Support - "Share experiences and help each other."
    But the original poster has to have a problem in order to post there, it's not like the poster can share experiences (technical tips) there if no one asked for it.

    Ideas - "Ideas and suggestions for WP.com"
    A poster can't post a new idea (a technical solution) on her own accord, a poster has to post things that haven't been implemented before so that wp can work it out if they think it's worth it.

    Showcase - "Plug Your WordPress.com Blog Here"
    Obviously, if I have a technical tip, and it doesn't link to my blog (for example, to show a demonstration) then this forum is useless too.

    IMO wordpress forums should have a seperate "Tips and Tricks" forum, like the "CSS Customization" forum ("Share tips, tricks, and help each other out with CSS") where a poster can post technical solutions that (s)he has figured out or someone else has figured out that not many bloggers know.

    And if "Showcase" is the only forum for "Tips and tricks", then the description should be changed. It's not evident from the description that if anyone wants tips and tricks, they should also look there.

    WordPress surely has room for improvement and this is just my take on the matter.

  4. I don't think this should be in the ShowCase forum - it's a tip for blogging that many people have been asking for. It would be a pity of some people don't see this. (I personally don't like auto-starting videos, but some people are requesting it).

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