Hello there. I can't find a better place to post this, but I've been helping a friend with her blog and discovered something crucially missing on the help page http://en.support.wordpress.com/videos/vimeo/ about using the vimeo shortcode to embed a video. It doesn't mention that you have to be in the HTML mode (not the visual mode) in the edit post page to be able to use the shortcode and have it work. (If you're in the visual mode, wordpress probably does something to the URL of the video to try and make it a clickable link, rather than use it as the reference for the shortcode.) I would guess that this applies to all other shortcodes too.
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vimeo shortcode help page doesn't specify using HTML mode
It will work in visual mode as long as what you are copying is plain text. If what you copied is not plain text, that comes from where ever you copied the URL from (such as an email program or a web page). Also, pasting a Vimeo shortcode into the HTML editor will always work, so that's a good way to do it if you're having trouble.
I have done a little experimenting on my test blog with INove and Vigilance themes
It seems to me that some vimeos work differently from other:
This video can be inserted only using the shortcode inserted into the html editor:
[vimeo http://vimeo.com/10734762] link in html with shortcode brackets
But this video can be inserted into the post just by using the link in the html editor or the visual editor:
using the shortcode brackets the vimeo vid is smaller:
Putting the URL in the editor on a separate paragraph by itself will result in a video embed for some types of videos (including Vimeo). In those cases, the size will depend on the theme, but for most WordPress.com themes, the size is set to full content area width when possible (meaning it tries to stretch the video to fit the content width). The shortcode has a set embed size and also has the option of adjusting the size like this:
[vimeo http://vimeo.com/240975 w=500&h=400]
Putting the URL in the editor on a separate paragraph by itself will result in a video embed for some types of videos (including Vimeo).
Yes, but at least one (or two—only one difficult vimeo is still on my test blog) cannot be inserted that way with only the URL.
Other vimeo vids can be added with only the URL (visual or html editor).
But what is the difference between the 2 kinds of vimeo links?
As the OP said:
"http://en.support.wordpress.com/videos/vimeo/ about using the vimeo shortcode to embed a video. It doesn't mention that you have to be in the HTML mode (not the visual mode) in the edit post page to be able to use the shortcode and have it work."
This oddity might well have something to do with people having difficulty inserting vimeos into posts over the past few days/week.
It doesn't seem this is causing trouble for anyone, but it was an observation:
the size is set to full content area width when possible (meaning it tries to stretch the video to fit the content width).
In the 2 themes I tried, the video is larger but not "full content width."
In your test, are the Vimeo video URLs on their own line without any text surrounding the line above or below it?
Sorry, maybe I'm not clear on what the two different Vimeo links are that you are referring to. People would have trouble with the Vimeo shortcode like martinburch mentioned if they didn't copy the link in as plain text.
The size could also depend on the size of the source video.
Ah. That was it: there was text after the html. I thought I'd added that after I first put the urls in, but apparently I didn't. Sorry for my confusion.
But don't you think this should be part of the support document about Vimeo? I don't know that I have andy vimeo s on my "real" blog, but I never knew about just inserting the htmls until yesterday:
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