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Why can't I share youtube video in my blog anymore?

  1. queeniechamber
    Member

    I used to share video from youtube to my wordpress. I repeat lots time today but fail. Can I know why?

    The blog I need help with is queeniechamber.wordpress.com.

  2. Are your refering to the empty free hosted WordPress.com blog linked to your username or not? if not then please posts an active link starting with http:// to the blog you are having trouble ewith.

    If and only if you are referring to a free hosted WordPress.com blogs then I always use the youtube shortcode and it has never failed to work for me. Please try it. Videos » YouTube > Embedding with a Shortcode

  3. I am also not able to post YouTube videos on my blog now although I've done it many times before. I have always just copied and pasted the URL short code from the YouTube video onto my blog post, unlinked it, and published. The video always shows up, but not anymore. I am using the free WordPress.com. My blog is atrandomwave.wordpress.com On the post I published on Mar. 5th, you can see the YouTube link at the very bottom of the post (although it's not hyperlinked), but no video clip.

  4. stephengallacher
    Member

    I noticed this feature isn't as easy to use as it once was. I found if you paste the URL in as before and it doesn't show the video, go to the YouTube video, click the 'share' button, then the 'embed' button, this will generate the HTML code you need to embed the video in any HTML document.
    now come back to your WordPress blog, and click the link to edit. on the top right of the edit window there is a tab labeled HTML, click this, find where you've placed the video URL, and replace it with the code generated by YouTube, save and now you'll have video on your post, see here for an example:
    http://stephengallacher.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/google-privacy-policy-changes/

  5. Thank you so much Stephen! That worked. Now WordPress should see if they can find another easy way for us to share YouTube videos. The old way was really convenient. But if WordPress can't do that, then I hope they will revise their YouTube instructions ASAP so that we don't all lose our minds. lol

  6. From support documentation: youtube embedding troubleshooting > http://en.support.wordpress.com/videos/youtube/#troubleshooting

    Make sure the YouTube link is not hyperlinked. If the
    URL is shown in your theme’s link color (as the second line in the
    screenshot below), then it is hyperlinked. Simply select the whole URL
    and click the “Unlink” icon on your Visual Editor toolbar.
    Once the URL is unlinked, you will see the link text in black. Make sure to place the YouTube URL or shortcode on its own line. This means there should be no character or whitespace before or after the URL/shortcode.

  7. Yes, timethief, I did all of that exactly as the instructions spelled out and it didn't work earlier today when I tried it. But it used to work before just as the instructions said it would, as you have written them down here. But as we have been saying, it doesn't work that way now. I had the short code which I copied from the YouTube video address bar, pasted it, unlinked the hyperlink, on its own line on my blog. But no video was on there. I just now put the HTML code in as Stephen instructed, and that is why there is a video on my blog post now. But it did not show up when I put the short code, unlinked, on its own line, like I've always done. It doesn't work that way anymore. At least, it didn't work earlier today when I tried it the same way that I've done many times before now. The short code method is not working anymore, at least not for us who have used it before, and who just tried it in the past few days.

  8. I posted a YouTube yesterday using the shortcode; NOT just the URL, but the actual shortcode with brackets.

  9. I always use the [shortcode} and it has never failed for me. To me the other method is hit and miss time waster.

  10. Yikes! Wrong bracket above [shortcode]

  11. raincoaster, so are you saying that we now need to add brackets around the short code? If so, then that's an important change, because that's not the way it worked before. I've never used brackets. I've always followed the instructions as timethief reprinted them, and there is nothing on there in the text or illustrations about using brackets, unless I missed something. I could be missing something, so I just want to clarify. But the whole short code without brackets around it -- not just the URL, but the entire short code -- was not working for me earlier today, and it didn't work for the other people who posted to this thread within the past few days. If not for Stephen's instructions here, you would just see the URL of the video on my blog, but not the video clip itself, like it shows on there now.

  12. @atrandomwave
    Nothing has changed re: shortcodes. http://en.support.wordpress.com/shortcodes/
    Without the square brackets like this [shortcode] that enclose the correct formatting for the video URL there is no shortcode link created.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/videos/youtube/#embedding-with-a-shortcode

  13. I've been here for six years and in all that time I've always used the shortcode. ALWAYS. "Shortcode" includes the square brackets. Anything else is just a URL.

  14. Same here.

  15. timethief, thanks for trying to help, but I don't think I'm getting my point across. Maybe I should just forget the word "shortcode" for a minute. To be clear, I'm talking about this, as it says in the instructions that you listed in your first response in this thread -- and this is the way I've always done it, but it's not working for me or other people on here right now:

    "Embedding with a URL

    To quickly embed a YouTube video, simply copy the video’s URL from your web browser’s address bar while viewing the video:

    Paste it on a line by itself in your post/page editor:

    We take care of the rest! The video will look something like this:"

    There are no brackets shown or talked about in the illustration or text in that first paragraph. It doesn't mention or show brackets in that example, which is the simple way of putting a YouTube on your blog post, and which is the way I've always done it. If we now need to use brackets around the URL, that's fine, but I know I didn't do it that way before. I just copied the URL from the YouTube address bar, and pasted it as-is without brackets into my blog post. After unlinking the hyperlink, it always showed up as a video clip. But that's not happening that way now. So, okay, I'll do it Stephen's way now, but that's not what we did before. And we didn't use brackets, and it doesn't show brackets in that *first paragraph* on the "Embedding with a URL" instructions. That was the "simple" way of doing it. It used to work without brackets.

  16. stephengallacher
    Member

    Any videos I've added in the past have been done by pasting the URL in it's own line, and WordPress have done the rest, today is the first time I noticed it not working.
    If it's jaust a case of adding the appropriate brackets, then it's good to know and easily done, but I've never seen anything about it in WordPress's support pages, so perhaps the webmasters need to update the information.

    Either way, we now have two methods of embeding video in our blog posts, so it's all good.

  17. Pasting using the URL does not always work.

    Using the shortcode always works.

    We see the URL and Embed methods failing quite frequently, every time YouTube changes something, basically. Use the shortcode. [youtube=URL]

  18. raincoaster, thanks for that clarification. Like Stephen said, pasting the URL alone on its own line has worked consistently in the past, at least it worked for me until now. But if YouTube is tinkering with codes or whatever and it's affecting WordPress now, then it's good to know that we now need to add brackets and the prefix "youtube=" in order to get the video clip to show up on the blog.

    And WordPress now needs to remove that *first paragraph* from its "Embedding with a URL" instructions, because it says that you can use the URL on its own without brackets or the "youtube=" addition, and that no longer works at all.

    Thank you very much to all who posted explanations here.

  19. I found the support documentation entry that Staff have provided did contain the answer youtube embedding troubleshooting > http://en.support.wordpress.com/videos/youtube/#troubleshooting

    Make sure the YouTube link is not hyperlinked. If the
    URL is shown in your theme’s link color (as the second line in the
    screenshot below), then it is hyperlinked. Simply select the whole URL
    and click the “Unlink” icon on your Visual Editor toolbar.
    Once the URL is unlinked, you will see the link text in black. Make sure to place the YouTube URL or shortcode on its own line. This means there should be no character or whitespace before or after the URL/shortcode.

  20. timethief - Right. That's the exact paragraph I'm talking about that now needs to be changed because there is nothing on there about brackets, because brackets weren't needed before. But the situation has changed now, so that paragraph of the instructions for "Embedding with a URL" and "Troubleshooting" should be updated. Thanks.

  21. And thanks again to Stephen for confirming that the URL alone without brackets or the "youtube=" prefix used to work on its own, but no longer works.

  22. You can contact Staff on March 6th when they reactivate the Support link.

  23. timethief, raincoaster said: "Pasting using the URL does not always work." and "Use the shortcode. [youtube=URL]". So, that's what I will do from now on. But really, WordPress needs to update their YouTube instructions to reflect that. Thanks.

  24. The issue in this thread has been resolved more than once now. Other bloggers with support issues are waiting for help. Please ... if you think Staff need to make some change0s) to documentation then on March 6th contact them.

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