Why can’t I embed YouTube Videos on my blog?

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  • #434380

    I’m a new user of the WordPress blog. I’ve had other blogs, but never using WordPress. Why can’t I embed You Tube videos on my blog? Do you have to pay extra for that?

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

    #434531

    timethief
    Member

    Yes, you can embed youtube videos. No it does not cost anything to do that.
    Here’s the wordpress.com support documentation link for bookmarking for future use http://en.support.wordpress.com/
    Typing “youtube” into the searchbox produced these results
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/?s=youtube It looks like the top entry is the instructions posting a youtube video in a post or on a page.
    Happy blogging :)

    #434551

    tishrei
    Member

    Wow, I did not know that. I thought a blogger had to purchase the video upgrade to embed a video or if they did not wish to purchase the upgrade, they could use something like vodpod. Learn something new every day by visiting here.

    #434553

    timethief
    Member

    @tishrei
    There are lots of undiscovered “nuggets” of information in the support documentation. It’s a good place to do some coffee or tea break reading. ;)

    #434569

    tishrei
    Member

    @timethief – I just did a test. IT WORKS!!! I’m pouring you a cup of my best coffee!!!!

    So my question is what is the purpose of a video upgrade? I had purchased the audio upgrade as I wanted to post midi files. Perhaps that was not necessary like the video upgrade. For videos, I’ve been posting them to vodpod and then sending them to my blog.

    #434570

    timethief
    Member
    #434573

    tishrei
    Member

    I read that before. It has to do with embedding as I understand it. Whether one embeds or uses the url as I did on my test blog, does it not accomplish the same thing — the video being posted? Maybe I don’t understand the difference. You can shake your head in unbelief at my dumbness but I don’t understand. I was considering purchasing the video upgrade but now I don’t know if it’s necessary. I don’t understand the difference or benefit in doing so since it turns out I can post videos.

    #434574

    timethief
    Member

    @tishrei
    I’m into minimalization and using my 3000 megabytes (~3 GBs) of space for storing uploaded files and images space frugally. Therefore when I upload an new header I delete the old one from “media library” so my space is freed up. After a year I check the videos I have posted. If they are still “live” and can pull from the source then I remove the embed and replace it with a link. That also frees up my space. If I have posts that received no hits in the past year and they have images then I delete them from the posts and from the “media library”.
    Here is the a reference link:
    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2009/05/11/videopress/

    We are off topic here.

    #434578

    tishrei
    Member

    Well, you got me thinking and wondering. I use WLW so I thought I would do a plugin search for videos. Turns out there’s one made specially for WordPress.COM. I tested it and it works beautifully. I then checked my media and it’s not taking up space there as I don’t see the video saved in my media.

    Here’s the link to my testblog with the video. http://tishreitest.wordpress.com/

    #434586

    timethief
    Member

    @tishrei
    Re: media libaray deletions

    Notes:
    * The amount of free space in your blog may not change for a few minutes, so please be patient.
    * The amount of space freed may not drop until 500kb of images has been deleted. (1% of the 50mb is 500kb)
    * Images that have been cached by search engines cannot be affected by us. Contacting Support about this cannot get the image removed.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/deleting-files/

    #434811

    I’m confused. <—said sarcastically. When I copy and paste the true embed code from a YouTube video, WordPress.com replaces it with the URL link, disallowing me to customize the display size of the embedded video on my page. This is almost a show-stopper because I shoot HD 16:9 video. Yet, when I “embed” them on my WordPress.com blog, it forces a 4:3 ratio video window.

    Why is WordPress.com not allowing the use of the “true” embed code?

    #434813

    raincoaster
    Member

    You don’t need to be confused; you need to read the instructions for changing the display ratio:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/videos/youtube/

    #434816

    redwould
    Member

    “all you have to do is… “

    I’ve heard good stuff about WordPress.com over the last couple years but this “all you have to do is…” ethos is too much. Trying to post a silly video from viddler.com has become a frustrating undertaking. I can’t believe a video can’t be embedded without joining yet ANOTHER partner sight. This is ridiculous and frustrating.

    #434817

    redwould
    Member

    sorry, I just needed to vent as I decide how much more time I’m willing to invest into a viable workaround for “copy embed code” “paste embed code”.

    #434829

    supreme1967
    Member

    Okay let’s try this again people.
    I have the same issue.
    YES I do know how to embed videos onto my Blog on WordPress, but when I paste the code and publish my post, the video disappears and when I go to edit my post I see that the code is non-existant as if I never pasted it! (scratches head…)
    This is extremely frustrating especially when I’ve been doing it fine for several months now!

    HELP PLEASE!

    #434830

    timethief
    Member

    The help cannot begin until you post the complete and clickable URL for the blog in question, starting with http://

    P.S. SHOUTING! is not effective and can actually deter volunteers from trying to help you at all.

    #434831

    raincoaster
    Member

    If you do in fact have a WordPress.com blog, the answer you seek was posted in the links TT posted right up near the top of the page.

    #434832

    supreme1967
    Member
    #434833

    supreme1967
    Member

    Who was “SHOUTING!” ?

    #434834

    supreme1967
    Member

    Links TT?

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