YouTube video link not embedding
was entered manually. All it contains is the link to a YouTube video.
Under Settings > Media Settings “When possible, embed the media content from a URL directly onto the page. For example: links to Flickr and YouTube” is checked.
Why might the YouTube video not be showing as embedded in the page?
The blog I need help with is douglerner.wordpress.com.
There are several methods of posting YouTubes that are in the documentation here, but only one ALWAYS works, and that’s the shortcode.
Say I want to post this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZnis3XO5VM
The way I do it is to use the shortcode:
No matter what the docs say, this method always works. Use the URL from the browser bar, not the one listed under SHARE.
All I did was enter the URL in my message.
What I am trying to do is avoid the short-code because email notifications which go out to subscribers with the short-code give no indication whatsoever that there is a youtube video there. To subscribers it looks like a still image and they completely miss the video!
What I hope is that by embedding with just the URL (like you can do with wordpress.org) the notifications will send out the URL by email instead of a picture, but on the web people will still see the video.
Well, what you are doing isn’t working on the blog or on the email. I suggest you put the link as text and then the shortcode to put the video up.
I wonder if there is a way of doing that when posting via email. When posting via email, the URL seems to get converted into the short-code.
You cannot get a working video in the email.
I’d like to second @douglerner comments. I have the same issue. It would make sense that staff looks into this.
I prefer the shortcode route but it doesn’t come out correctly in email (though it used to work fine some time ago).
I understand I can’t get a working video in the email. At least in most clients. With embed tags it does work in Apple Mail, but in Gmail or most other clients.
What I would like is to be able to
(1) have the URL appear in the web as an embedded video and
(2) for the email to just send that URL.
Then email recipients can just click on the URL to view the video (like if you send your friend a link to a YouTube video).
Even if (1) didn’t work, even if it just hot-linked automatically, at least a person viewing view the web could click on the link.
But the short-codes mess up email notifications.
Just and added tip. I find IE never works – I always use Google Chrome to add YouTube videos
I was trying it with Safari, but usually it’s most convenient to just email in a post. Unfortunately in that case, wordpress.com takes the YouTube link and posts it with the short-code.
Actually, it’s even word than I thought.
I posted this by email:
Note that it embeds just fine.
However, the email notification sent to subscribers has this link associated with the picture it sends out:
That’s not even a valid YouTube link. :(
If I change the /w to /watch it works. But why does WordPress send out a bad link?
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