WordPress YouTube Plugins

Do you need to try several WordPress plugins for YouTube, or can you make do with whatever the content management system is offering you? The answer to this question is that it depends on what you have in mind.

For instance, if you want to embed other forms of content from YouTube, such as playlists, galleries, and feeds, you will need a plugin for the task. If, on the other hand, you merely want to embed videos in your content, you don’t have to install anything.

In today’s article, we’re looking at several good YouTube plugins for WordPress that you might want to consider. They can make your life a lot easier. 

Best WordPress YouTube Plugins

Embed Plus for YouTube

As one of the most critically acclaimed plugins in this category Embed Plus is supposed to be used on several hundred thousand websites. With its assistance, you can embed anything from individuals videos to galleries and channels and even live streams. 

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What’s even more interesting about it is that it gives you the freedom to control the autoplay and sound of the videos you share in your posts. The plugin has a free version and a paid version, with the second including a variety of features from additional layouts to automatic tagging for SEO and lazy loading. 

WP YouTube Lyte

Even though compared to some of the other WordPress YouTube plugins that we are showcasing here, WP YouTube Lyte is pretty minimalistic, it’s still an excellent choice if you don’t want to have any headaches with your site’s performance. 

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Instead of having the whole of the embed loaded each time a person visits one of your pages, it will create a static image. The plugin will load the video only when someone clicks on it to play. 

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Thanks to the same plugin, you can also embed videos and playlists by just using a shortcode. It’s definitely worth trying for folks who don’t want to risk their site speed and performance. 

YouTube Widget Responsive

If you want to embed videos from YouTube in the sidebar of your website, you should definitely check out this plugin. It’s very easy to use, and with just several clicks, you will be able to insert your YT videos in your sidebar or footer. 

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The plugin can also be utilized for adding custom descriptions. Moreover, it supports video tracking, so you can gain important insights about your video placement. 

ARVE Advanced Responsive Video Embedder

This is a cool neat plugin if you use Schema, and you also want to make sure that your visitors don’t move on to other people’s video content. The plugin allows you to customize your title, descriptions, and data for Schema, but one of its best features is the fact that you can disable the ‘related videos’ section. 

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ARVE has several key features, and they range from a very SEO-friendly design to schema support, shortcodes, and responsive embeds with CSS. 

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YouTube Showcase

This free plugin is the best when it comes to displaying eye-catching galleries. All of the galleries are responsive, and they can be created in a matter of several minutes. On top of that, the plugin is a winner when it comes to a user-friendly design. 

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Try it out if you’re looking for features ranging from an automatic setup for all pages to manual excerpts, flexible shortcodes, and categories and tags for videos. 

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Final thoughts

As previously mentioned, WordPress itself makes it easy for you to embed videos into your content without having to add a plugin. You might already know that the more plugins you install on your site, the more time it will take to load, so your performance is going to be affected on the whole.

If you heavily rely on video content on your blog or website, though, installing a plugin might be worth it. If not, you can definitely do without. 

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Craig Campbell

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