How to embed YouTube videos and podcast episodes with PowerPress

Learn how to include both a YouTube or Vimeo video along with a downloadable podcast episode in your WordPress post without double players.

There are two methods to doing this, depending on your needs, workflow, and website setup.

PowerPress embed field

If you want full control over your embedded video, you’re probably familiar with copying and pasting embed codes from YouTube.

You can get a YouTube video embed code from the Share panel, and it  would look like the following.

<iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JxEfEGPUgUs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

This is HTML code, so it would have to be pasted in the “text” editor in WordPress, or use it in the PowerPress embed field.

Follow these instructions to enable the embed field.

  1. Go into PowerPress > Settings > Basic Settings.
  2. Checkmark “Embed Field (Enter embed code from sites such as YouTube, Viddler and Blip.tv).”
  3. Under that, checkmark “Replace Player with Embed (Do not display default player if embed present for episode.)”

Now, when you insert a podcast episode, you’ll have a new field labeled “Media embed” where you can paste this embed code.

WordPress’s oEmbed feature will not automatically embed videos from just their URLs in this field. You can only paste full HTML embed code as shown above.

Display player toggle

You may prefer to let WordPress’s oEmbed automatically embed your videos from just a URL. Some plugins or WordPress themes will handle videos better if they’re either embedded with the URL or with the embed code.

Paste just the URL of a YouTube or Vimeo video into its own paragraph in a WordPress post. Then follow these instructions to enable the display player toggle.

  1. Go to PowerPress > Settings > Basic Settings.
  2. Checkmark ” Display Player and Links Options.”
  3. Under that, checkmark “No Player Option (Disable media player on a per episode basis)” or “No Player & Links Option (Disable media player and links on a per episode basis).”

Now, when you attach a podcast episode with the widget in the post editor, you can disable displaying the player, and you won’t have double videos on your page!

Manually position PowerPress with a shortcode

If you want more control over your PowerPress position than just above or below your content (configurable in PowerPress > Settings > Media Appearance), then you need the shortcode!

Simply insert

 where you want your player. I like to place the shortcode below my video.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=JxEfEGPUgUs



Learn how to include both a YouTube or Vimeo video along with a downloadable podcast episode in your WordPress post without double players.

Great for audio podcasts with YouTube videos

If you upload your videos to YouTube (or other services) but only distribute the audio as a podcast, then this is another great way to enable both on your website.

Use the same URL and shortcode as above, but don’t hide the player. This will result in a YouTube video player, but a PowerPress audio player as I’ve done in many episodes. (The following is an example from episode 119.)

tap119 video and audio players

The PowerPress shortcode has a lot more power than just manually positioning your player, but I’ll cover that in future tutorials.

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As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis gives you the guts and teaches you the tools to launch and improve your own podcasts for sharing your passions and finding success. Daniel creates resources for podcasters, such as the SEO for Podcasters and Zoom H6 for Podcasters courses, the Social Subscribe & Follow Icons plugin for WordPress, the My Podcast Reviews global-review aggregator, and the Podcasters' Society membership for podcasters. As a recognized authority and influencer in the podcasting industry, Daniel speaks on podcasting and hosts his own podcast about how to podcast. Daniel's other podcasts, a clean-comedy podcast, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC's hit drama Once Upon a Time, have also been nominated for multiple awards. Daniel and his son live near Cincinnati.

2 comments on “How to embed YouTube videos and podcast episodes with PowerPress

  1. Debbie says:

    And there I was believing that I knew everything about PowerPress. Wrong! Thanks, Daniel, very helpful.

    1. Ha ha! I feel the same way when I discover new things, which I still do. 🙂

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