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How can I embed a Youtube video or other multimedia file into my website?

These instructions are provided as a general guide for embedding media files in general. Youtube's interface changes from time to time, so the example below may be slightly different.

It is important to remember that not all visitors will have the required plug-ins installed to view your embedded feature. This is not a limitation of your website. It is an expected side-effect of requiring visitors to run certain software. As a general rule, the requirements imposed on your visitors should be minimal. For example, many mobile users may not have access to the Adobe Flash plug-in, which is required to play most video and music files on the web. On the other hand, Flash is extremely common for desktop users. Your website can embed any HTML you paste into it -- the real question is whether your visitor has the required plug-ins installed.

Many neat features can be added to your website by copying and pasting snippets of HTML code. In order to show you how it's done, we're going to run through the example of embedding a Youtube video on one of your web pages.

  1. Open the Youtube video you'd like to embed
  2. Click the Share link beneath the video
  3. Click the Embed button to see the settings for embedding your video
  4. Highlight and copy the code provided by Youtube
  5. Return to your website and edit a page
  6. In the editor, determine where you'd like the video to appear, and insert an easy-to-find word -- for example, "VIDEO"
  7. Click the Source button in the toolbar
  8. The scary HTML code will appear! Don't worry -- just find the word "VIDEO" you typed in before
  9. Delete the word "VIDEO" and replace it with the code provided by Youtube
  10. Save your changes and refresh the page

All settings and controls are determined by the source website -- in this case, Youtube. You can change the size of the embedded video, and Youtube will adjust the code accordingly. Similarly, embedding any media files from any source is between you and the provider, and really has very little to do with your website, other than pasting the HTML code into it.

Remember that embedding is fun, but imposes requirements on your visitors that regular HTML does not, so be careful not to ask your visitors to install multiple plug-ins just to be able to view your website!


 Last updated Mon, Oct 8 2012 7:00am