YouTube Videos, Tweets, and More – the Magic of oEmbed


I’ll be straight with you – for a long time, adding media (other than text) to WordPress just flat out sucked.  You had to switch the site to Text (HTML) mode, paste in the object/embed code, and prayed that it looked right once you were finished.  It wasn’t necessarily a fault of WordPress – it was that the methods were just not what they needed to be to advance.

Queue up responsive design, a switch away from object/embeds to iFrames (for mobile access), and… it sucked even more.  For some reason, the visual editor absolutely did not cooperate with iFrames, and it left a lot of site creators begging for a better alternative.

oEmbed, while not directly developed by WordPress, is a great standard for allowing content to easily be dropped into WordPress’ visual editor.  By simply pasting in the url ( for the example below, WordPress will recognize the URL as a youtube video and will create the appropriate player!

Adding an oEmbed Medium to WordPress

Adding a supported oEmbed link is easy – simply paste the link into the visual editor.

Supported Sites

There are quite a few sites supported – quite a few of them brought in by the latest release of WordPress (straight from the codex:)

  • Animoto
  • Blip
  • CollegeHumor
  • DailyMotion
  • Flickr
  • FunnyOrDie
  • Hulu
  • Imgur
  • Instagram
  • Issuu
  • Meetup
  • EmbedArticles
  • Mixcloud
  • Photobucket
  • PollDaddy
  • Rdio
  • Revision3
  • Scribd
  • SlideShare
  • SmugMug
  • SoundCloud
  • Spotify
  • TED
  • Twitter
  • Vimeo
  • WordPress
  • YouTube
  • iSnare

WordPress 4.0 actually makes oEmbeds even sweeter – by pasting in the link directly, the visual editor will actually show you a visual representation of what your embedded media will look like in the context of your article – neat-o!