YouTube Support

[Note: This only applies to WordPress.com, not regular WordPress.org.]

The team here is often so heads-down in the whole making-blogging-better we often miss internet trends like the best blonde joke ever or this video site called YouTube. I still don’t get the blonde joke (I was blonde when I was younger) but YouTube I understand: it seems to be a site for people posting videos of themself singing N*Sync songs. Here’s an example:

Now for various reasons, mostly related to your security, we don’t allow people to post arbitrary code in their blogs. Unfortunately this has the side-effect of blocking some cool stuff like YouTube. However as a test we’re enabling a special way for you to embed things like YouTube without having to mess around with any code.

Follow closely: I found the video above on this page. To embed it in the post all I had to do was copy and paste the URL I just linked and then paste it into the post with special formatting, like this:

[ youtube=http://youtube.com/w/?v=_dIya1aJJKA]

Try it yourself, copy and paste the above into your blog and see what happens. Now browse to another video on YouTube and copy and paste the link as above and paste it in your blog. If this goes well, we’ll be adding support for more and more services using a similar syntax.
Two features in one night? This feels good.


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  3. patchcable

    The tip given above has a whitespace btwn [ and the youtube tag:
    [ youtube=http://youtube.com/w/?v=_dIya1aJJKA]

    Take off that space:

    Works then.

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  5. Jemyoung Leigh

    Wow, this is exactly what I looking for. Thank you so much.

    I wish you a happy and great new year of 2007.

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  8. nosugrefneb

    Is there any way to resize the video frame? With the Milk theme, the right side of the video gets cut off (like so. Not a huge deal, but would be nice to correct it.

  9. clampdown

    thank you very much. it works great!!

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  11. juxton

    Any chance for support of the Cellblock embeddable mobile photo / video blogging widget?

  12. truthspew

    Thanks! It was driving me crazy that when I imported my blogger site all the videos disappeared.

  13. Brent

    Matt, is there going to be a way to have the fullscreen capabilities that the youtube player on youtube.com has? I think that perhaps they made this recently, because I just noticed it.

    What it is, is a button on the player, (on the lower right) that opens a new window when clicked, with the video in full screen mode. This is a much nicer way to view the video, imho.

    I hope that we will have this capability on wordpress.com soon.

    Please and thank you.

  14. dragon2000gh

    Excellent feature and awesome plugin. It is an easy way to insert your YouTube video in a post of WP.

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  16. thirstforthefuture

    Hello, followed directions but did not achieve success. Please advise.

  17. iNOsaint

    Figured it out finally…

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