Add a Video Player to your website
WordPress is the content management system for millions of websites all over the world. Part of the appeal of WordPress is that even those with no experience can customize a WordPress site and add new features with little effort. With the internet’s appetite for new content in a variety of different formats, WordPress is the ideal content management system, especially for those with limited experience. Video content is always in demand, and adding video to your site can enhance visitors experience and attract new visitors. A video player for WordPress sites can be added by installing a video player plugin. There are hundreds and perhaps thousands of free WordPress plugins video players. So which is the best video player? For WordPress websites that depends on the purpose you have for including video content as well as a number of other factors.
Selecting the best video player for WordPress websites
It would be difficult for you to examine every video player for WordPress in order to select the best for your purpose. There is also no need as we have done the legwork for you. Here is a list of ten of the best WordPress video player plugins for you to peruse:
TubePress is a WordPress video player plugin that allows you to embed YouTube and Vimeo videos into your site as well as create a video gallery page or sidebar widget. You have the option to display your YouTube channel, playlists or random videos sorted by tags. TubePress setup and configuration is easy, and after configuring the plugin use the shortcode in your post/page to display your video gallery. It is available in free and Premium versions
Contus Video Gallery is a video player plugin WordPress website owners can use to create a video gallery page on their sites. The plugin supports FLV and H264 encoded videos including MP4, M4V, M4A, MOV, Mp4v and F4V. Contus Video Gallery lets users add embed code based videos such as YouTube. Other features include responsive design, RTL and social media comment among others.
VideoJS is a HTML video player WordPress plugin that is built on the VideoJS HTML5 video player library. It allows videos to be placed in a posts or pages using HTML5. VideoJS has Flash fallback support for non-HTML5 browsers. It comes with a number of options including size control, auto play, captions, loop video and more.
Responsive Video Embeds plugin inserts videos into a single article using the oEmbed technique of WordPress and can resize your embedded videos to fit different screen sizes. This plugin currently supports videos hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, Scribd, WordPress.tv, hulu.com, Revision 3, WordPress.tv as well as other sites.
Youtube Channel Gallery is a free WordPress video player plugin that provides the basic features for embedding YouTube playlists into your WordPress site. This plugin supports displaying YouTube videos and a list of thumbnails according to user channel or playlist. Video feed type, video quality, width, ratio, and theme are all customizable as are options for thumbnail and link settings. Youtube Channel Gallery provides shortcodes that can be used on a single post or page or you can use the plugin as a widget.
VIXY Youtube plugin allows you to embed Youtube videos on your site. Configuration is easy, and you can insert videos into posts using shortcode. VIXY Youtube supports a download link for your Youtube video and also supports adding metadata to video output to improve SEO. Video comments display is also supported.
MediaElement.js plugin is an HTML5 video and audio player with Flash fallback. It comes with a number of video and audio shortcodes and offers a full screen mode. Other options include size control, auto play, loop video and many others
The Spider Video Player plugin is a Flash & HTML5 player that can handle uploaded videos or YouTube videos. There are a number of preset templates to choose from or you can create your own template. Spider Video Player also lets you control player color, transparency and other attributes and offer playlists as well. Some of its other options include auto play, size control, hide control bar, and an audio function.
HTML5 Video Gallery and Player is a relatively simple player. The major feature it offer is its ability to create a gallery of video on a page with one shortcode.
The Hana FLV Player functions as four players. You have the option to use one of three Flowplayers, the OS FLV player, the MediaElement.js player or the FLV Player Maxi. However to use the FLV Player Maxi, a little configuration is required. Additional options the Hana FLV Player offers include size control, auto play, loop video, auto-rewind, link video to URL and Google tracking with different players
The WordPress video players listed here offer many options that may fit your requirements. At the very least it is a good starting point for finding just the right WordPress video player plugin.
Learning more about WordPress audio player plugins won’t harm you, so why don’t you have a look at our review.