Rich Media Embedding

Adding rich media such as video or music can dramatically increase the shareability and amount of engagement your post receives.  However, many hosting platforms (especially shared hosting) will frown about the bandwidth usage from a video that is hosted directly on a website, as many views of the video will use up your quota in rapid time, potentially leading to your website being suspended.

YouTube Video Embed

Facilities such as YouTube are great websites to use to host your videos free of charge.  All you need to upload to YouTube is a YouTube account! Once your video is uploaded, you need to generate an embed code, which is really easy to do and will be explained in the next few screenshots.

On the video you would like to embed in the website, click on ‘Share’ underneath the video, where you will then see an ’embed’ option.

Click on the embed option, and the code will appear that you need to copy. If you would like to customise the video a little more, you can choose the ‘Show More’ option and adjust the size of the video.  Once the video is as you want it, simply copy the embed code and paste it into the web page using the ‘Text’ view that is available in the top right of the edit page.

Once you have pasted the video code into the website, the video should appear as it does underneath:

Top Tip When you paste the code into the text view, change the width to a % value. We have found that when the width is left to a set pixel amount, it doesn’t work correct on mobile phone views. A % width value will make the video appear to the value of the screen width. The video above is set to 50% and centre aligned to appear in the middle of the screen.

Sound Cloud Music Embed

Embedding sound from Sound cloud is very similar to YouTube only with less customisation options. Underneath the sound clip are some buttons which perfrom actions such as liking the song, sharing the song, or adding to a playlist. The option that we want is to share the song.

Clicking the share button, will open up a page that then allows us to ’embed’ the song on a web page simply by copying and pasting a code that is generated.

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