WordPress 4.1 Makes Youtube Embeds a Snap

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photo credit: luca.sartoni via photopin cc

photo credit: luca.sartoni via photopin cc

WordPress 4.1 makes adding videos to your posts a snap. Okay, it’s actually a paste.

Shortcodes and embed codes are no longer needed, which is wonderful for student bloggers, who may love to write but may not be experts with HTML and javascript.

With the new WordPress 4.1 platform, if you want to add a Youtube video, just paste your video URL into the blog post editor on its own line and, voila, the video appears.

Want a Youtube video on your WordPress 4.1 blog post? Follow these insanely simple steps to add your video:

Type any text on one line and hit enter, creating a new line for the Youtube URL (like the example below).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-NykI2jOZw .

Instead of seeing the above URL, your video will appear, like my TED talk video below.

With WordPress 4.1, you don’t need to be in Text mode, and you don’t even have to go to preview your post to see the video. In new WordPress 4.1, the Youtube video appears as it will when published, even in visual edit mode. In the past, I would have used the Text editor and copied the video’s embed code, which I would have to edit to fit the blog post.

Students love adding media to their blogs. If they use WordPress at home or on devices, tell them to update their blog to WordPress 4.1.

Then, ask them to add an appropriate Youtube video to a blog post. Remind them that with the new WordPress 4.1, adding a video is now just seconds away.

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Mark Barnes is the author of many education books, including Bestseller Hacking Education, part of his Hack Learning Series, books that solve big problems with simple ideas. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and student-centered learning. Join more than 100,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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