How To Add/Embed A YouTube Video In The New WordPress Editor (2020)

Creating a joyful and appealing first impression is the key to catching your visitors’ eye. The mix of colors, shapes and images put on display on a website can either persuade people into spending more time on your pages or drop off, which, in turn, will undoubtedly generate a high bounce rate. And this is something we don’t aim for.

However, there’s something we do aim for – and that has shown to be a rather delightful manner of attracting visitors on a website. Thus, in case you are looking forward to knowing more concerning the subject, make sure to stick with us and keep an eye onto the following lines in order to see how to add/embed a YouTube video in a post or page using the new WordPress editor!

What is the new WordPress editor all about?

Starting with WordPress 5.0, a new WordPress editor has been introduced, known in the online world by the short Gutenberg (or the detailed WordPress Block Editor). Compared with the classic content editor used until then, the new version is rather tricky if you don’t master WordPress by heart. But no one said it is impossible.

While the previous editor had its formatting buttons close to those in Microsoft Word, Gutenberg is built on Blocks. They can be either added or removed from the edit screen, being used mainly for generating content layouts, such as: images and videos, audio, lists, galleries, paragraphs and many more. And we’ve got a hint for you – if there’s a content element you wish to add on a post you’re already working on but it doesn’t show up in your Gutenberg, look it up among plugins and click install.

What are the techniques of adding/embedding a YouTube video in a post or page using the new WordPress editor?

• Technique 1: Embed a YouTube video without a fuss

This is by far the most common technique used in various situations, not only in embedding a YouTube video within a post or page – but in more. In short, it translates as the mere procedure of pressing copy and paste. Here’s a detailed take on it:

STEP 1: Select and copy the YouTube video URL

While deciding on the proper YouTube video to be displayed, you’ll stumble upon various ones. Yet, only one should completely get your attention. After you have made your pick, it’s time to make things happen. The easiest and most fundamental method is to select the YouTube video URL (found on the YouTube website, in the URL bar) and either right-click on it and choose `Copy` or simultaneously press Ctrl and C tabs on your keyboard. This combination will summon into your personal computer’s mind the link for further use.

Another easy-peasy way tackles the share button on social media. It is usually found below the YouTube video you wish to display, currently found on the YouTube platform, and has various social media platforms through which you can share it. All that is of interest to you at this moment is the URL next to which you can find the Copy button. Click on it and you’re ready for the second step.

STEP 2: Paste the YouTube video URL

Believe it or not, the entire process of adding or embedding a YouTube video in one of your posts or pages is now tremedously simple. In contrast to how entangled things in the classical content editor used to be, Gutenberg is quite smart.

Each time you are ready to introduce a new post or page in WordPress, the following message pops up, saying Start writing or type / to choose a block. If you have already start working on your post, don’t worry – the line will appear at the bottom of the canvas area.

Gutenberg is really intuitive. If you start writing onto where the previously mentioned message is located, it will immediately generate a Paragraph block. But, if you add a YouTube video URL to it, it will automatically design a new YouTube content block with the video URL that has just been pasted.

This is by far the easiest and fastest method of embedding a YouTube video into a WordPress post or page, yet there are additional ways you might want to throw a shade on.

• Technique 2: Embed a YouTube video through the YouTube Block

Without further ado, this is part of the Gutenberg’s main features – to add/embed a YouTube video in a post or page through the YouTube Block. We’ll detail the entire process further:

STEP 1: Select and copy the YouTube video URL

As presented in technique no. 1, the easiest way to get to embed a YouTube video in your website’s posts or pages starts with copying the URL. There are two ways in which you can find it – either by looking into the URL tab related to the YouTube platform where the video is uploaded or by searching for the Share button. After clicking on it, a new box will appear within which you’ll find the video’s URL and a Copy button used to automatically remember the link for further use.

STEP 2: Press the `(+) ADD BLOCK` button

Due to the fact that it has a user-friendly interface, Gutenberg features an easy way to add a new content element into your WordPress post or page. After copying the desired YouTube video URL, look inot the WordPress editor and search for the (+) symbol. You’ll easily find it at the top-left hand side, being the first from the list. In theory, it is worldwide and generally used to keep all accessible content blocks.

STEP 3: Look over for the YouTube block

Right after pressing the (+) Add Block button, you’ll find a list filled with all the Embeds section of blocks. Among them, the YouTube one is easy to spot, especially due to its red-crafted logo. Otherwise, you can take the shortcut and search for the YouTube keyword within the search box.

STEP 4: Paste your YouTube video URL

Subsequently to choosing the YouTube embed, a new box will appear in which you’ll have to introduce the URL that is related to your YouTube video. The easiest way to do so is by right-clicking the mouse and then choose Paste. By this way, your link will be automatically filling the box where the following message is being written – Enter URL to embed here…
Another easy-peasy method relies on concomitantly pressing the Ctrl and V tabs. This way, you’ll get your link even quicker.

• Technique 3: Embed a YouTube video through the Video Block

There’s a third way through which a YouTube video can be embedded into your posts or pages. This one is similar to technique no. 2, yet more general and easy to follow, at the same time.

STEP 1: Select and copy the YouTube video URL

First and foremost, look up for your YouTube video URL you wish to display on your website. By double-checking it, you’ll make sure none of these steps has to be repeated. You can either find it on your browser’s URL tab or by pressing the share button right underneath the video. This will automatically open up a different box where you’ll find the wanted URL.

STEP 2: Press the `(+) ADD BLOCK` button

Next in line is pressing the (+) symbol which could be found right on the top-left hand side of the page. It loads the entire list of blocks available.

STEP 3: Look over for the YouTube block

After having all the content elements loaded and perfectly arranged, you’ll have to choose the video block found within the Common Blocks section. Whenever you want a shortcut, type Video within the search box and get your result in a blink of an eye.

STEP 4: Paste your YouTube video URL

The previous step will generate a new box to be displayed where you have to paste your YouTube video URL. By this way, you’ll have your video up and running in no time – quick, easy and effortless.

What are the advantages of adding/embedding a YouTube video in a post or page using the new WordPress editor?

Most of them reside in saving your time, effort and providing better usage. Taken aside, Gutenberg is easier, more convenient and always of great use. The same applies to the classic content editor (also known as the previous version) yet not at the same level.

While looking into the main differences, it came to our surprise that everything is more automatic in Gutenberg. For instance, prior to WordPress 5.0, adding a table would require a separate table plugin. The same goes for other features for which additional widgets and plugins would have been necessary.

Starting with Gutenberg, further tools (independently downloaded and installed) are redundant. While using the new editor, you can create a table only by selecting the right columns and rows, just like in Microsoft Windows. It’s as simple as that.
Thus, even if you’re just a beginner in using WordPress, this will not be a drawback to you – or a reason why you need additional time to learn everything from head to toe. Thanks to the WordPress Block Editor, you’ll be able to place your content fast and easy in the proper order.

For all that, Gutenberg is amazing on adding or embedding a YouTube video in a post or page of yours. It is flexible, ductile and intuitive, making the entire process end faster than before – but with the same performance, since the classical content editor was a bit old, yet its efficiency is not to be put under question.

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