Did you know that WordPress actually includes a built-in video player? Personally, I know that it exists…but I’ve never seen a single site use it. That’s because if you want to use WordPress and video together, you’re much better off turning to a third-party video streaming service that lets you embed videos in WordPress. In this post, I’ll spend a little time convincing you why you should skip the default WordPress video player. Then, I’ll get into some of the tools and best practices to help you properly embed third-party videos in WordPress.
Why You Should Skip the WordPress Video Player
In case you didn’t believe me in the introduction, here are a few of the ways you’re shooting yourself in the foot when you self-host your videos with the default WordPress video player:
Videos guzzle bandwidth. YouTube can handle that – your server might not be able to. Or, even if you’re using quality managed WordPress hosting, your server’s resources are still better spent in other areas.
Multiple formats. Want your videos to play across all browsers? I hope you’re ready to convert them into multiple file types. Not to mention