Looking for an easy way to display your YouTube channel on your WordPress website?
As the world’s largest video-sharing platform, YouTube can play a part in growing your business. Displaying your YouTube channel on your website helps you grow your audience and reach more prospects for your business.
The not-so-great news? Embedding your YouTube channel manually on your website is pretty complex, if you’re not tech-savvy.
The great news? It’s easier than you think. And you don’t even need to be an IT expert to do it!
In this guide, we’ll show you the simplest way to embed your YouTube channel on your website.
Since we’ll talk about the step-by-step process, here’s a table of contents to guide you in navigating this post:
- Why Embed Your YouTube Channel to Your Website?
- Methods to Embed Your YouTube Channel on WordPress
- How to Embed Your YouTube Channel With a WordPress Plugin
Before we start with the actual tutorial, let’s talk about the benefits of showing your YouTube channel on your website.
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Why Embed Your YouTube Channel to Your Website?
With over 2 billion users worldwide, YouTube is the second most popular social media platform. This is why it’s important that you show your channel to as many relevant audience as possible. In this case, your website visitors can also be converted to your channel subscribers.
Also, since 90% of brands post video to YouTube at least once per week, the more accessible your YouTube channel is, the more potential you have to engage with your customers through video.
You can stand out from your competition if you give your customers another way to view your content in the form of video.
Now that you know why it’s important to show your YouTube channel on your website, let’s move on to how you can embed your YouTube channel to your WordPress below.
2 Methods to Embed YouTube Channel on WordPress
There are 2 ways to link your YouTube channel to your website:
- Automated: You use a helpful WordPress plugin and connect your YouTube channel to it. In just a few clicks, you can easily display your channel feed in your website.
- Manual: You get the code of several videos on YouTube. Then, you embed the individual videos manually, since each video has a different embed code.
The easiest way to embed your YouTube channel on your website is by using the first method, with the use of a WordPress plugin.
You can use Feeds for YouTube by Smash Balloon, as it’s the best YouTube plugin for WordPress. With this plugin, you can display your YouTube playlist and even channel videos on your website. Since it’s also beginner-friendly, it’s perfect for people who are not WordPress experts yet.
Plus, the plugin automatically makes your YouTube videos responsive — no technical knowledge required.
Worried about the plugin slowing down your site? You don’t need to be.
Unlike other plugins, Feeds for YouTube plugin starts loading the YouTube video player only when your visitor engages with your feed. It doesn’t do autoplay, so it’s better for your Google Page Speed score.
This ultra-fast feature of the plugin improves your webpage’s speed and performance.
The best part? Once you’ve installed your Feeds for YouTube plugin, you can display your channel with multiple YouTube videos on your website in under a minute! Read more below to see how you can get started with the process.
Step 1: Install Feeds for YouTube Pro Plugin
To begin, you can download your copy of Feeds for YouTube Pro plugin here.
Then, add the plugin to your WordPress site by installing it. Not sure how to do this? Check out this step-by-step tutorial to install a WordPress plugin for your guide.
Step 2: Connect Your YouTube Channel
After installing and activating the plugin, the next step is to connect it to your YouTube account.
To do this, go to Feeds for YouTube. Under the Configure tab, click on the blue Connect to YouTube to Create a Feed button.
In addition to connecting your YouTube account, you can also add your API Key. Several features need API Key for them to work, so go ahead and follow this helpful guide on creating and using an API Key.
Step 3: Get Your YouTube Channel’s ID or Username
How do you know what your YouTube channel ID is?
First, go to https://www.youtube.com. Then, simply visit the YouTube channel you want to embed. Finally, check out the URL and copy the channel ID or the channel name from there.
Step 4: Select “Channel” Feed Type
Since this tutorial is about embedding your YouTube channel on your website, under Feed Type, click on the Channel option. Then, paste your YouTube channel’s ID here.
Don’t forget to click the Save Changes button.
Step 5: Customize Your YouTube Channel Feed
Now that you’ve specified which YouTube channel you want to display, the next step is customizing how it will look like on your website. Start by clicking on the Customize tab. Under here, you can modify the channel feed’s width, height and background color.
And the design features aren’t just limited to this. You can scroll down and choose the Layout Type of your feed, too. This way, you can control how your YouTube channel’s feed looks like on your WordPress website.
Choose among a uniform grid, a YouTube gallery with one large video and small thumbnails underneath, a list with a single column and a slideshow carousel.
Once you’re happy with your YouTube channel’s layout, you can scroll further down to the Info Display area.
Here, Feeds for YouTube plugin gives you control over the type of data you want to show in your feed. You can just click on the drop-down menus, or check the box to show the information, and uncheck it to hide.
It also depends on you if you want to show your YouTube channel’s description and subscriber count in your feed. A few clicks under the Header section will easily fix this for you.
Now that you’re done with customizing your YouTube channel’s feed, it’s time to embed it on your website.
Step 6: Display Your YouTube Channel Feed in WordPress
Using the Feeds for YouTube plugin allows you to embed your YouTube channel feed:
- On your page or post in WordPress, or,
- On your sidebar in WordPress
How to Display Your YouTube Channel Feed in a WordPress Post or Page
Choose between embedding your channel feed in a post or page.
To create a new page, go to Pages » Add New from your WordPress Dashboard.
To create a new WordPress post, navigate to Posts » Add New.
After you’ve created your post or page, you can click the Plus (+) icon to add a new WordPress content block. Type “youtube” in the search box and click on the Feeds for YouTube block to add it to the editor.
Already added the Feeds for YouTube block? Great! Now, you can see a preview of how your YouTube channel looks like before publishing. You can see in this example that the plugin automatically shows your video thumbnail on your website.
How to Display Your YouTube Channel Feed on a WordPress Sidebar
Now, if you prefer to embed your channel feed on your sidebar as a YouTube widget instead, here’s a simple way to do it.
From your Dashboard, navigate to Appearance » Widgets. Then, under Available Widgets, click on the YouTube Feed widget. Choose which area you’d like to display it on, and click on Add Widget to save your choice.
After doing this, check out your website and see your channel feed nicely displayed on your sidebar.
So, there you have it! You’ve finally learned how to embed your YouTube channel onto your website. Now, you can start growing your channel and expanding your audience.
For further reading, you can also check out this post on the different types of YouTube videos proven to increase your subscribers in no time!