YouTube Feed Plugin Setup

Setting up the Feeds for YouTube Pro WordPress Plugin

Note: Setup directions for the Free Feeds for YouTube plugin can be found here.

1) Once you’ve purchased the Feeds for YouTube plugin click on the “Downloads” tab to download the plugin.  Your download link, license key, and purchase information is also emailed to you at the address which you provided during checkout.


2) Once you’ve downloaded the zip file there’s no need to open it. You’ll be uploading and installing this zip file directly to WordPress.

Note: If you’re on a Mac then your OS may be set up to automatically unzip zip files when downloading. You can zip the files up again by just right clicking on the folder containing the files and clicking ‘Compress’. Alternatively, you can download the zip directly from your account.

compressed plugin file


3) If you are using the free version of the WordPress plugin then be sure to deactivate it prior to installing the Pro version.

Note: To transfer your settings from the free version to the Pro version just do the following:

1) Check the ‘Preserve Settings when plugin is removed’ option on the plugin’s Settings page
2) Remove the free version
3) Install and activate the Pro version

To upload the Pro version of the plugin click Add New at the top of your WordPress Plugins page.

Click Add New on your WordPress Plugins page


4) Click Upload Plugin at the top.

upload plugin to install


5) Browse to the zip file which you downloaded when you purchased the plugin and click Install Now.

select .zip file


6) Activate the plugin.

click activate


7) You’ll now see the Feeds for YouTube menu appear in your WordPress menu. Navigate to the License page to enter your license key.

navigate to new license page
8) Paste your license key into the field and click Save Changes.

save your license


9) Click Activate License.

activate your license by clicking activate

status says active


10) Click on the Configure tab.

navigate to the configure tab


11) For many features, you’ll need to create and add your YouTube API key. It’s quick to create and add. The plugin requires an API Key for some features due to the limit on the number of API requests the Smash Balloon YouTube App can make in a day. Alternatively, you can click on the large blue button to connect your YouTube account.

configure your feed type and add an api key


12) Once you’ve customized your feed, copy the [youtube-feed] shortcode into any page, post or widget where you want the feed to appear.

add shortcode to a page


13) You can use either the built-in “YouTube Feed” widget, or the default WordPress “Text” widget, to display your YouTube Feed in a sidebar or any other widget area.

use feed in a widget area


14) For a 5-minute video walkthrough of the plugin, please see the video below.