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Adding Video and Podcasting Bling to Your WordPress.com Blogs

We’ve mostly focused on static visual things you can do to dress up your WordPress.com with Blog Bling. Let’s take a look at how to add video, podcasting, audio files, and more to your WordPress.com blogs.

There are videos and podcast files found around the web that you can provide access to via your WordPress blog. You can also host your own video and audio files on your WordPress.com blog, though you have a 25 MB file size limit, unless you wish to purchase special permission for larger file sizes and more storage space.

You can upload the following file types for music and video files to your WordPress.com blog using the appropriate player as listed below:

  • ogg
  • wav
  • m4a
  • mov
  • wmv
  • avi
  • mpg

Here are specific instructions for the various types of video and podcasts you can showcase on your blog:

  • DailyMotion: Copy the long ID numbers and letters from the video link at DailyMotion and paste it into the following format on your WordPress.com blog:

    [dailymotion id=4XUy4JPhoK6L5G42m]

  • YouTube: Copy the URL for the YouTube video link and paste it into the following format:

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgEmZ39EtFk]

  • Grouper: Visit the Grouper site to register and use their “Add to WordPress” video sharing feature.
  • Google Video: Copy the URL for the Google Video and paste it into the following format:

    [googlevideo=http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?
    docId=-813254390823]

  • Odeo Podcasts: Copy the Odeo podcast link and paste it into the following format:

    [odeo=http://odeo.com/audio/1233398/view]

  • Sonific Music: Register for Sonific and add the Sonific WordPress Widget to your sidebar to play tunes. To add a Sonific song to your post, copy the ID number and include it in the following format:

    [sonific 55d77ab4377cda08d8aad548f]

  • SplashCast!: SplashCast adds streaming media channels for video, music, photos, narration, text and feeds to your WordPress.com blog. Engtech explains how to use SplashCast on WordPress.com. After registering, you can use the following format with the player code:

    [splashcast CPAH1932FC]

  • Any Audio Files: You can link to any audio file on the Internet. To add these to your WordPress.com blog, use the following format, placing the link to the image in the placeholder spot:

    [audio http://example.com/mymusic/music.mp3]

To use the various codes, put them on their own line with a blank space before and after. This will help the layout of the audio or video player within your blog’s design.

Audio and videos do not add “content” a search engine or visitor can see at a quick glance. Make sure to include a description of what the audio or video file is about to help them decide whether or not to watch or listen.

Many international users are on limited bandwidth Internet access, so if you know the size of the audio or visual file, or how long it plays, please include that information in the description to help people decide if they can watch or listen to it.

Be aware that some videos and MP3 files, like Grouper, will start playing the moment the reader lands on the page. This is considered bad manners by many, but a limitation of some of these systems. When possible, check to see how you can stop auto-loading so the visitor can choose to listen or watch.

Again, video files tend to be very large. WordPress.com limits file uploads to 25MB without special arrangements in advance. Watch your upload storage space carefully so you don’t exceed it. Extra space is available for a modest fee.

More Blog Bling for WordPress.com Blogs

We’ve covered a lot of blog bling for WordPress and WordPress.com blogs over the past week. So far, they include:


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13 Comments

  1. Posted February 5, 2007 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    One other thing that I’ve noticed is that sometimes Opera doesn’t like the links that start the audio on my site. So I’ve started putting a regular text link underneath the player for people who have a problem like that.

  2. joe frohlinger
    Posted February 7, 2007 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    One of the best things I’ve started to do is use Windows Live Writer for WordPress. Ability to add content and images faster and better is awesome. Folks should look into it. However so far it looks like it’s only for the “Dark Side” and not for Mac users yet. (Ugh!!!).

  3. Posted February 7, 2007 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    And it helps add video and podcasting to your WordPress.com blog? I heard that it was very difficult to add images, let alone video to your blogs with Live Writer, which is why I don’t use it. Has it improved?

  4. Posted February 7, 2007 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    All I do is use the exact audio code that you’ve put in this post, an plugin called Audio Player to make it look pretty, and I’m good. The hard part was finding somewhere to host my MP3 files.

  5. Posted February 7, 2007 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    WordPress.com blogs cannot use WordPress Plugins, only full version WordPress blogs. This article is for WordPress.com bloggers.

  6. jet
    Posted June 19, 2007 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    I don’t know if it’s just me, but I just started using WordPress 2.2 and when I try to type in the tag into my text, it does not work. I have tried the google video and youtube ones as well and it does not work. I can take the whole html section that youtube gives you about the video and place that in my code section of my post and that seems to work. Am I doing something wrong here? Thanks.

  7. Posted June 20, 2007 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    The technique described in this article is for WordPress.com blogs only. If you have a full version of WordPress, check out the options in Video, Music, Podcasts, Audio, and Multimedia WordPress Plugins and use their instructions.

  8. Posted May 11, 2008 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    When you say “Copy the Odeo podcast link and paste it into the following format:

    [odeo=http://odeo.com/audio/1233398/view]”

    Is is unclear to me what you mean when you say “…in the following format”? Arn’t we suppose to copy the link to the HTML location at wordpress.com? Do you mean copy the provided script( odeo=http://odeo.com/aduio/1233398/view into our HTML or the visual editor in wordpress or should we copy it to some other place?

  9. Posted May 11, 2008 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    I just tried it in the visual editor and it works perfectly! Thank You, Lorelle

  10. yvonne nolte
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 1:48 am | Permalink

    great..!! now, I can try your tutorial to add video and podcasting bling on my blog. Thanks.

  11. Posted June 10, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    I read this article fully on the topic of the
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    it’s amazing article.

  12. Harriett
    Posted January 18, 2014 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    With havin so much written content do you ever run into any problems of
    plagorism or copyright infringement? My website has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either
    created myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it
    is popping it up all over the web without my permission.

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  13. Posted January 22, 2014 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    I have no access to the subscriptions. Each email has a link to control your own subscription notifications. Sorry. Ifeel The same way about other sites but those people also have to access to control my subscriptions.


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