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 are limited by the amount of storage and video space permitted based upon your WordPress.com account. Among the many video types you may upload, these are the most common types of music and video files permitted to uploaded to your WordPress.com blog using the appropriate player as listed below:
Here are specific instructions for the various types of video and podcasts you can showcase on your WordPress.com 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:
- YouTube: WordPress offers two ways to embed YouTube videos quickly and easily into WordPress.com content. Copy and paste the YouTube URL/Address into your post or Page and WordPress will handle the conversion to an embed code. Or copy the URL for the YouTube video link and paste it into the following format:
- 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:
- Odeo Podcasts: Copy the Odeo podcast link and paste it into the following format:
- 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:
- 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:
- 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:
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. Watch your upload storage space carefully so you don’t exceed it. Extra space is available for a modest fee.
For more information and support on embedding videos in WordPress, see the WordPress.com Video Support documentation.
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:
- WordPress.com Blog Bling: Decorating Your WordPress.com Blog with photographs, graphics, and more
- WordPress.com Blog Bling: Lines and Smilies
- Social Bookmarking Submit Links on WordPress Blogs
- WordPress.com Blog Bling: Fun Font Bling
- WordPress.com Blog Bling: Blockquotes and Quotes
- WordPress.com Blog Bling: Blogroll and Sidebar Bling
- WordPress.com Blog Bling: Signatures and Writing Code