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The Difference between Embedding and Uploading a Video in WordPress

WordPress makes it very easy to work with videos of all types, however – what are the differences between embedding a video on a WordPress page versus Uploading a video to WordPress? You can do either, however I think that embedding a WordPress video might be better.

Embedding vs Uploading?

When you upload a video to WordPress, you are taking the video file itself and uploading it to your own web hosting account. Then, you can use WordPress to display the player for the video and play the video on your website.

When you embed a video, you are hosting the video at another location and simply linking to it. The way you link to it, you can see the video player on your WordPress-powered website. It does not matter that the video is hosted somewhere else, like YouTube.

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So which method is best for you?

Benefits of Embedding Videos

There are several reasons why you should embed videos from another hosting service rather than trying to host the videos yourself. Services like YouTube will do a better job at making the video well-optimized for online viewing. From within a service like YouTube, you have the option to downgrade the video quality on the user’s side – where you might not have that option handling the video hosting yourself.

When you first upload your video to a video publishing platform, like YouTube, you are also making your video easier to share and be found. YouTube handles all the link shortening and quick links to all the popular social networks. Also, with your video on YouTube – it can be found by regular YouTube viewers that might not be seeing your content on your website. This, in turn, will make them want to visit your website to learn more about your business, hobby, etc.

The video will also play faster and in a better quality being hosted elsewhere. This will benefit your overall search engine optimization. There are many more positives to hosting your videos on an external website or service.

There are your main differences between embedding a video on your blog versus trying to host the video file yourself. If you upload your video to WordPress, you are missing out on tons of potential viewers and optimizations that video hosting services can provide.

Author: Josh Dargie

My name is Josh Dargie and I’m the Operations Manager at GreenGeeks. I’ve been with the company since 2009. I have over 16 years of experience working with and for various web hosting providers specifically in development, day-to-day operations and customer service.

Updated on August 8, 2017

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