A step-by-step guide to embed your real estate videos to your website using iFrame and WordPress embed function.
Embedding videos is a great way to share videos without having to upload them directly to your website’s server. Since you might need to use a lot of them, embedding helps save space on your website’s server and it’s easier than uploading a video. In this article, we will teach you how to embed your roomvu videos to your website in a few very simple steps.
Of course on your roomvu dashboard, you can easily share your videos across different social media channels and also on your roomvu profile. However, you might have another real estate website and want to have your videos on it as well.
Roomvu videos are designed around each user’s market and created by an ever-growing team of local creatives. Broad-based, more universal industry topics can be chosen and promoted, as well. Localized videos connect with data sources to automatically overlay market stats as graphics and push viewers to new custom video landing pages.”
What is Video Embedding?
Video embedding is a process in which you can share a video on a website using a source that is located on a server other than your website’s server. Your website reads the data from the other server and uses a frame on a certain page to share the video. Users can click on the video and watch it as if they are watching a video on your website. Look at the video below. It is an embedded video from YouTube.
The video is uploaded to YouTube’s servers, but we can use a code and embed it on our website without the hassles of uploading, converting and worrying about the server space.
Why Embed Videos
Let’s see why you should embed videos rather than directly upload them:
Videos Use a Lot of Space
Videos are large files that take up space. Depending on the quality and length of the video, its size can be anywhere from megabytes to tens of megabytes. Apart from the fact that you do not have to upload them at all (because of the option of embedding) videos come in different formats and sizes which have to be optimized before adding them to your website. This adds to an already complicated process.
It is Easier to Embed Than to Upload
Uploading to the server can be a complicated task along with putting pressure on the server. When there are many free video-sharing websites like YouTube and Vimeo it does not make sense to try and host the videos on your own website. Many big names in the business use YouTube, etc. to share their videos online and then embed them to their websites.
Embed as Many Times as You Like
Embedding allows you to upload the video once and share it as many times as you like on many websites. For example, when a video is uploaded on roomvu or YouTube servers you just need an iFrame code to share the video on any website.
WordPress users often come across iframes when they are trying to embed something from an external source into their WordPress site. The most common example of an iframe embed code is the YouTube video embed code which looks like this:
What Do You Use to Embed Videos: iFrame
According to wpbeginner.com:
That means iFrame is an HTML code that loads a document from another website to your website in a frame that separates the content from the rest of the content on your website. An iframe code looks something like this:
<iframe width=”640″ height=”480″ src=”https://www.roomvu.com/agent/embed/lilian-smith-2/treb-condo-signs-life” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen></iframe>
As you can see the code starts with the word iFrame. That means it is used to embed a document using iFrame. Then you can see a series of URLs and variables that seem technical. It’s possible you can’t make out any meaning from them. But don’t worry. You don’t have to understand what they are. As long as you have them copied to your computer’s clipboard, you are fine.
How to Embed Videos to Your Website
In this example, we assume that you use WordPress to manage your website and will explain the steps accordingly, but the process is similar regardless since iFrame is a universal HTML code applicable to all websites.
How to get the iFrame Codes for Your roomvu Videos
On your dashboard in “Videos to share” find the video you would like to embed on your website. Select it and then click on “Share“.
Now click on “Post this on your website” This will copy the iFrame code to your clipboard.
How to Insert iFrame Codes to Your Website
Go to your website’s WordPress dashboard and open the post you would like to use the video in or create a new post.
If you are using “Block Editor” (needs WordPress 5.0 or higher) on WordPress click on “Add block” and search for “Custom HTML“.
Now right-click on the text space that reads “Write HTML” and “Paste” the code you copied from YouTube into the field.
The code will be pasted into the block.
You can also click on “Preview” to see if the code works.
if you use “Classic Editor” in WordPress the process is a bit different. You need to select “insert” then “media” and then “embed” tab. Now you can right click and paste the iFrame code for your roomvu video.
How to Embed YouTube Videos
Find your video on YouTube and then click on the “Share” button below the video.
Then select “Embed.”
Now copy the code that is displayed. You can also click on the “Start at” option to set a time other than the beginning of the video to make the video start somewhere in the middle.
Alternative Option: Direct Embeds
If you use “Block Editor” on your WordPress dashboard, you can use a link instead of an iFrame Code and paste it directly to a simple block and WordPress will automatically turn it into an Embedded video.
On YouTube “Copy” the link to the video.
Now on your post paste the link into a default paragraph block.
Note: This method does not work for all the videos from all sources. You might run into this message that says the video cannot be embedded. In this case, try option 1 above.
Embed Your roomvu Videos to Your Website: Final Words
Embedding videos is more convenient than actually uploading them to your website. It takes little time, does not use as much space on your website’s server, and can be used on many websites with a single code. You need the iFrame code of your video so that you can use it on your website’s editor. Just use Custom HTML or simply paste the URL of the video instead of the iFrame code to have the video embedded. The whole process is very simple and can be done in a few steps. If you have any questions leave a comment below and we will help you with how to embed your videos to your website.
This article was originally published on roomvu Academy blog.