How To Add Featured Video In Place of Featured Image In WordPress?

add featured video in place of featured image in wordpress

Every WordPress theme consists an option to choose the featured image for every single post.

Have you ever thought to add featured video in place of featured image in WordPress? It can only be possible if your WordPress theme has the featured image theme support.

You have seen a few websites which are developed only of the videos. Just like YouTube, people like to show the visual content.

WordPres is an awesome CMS which allows you to change everything about your website.

In this tutorial, you will learn the method to replace all the featured images with the videos using a simple plugin.

If your theme doesn’t have the featured image option then you can add thumbnail in WordPress theme easily.

There are a few steps to take.

Step 1:- Install and activate the Featured Video Plus plugin from the WordPress repository.

Step 2:- After installation, you will notice an extra option in the settings. Go to settings>>media and you will see the plugin settings.

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From this page, you can choose the display option for the video.

Choose the size of the thumbnail and then use the video responsive option. You can also align the video. But it would depend on your WordPress theme.

You can easily adjust te settings according to you.

NOTE:- If you have changed the media setting to stop WordPress from creating multiple images from its media settings then it’s important to choose the size for the featured video from the plugin.

If you don’t then you won’t see anything. The size of the video would be nothing.

Step 3:- It supports the videos of many platforms including YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo.

You can adjust the settings for each of the platforms.

How Would You Add The Featured Video?

While adding a new post, just like your featured image box, you will see another box for the featured video.

You just have to copy and paste the URL of the video you want to display.

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The plugin will automatically pick up the video. You can easily notice that.

After adding the video, you should set the auto featured image which will be showing as the thumbnail of the video.

If you want to add your own thumbnail image then you can. The choice is yours. But the auto option is more effective.

You can see the results on your website. It will replace the featured image of your post.

add featured video in place of featured image in wordpress

If you use it for all of you old posts then no worry, the plugin will do its job.

Can You Now Add Featured Video In WordPress?

It may seem to be frightened but there is nothing like that.

You’re not editing any theme code. Just a simple use of a plugin. And if you don’t feel it good then you can remove the plugin anytime you want.

The most important thing is that your readers would easily have an idea about the content you’re going to provide.

Are you ready to add featured video in place of featured image in WordPress?

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by Ravi Chahar

A WordPress Professional and the LinkedIn Influencer. A coder by passion and a blogger by choice. WordPress theme development is his forte. He is your WordPress guy who will teach you how to solve WordPress errors, WordPress security issues, design issues and what not.

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  1. Hey Ravi,

    Our video play crucial role in thrive healthy relationship with our customers as well as audience. People really likes video for better understanding of subject – a post can be boring for people to read but a effective video has potential to attract new and existing audience.

    I have know about this plugin but from my experience it doesn’t support to all themes. You have described very clearly about this topic and it will very helpful for people to make them crystal clear about subject. Eventually, thanks for sharing your thought with us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

    1. Hi Amar,

      As per my experience, this plugin is working on most of the themes. But you’re right, every theme is different so it may be some conflicts with others.
      But you can try to add the featured video then just go for it.
      Videos can boost the user engagement.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Great Post Ravi,

    Adding video instead of featured image is really a cool concept. I haven’t tried this before but its look interesting to me. I will definitely try this trick to some of my blogs.

    Happy Blogging 🙂

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