How To Add A YouTube Social Media Feed In WordPress
Blog posts with videos get 83% more traffic than those without videos. With that in mind, we recommend adding your YouTube videos to WordPress, too.
If you run an online store using a plugin such as WooCommerce, then videos can even get you more sales. In fact, 88% of people have bought a product or service after watching a video.
If you’ve created any YouTube videos showing your products or services, then adding them to your website could boost your profits.
If you only want to add a small number of videos to your site, then it’s easy to embed YouTube videos in WordPress blog posts. However, if you want to show more than one video, then it’s difficult to create a nice gallery layout using the built-in blocks and tools alone.
That’s why we recommend embedding your YouTube channel feed using Feeds for YouTube by Smash Balloon.
What is Social Media Feed?
Social media posts can be referred to as the feed generated by collecting content from multiple social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many more.
It comprises all forms of content present on social media: images, videos, tweets, or text.
It looks like a social media gallery or social gallery widget of content. It is updated in real-time and provides the viewers with the dynamic and latest content from the users.
Using social media feeds for your marketing can be quite a good and strategic move taking your business to another level.
Worried about how to add social media feeds to WordPress? It can be generated through tools such as Taggbox Widget.
Why Add Social Media Feeds to Your WordPress Site?
Billions of people use social media every day to connect with family, friends, and even brands. According to our marketing statistics research, people spend around 2 hours and 29 minutes on social media every day. That’s plenty of time to promote your content to existing followers and connect with new people.
If you have one or more social media accounts, then you’re already off to a good start. However, it’s also smart to add these social feeds to your WordPress website.
By embedding social media posts in WordPress, you can promote your different accounts to the people who visit your website. This can get you more likes, shares, and engagement.
How to Add a YouTube Feed to Your Site
There are two ways to embed a YouTube Feed to your site. First, you have the easy method that we’ll lay out for you step-by-step first. And then there’s the manual way.
Let’s start with the easy way. With the method we’re going to look at now, you’ll be able to get your entire YouTube channel embedded on your site in just a minute.
1. Install Smash Balloon’s Feeds for YouTube Pro Plugin
For this tutorial, we’re going to use an awesome WordPress plugin called Smash Balloon. It lets you embed content from all the major social media networks easily.
To add a YouTube feed to your site, download and install Smash Balloon’s Feeds for YouTube. This pro plugin helps you showcase your YouTube channel, videos, and playlists on your site.
After installing the plugin, you need to activate it. If you’re not sure how to do that, here’s a neat tutorial on installing plugins on WordPress to help you out.
You’ll also have to insert your license key to access all the neat features we’re going to use in this tutorial.
2. Add the Channel ID to the Right Feed Type
Smash Balloon’s Feeds for YouTube have several options under the Feed Type setting.
Select Channel under Feed Type. Paste your YouTube channel ID that you copied earlier here.
As you can see from the image below, you can also create other feed types following the steps we outlined here but with the appropriate IDs for different content types.
3. Connect Your YouTube Account
Once your initial plugin setup is complete, the next step is to connect the plugin to your YouTube account.
Click on Feeds for YouTube in your WordPress dashboard. Under the Configure tab, click on the blue button that says Connect to YouTube to Create a Feed.
Now, aside from connecting your YouTube account to Smash Balloon, we suggest that you add your YouTube API key too. Doing so will help reduce YouTube API requests and makes your feed load super fast. You’ll also be able to show live-streaming videos on your site.
4. Customize Your YouTube Channel Feed
Now comes the part where you customize your YouTube feed to look more aligned with your website. You’ll find the Customize tab right next to Configure tab. Click on it to adjust different parameters like your feed’s height, width, and background color.
You can also choose different layouts for your feed. Scroll down to find the Layout Type option.
Choose the uniform Grid to present all your videos the same way. The Gallery option lets you showcase one video in a large format with the rest as small thumbnails underneath. You can also go with a single-column List feed and a Carousel.
5. Find Your YouTube Channel’s ID
Since you’re going to embed your entire YouTube channel feed into your website, you’ll need your channel ID. You can find it in the URL when you go to your channel page on YouTube.
The image below will show you where to find your channel ID in the URL. Copy the ID because you’re going to use it in the next step.
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