If you use WordPress as a platform to build your site, and you want to publish videos on WordPress, you’ll want to display video thumbnails in your posts.
By default, WordPress allows you to add featured image thumbnails to posts, but what if you want to add video thumbnails? In this article, I will show you how to add a video thumbnail displayed in WordPress but for a video feature thumbnail.
The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Plugin Featured Video Plus. After you activate it, you can make a new post or edit an existing one, then you will see a new ‘Feature Video’ metabox as shown below.
All you need to do is paste the URL of the video, and the plugin will automatically fetch and display a preview in the metabox.
When you preview your post on your site, the displayed image will be replaced by the video. Your preview may look different depending on how you handle the Featured image on WordPress theme you.
Configure Video Settings
To configure settings for this plugin, you can enter it on the menu Settings »Media.
First you need to select Usage settings. The default choice is to automatically replace the featured image with a video. You can change it to open the video only when the displayed image is clicked, or to show featured video and auto-play.
If you want a setting like the one above, then you can manually display the video with the shortcode feature or the PHP function.
Furthermore, you can enable autoplay for your video and adjust the video size. Default size is set on mobile, but if the setting does not match WordPress theme you use, then you can manually enter the height and width so that it adapts to your theme. Apart from that you can also configure how to handle local videos that you upload to your own WordPress site.
This plugin can be used for display YouTube videos in WordPress, Vimeo, and Dailymotion videos, and I recommend uploading your video on one of these sites.
Click the “Save Changes” button when it’s finished so that your changes are not lost.
And that’s the complete tutorial, I hope this article helped you to add featured video thumbnail images displayed in WordPress.