Embedly is a WordPress plugin that helps you easily embed external content in a post on your blog. For example you can insert videos from YouTube without the need for the embed code. I first learned about Embedly from Ann Smarty through a tweet she sent out the other day.
I installed the Embedly Plugin and created a screencast to demonstrate how efficiently it handles embedding a YouTube video in a WordPress blog post.
Embedly Plugin for WordPress Video Tutorial
Once you copy the url from the provider that you wish to embed, be careful to paste it on a line without any other content – and (as I learned while creating this screencast) – be sure to unlink the url. If the WordPress editor finds a hyper-link, the plugin will not be able to work it’s magic, and the content will not appear in the published post.
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Tweets are a snap with Embedly
In the past, I avoided embedding Tweets in my blog posts because it seemed like such a hassle. Embed.ly takes all the hassle out of the process. Here’s the Tweet from Ann that caught my attention (all I needed was the url).
— Ann Smarty (@seosmarty) November 21, 2010
Since there are over 100 services supported by this plugin, I’ll list a few you’re probably wondering about:
Follow Embedly on Twitter to find out which new content providers are joining the ranks, or you can update the provider list directly on your WordPress dashboard; simply scroll to the bottom of the page and click Update Provider List.
I’m going to use Embedly in addition to the Viper Video Quicktags plugin going forward. And it’s far simpler than embedding Tweets with Blackbird Pie. Will you install the Embedly plugin? Let me know if you have any plugins for YouTube optimization and more that can be replaced by Embedly.
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