How to embed a YouTube playlist on your WordPress site

How To Embed a YouTube Playlist on Your WordPress Site

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Do you want to embed a YouTube playlist on your WordPress site?

A YouTube playlist on your website is a great way to share your YouTube content with your audience. It allows you to showcase your video series and add more diversity to your site beyond textual content.

Embedding a YouTube playlist can boost your WordPress SEO while promoting your YouTube channel to grow your subscriber list effectively.

In this guide, we’ll show you the easiest way to embed a YouTube playlist on your WordPress site.

Can I Embed a YouTube Playlist in WordPress?

By default, WordPress does not allow you to embed a YouTube playlist on your site. However, some WordPress plugins enable you to add your YouTube feed to your site without any hassle.

Youtube Feed Pro by Smash Balloon lets you create a custom YouTube feed and playlists for your WordPress site and offers many customization features.

You can show YouTube videos in lists, grids, carousel, and masonry layouts. This WordPress plugin lets you add a call to action to your YouTube playlist to convince visitors to engage with your brand and subscribe to your channel.

Using Youtube Feed Pro, you can easily embed a YouTube playlist to your WordPress site even without any coding knowledge.

How To Embed a YouTube Playlist on Your WordPress Site

We will follow these steps to embed a YouTube playlist on your WordPress website.

Step 1: Install and Activate the YouTube Feed Pro Plugin

To embed a YouTube playlist on your WordPress site, you must first install and activate the YouTube Feed Pro plugin by Smash Balloon.

Please note that we will use the premium version of YouTube Feed Pro as it offers more features. You can also try out the free version, but it lacks some of the advanced customizations we’ll be applying later.

After purchasing a YouTube Feed Pro license, you can download your copy of the Feeds for YouTube Pro plugin. To get your copy, go to the Downloads section of your Smash Balloon account and click on Download Plugin.

Download Feeds for YouTube plugin

You’ll get a zip file of the plugin. Now, let’s head over to your WordPress dashboard.

After downloading the Feeds for YouTube Pro plugin, you’ll need to install it to your WordPress site and activate it.

To install the plugin, go to Plugins » Add New in your WordPress dashboard and click on Upload Plugin.

Upload plugin button on WordPress

Choose the zip file of YouTube Feed Pro you downloaded from your Smash Balloon account. Then, click on Install Now button to install the plugin on your site.

Install Zip File Feeds For YouTube

After the file is uploaded, click on Activate Plugin button to activate the YouTube Feed Pro plugin on your WordPress site.

Activate Feeds for YouTube plugin

Congrats! You have activated YouTube Feed Pro on your WordPress.

Let’s move to the next step to embed a YouTube playlist on your WordPress site.

Step 2: Connect Your YouTube Account to WordPress

To connect your YouTube account to your WordPress site, go to YouTube Feed » Settings in your dashboard.

Settings YouTube Feed Pro

In the Settings section, click on Add Source button.

Connect YouTube Account to WordPress

A pop-up box will appear. Now, connect your Google account.

Add YouTube Account to WordPress

You have finally connected your YouTube channel to your WordPress website.

Next, we need to look at adding your YouTube playlist to YouTube Feed Pro.

But before you embed the YouTube playlist to your WordPress site, you need to add an API key.

Step 3: Add YouTube API Key to YouTube Feed Pro

To add the YouTube API key, visit the Google Cloud Platform and log in to your Google account.

After that, click on the Create Project button.

Create Project Google Console

Now, fill in your project details and click on Create button.

Add Project Google Console

You’ve created your project. Click on the menu button on the top left of your screen.

Select Enabled API & Services under API & Services section.

Enabled API and Services

Next, click on Enable APIs and Services.

Enable APIS and Services

Doing so will redirect you to the API Library page. Search for YouTube in the search box to find YouTube API.

Among the APIs, select YouTube Data API v3.

Select YouTube API DATA V3

Next, click on the Enable button to activate the selected API.

Enable YouTube Data API v3

Go to the Credentials menu and click on +Create Credentials. Then, select API Key.

Create Credentials Google Console

You have successfully created a YouTube API Key for your WordPress site. Copy this API key.

YouTube API Key Created

Now, go back to your WordPress dashboard. Head over to the Settings section of YouTube Feed.

And paste the API Key you copied in the API Key text box and click on Add button.

Paste YouTube API Key

Hurray! You have added YouTube API Key to your YouTube Feed Pro account.

It is now time to add your YouTube playlist to your account.

Step 4: Add Your YouTube Playlist to YouTube Feed Pro

On your WordPress dashboard, go to YouTube Feed » All Feeds and click on the +Add New button.

Add New YouTube Feed Smash Balloon

After that, select Playlist and click on the Next button.

Select Playlist YouTube Feed Pro

It is time to add your Playlist ID to the YouTube Feed Pro.

To do so, go to your YouTube playlist and copy the code after = symbol in your URL.

Copy YouTube Playlist link

Paste the YouTube Playlist ID on the Add Source section of your Smash Balloon dashboard and click on the Next button.

Paste YouTube Playlist ID

Now, it is time to choose a template for your YouTube playlist. You can choose any design that fits your website.

You can choose between Carousel, Cards, List, Gallery, Latest Video, Showcase Carousel, and Widget layouts.

Choose YouTube Playlist Template

Step 5: Customize Your YouTube Playlist

You can customize your YouTube playlist template, feed layout, and color scheme from the Customize section.

In addition, you can also add sections like header, video style, load more button, and subscribe button to your playlist.

In this example, we will customize the Subscribe button to our YouTube playlist and change the number of videos appearing on our site.

To do so, click on Subscribe Button in Customize section of your YouTube Feed Pro.

subscribe button YouTube Feed Pro Smash Balloon

Here, we will change the background color of the Subscribe button.

To edit the Subscribe button color, click on the Select button next to Background and choose the color you want your Subscribe button to look.

Customize Subscribe Button YouTube

Next, let’s change the number of videos appearing that appear by default on your site from your YouTube playlist.

Click on Feed Layout in the Customize section.

Click on Feed Layout

Now, scroll down to Number of Videos to Show Initially and increase or decrease it as per your preference.. Here, we will reduce the number of videos that appear on the site to 3.

reduce number of video YouTube Playlist

After you’ve customized the YouTube playlist design for your website, click on the Save button to keep the changes.

Save Changes YouTube Feed Pro

Step 6: Embed YouTube Playlist to Your WordPress Site

Now it is time to embed your YouTube playlist to your WordPress site. Click on the Embed button on the left of the Save button.

To embed a YouTube playlist to your WordPress site, you can copy the shortcode and add it to any page, post, or widget. You can also use the built-in WordPress block or widget.

Copy embed YouTube playlist WordPress code

As seen above, copy the shortcode.

Now head over to the page on your WordPress site where you want to embed the YouTube playlist and paste the shortcode.

paste shortcode and update

After you paste the shortcode, click on the Update button to save the changes.

Embed YouTube Playlist to Your WordPress Site

Hurray! You have finally added a YouTube playlist to your WordPress site.

Now, your website looks more interactive and lively. And you can drive visitors to your YouTube channel and engage them with your brand.

Next, Allow Users to Upload Videos to YouTube From WordPress

Do you want to know how your website visitors can upload videos to your YouTube channel?

Using WPForms, you can quickly and automatically upload videos to your YouTube channel whenever someone submits a video using your forms.

Check out this tutorial on how to allow users to upload videos to YouTube from WordPress.

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