Easily Add Video to WordPress Sidebar in Your Website – Here Is How

Frequently, a question that many people ask is, how to add video to WordPress sidebar in 'my' website.

This is easy to do, and anyone with some experience on using WordPress backend can do this in a few minutes.

Coming to that in a moment. First, a few words about WordPress sidebar.

Undeniably, the sidebar is a prime location on your website to place content that you want should get maximum attention when the visitors land up.

You’ll notice that the sidebar usually comes on the pages that have the blog posts, and not on homepage or other landing pages.

Presumably, the reason for that is twofold.

  1. The landing pages should get the entire space to them to make it easy to arrange contents that have specific message to convey.
  2. With no sidebars to distract them, visitors do not get a chance to click on unwanted links and move away from the landing pages.

However (and this is important), visitors to a website mostly come from numerous search queries that lead them to the blog posts, and so it’s a good idea to pay close attention to the sidebar on the 'posts' pages and what would appear in it.

WordPress allows gallery widget

For all you know, the WordPress sidebar is a collection of widgets which you manage at the Dashboard (Appearance > Widgets).

A cursory glance at the widgets that you can use is revealing (see the screenshot below). What’s more, you can manage the widgets with Live Preview.

Available widgets for how to add video to WordPress sidebar

In the 4.9 ‘Tipton’ release, WordPress appends a new gallery widget with the following details.

The New Gallery Widget

An incremental improvement to the media changes hatched in WordPress 4.8, you can now add a gallery via this new widget. Yes!

Press a Button, Add Media

Want to add media to your text widget? Embed images, video, and audio directly into the widget along with your text, with our simple but useful Add Media button. Woo!

With this change, adding a video to the sidebar is like a cakewalk. Watch the following video that explains how to add video to WordPress sidebar.

How to add video to WordPress sidebar

In the following video you’ll see the adding of a YouTube video to the right sidebar. It can be placed above or below other sidebar widgets.

The same steps can be followed to place video on left sidebar too.

Summing up

Just as it's easy to customize a WordPress theme, it’s pretty simple to add a video to the sidebar.

Using the same steps, you can add image gallery, audio player, and other media items to the sidebar. If you wish to be adventurous, use embed codes to add anything else with the help of Custom HTML widget.

For more on how best to use WordPress for your needs, check out the other WordPress tips on this website.

All the best.

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