Adding video background to your website is one creative way of enhancing your site users' interactivity. Nothing makes a website UX interactive than colorful images and video WordPress themes can be designed content. The current web design trend is increasingly gravitating towards using another form of content than the traditional ‘text only’ content. In particular, the use of video content in web design is gaining more and more popularity among the web design community.
This trend can somewhat be attributed to the kind of content users are progressively consuming and the advancement in the type of gadgets used to access the web. The advent of HTML video changed the way the industry looked at video content. Today it is easier to integrate video content in your web design than it was in the yesteryears
Adding Video Background in WordPress
Adding a video background to your WordPress site can be one of the creative ways of making the site interactive. While adding a video background in WordPress seems like a very difficult task, I will illustrate how you can easily add video background in WordPress.
4 Considerations before Adding Video Background
Before we begin adding video background in WordPress let me state a few prerequisites you should consider as you add any video background on your site.
Choose Right Video Source
The first step when adding video background in WordPress is to identify the source of the video. Identify the source of the video is important since you should detest from using videos that are copyrighted. There are thousands of videos that you can use freely on your website.
These videos are hosted on sites like YouTube and Vimeo. YouTube allows users to embed videos across the web and therefore it’s ok to use such a video without copyright infringements. You can also consider creating your own video and uploading it on YouTube before you can use it as a video background.
Choose Video Hosting
When you create your own video and want to use it as a video background in WordPress, the issue of hosting becomes important. You may want to host the video on a site like YouTube since uploading the video in your web hosting may be limiting. If the video is also very large you may not be able to upload it via the WordPress media panel. If you want to add this video to your WordPress media, you may have to edit the maximum upload size to allow for large file uploads.
Choose or Create Good Quality Video
The quality of video you want to use as a video background should be of high quality. The resolution should not only be superb but easily visible when zoomed in. Most videos of poor quality are not suitable for use as video backgrounds since when added to the website they become pixelated. The sound of the video should be impeccable. Finally, the theme of the video or the message should be related to the content on the website to make it more appealing to visitors.
Choose the Method of Adding Video Background
Finally, the most important choice is how you will add the video background to your website. WordPress presents you with three options you can consider;
- Custom WordPress theme with video background
- Use video background plugin
- Use existing themes with video background feature
How to Video Background in WordPress
As listed above we are going you look at each of these ways of adding video background in WordPress.
Custom theme option
Using WordPress theme with video background feature
Another option is to use a theme that has the video background feature. There are many premium themes that come with a video background feature that allows users to add video URLs for the background.
Using a free plugin to Add Video background
This is the best way and the easiest way to add video background in WordPress. There are several free plugins that you can use to add a video background to a WordPress site. I will use one popular plugin (mb.YTPlayer) to illustrate how to add video background in WordPress.
Install and Activate mb.YTPlayer Plugin
This plugin mb.YTPlayer is very useful for anyone who wants to quickly add a video background to the WordPress site. Download, install and activate this plugin to begin adding a video background to your site.
Setting Video Display Settings
After installing and activating this plugin you should now go to the plugin settings to add the video background and set up how you want it to display. The settings allow you to add video URLs from YouTube. Get the video URLs from YouTube and add them to the settings page. On the settings page, you should ensure you activate the video background for the homepage. You can also have more than one video by adding multiple URLs.
After adding these settings you should now save and visit your site to see if the video is visible. For this tutorial, I added the YouTube video on my localhost demo site that has a Twentysixteen theme.
As you add video background you may have to consider changing the styling of your theme for the video seamlessly. In my case, the font color of the site title on the sidebar needed to be changed to make it more visible.
Adding Video Background in Posts and Pages
This plugin also allows you to add a video background to posts and pages. To add the video when publishing a post click the video button on the editor.
This plugin allows users to add video URLs by pasting them on the features panel that popups when you click on the button above.
You can add any video to your WordPress page and posts using this feature. You can also set up features on how the video displays like opacity and the play settings.
We have seen the different ways you can use to add a video background to your WordPress site. The use of plugins seems to be the most practical way to quickly and easily add a video background to your WordPress site. There are also several other premium plugins for adding video background.
Looking for another way to grab your visitor's attention? Consider using an interactive parallax theme or plugin!