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Featured Video Plus 1.2: Local Videos

This gets interesting. I just tagged 1.2 of the plugin. This time the main new feature is support for local videos. Using the open source HTML5 video player videoJS the plugin now enables you to use your own videos as featured videos.

Just upload the video as *.mp4, *.webm or *.ogv, copy and paste the „Link to Media File“ into the Featured Video input field. To ensure maximum compatibility with all your visitors it is best to provide the same video in a different format as a fallback. When the visitors‘ browser does not support any of the two video formats the video will be displayed as ordinary flash.

– video from nature.disney.com/oceans

Featured Video Plus 1.1: Dailymotion

Featured Video Plus 1.1 just got tagged. Main new feature is the support for a new video provider! Now you can use embed codes from YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion. Other than that there are some bug fixes regarding YouTube time-links and the interaction with featured images – which still needs some enhancements, work in progress. For the moment: Get the updated from the repository.

And if your theme does not work with the plugin straightaway.. Leave me a note in the support forum with your theme’s name! If the theme is available open source I will hack something together to make it work.

– video source: dailymotion.com/video/xdcx1i

WordPress: Featured Video Plus

Featured Video Plus 1.0 was just released to the WordPress.org Plugin Repository. It is my first plugin and is intended to make WordPress blogs more video friendly. Most themes already ship with featured image capabilities which makes blogs much more attractive and  posts more eye-catching. Featured videos hooks into this for many themes native functionality and enhances it through videos from YouTube and Vimeo.

This plugin enables you to add videos as Featured Videos to posts and pages. A screen capture of the video will be added as Featured Image automatically and then by default be replaced by the video when viewing the site. The Featured Videos can either be displayed in place of Featured Images, can be added to the theme by editing the theme’s source files or inserted in your posts manually using the shortcode.

– plugin description

After installing the plugin you get a new meta box on the post and page edit screens where you simply paste a video URL before publishing the post. If your theme uses WordPress‘ native featured image function the video will be displayed automatically. If not you still can use the Shortcode in your posts‘ content –


or make use of the PHP-Functions in your theme’s source files:


When intending to use the PHP-Functions consider creating a child theme of the original instead of editing it directly. This will save you quite a hassle of redoing your changes when the theme gets updated. Also function_exists() conditionals are quite helpful.

– video source: http://youtu.be/CfNHleTEpTI