Simple YouTube Embed Plugin

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Simple YouTube Embed is a WordPress plugin that allows you to embed YouTube videos and make it responsive and prettier. You can embed a YouTube video with the highest resolution version of its thumbnail image and present it much more professionally to your visitors. You can also prevent YouTube from showing related videos when a video finishes playing and apply advanced customizations such as hiding player controls, title, uploader info, fullscreen option etc.

Simple YouTube Embed Info

Plugin Name: Simple YouTube Embed
Version: 1.0.6
File Format: application/zip
Requires: WordPress 4.8
Rating: 4.1 based on 7 votes
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Price: 0 USD


  1. A self-hosted WordPress site running on a reliable web host like SiteGround.

Simple YouTube Embed Plugin Installation

  • Login to your WordPress admin dashboard
  • Go to Plugins->Add New
  • Enter Simple YouTube Embed in the search box
  • Once you find the plugin hit the install button

Option 2

  • Download the zip version of the plugin
  • Go to Plugins->Add New and switch to the Upload tab
  • Select the zip file on your computer
  • Upload and install it

Option 3

  • Download the zip file and extract it
  • Connect to your website via FTP (you can use a software like Filezilla to transfer files to your server) and browse to the “/wp-content/plugins” folder
  • Select the folder containing the plugin files on your computer and upload it
  • Once all the files have been uploaded to your web server you can activate the plugin from the Plugins menu (WordPress admin dashboard)

Simple YouTube Embed Plugin Usage

You can easily embed a YouTube video by inserting the URL into your visual/text editor. For example:

screenshot showing how to embed a youtube url in wordpress

Once you publish the post/page your YouTube video should like the following:

screenshot of a YouTube video using the simple youtube embed plugin

If you already have some YouTube videos embedded the plugin will automatically make them pretty like the one above.

Disable Related Videos

Adding “rel=0” to the URL will disable related videos from displaying when the YouTube video finishes.

Disable Player Controls

Adding “controls=0” to the URL will disable YouTube player controls.

Disable Video Information

Adding “showinfo=0” to the URL will prevent video information (title and uploader) from displaying in the YouTube player.

Disable Fullscreen

Adding “fs=0” to the URL will disable fullscreen option in the YouTube player.
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79 thoughts on “Simple YouTube Embed Plugin”

  1. how do I set the videos to not automatically start playing? Don’t need 5 videos playing at the same time, half of them twice.

      1. @wpguide Thanks. I went through and disabled any plugins I thought would be causing issue and it still didn’t work. I guess I’ll just go without.

        1. @talorb, have you disabled “quick cache” or any minify options that you are using? Once the scripts are loaded correctly I might be able to track the issue.

          1. Yes, both plugins are currently disabled and it still does not work. I’ll leave them disabled if you’d like to troubleshoot. Thanks again.

          2. @talorb, actually I just noticed something. How did you insert the video URL? You need to embed it like the following for the plugin to work:

          3. It is embedded just like that. I don’t know what could be causing the issue. I even tried creating a simple post with just the video URL and it produces the same result.

            Thanks for your help anyhow.

          4. @talorb, that’s a little strange. The final embed code is not even coming from the plugin. Do you have any plugin that filters YouTube code or does something with it (It could even be the theme)?

          5. I got it working. Just so you know for future reference or documentation, it was a setting in the popular Jetpack plugin. I had to disable the “Shortcode Embeds” option within it to get the plugin to work.

            Funny though, that disabling the Jetpack plugin itself didn’t allow it to work.

  2. Curious like Don is on how to resize the embedded video, as well.

    Great plugin! Worked the first time with my current configuration.

  3. Hi!
    Nice plugin!

    On my site it works on some posts and some not.

    Here it works nicely:

    But not here:

    Any clues?

    Thanks a lot!

      1. Hi!
        A HD version? I don’t know, they are all embeds from yt, our authors usually just drop the url w/o any further settings…
        The theme is new and I’m still regenerating thumbnails… Could it be related?


  4. Oh, I got it.
    The poster frame only shows if the video has an HD version, is that right?

    If that’s the case, that’s something really bad for editors and authors because there’s a lot of videos w/o HD. Is there any way to avoid the ugly blank grey screen?

    I hope so because the plugin is great and works really well with the HD videos.

    Tks a lot!

  5. This plugin works in Chrome, Andoid browser, IPAD browsers, and Internet Explorer 9.

    However, the video does not show in Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11.

    The div tag is in the page code, however, it does not show in the browser.

    Any ideas on how to get this work in IE 10 or 11?

  6. I’m also getting a blank grey screen (no thumbnail) with low res video. Additionally, at the end of the video, it loads a random video in.

  7. I love the appearance of this player on my new website. Thank you for creating it! My question is about Vimeo videos. Is there a way to replay(loop) the video instead of going to the default Vimeo end-of-video screen where multiple other videos are displayed? Same question about YouTube. Thanks! Dia

  8. Hi, thanks for the plugin.

    Could you update to the most recent version of PrettyEmbed.js in the next release of your plugin since it provides way more options.


  9. Thank you for a very helpful plugin.

    Quick question – the YouTube video is responsive in the admin panel for the page it’s on, but not on the actual site.

    Did I miss something?

    Thanks for your time.

    1. @windeef, It should be responsive. Do you have any other plugin installed which might be conflicting with it? Please provide a link to the page in question so I can take a look.

  10. Question…when I add the “rel=0” to the end of the code to disable the related videos from displaying at the end, all I see is a black screen with the YouTube play arrow. Without the addition of the “rel=0” at the end, the first image from my video appears. Is there someway to disable the related videos and yet still show the first image from my video?

    Thank you!

  11. Hi,
    I’m trying to get it working but so far no success. The page is here:
    and the URL at the bottom of the page is:

    Maybe I’m doing something wrong… I’m very new in this.
    Any ideas why it does not work?


          1. @Marek, The embed feature comes from WordPress. So it should at least work with the plugin deactivated.

            Please switch to the text editor to make sure that there is no hidden character or HTML tag in it.

          2. @wpguide. I checked in Text mode and there are no hidden characters or HTML tags there, still does not work at all even with the other types of URLs like below.
            Any other ideas?

          3. @Marek, I believe the oEmbed option is not working on your server. Have you contacted your hosting provider yet? They should be able to look into this issue.

          4. @wpguide. Yes, I contacted the hosting admin and the ‘mystery’ is solved. They said:
            “Due to the high amount of abuse and increased security needs we have disabled by default all outgoing connections for free user accounts.
            Allowed outgoing connections are only available for paid accounts, you need to upgrade to a paid account in order to use it.”
            Well, at least I know now…
            Thanks again for all your help!

  12. good plugin, but not SEO friendly
    plugin loading java scripts on all wordpress pages
    make please check for pages with youtube links and add scripts only on those pages,
    thank you

  13. Is there a way to adjust the width of the preview image? I uploaded the preview at 1170px but the preview displays at 865px. The video plays fine at 1170.

  14. Hi there i need some help, is there a way i can add a comment box below every video,i have embedded many videos in one page and may be some like buttons…here is my link… Thanks

  15. Hello,

    It doesn’t appear to be working for me. When I view page source, all it renders is:

    and nothing is visible on the page. It’s pulling the id, but it’s just an empty div. Any idea why this is happening?

    1. @Jesse, Did you try it in text mode? Did you actually publish the page to see if it renders the YouTube video?

  16. Dear Author this plugin is working fine in case of desktop. but for mobile devices the videos are not playing
    Please Help.

  17. Hello,
    I add a Youtube video to my YouTube Embed the Simple WordPress plugin. Youtube page of Adsense Ads appears in the video, but can not be opened in their Adsense ads on the videos above reproach. Please help.

  18. Hello there ..I installed this plugin but it didnot work for me .Video cannot be displayed .
    Would please look at and tell me why it isnot working ?

    Thank you

    1. @Shraddha, Are you using the embed shortcode? or did you directly copy and paste the URL into the page?

      There is a JavaScript error on that page. Please fix it first so we can get into the plugin issue. This tutorial will help you debug JavaScript errors:

      1. I activated plug in and none of my embedded you tube videos allow full screen still. When i click full screen it says option unavailable. How do I make my videos go fullscreen? Here is my embed URL: [youtube]

        When I use the “&rel=0” at end of my embed URL it turns my video black and says playback not allowed. here is my URL:

        1. @IGOW, Are you embedding this video at That’s clearly not the shortcode for embeddng it on a self-hosted WordPress site. The documentation actually explains how you can embed a video as well as turn on various options for it.

          1. Im confused then I guess I need more guidance. The link is directly from you tube embed option. It renders and plays just fine on my site, with the exception of 2 issues. It will not allow full screen even when we click the icon in bottom right corner of screen. AND it off and on shows related videos and replaces my embedded video unless you refresh the page.

            If you can guide me to use this better that would be great. thanks again

          2. also when I try to use just the youtube URL and add media it does nothing and displays nothing including the code isn’t displayed or any image when using just the watch URL not the embed link

  19. I have seen a couple questions about resizing, but no response. Does that mean we are unable to resize the video on our webpage? Thanks!

  20. Hi admin,
    I just installed this plugin and works fine on desktop, but not on mobile phones and tablets. Is there any fix to this? Highly appreciate it

    1. @Shumet, It just uses plain YouTube embed code. But I’m not sure why it wouldn’t run on mobile devices. Please provide a link to the page in question so I can take a look.

  21. Unfortunately it’s just not behaving as hoped. I can see the video in the page preview but not on the home page where the page is allocated. What is your advice please?
    The page it’s not working on:

        1. @Phunkemedia, oEmbed is a WordPress feature. Your video should work even if the plugin is deactivated.

          The plugin simply lets you customize the thumbnail and some YouTube parameters. So if it doesn’t work WordPress is not being able to embed the video with oEmbed.

          1. …oh… well that sucks… thanks for shedding some light… do you know how I find out how to fix it?

  22. I am having same issue with IE 11. Works fine on Chrome! Shows PLAY button and YouTube Video Preview with a circle and line logo.

    Nice on Chrome though! Good job!


  23. Cool plugin thanks. Could be great if we could select our own thumbnail. To avoid this kind of remarks: is resized in HTML or CSS from 1280×720 to 440×248. Serving a scaled image could save 28.1KiB (88% reduction).

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