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How to Add Featured Video Thumbnails in WordPress ctm magazine

Some sites you may want to have a video as your post’s thumbnail instead of a featured image. Normally WordPress would not allow this to be done but there is a plugin for that. In this video, we will show you how to add featured video thumbnails in WordPress.

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Summary of this Tutorial:

Start by installing and activating the Featured Video Plus plugin.

Then go to a post to work with it. You will see a new featured video metabox to place your video url.

Click off the box and it will bring the video thumbnail.

Under Settings, Media you can fine tune the plugin.

You can decide to replace the featured image automatically, if it will autoplay, and the size of the video.

You can adjust how YouTube acts on the site and the theme to use, as well as if it should show the full screen button.

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  • Tube799 on March 11, 2015

    Thanks. That's great. On another topic, I have a search option on my site which works really well. Is there a way to ensure that it only returns posts and not pages in its results? Thanks for all your help.

  • o0ValD0o on April 29, 2015

    How do I ensure that the featured video image is also displayed on my homepage? There seems to be a flaw in my theme that doesn't reconcile the two…

  • NovaNation on May 23, 2015

    I think u r the only person who can help me now
    this is my site .. everytime i share it to my fb it shows me the wrong thumbnail..help.

  • Jestoni Esteban on December 28, 2015

    Why it won't work on my site? No thumbnail at all. I'm using playbook theme

  • Silvano Percebao on September 16, 2016

    thanks a lot. That info was very usefull.

  • Albert Einstein on March 30, 2017

    this pluig very! very! very! slow down you site. Idea is nice, but if more than 3 video on 1 page – not best sulution ((

  • Health Fitness on September 30, 2017

    Great was looking for that only !!!

  • Denmac on December 28, 2017

    What if i want to use an mp4 though? I use ftp to upload videos. I don't want to use youtube links. Any suggestions please.

  • Alvaro Enmanuel Menjivar Cortez on January 14, 2018

    Thanks a lot, really useful!

  • Francisco Meza on March 6, 2018


  • Short Short Trailer on June 18, 2018

    Showing the how to is good, but way too fast, I had to repeat your video several times to figure out what to do, especially since WordPress changed their menu settings layout…. thanks for your help, however.

  • Exotimes News on July 14, 2018

    How to make a wordpress news app? Please tell me…

  • J West on July 27, 2018

    Where exactly does that place the video within the site?

  • Ant Brad on January 10, 2019

    Hi I'm trying to achieve a similar look to the video pop-up and display on videohive.net … I love their short 'thumbnail videos and how they popup into a video when you hover over? Do you know of a plugin and how I could implement it in WordPress? I need this for uploading my own short promo-videos too… Really appreciate help on this… Please see videohive.net for the idea…

  • Ant Brad on February 6, 2019

    Hi I’d like to have rows of thumbnail videos but my own rather than youtube

  • Альбина Тлеккабулова on March 19, 2019

    Is there a way to use this featured video instead of product image? Where ever the product is shown; i.e., in homepage in a grid or in product single page.

  • bqdstore on May 2, 2019

    Well done! You saved my video postings!

  • SpectraLight Photography on June 12, 2019

    Great tutorial! I see that the Featured Video Plus plugin has not been updated in 2 years and no one has been answering support questions for quite awhile. Do you think this plugin will eventually become unusable? I did find an alternative called Simple Featured Video (https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-featured-video/) but it has fewer than 10 active installations. Don't know if I want to go that route as it has no real "track record." What would you suggest? Can you make an updated video on this topic? Thanks!

  • Abdul Basit on August 5, 2019

    Thanx for sharing this

  • Egzon Nikqi on September 28, 2019

    The thumbnail of the video is not the same size as the thumbnail size. How can I repair it? Also can I disable the ability to play the video in the thumbnail? If these works, then 100% this is the best Featured Video plugin

  • Roman Mironov on November 30, 2019

    Short and sweet. Thank you for the tip!

  • Wisdom Tales on May 13, 2020

    Can i add my video from my hdd??

  • Mohsin Abbas on February 23, 2021

    How can i post video thumbnail as feature image on my wordpress website?

  • Alejandro Lopez on May 12, 2021

    is better to just screenshot of the video and then upload it as a feature image. I think we don't need plugin

  • Greg on August 7, 2021

    I gave this plugin a try but the image is way too big. I went into the media settings to change the size but still no change in image size.

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