Note: Some of the instructions from this guide are referring to the WP Admin dashboard. You can get to this dashboard by adding /wp-admin to the end of your site’s url (e.g.: example.wordpress.com/wp-admin)

VideoPress is lightweight and responsive video player that allows you to host and embed videos in your site and more. VideoPress works on all modern browsers and devices, and ensures beautiful playback on any screen size, from smartphones to desktops.

You can also use VideoPress as your own personal video hosting service, allowing you to host video here in your site’s media library, while embedding and sharing your videos anywhere on the web — other websites, social media, chat services, etc. — by using a permalink or a snippet of code.

The VideoPress player is simple, unbranded, and ad-free. It places the focus on your content, so it can shine! Here is an example of the embedded player in action

Enabling VideoPress on your site

VideoPress is included with the WordPress.com Premium and WordPress.com Business plans. Once you have either of these plans active on your site, you are all set to start uploading and embedding videos!

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Uploading a video

You can upload a video directly to any page or blog post on your site by inserting your cursor in the place you want to embed your video, and clicking Add Media icon in your editor.

Add Media button

Click the blue Add New button to locate and select a video from your computer, or simply drag and drop your video files from your computer into the Media Library box that appears.

When your upload starts, a progress bar will show on your screen to let you know the video is being uploaded. Upload speeds vary by network provider, so it may take a while to upload a large video file.


Once your video is done uploading you will see the video icon and file name in your media grid, as well as information about it in the sidebar.
When you are done, click the Insert button to embed your video. You will see the correct video shortcode added to your post in the editor.


When you publish your post, you will see an embedded video player on the page in the location you placed your cursor before adding your video.


Note: You may see a message saying “Your video is being processed”. Behind the scenes VideoPress is creating new video files based on your upload for maximum compatibility with popular forms of playback. We also duplicate your video across our many data centers for maximum availability and accessibility.

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VideoPress Sharing Settings

VideoPress makes video playback and sharing a simple experience for your viewers through our default sharing options. Using the share links your viewers will be able to easily download and embed your videos. By default, clicking on the Share button in the video player reveals the following sharing options


This will give anyone viewing your videos the option to download the video file in a variety of formats, and options for sharing the video permalink or iframe embed code.


Note: The instructions from this guide are referring to the WP Admin dashboard. You can get to this dashboard by adding /wp-admin to the end of your site’s url (e.g.: example.wordpress.com/wp-admin)

If you would like to disable sharing, you can do that in the video settings in the Media Library of your WP Admin dashboard. You can also turn off sharing while you are adding a video to page by unchecking the option to display sharing options in the video player.

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Note: Disabling sharing removes functionality, but it is still possible for an advanced user to determine the video URL using automated tools to capture the URL or copy the video. We take reasonable steps to prevent embedding on other sites by hiding the sharing options, and that will stop most attempts.

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VideoPress Stats

All VideoPress videos come with stats tracking which can be viewed from the Stats screen in your homepage.



Clicking on the name of a video will display a chart showing daily activity for the video. It will also list the URLs where the video has been embedded. Plays are counted when a visitor actually clicks the play button on the Flash video player.



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