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 a 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 to download the video from your browser. 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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Frequently Asked Questions

I just want to embed videos from external websites on my blog – do I need VideoPress?

No, VideoPress is not needed to embed videos on your WordPress.com blog from external websites. Read about embedding videos from other supported websites on your blog. VideoPress is a powerful solution for video publishers who upload their own media files.

What file types can I upload?

VideoPress supports MP4 (.mp4, .m4v), QuickTime movies (.mov), Windows Media Video (.wmv), Audio Video Interleave (.avi), MPEG (.mpg), Ogg (.ogv), 3GPP (.3gp) and 3GPP2 (.3g2).

Video files are a packaging format containing multiple files (similar to a zipped file on your computer). VideoPress checks for known video packages before upload and attempts to decode your file’s audio and video compression formats once your file arrives on our servers.

How big of a file can I upload?

We’ve had good success with file sizes up to 1 GB. You can try file sizes up to 1.4 GB, but your experience may vary. Remember, uploading big files can take a long time!

How much space do I get for videos?

You get as much space as is available on your site. Sites with the WordPress.com Premium plan come with 13 GB of space in the media library. If you have the WordPress.com Business plan active on your site, you have unlimited space for your videos.

You can learn more about the WordPress.com Premium and WordPress.com Business plans here.

Does this feature cost a lot of bandwidth? Do I have a bandwidth limit for my site?

You don’t have to worry about the bandwidth, it’s on us 🙂

My upload dies before it finishes.

A slow or unreliable Internet connection can further limit the size of the video you can upload. Try uploading at a different time of day or from a computer with a faster internet connection. Keep trying (don’t worry, failed attempts don’t count against your storage space limit).

Can I drag and drop video files directly from my computer?

Yes, you can drag your videos directly from your computer’s hard drive into your media library, posts, and pages. If you are dragging from iPhoto and the file generates an error or doesn’t fully upload, make sure you have the most recent versions of iPhoto, your browser, and your operating system installed. Alternatively, if you have trouble with the upload, try dragging the file from iPhoto to your desktop, then from your desktop into your media library, post, or page.

Can I change the size of the VideoPress player?

VideoPress automatically chooses the best player size for your blog’s content column. If your default content width is 640 pixels the following video is displayed:

If you like, you can specify the video player’s width inside the shortcode. Example:

[wpvideo OcobLTqC w=400]


You may set video width to a larger or smaller size, as long as it fits the width of your theme’s post column.

What attributes does the shortcode support?

The shortcode can accept a number of attributes to modify the default behavior. You can use the ones you’d like in this format [wpvideo OcobLTqC attribute=value], so for example [wpvideo OcobLTqC w=640 h=400 autoplay=true html5only=true].

  • w=X for width in pixels, do not include units
  • h=Y for height in pixels, do not include units
  • hd=true/false to force HD playback
  • freedom=true/false to force only use open-source video formats
  • autoplay=true/false to automatically play the video when it loads
  • loop=true/false to automatically play the video over and over
Can I change the default thumbnail image for my video?

Yes. Your site’s privacy settings must be set to public or hidden for this option to appear.

Then, follow these steps:

  1. Go to WordPress.com -> My Site(s) -> Media.
  2. Select the video of interest and click “Edit”.
  3. In the video editor, click “Edit Thumbnail”.
  4. Wait for a desirable frame and “Select Frame”.

Done! Your thumbnail image (also known as a poster frame) is updated automatically.

What happens to my videos if don’t renew my Premium or Business plan?

None of your existing video uploads will be removed from your site, and will remain embedded in any existing pages or posts you have; however, you will not be able to upload any new videos unless you renew or re-purchase the upgrade. Videos that you already uploaded will remain accessible.

What is the format of video being played?

VideoPress converts your uploaded video file into MP4 and Ogg formats. Our MP4 files are encoded with H.264 video and AAC audio lossy compression codecs. Ogg files are encoded with Theora video and Vorbis audio lossy compression codecs.

All files are optimized for progressive loading, enabling viewers to play your video while it downloads.

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