WordPress 4.4 and YouTube Video Embeds


After posting to the forums, I was offered a few solutions on YouTube video embeds with WordPress 4.4:

Two work-arounds offered by Jeremy Herve:

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These solutions were originally posted on this forum by Jeremy.

Alternatively, you can wait for the Jetpack update and follow the progress here. In the mean time, I will be using the second work-around offered by Jeremy.

Thank you Jetpack developers and Jeremy for all the work you do!

Original Post

WordPress 4.4 “Clifford” has just been released! I am very excited about it, but I wanted to take a moment and document an issue I am experiencing with YouTube video embed shortcodes:

A simple YouTube video embed uses the video URL in a WordPress Post:

Yields (Working):

Alternatively, you can use the embed shortcode to embed a YouTube video:

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Yields (Working):

However, using YouTube video embed shortcodes does not seem to be working:

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Yields (Not originally working):


There are two work-arounds to make this work. Please see the beginning Update! section of this blog post for more information!

I am a heavy user of YouTube video embed shortcodes since they allow me to customize the video player to match my WordPress theme and disable the suggested videos that normally appear when a video ends. Thus, I am hoping this will be remedied in a future update!

Don’t get me wrong. I am very excited about WordPress 4.4! With this update comes the notable additions of REST API and the ability to embed WordPress posts:

New Embeds Feature in WordPress 4.4

Both of these features are extremely important additions to WordPress. With the recent release of the Calypso App from the development of WordPress, as a whole, has been phenomenal in the last few months!

This WordPress future looks extremely bright!