Alter the video size, color, and other features

How to Change the Embed Options

There are a couple of ways to copy the embedded code for a YouTube video. The method used here displays the visual options selector.

  1. On YouTube, select Share below the video.
  • Select Embed.

  • Below the embed code, under Embed options, select Show player controls.
  • Select Copy to copy the embed code. You can then put the YouTube video on a website.

More Customization Options


As you select the Embed options, the embed code changes. With each setting you enable or disable, the code updates to reflect how the video behaves.

YouTube allows for other alterations if you want to change the code manually. For example, setting the fs parameter to 0prevents viewers from making the YouTube video full screen. Adding the start parameter to the code lets you choose at which point in the video to start the stream.

Also Read: How to Use YouTube

If you don’t want to update the code, use this custom video embed generator. Paste the video ID into the box on that page and enable any of the settings to change the embed code. Some of the options let you customize the width and height of the video player, force 1080p resolution, change the progress bar to white instead of red, and make the video play automatically.

What’s embedding mean?

 This means that your website is borrowing your video from another platform. Your video lives on YouTube, but visitors to your website can watch the video directly on your webpage.

How do I embed a YouTube video?

YouTube will provide you with an “embed code” that can be added to your website code on the specific page you want the video to be found on. If you have a web developer, you can provide the embed code to them to incorporate.

What is a video embed?

First things first, what is a video embed code and how does it work? Basically, it’s a snippet of code that you put on your website that displays as a video. An embed code pulls the video from the original source, allowing you to display a video without having to actually host the file on your website.

An added benefit of embedding videos is that it allows for faster load time on your website, and you can choose from a multitude of services for video hosting, including free options.

You can find the embed code by going to the YouTube play page, clicking “Share” and then “Embed.” You can then copy the embed code, as well as customize a few options.

The customization options found here include setting whether or not to show player controls, as well as an option to set your video embed so it starts playing at a point of the video that is not the very beginning. This option is nice if you’d like to reference a specific part of a video within your content, but not the entire video.

If you’re looking for further customization, there are a bunch of parameters that you can append to the YouTube URL within the iframe embed. These include things like autoplay, color, language, looping, and more.

Is It Better to Embed Videos or Link to Them?

Video is a powerful marketing tool—it can drive traffic, leads, and (most importantly) revenue. In fact, 78% of video marketers say video directly increases sales. 

There are currently two ways to place videos on your landing pages or website—link or embed videos. While both help you leverage the power of video marketing, they can have a distinct impact on the search ability of your video content. 

Which method should you choose? This article will compare the pros and cons of embedding or linking videos on your website and its SEO benefits. 

What’s Better: To Embed Videos or Link to Them?

Let’s discuss the difference between embedding and linking videos.

An embedded video lets you borrow the video from another platform. Visitors can watch the video on your website without leaving the current page. 

In contrast, linking a video shares the URL of the video. When readers click the link, they are redirected to the page where the video is hosted. 

If you want to include videos on a website, the better option is to embed videos. 

Now let’s dig into why that is. But first, let’s look at what, exactly, it means to embed or link to a video.  

What Does It Mean to Embed a Video?

An embedded video pulls or borrows the video content from the original platform. 

For instance, your video is hosted on YouTube, but site visitors can watch it on your webpage. 

You’ve probably encountered embedded videos. Consider this embedded video from the beauty blog “Into the Gloss.” Visitors can watch the YouTube video within the blog post without leaving the page. 

Embedded videos keep users on your page—which is ideal for landing pages or blog posts where you want to share information, but avoid losing the viewer to another page. 

Also Read: How to Manage YouTube Notifications

Pros and Cons of Embedding Videos 

From a user and SEO perspective, embedding images is ideal. However, it comes with a few pros and cons. 

Are Embedded or Linked Videos Better for SEO?

Besides the perks mentioned above, embedded videos are also beneficial for SEO. Here are a few reasons why you should embed videos. 

1.     Better Searchability 

2.   Boost Average Time Spent on Site 

3.     Video Thumbnails Improve Brand Recognition


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