WPBeginner http://www.wpbeginner.com Beginner's Guide for WordPress Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:54:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 6 Best WordPress Plugins for YouTube Publishers http://www.wpbeginner.com/showcase/6-best-wordpress-plugins-for-youtube-publishers/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/showcase/6-best-wordpress-plugins-for-youtube-publishers/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:00:02 +0000 http://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=23448 Are you a YouTube publisher? Wondering which are the best WordPress plugins for YouTubers? In this article, we have hand-picked some of the best WordPress plugins for YouTube publishers. These plugins will help you improve the display of your YouTube videos on your WordPress site,… Read More »

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Are you a YouTube publisher? Wondering which are the best WordPress plugins for YouTubers? In this article, we have hand-picked some of the best WordPress plugins for YouTube publishers. These plugins will help you improve the display of your YouTube videos on your WordPress site, guaranteeing more user engagement on your website.

1. YouTube Channel Gallery

To embed a YouTube video in WordPress, you need to copy and paste the video URL. What if we told you that you can automatically display latest videos from your YouTube channel on your site in a nice gallery view?

Simply install and activate the YouTube Channel Gallery plugin. Upon activation, you can go to Appearance » Widgets to drag and drop the YouTube Channel Gallery widget in your sidebar.

YouTube latest videos widget

You can also add your YouTube channel gallery into a WordPress post or a page using the shortcode [Youtube_Channel_Gallery user="wpbeginner"].

Make sure to replace WPBeginner with your own channel name. For more detailed instructions take a look at our guide on how to show latest videos from YouTube channel in WordPress.

2. Record and Upload YouTube Videos from WordPress

Did you know that you can record and upload your videos straight from WordPress. You can use YouTube Upload Widget plugin to record a video using your webcam directly from your WordPress site and upload it straight to YouTube.

See this tutorial about how to record and upload YouTube videos directly from WordPress for more information.

Capture and upload YouTube videos from WordPress

3. Add Thumbnail for YouTube Videos

Many popular news sites display a thumbnail image of their videos on the front page of their websites. When a user clicks on the image, they are taken to a WordPress post containing the YouTube video.

Showing thumbnails for your YouTube videos is easy. All you need to do is install and activate the Video Thumbnails plugin.

A preview of video thumbnails set as featured images in WordPress

Upon activation, go to Settings » Video Thumbnails to configure the plugin. Most options there are quite self-explanatory and default settings would work for most sites. After saving your settings, you can simply paste a YouTube video URL into any WordPress post, and the plugin will automatically generate the video thumbnail along with setting it as featured image for the post.

For more detailed instructions take a look at out step by step tutorial on how to add thumbnails for YouTube videos in WordPress.

4. Automatically Post Videos From YouTube to WordPress

If you embed your YouTube videos to your WordPress site, then there are some easy tools that can help you automate the process.

First tool is a plugin called Automatic YouTube Video Posts which allows you to automatically create a new WordPress post containing the YouTube video as soon as you publish the video on your YouTube channel.

Automatically Post YouTube Videos as WordPress posts

The second tool is a web based service called IFTTT (if this then that). It allows you to create a recipe which automates the whole process for you. Check out our tutorial on how to how to automatically create WordPress posts from YouTube videos using IFTTT.

5. Allow YouTube Video Embeds in WordPress Comments

WordPress uses oEmbed protocol to embed content from third party services like YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, etc. This allows you to just paste the URL of an item and WordPress will automatically embed it for you.

By default oEmbed is only enabled for WordPress posts and pages. By installing oEmbed in Comments plugin, you can enable this feature for comments too.

Your users will be able to simply paste the URL of a video to share it in comments. For detailed information, take a look at our guide about how to add videos and more in WordPress comments with oEmbed.

6. Add a YouTube Subscribe Button

When people are viewing videos on your website, you may want to provide them options to subscribe your YouTube channel directly. Simply install and activate the YouTube Subscribe Button plugin. Upon activation, you need to visit Appearance » Widgets and drag YouTube Subscribe Button widget to a sidebar.

YouTube Subscribe Button widget settings

Next, provide your channel name or ID, choose layout and theme. Currently there are two layouts normal and full. Using the full layout the subscribe button will display your YouTube avatar as well. There are two color schemes light and dark to choose from.

YouTube subscribe button in WordPress sidebar

We hope this article helped you introduce to some new WordPress plugins for YouTube publishers. You may also want to checkout our other useful YouTube tips to spice up your WordPress site with videos.

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Beginner’s Guide to Creating Redirects in WordPress http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/beginners-guide-to-creating-redirects-in-wordpress/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/beginners-guide-to-creating-redirects-in-wordpress/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=26354 Are you trying to create a redirect in WordPress? Not sure what is a redirect and why is it important? Don’t worry, we have got you covered in this beginner’s guide to WordPress redirects where we will cover what is a redirect, how to create… Read More »

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Are you trying to create a redirect in WordPress? Not sure what is a redirect and why is it important? Don’t worry, we have got you covered in this beginner’s guide to WordPress redirects where we will cover what is a redirect, how to create a redirect in WordPress, why do you need, and when is the good time.

Ready? Let’s get started.

Website Redirects

What is a Redirect in WordPress?

Redirect is a way for your website to send a quick message to your reader’s browser and tell them that the page they want to visit has been moved, so their browser can automatically point them to the new page of your choice.

There are various different types of redirects such as 301 redirect, 302 redirect, 307 redirect, etc.

However to keep this article simple and useful, we will only cover 301 redirects as that’s the most important.

Let’s take a look at why it is important by understanding the use case.

When do you need a 301 redirect in WordPress?

The primary reason to use 301 redirects is when your site or a page on your site has been moved, and you want to point the user to a new page instead.

This article idea came to us when one of our readers asked us for a way to redirect users from an old post to a new post.

– You need to create a redirect when you are planning on deleting a post or page in favor of new content.

– You need to create a redirect when you are planning on changing the permalinks of your post or page.

Why? Because not creating a redirect will cause your users to see a 404 not found error. Which is not only bad for users, but it can also impact your site’s SEO and hurt your search engine rankings.

That’s when 301 redirects become very important.

It allows you to tell search engines and your user’s browser that the page they are trying to reach has been permanently moved to a new location.

This allows for all your old page’s traffic and backlink (SEO) strengths to be transferred on to the new page.

Now that we have covered the why and when of redirects, let’s take a look at how you can create 301 redirects in WordPress using the different methods that are available.

How to Create Redirects in WordPress (using Plugins)

An easier approach to create and manage 301 redirects is by using one of the many WordPress redirect plugins. This allows you to setup redirects without ever writing a single line of code.

1. Redirection

The simplest way to add and manage redirects in WordPress is by using the Redirection plugin. Install and activate the plugin. Once activated, visit Tools » Redirection to setup your redirects.

Setting up WordPress redirects using Redirection plugin

Redirection plugin not only allows you to setup redirects, it also helps you find out 404 errors on your WordPress site. You can then redirect those URLs to an appropriate destination. See this tutorial on how to track 404 pages and redirect them in WordPress.

2. Page Links to

Sometimes you may want to keep a post/page, but redirect it to another post or page. This is where Page Links to comes in handy. This simple plugin adds a meta box on your post edit screen where you can enter the address of the new location where you want to send your users.

Adding redirect link in post editor

3. Simple 301 Redirects

Another easy to use plugin is Simple 301 Redirects. As the name suggests, it makes 301 Redirects simple. Simply install and activate the plugin and then visit Settings » 301 Redirects to add your URLs.

Adding redirects using Simple 301 Redirects plugin for WordPress

Now while setting up 301 redirects using a WordPress plugin is easy, it has some minor performance setback. Based on your WordPress hosting provider, your WordPress redirects maybe a bit slower by some microseconds.

If you want to make your redirects faster, then you can do so by using the code method and .htaccess file.

Setting Up 301 Redirects in WordPress using .htaccess

Using the web server configuration file .htaccess, WordPress users can set up 301 redirects that are fast.

Please keep in mind that a small mistake in your .htaccess code can make your WordPress site inaccessible, and it may start showing Internal Server Error.

That’s why it is important that you backup your .htaccess file before making any changes.

To edit your .htaccess file, you will need to connect to your website using an FTP client. The .htaccess file resides in your WordPress site’s root directory.

If you can’t see your .htaccess file there, then you need to force your FTP client to show hidden files. (See why you can’t find .htaccess file on your WordPress site.)

You can edit .htaccess file in any plain text editor like Notepad.

Here is a simple redirect, where we are trying to send a user visiting an old post to a new post.

RewriteEngine On
Redirect 301 /a-very-old-post/ http://yoursite.com/a-very-new-post/

You can add the code above preferably at the end of your .htaccess file.

That’s all we hope this beginner’s guide to creating WordPress redirects helped you setup redirects on your site.

You may also want to check out these 9 most useful .htaccess tricks for WordPress.

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How to Put a Stop to WordPress Trackback Spam http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-put-a-stop-to-wordpress-trackback-spam/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-put-a-stop-to-wordpress-trackback-spam/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:00:25 +0000 http://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=26338 Are you struggling with WordPress trackback spam? WordPress trackback spam can become a serious problem for many site owners. In this article, we will show you how to put a stop WordPress trackback spam. If your spam solution is not working for you, then one… Read More »

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Are you struggling with WordPress trackback spam? WordPress trackback spam can become a serious problem for many site owners. In this article, we will show you how to put a stop WordPress trackback spam. If your spam solution is not working for you, then one of the tricks below will surely help you get rid of trackback spam.

Where The WordPress Trackback Spam Comes From?

Pingbacks and trackbacks spam is generated by spammers who use automated scripts to send millions of trackbacks to websites all over the world. Just like comment spam, trackback spam is not directed to your site personally.

What these spammers hope to achieve is that they could leave their links on a website where trackbacks are not monitored. Most of these spam links point to illegal activities like selling drugs, running scams, distributing malicious code, etc.

Get rid of Trackback Spam

How to Completely Get Rid of Trackback Spam Completely?

The easiest and quickest way to deal with trackback spam is to completely turn it off in your WordPress settings. All you need to do is visit Settings » Discussion page and under the default article settings uncheck the box next to ‘Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks)’.

Disabling WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks

This will disable trackback and pingback spam on your new articles. However you still need to disable trackbacks on existing WordPress posts. You can do so by following this tutorial on how to disable trackbacks and pings on existing posts.

If you do not want to turn off trackbacks and pingbacks, then here is how you can combat trackback spam.

Akismet

Akismet

Akismet is one of the two default plugins that come bundled with every WordPress site. The plugin actually connects your website to Akismet anti-spam service.

This is a massive spam filter monitoring millions of sites to catch spam comments and trackbacks. We use Akismet on WPBeginner to monitor comments.

It generally believed to be just a comment spam moderation tool, but it is also very effective against WordPress trackback spam. If you are not already using Akismet, then you should activate it right away. See our guide on Akismet and why you should start using it.

Simple Trackback Validation with Topsy Blocker

Simple trackback validation plugin allows you to stop trackback spam by running simple tests on each incoming trackback. At first it automatically blocks any trackbacks originating from topsy, which is a social search tool used for trackback spam.

It then checks whether the trackback is actually originating from the site it claims to be from. Lastly, it checks if an actual link to your site exists on the trackback source.

Hide Trackbacks

This plugin is not a spam protection plugin, but it provides a feature that some site owners might need. As the name suggests, it completely hides WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks from appearing in the comments on the front-end of your website.

It is particularly useful for sites where hundreds of spam trackbacks get published accidentally. You can activate this plugin to hide all spam trackbacks from public and then go to comments section in WordPress admin area to delete all the trackbacks spam.

That’s all we hope this article helped you block WordPress trackback spam. You may also want to take a look at these 12 vital tips and tools to combat comment spam in WordPress.

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