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Beginner’s Guide: How to Center Align a Video in WordPress

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Do you want to center-align a video in WordPress?

By default, if your video’s width is less than your article area, then WordPress automatically aligns it to the left, leaving extra white space on the right side.

In this article, we will show you how to easily center align a video in WordPress.

How to center align a video in WordPress

Why Center Align Videos in WordPress?

When you embed a video in WordPress, it automatically aligns them to the left by default. This is because videos are external content embedded in the content, so WordPress is unable to guess how you would like to display it.

As a best practice, it automatically aligns it to the left, leaving it up to you to adjust the alignment if needed.

By aligning the video to the center, users will have a better experience viewing your content. This way, you won’t have noticeable blank space on the one side of the page, which could give an unprofessional look.

Besides, if you upload videos directly to WordPress, the same thing will happen to them if their width is less than your content area. WordPress will align them to the left by default.

That being said, let’s see how you can easily center-align a video in a WordPress website. We’ll cover both the block editor and classic editor, so you can click the links below to jump ahead to any section.

How to Center Align Video in WordPress Content Editor

If you want your video to fill the width of your content area, then the best way to do this is by adding a YouTube or Vimeo video URL directly in the WordPress content editor.

First, you’ll need to edit a post or a page or add a new one. Once you are in the content editor, simply paste the link to the video. WordPress will embed the video automatically.

Paste video embed code in block editor

Next, select the video block and then click the Change Alignment option. From the dropdown menu, you can choose the position of the video.

WordPress lets you choose from the following alignments:

  • wide width
  • full width
  • align left
  • align center
  • align right.

Go ahead and select the ‘Align center’ option.

Align the video to the center

After that, you can preview and publish your page or post.

The video will now be center-aligned.

Center aligned video preview

However, sometimes for one reason or another, you may need to use the embed code. In that case, you will need to add some simple HTML around your video’s embed code.

First, you need to click the 3 dotted icons in the video block. After that, you can select the ‘Edit as HTML’ option from the dropdown menu.

Edit as HTML

Next, you can enter the following piece of HTML code around the embed code of the video:

<div style="text-align:center;">

/// your video embed code goes here

</div>

Here’s what your embed code would look like with the custom HTML.

Preview of custom HTML code

You can now save your changes and preview the post or page. Your video will be neatly aligned in the center of your content area.

Another approach is to manually increase your video’s width to fit the content area. To achieve this, you need to add or change the ‘width’ parameter in your embed code.

<iframe width="760" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4YpyiJ05YOg" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>

How to Center Align Video in the Classic Editor

If you’re using the Classic editor, then you can center align videos by editing a post or creating a new one.

Once you’re in the editor, switch to the Text view. Now enter the following HTML code:

<div style="text-align:center;">

/// your video embed code goes here

</div>

Just make sure to replace ‘your video embed code goes here’ with your video’s embed code.

Once that’s done, it will look something like this:

Center align videos in classic editor

You can now preview and publish your page.

Simply visit your website to see the center-aligned video.

Center aligned video classic editor preview

We hope this article helped you learn how to center align a video in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to start a WordPress blog and must-have WordPress plugins.

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  2. A Owadud Bhuiyan says

    if I have three YouTube videos, can I show them in the same row by adjusting the width?

    Thanks for the tips.

  3. S says

    I’m trying to center a gif that I’ve embedded and the new editor doesn’t let me edit the HTML of this type of content. How can I center this?

  4. Diane says

    How does this work when using the Gutenberg Editor’s You Tube embed block? I tried both ways you described, but either are working.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      With the YouTube embed block there should be a section when you select the block to set a specific alignment that you can use.

      Admin

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You may want to try to clear any caching on your site to ensure you’re not seeing the cached version of the page.

      Admin

  5. Himanshu says

    You offer a lot of outstanding tricks and videos to go along. I have subscribed to your email newsletter and have seen many videos for my new website. However, your trick on aligning the video on the center did not work. Here is the issue: I shot a 15-sec video on iPhone converted into mp4 and uploaded on my host server, shows up in my WordPress galley. Since the video occupies the entire width, I changed the video width and height to a 1/3 each. Then I pasted the align center code you showed on your video at https://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/beginners-guide-how-to-center-align-a-video-in-wordpress/#respond

    But the video does not align in the center. When I look at the video in the frontend editor, I see a box with a blue line that occupies the entire width even when the video is 1/3 the width. Looks like this blue line box cannot be made smaller with any code. Is that true? Any tricks in your bag of trick that you can share?

    You have been great and thanks for your videos. you made my life so much easier.

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