Do you want to automatically create WordPress posts from YouTube video.
Many YouTube publishers want to auto post YouTube videos to WordPress. Luckily there are multiple ways to do auto post from YouTube to your WordPress website.
In this article, we’ll show you how to easily create a WordPress post from YouTube video.
Why Auto Post YouTube Videos to WordPress
Videos are one of the most engaging content types on the internet. User engagement and the time users spend on a website are one of the important SEO ranking factors.
WordPress makes it super easy to embed YouTube videos to your WordPress posts and pages.
However, you’ll have to do that manually each time. This works out great for YouTube channels that create detailed articles accompanying their YouTube videos.
On the other hand, some YouTube publishers may simply want to auto-post the latest video to their website.
That being said, let’s take a look at two easy methods to auto-post YouTube videos to your WordPress website.
- Method 1. Automatically Post YouTube Videos in WordPress using IFTTT
- Method 2. Automatically Display Recent YouTube Videos in WordPress with Smash Balloon
Method 1. Create New WordPress Post From YouTube Video using IFTTT
IFTTT is an online tool that allows users to automate popular apps. IFTTT stands for “if this then that”. It is a powerful service that lets you automate certain tasks based on your specified criteria. For example:
If this happens: ‘A new video is uploaded to YouTube’.
Then do that: ‘Create new post in WordPress’.
The example above is called an Applet (previously it was called a recipe). You can create an applet for many web-based services, social media platforms, smart devices, and even your WordPress website.
Check out our article on how to automate WordPress and social media with IFTTT for more examples.
To post your YouTube videos from IFTTT to WordPress, the first thing you need to do is go to the IFTTT website and sign up (it’s free).
Once signed up, go ahead and click on the Create button at the top to create your first applet.
This will bring you to the If This Then That wizard.
First, you need to click on the Add button to select the app that will trigger this applet to run.
Since we want the auto-post YouTube video, then we need to select YouTube on the next screen.
As soon as you select YouTube, IFTTT will show you a bunch of triggers that you can use.
You need to select ‘New Video by Channel’ as your trigger.
Next, you’ll see a prompt to connect with your YouTube account.
This will bring up a popup where you need to select your YouTube account that you use to manage your channel.
On the next screen, you need to click on the allow button to give IFTTT permission to access your YouTube account.
After the authorization, you need to enter your YouTube channel ID and click on the ‘Create Trigger’ button.
Note: You can find your channel ID by visiting the YouTube website and clicking on your profile icon. From there you need to select Settings and then switch to the Advanced Settings tab.
Once you have created the trigger, IFTTT will prompt you to fill in the Then That part.
This is the action you want to perform after IFTTT finds new video published on your channel.
Click on the Add button to continue.
On the next screen, you need search and select WordPress.
After that, you need to click on the ‘Create a post’ as the action that you want to perform.
Next, IFTTT will prompt you to connect your WordPress site.
You can do that by entering your WordPress website URL, user name, and password.
Once connected, you’ll be asked to choose the action you want to perform. Click on the ‘Create a post’ action to continue.
On the next screen, you’ll be able to choose different options for the WordPress post you want create from the YouTube video.
Important: Make sure that the YouTube video URL tag is wrapped around a paragraph tag. This will ensure that WordPress will be able detect and embed the video.
You can change post title, content, category and tags. You can also add dynamic elements by clicking on the Add Ingredient button.
You can also choose to publish immediately, or save post as a draft to publish later.
Feel free to modify these options. The only option that you must include in post body is the YouTube video URL, so that video appears in your WordPress blog post.
Once you are done, click on the create button to continue, and then IFTTT will show you a summary of your applet.
You can optionally turn on notifications when this appelt runs. Don’t forget to click on the Finish button to save and activate your applet.
Turn off URL Shortening in IFTTT
Now before you can test your IFTTT applet, first you need to turn off the URL shortening feature in IFTTT.
By default, IFTTT will use a URL shortening service for YouTube URL which would prevent WordPress from embedding the video.
To fix this, simply click on your profile icon at the top and choose Account menu.
From here, scroll down to the URL shortening section and uncheck the box next to Auto-shorten URL option.
Don’t forget to click on the Update button to save your changes.
You can now upload a new video to your YouTube channel and see it automatically appear as a new post on your WordPress website.
Method 2. Auto Post YouTube Videos to WordPress Using Smash Balloon
This method allows you to automatically show your YouTube videos on your WordPress website.
It will not create new blog posts for each YouTube video. Instead, it would automatically fetch your latest videos and display them beautifully.
This method helps you to avoid the negative effects on WordPress SEO due to duplicate content and lack of original content on video-only posts.
It also allows you to create custom YouTube gallery feeds and embed them anywhere on your website.
For this tutorial, we’ll be using Smash Balloon YouTube Feed plugin. It is the best WordPress social media plugin on the market and allows you to automatically display your social media posts to your WordPress website.
It comes with support for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. You can also get their Social Wall plugin to combine multiple platforms into one social media feed.
Upon activation, go to the Feeds for YouTube » License page and enter your plugin license key. You can find this information under your account on Smash Balloon website.
After that, switch to the Configure tab to set up your YouTube feed. You can start by simply clicking on the big blue button to ‘Connect to YouTube’.
This will take you to the YouTube website where you’ll be asked to choose the account you use to manage your YouTube channel.
Next, you’ll be asked to allow Smash Balloon access to your YouTube account. This is read-only access, and it does NOT allow Smash Balloon to modify or post anything on your YouTube channel, so it’s very safe.
Once authorized, it will take you back to your WordPress website where you will see a success message.
You can now click on the Save Changes button to store your settings.
To display your YouTube videos, you need to create a new post or page or edit an existing one.
On the post edit screen, you need to add the following shortcode:
You can now save your changes and view your post and page to see your YouTube videos displayed in a neat grid layout.
Want to change how the videos are displayed?
Simply switch to the Customize tab under plugin settings to choose a different layout and adjust different settings.
For instance, you can choose the list layout and use the shortcode in a sidebar widget to display the latest videos in your blog sidebar.
Smash Balloon’s YouTube feed is mobile responsive so the videos will not break your website’s layout.
Additionally, you can also use Smash Balloon to show videos from third-party channels or combine videos from multiple channels in the same feed.
We hope this article helped you learn how to automatically create WordPress post from YouTube videos. You may also want to see our list of best social proof plugins for WordPress and how to How to add YouTube subscribe button in WordPress.