How to Add the Vimeo WordPress Plugin to Engage Your Visitors

Vimeo WordPress PluginAs many folks are aware already, adding videos to your website adds vitality to the overall user experience by engaging the visitor. And, if you’ve installed WordPress on your server to build your website, embedding Vimeo videos is really a breeze, especially with the Vimeo Sidebar Widget plugin by Denzel Chia. Today, I’ll be showing you how to add the Vimeo WordPress plugin.

Why Vimeo, and not YouTube?

I’ve been asked by several people on different occasions whether I use YouTube or Vimeo for my videos. The answer is both. Both are great sites, so I upload videos to both. Occasionally, I will share YouTube videos as I blog, but when choosing which video service to use to embed videos within my blog’s sidebar, I choose Vimeo – and here’s why:

  1. Embedded YouTube videos by default have a border around it with many buttons taking up extra space in my opinion. Solution: Vimeo blends in better and uses a single translucent play button on top of the video, which happily disappears upon playing the video.
  2. At the end of each played clip, YouTube by default will display a list of related videos (which too often are not very related to my website topics). Solution: Vimeo nicely returns to the beginning of your video with no distractions, ready to be played again if the viewer so chooses.

Start engaging your visitors. Here’s how to add the Vimeo WordPress plugin…

Actually, there are 2 ways to do this:

Easiest way, directly via your WordPress admin:

  1. Log on to your WordPress admin
  2. Click on Plugins > Installed, on your left-side navigation
  3. Click on the Add New button, at the top
  4. In the Search Plugins box, enter and search for: Vimeo Sidebar Widget
  5. Find Vimeo Sidebar Widget by Denzel Chia, and click Install, then Activate it
  6. Click on Appearance > Widgets, on your left-side navigation
  7. Drag the Vimeo Sidebar Widget (from left side to right side) into your desired position
  8. Enter your Vimeo video number, video display options, etc, then Save

Manual way (you’ll need access to your server):

  1. Go to the Vimeo Sidebar Widget home page
  2. Download the zip file to your server
  3. Unzip the file, and make sure the folder named Vimeo Sidebar Widget is placed inside your WordPress wp-content/plugins folder on your server
  4. Log on to your WordPress admin
  5. Click on Plugins > Installed, on your left-side navigation
  6. Find Vimeo for WordPress in the list, and Activate it
  7. Click on Appearance > Widgets, on your left-side navigation
  8. Drag the Vimeo Sidebar Widget (from left side to right side) into your desired position
  9. Enter your Vimeo video number, video display options, etc, then Save

Alternatively, if you would like to add the Vimeo WordPress plugin to display Vimeo videos embedded directly into your blog posts and pages rather than in the sidebar, there’s a another easy plugin for that as well: Vimeo for WordPress by Colin Wren

To add this plugin, the steps are very similar to those shown above. But after you Activate it, instead of going to Appearance > Widgets, you go to Settings > Vimeo for WordPress to set and save your preferences. You won’t need to drag any widgets for this one since it’s not going into your sidebar. Instead, once you’ve set your preferences for it, you will notice the next time you edit your posts or pages, a new option box labeled Vimeo for WordPress, where you can copy and paste the URL of your Vimeo video.

Now, your visitors can enjoy watching Vimeo videos on your WordPress website!

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