TED embed

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The TED embed block lets you add a TED video to your page/post. The embedded video includes a play button that allows users to watch the video on your website.

You cannot embed TED playlists and series.

Six Steps to embed a TED Video on your post or page

  1. Find the video on ted.com and copy the video URL from the browser bar.
Shows and example of a video found on ted.com.
  1. Add the TED Embed block to your post.
Adding a block via the “Slash” command from an empty row
Adding a block via the “Slash” command from an empty row

Detailed instructions on adding blocks

  1. Paste the TED URL from step 1 into the block.
  2. Click on the “Embed” button.
Embed option for the TED video block to paste the URL.
  1. Now you can see the TED video in your editor.
Preview of the embedded TED video within the WordPress editor.
  1. Click on Preview to see how the video is displayed on the front end of your page.
Preview of the embedded TED video

Block Toolbar

Besides the Mover and Drag & Drop Handle, the Block Toolbar for the TED embed shows four buttons:

  • Transform to
  • Change alignment
  • Edit URL, and
  • More Options. 
Block Toolbar with options available for the TED Block.

Transform to:

Options to transform the TED block to Paragraph, Columns or Group.

You can transform a TED embed to a Group. This would give you the ability to change the background color around the TED embed.

Editor view of a TED video embed as a group with Color Settings controls
TED video embed with a yellow background.
Preview of Ted Embed with background

Change Alignment 

Alignment options for the TED block: wide width, full width, align left, align center, and align right.
  • Wide width – Increase the width of the post beyond the content size
  • Full width – extend the TED embed post to cover the full width of the screen.
  • Align left – Make the TED embed post left aligned
  • Align center – Make the TED embed post alignment centered
  • Align right – Make the TED embed post align right

Edit URL

Via the edit URL, you can change the TED Embed URL in the embed block. Overwrite the existing URL and click on the “Embed” Button.

Editing the block URL via the "edit" option.

More Options:

These controls give you the option to copy, duplicate, and edit your block as HTML.

Read about these and other settings.

Block Settings

Media Settings

Via the Media Settings you can control the behavior of your post embed when viewed from a smaller device, like on a phone screen.

The Toggle switch turns on or off the resize functionality for smaller devices. The default setting is “on” or blue.

“Off:” This embed may not preserve its aspect ratio when the browser is resized. In the off position the toggle switch is gray.

“On:” This embed will preserve its aspect ratio when the browser is resized. The toggle switch turns blue in the “On” position.


The advanced tab lets you add a CSS class to your block, allowing you to write custom CSS and style the block as you see fit.

The advanced section lets you add a CSS class to your block.
The advanced section lets you add a CSS class to your block.


  • Updated 2022-11-25
    • Removed redundant content
    • Aligned images for mobile view
    • Added alt text to images
    • Removed Reusable blocks
  • Updated 2022-04-27
    • Replaced TED screenshots with 5.9 version.
    • Updated text to match the screenshots
  • Updated 2020-09-02
    • Replaced TED screenshots with 5.5 version.
  • Updated 2020-08-19
    • Replaced “More Options” – new screenshot
    • Added “Move To” and “Copy” section under More Options
  • Updated 2020-06-18
    • Fixed the ‘Block Setting’ section as the advance heading was in the wrong place.
    • Featured image added.
  • Updated 2020-06-04
    • Uploaded images to the media library and replaced old images.
  • Created 2020-06-04

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