YouTube Advanced Embed


IMPORTANT NOTE: Unfortunately, Google has deprecated an important API that allowed us to provide several of the advanced features of this plugin like 3rd-party annotations, chapters, and clickable links. We strongly recommend that you install our other popular YouTube WordPress plugin for embedding mobile-friendly HTML5 videos, galleries, and playlists. By just checking a box in its settings, you will even automatically migrate your past embeds to the HTML5 player (Your video start times and end times will be ported, but your 3rd-party annotations, chapters, and clickable links cannot be migrated however.)

YouTube Advanced Embed is a plugin that enhances the YouTube videos you embed in your WordPress site. It’s a feature-rich and smart upgrade to the standard YouTube embed. By just pasting a YouTube link, you’ll not only get the features of YouTube’s standard embed, but also extra playback options, relevant user-generated content, video reactions beyond comments (e.g., Google+, Reddit, and Twitter). With our free wizard, you can also customize your YouTube embeds with third-party annotations, chapters, and more. Go PRO and add clickable links, analytics, alerts, and more.

More specifically, YouTube Advanced Embed can provide you and your visitors with the following features for each YouTube embed:

  • Auto HD
  • YouTube styled controls for instant replay
  • Cropping – Set start and stop times to share just a funny or interesting part of a YouTube video.
  • Video Reactions – Discussions around a YouTube video you embed might be happening all over the web, not just This feature allows your visitors to read them right from your blog. We have a growing list of communities that includes Digg, Google+, Reddit, and Twitter. Recent comments can also be displayed by the plugin.
  • Timed Annotations – Now you can add annotations to a YouTube embed even if you don’t own the YouTube channel. Use it to display captions, links, calls-to-action, etc at a specific time during playback.
  • YouTube styled chapter buttons (custom and smart social chaptering)
  • YouTube styled looping buttons to repeat a scene you like or the whole video over and over
  • Other DVD-like controls
  • Hide YouTube creator’s annotations – Say goodbye to the links and annotations that the original owner of the video put in your embed.

…All without having to alter the original video’s content on YouTube. The plugin even works if you use the nifty oEmbed method of just pasting a YouTube video link on its own line. Your past YouTube embeds can be automatically transformed if you wish.

After installing, you have the ability to add on PRO options like one-click YouTube SEO tags and a user-friendly YouTube analytics dashboard. The dashboard answers important questions like:

  • How much are your visitors actually watching the videos you post?
  • How does the view activity on your site compare to other sites like it?
  • What and when are your best and worst performers?
  • How much do the YouTube videos you embed rely on your site for views?

It will even alert you if Google takes down a YouTube video you embedded on your site.

Note: If you don’t see the extra features on your YouTube embeds, you might have another WordPress-YouTube embed plugin that needs to be deactivated first.


  • YouTube Advanced Embed Screenshot 4: EmbedPlus can make your YouTube embeds more social. Here are example reactions for the Avengers movie trailer - shown right from your blog.
  • YouTube Advanced Embed Screenshot 2: If you want to customize a YouTube embed with extras like your own annotations, calls-to-action, and chapters, just click on the EmbedPlus editor button highlighted above. It will start a wizard within your blog to generate shortcode that captures the customizations. You can then simply paste the code into your blog as shown above.
  • YouTube Advanced Embed Screenshot 3: A YouTube embed that is enhanced to a EmbedPlus embed.
  • YouTube Advanced Embed Screenshot 9: Are you interested in learning how much your visitors are actually watching the videos you post? We suggest signing up now for this popular analytics feature to start getting data today. Use it to supplement Google Analytics.
  • YouTube Advanced Embed Screenshot 7: Here's another annotation example. It shows that you can add your own links to a YouTube embed. This one is a call-to-action that links to our MailChimp list signup.
  • YouTube Advanced Embed Screenshot 6: An example unobtrusive annotation, that you can add to any YouTube embed.
  • YouTube Advanced Embed Screenshot 1: Paste a YouTube link and the YouTube embed will automatically be upgraded to an EmbedPlus embed (note: the link is on its own line). If you don't see the extra features on a YouTube embed, another YouTube plugin might need to be deactivated first.
  • YouTube Advanced Embed Screenshot 8: Here's the plugin executing the optional Sweet Spot Marking algorithm to create automatic "social chapters" for a given YouTube embed.
  • YouTube Advanced Embed Screenshot 5: A screenshot leading to Reddit reactions for the popular Avengers Movie Trailer.


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YouTube Advanced Embed 5.5

Deprecation message.

YouTube Advanced Embed 5.4

This version removes the prettyPhoto.js library, which is no longer needed in both Free and Pro versions.
Deprecates the force HD option.

YouTube Advanced Embed 5.3

Upgraded code to use YouTube API v3.

YouTube Advanced Embed 5.2

Expanded HTTPS/SSL support (now for both FREE and PRO users).

YouTube Advanced Embed 5.1

(PRO) Extends the plugin’s existing tagging capabilities by also adding Open Graph markup to enhance Facebook sharing/discovery of your pages.

YouTube Advanced Embed 5.0

Fixes obscure mobile issue.

YouTube Advanced Embed 4.9

Compatible with WordPress 3.9.1. Also, we have a redesigned player. Check out the screenshots on our (homepage >>)[]

YouTube Advanced Embed 4.8

This update adds an easy “Insert” button in the wizard, without the need to copy/paste (Free and PRO users). PRO users can now hide all the buttons in the bottom bar, which can be useful to make room for clean looking annotations.

YouTube Advanced Embed 4.7

This update fixes an annotations and CSS issue for both versions, Free and PRO.

YouTube Advanced Embed 4.6

Compatible with WordPress 3.9.

YouTube Advanced Embed 4.5

Improved regex matching.

YouTube Advanced Embed 4.4

Fixed issue with hiding original video creator’s annotations.

YouTube Advanced Embed 4.3

Added abililty to hide original video creator’s annotations.

YouTube Advanced Embed 4.2

Compatible with 3.8.1.

YouTube Advanced Embed 4.1

Added HTTPS/SSL player as a PRO option.

YouTube Advanced Embed 4.0

Added One-Click Video SEO tags as a PRO option.

YouTube Advanced Embed 3.6

Fixed obscure height issue.

YouTube Advanced Embed 3.5

Fixed obscure PRO key issue for some servers.

YouTube Advanced Embed 3.1

PRO key acceptance is now more obvious.
Compatible with WP 3.6.

YouTube Advanced Embed 3.0

Autologin for PRO analytics.
More button control.
Edit link included in shortcode.
Improved speed.
Support for shorthand links.

YouTube Advanced Embed 2.6

Improved support for non-standard wp-content folder location.

YouTube Advanced Embed 2.5

Minor changes.

YouTube Advanced Embed 2.4.0

Improved menu access for embed settings/wizard and google analytics -like view stats.

YouTube Advanced Embed 2.3.0

Improved iOS support.

YouTube Advanced Embed 2.2.0

Improved HD support.

YouTube Advanced Embed 2.1.9

Enhanced autoembed support.

YouTube Advanced Embed 2.1.8

Improved mobile support.

YouTube Advanced Embed 2.1.7

Improved regex matching.

YouTube Advanced Embed 2.1.6

Adds RTL support.

YouTube Advanced Embed 2.1.4

Plugin includes minor design improvements suggested by users like you.

YouTube Advanced Embed 2.1.3

Continued tweaks from plugin version 2.1.2.

YouTube Advanced Embed 2.1.2

A number of features were slightly tweaked for better usability. Digg and Reddit community reactions were incorporated in the plugin.

YouTube Advanced Embed 2.1.1

Adds wizard to settings page of the plugin for bloggers who do not use the rich-text editor.

YouTube Advanced Embed 2.1

Plugin integrates the shortcode wizard within WordPress.
Automatically tries to guess the blog’s width.
Automatically calculates the proper height for the video’s aspect ratio.

YouTube Advanced Embed 2.0

Upgrades standard YouTube oEmbed links (i.e. links on their own line) to use the EmbedPlus player. Adds plugin settings under Settings > EmbedPlus. (These additions will only appear for plugin versions 2.0+ and blogs using WordPress 2.9+, as that is when oEmbed support began).

YouTube Advanced Embed 1.2.1

Fixes obscure IE scenario on the plugin interface.

YouTube Advanced Embed 1.2

Adds support for new YouTube iframe embedding method, for compatability with non-Flash clients (such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch). This is a popular feature among YouTube embed plugins.

YouTube Advanced Embed 1.1

Fixes an obscure annotation scenario of the plugin.

YouTube Advanced Embed 1.0

First version of the plugin released for YouTube embeds.

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