Feeds for YouTube (YouTube video, channel, and gallery plugin)

Description

Display customizable YouTube channel feeds on your website. Feed YouTube channel content automatically to your website in a powerful and customizable gallery.

YouTube Feed Features

  • Completely Customizable YouTube feeds – by default inherits your theme’s styles
  • Completely responsive and mobile optimized – your feeds look great on any screen size
  • Light and low overhead – minimal bloat and optimized requests to YouTube
  • Multiple layouts – display videos from any YouTube channel in a list, gallery, or grid layout
  • Multiple feeds from different YouTube channels on multiple pages or widgets
  • Lightning fast – post caching and minimized YouTube API requests means that your feed loads lightning fast
  • Infinitely load more of your videos with the ‘Load More’ button
  • Built-in easy to use YouTube Feed Widget
  • Fully internationalized and translatable into any language
  • Includes a header at the top of your feed
  • Enter your own custom CSS or JavaScript for even deeper customization

For simple step-by-step directions on how to set up the Feeds for YouTube plugin please refer to our setup guide.

Benefits

  • Increase social engagement between you and your subscribers
  • Save time by using the plugin to generate dynamic, search engine crawlable content on your website
  • Get more subscribers by displaying your videos directly on your site
  • Display your channel content your way to perfectly match your website’s style
  • The plugin is updated regularly with new features, bug-fixes and API changes
  • Support is quick, effective, and always happy to help
  • We’re dedicated to providing the most customizable, robust and well supported YouTube gallery plugin in the world!

Feedback or Support

Customer support is a huge deal to us. We pride ourselves on always providing quick, effective, and courteous support to all of our users. If you’re having an issue with our plugin then just let us know and we’ll be there to help as soon as possible. You can either open a ticket on the support forum on WordPress.org, or directly on our website.

If you like the plugin then please consider leaving a review, as it really helps to support the plugin. If you have an issue then please allow us to help you fix it before leaving a review. Just let us know what the problem is and we’ll get back to you right away.

Pro Version

We plan on releasing a Pro version which includes some awesome additional features to help you display your content in even more powerful ways:

  • Display YouTube videos from your favorites list
  • Integrate the YouTube Live API to show live streaming videos on your site.
  • Display a YouTube gallery in a carousel slider
  • Allow filtering of videos using keywords in the description or title
  • Fully functional search endpoint for display videos from a search result
  • Combine multiple feeds into one
  • Customizable actions when video completes like displaying a link to a product page for example, or displaying thumbnails of your other videos.
  • Download video data into a custom post type to allow visitors to browse and view videos on your website.

How to use the “Feeds for YouTube” plugin

One of our main priorities has always been to make our plugins as easy as possible to setup and use. Once you’ve installed the “Feeds for YouTube” plugin there are only a few steps to get up and running:

  • 1) Click the “Log in to YouTube and connect an account” button on the “Feeds for YouTube” plugin settings page. This will prompt you to log into your Google account to authorize the plugin.
  • 2) Once you’ve connected your account, save the plugin settings.
  • 3) Then simply copy and paste the [youtube-feed] shortcode onto any page, post, or widget where you want your feed to be displayed.

That’s it! You can then customize the feed as needed using the settings on the plugin “Customize” page.

For full step-by-step setup directions with screenshots, see here.

Who’s behind this plugin?

We’re Smash Balloon; a fun-loving WordPress plugin development company birthed into existence in early 2013. We specialize in creating social media plugins (for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube) that are not only intuitive and simple to use, but also designed to integrate seamlessly into your website and allow you to display your social media content in powerful and unique ways. Over 1 million awesome people have decided to actively use our free plugins, which is an incredible honor that we don’t take lightly. This compels us to try to provide the quickest and most effective customer support that we can, blowing users away with the best customer service they’ve ever experienced.

To find out more about the team, see here.

Screenshots

  • By default the plugin inherits styles from your theme
  • Display multiple feeds and customize each one
  • When using the "grid" layout, videos open and play in a lightbox
  • Feeds for YouTube Settings pages
  • Built in customization settings make customizing your feed easy
  • Use handy shortcode options to customize individual feeds
  • To display a YouTube feed just copy and paste the [youtube-feed] shortcode into a widget or page

Blocks

This plugin provides 1 block.

sby/sby-feed-block
Feeds for YouTube (YouTube video, channel, and gallery plugin)

Installation

  1. Install the plugin either via the WordPress plugin directory, or by uploading the files to your web server (in the /wp-content/plugins/ directory).
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Navigate to the ‘Feeds for YouTube’ settings page to configure your YouTube gallery.
  4. Use the shortcode [youtube-feed] in your page, post or widget to display your YouTube feed.
  5. You can display multiple channels with different configurations by specifying the necessary parameters directly in the shortcode: [youtube-feed channel=smashballoon].

For simple step-by-step directions on how to set up the plugin please refer to our setup guide.

Setting up the plugin

The Feeds for YouTube plugin is brand new and so we’re currently working on improving our documentation for it. If you have an issue or question please submit a support ticket and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

1) Once you’ve installed the “Feeds for YouTube” plugin click on the “Feeds for YouTube” item in your WordPress menu

2) Click on the large blue YouTube login button to get your Access Token and Refresh Token. Note; if you have your own Developer Project set up then you can enter your API key by enabling the checkbox below the YouTube login button.

3) Authorize the plugin to read data about your videos and channel.

4) YouTube sends back your Access Token and Refresh Token which are then automatically saved by the plugin. This information is required in order to connect to the API.

5) Enter a channel name to display videos from.

6) Navigate to the Customize and Style pages to customize your feed.

7) Once you’ve customized your feed, click on the “Display Your Feed” tab for directions on how to display your YouTube feed (or multiple feeds).

8) Copy the [youtube-feed] shortcode and paste it into any page, post or widget where you want the YouTube feed to appear.

9) You can paste the [youtube-feed] shortcode directly into your page editor.

10) You can use the default WordPress ‘Text’ widget to display your feed in a sidebar or other widget area.

11) View your website to see your feed(s) in all their glory!

FAQ

Can I display multiple YouTube feeds on my site or on the same page?

Yep. You can display multiple feeds by using our built-in shortcode options, for example: [youtube-feed channel="smashballoon" num=3].

How do I embed a YouTube gallery directly into a WordPress page template?

You can embed a gallery directly into a template file by using the WordPress do_shortcode function: <?php echo do_shortcode('[youtube-feed]'); ?>.

Will the plugin work with W3 Total Cache or other caching plugins?

The Feeds for YouTube plugin should work in compatibility with most, if not all, caching plugins, but you may need to tweak the settings in order to allow the feed to update successfully and display your latest posts. If you are experiencing problems with your feed not updating then try disabling either ‘Page Caching’ or ‘Object Caching’ in W3 Total Cache (or any other similar caching plugin) to see whether that fixes the problem and the feed displays and updates successfully.

Can I change whether the video autoplays or plays on click

Yep, just use the following setting: Feeds for YouTube > Customize > Video Experience > When does video play? You can then set the video to play when clicked or to autoplay.

How can I change the layout of my feed?

This free plugin has several layout options built into it. Use the settings in the following location to display your videos in a list, grid, or gallery layout: Feeds for YouTube > Customize > Layout. You can also change the spacing/padding between the videos by using the “Spacing between videos” setting in this same section.

Can I select how many YouTube videos should be displayed in the feed?

Yep, you can choose to display between 1-50 videos in your feed by using the following setting: Feeds for YouTube > Customize > Layout > Number of Videos. The plugin also contains a “Load More” button to allow you to infinitely load more videos into your feed.

Will my YouTube gallery be responsive to accommodate mobile visitors?

Yes. All feed layouts are completely mobile responsive. Using the plugin’s gallery layout will automatically scroll visitors to the video player to view the video when the video thumbnail is clicked.

Will videos from my YouTube channel be cached?

Yes. The plugin will cache all of the posts collected from the API. Your YouTube videos and information about your channel can then be retrieved and used for future page loads.

How do I find the nickname of channel ID for different channels?

You can display videos from any channel using the unique YouTube channel ID. This can be found by viewing the channel page on YouTube and looking at the end of the URL. ex: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1a2b3c4D5F6g7i8j9k. You can also use the channel nickname.

Will displaying my YouTube channel affect the time it takes to load the page?

The plugin has a few features to minimize the impact it has on page load time. For example, iframes for playing YouTube videos are not loaded until the feed is interacted with by a visitor. Thumbnails of your videos are the smallest resolution necessary relative to the size of the feed. Also, these video thumbnails are not loaded until the rest of the content on the page is loaded.

How often do new videos from my channel appear in the feed?

By default, the plugin retrieves new videos for your YouTube gallery once every hour. You can reduce this to as little as 15 minutes if needed. You can even set your feed to update using WordPress cron in the background so the caching process is not relying on the page with your feed being visited.

Reviews

September 16, 2020
Joel was very helpful in resolving my playback issues which were due to conflicts with my parallax theme. This plugin meets all my needs and more. Smash Balloon's ultimate subscription package is very tempting but I can't justify it for just one personal site. Hopefully someday they'll expand their single site offerings. 🙂
September 11, 2020
Had I read more carefully, I would not have had to contact support LOL ... they did not make me feel this way at all! They answered very quickly and were super helpful. They just let me know what portion of my channel I needed to enter in the field and everything worked perfectly. Very pleased with this product!! It is super cool to have all my videos right there on my blog with no further effort from me unless I want to change how it looks. Thank you so much! Karin
September 7, 2020
This is the best YouTube plugin I've found so far and it works great. A bit confusing on configuration, although easy to setup, multiple ways with not much explanation make it a bit confusing. Thank you. keep up the great work.
August 11, 2020
The plugin is great! It has a lot of functionalities and great customization capabilities. The excellent support is something that have to be mentioned, they are super fast and always willing to help.
July 20, 2020
Feeds For You Tube works exactly as advertised. It takes a little time to set up, but the process is smooth and fairly simple. It's highly customisable, and although I found it a little difficult to work out how to configure it for my needs, I reached out to support and my questions were promptly addressed.
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Contributors & Developers

“Feeds for YouTube (YouTube video, channel, and gallery plugin)” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.2.3

  • New: Added setting to use WordPress cron to clear feed caches on an interval. If your feeds are not updating automatically, try enabling the setting found on the “Customize” tab “Cron Clear Cache”.
  • Tweak: Added notice explaining the account connection and what it can and can’t be used for when connecting an account.
  • Tweak: Removed refresh token from being required for a manual connection.
  • Fix: Improved performance of API requests for creating feeds.

1.2.2

  • Tweak: More details are provided for API errors such as an API key not working after being created.
  • Tweak: If an API key has not been entered, an account reconnection is required if trying to display videos from a previously unused channel and more than an hour has passed since the last account connection.
  • Tweak: Play icon changed to YouTube logo to comply with their terms of service.
  • Fix: Prevented a Fatal PHP error caused by retrieving YouTube videos without using an API key and either entering a non-existing YouTube channel ID or having allow_url_fopen disabled on the server.
  • Fix: Non-latin characters were displaying incorrectly in titles and descriptions when a feed was using backup data.
  • Fix: Thumbnails were not resizing properly when the browser was resized.

1.2.1

  • Tweak: Video thumbnails are cropped to a 9:16 aspect ratio to remove black bars at the top and bottom of the images.
  • Tweak: Improved workarounds for video player issues caused by having iframes from other sources on the same page.

1.2

  • New: Display video players in 9:16 ratio. To use 3:4 ratio go to: Feeds for YouTube > Customize > Video Experience.
  • New: Added a “Feeds for YouTube” Gutenberg block to use in the block editor, allowing you to easily add a feed to posts and pages.
  • Tweak: Hide admin notices from other plugins when using the Feeds for YouTube settings pages.
  • Fix: Video player would sometimes not work when the iframe JS API was available earlier than the feeds were created.

1.1.1

  • Tested with upcoming WordPress 5.4 update.
  • New: Added setting for using custom templates for feed HTML.
  • Tweak: Added CSS to help feeds work better with certain themes.
  • Tweak: Used a higher resolution image file if optimum resolution was not available from the API.
  • Fix: “include=” shortcode setting would cause play icon to never show.
  • Fix: Fast response from player API would cause the players to load along with the page when not necessary.
  • Fix: Background caching was not updating YouTube feed caches.

1.1

  • New: Several improvements to the lightbox for grid feeds were made including a video index indicator, navigation arrows moved to the outside of the video, and a close button.
  • New: Added YouTube play button icon that displays on top of video thumbnails. Disable this on the “Customize” tab.
  • New: Added workaround for occasional issue caused by multiple elements of the page using the YouTube Player API.
  • Tweak: Fixed typo in HTML element with the class “sby_thumbail_hover”. Now “sby_thumbnail_hover”.
  • Tweak: Updated admin PHP code.
  • Tweak: Updated JavaScript code.
  • Tweak: Updated language files and several strings to use text domain “feeds-for-youtube” instead of “youtube-feed”.

1.0.3

  • Tweak: Changed tooltip and notes regarding how to display a feed from a certain channel.
  • Fix: YouTube iframe JavaScript file was being loaded with HTTP. Changed to HTTPS.
  • Fix: Prevented error if allow_url_fopen set to false in php.ini by changing how YouTube RSS feeds are retrieved from YouTube.
  • Fix: Unable to view YouTube account details if more than one account connected.

1.0.2

  • New: Changed the method used to update feeds to reduce API requests.
  • Tweak: More posts cached in the wp_posts table when an API request is made.
  • Tweak: YouTube channel data cached to reduce API requests.
  • Fix: Error when deactivating and reactivating the plugin with background caching enabled.

1.0.1

  • Fix: Optimized API calls to YouTube to reduce requests.
  • Fix: Minor bug fixes.

1.0

  • Launched the Feeds for YouTube plugin!