Vimeo Embed

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Vimeo is a popular video-sharing service. With the Vimeo block, you can embed videos from Vimeo into your WordPress website. You don’t need a Vimeo account to be able to use it. You can only embed all public Vimeo videos.

When embedded, a Vimeo video would look like this inside your WordPress post or page.

Embedded Vimeo Video:

Steps to Embed a Vimeo Video:

1. Find the URL of the Vimeo video

Find your video on, and copy the URL of the video from the browser bar.

2. Add a Vimeo Embed block to your post

Detailed instructions on adding blocks can be found here.

3. Paste the Vimeo URL from Step 1

4. Click the Embed button

If it’s a link that can be successfully embedded you will see a preview in your editor.

If you use a URL that can’t be embedded, the block shows the message “Sorry, this content could not be embedded.” 

You will have two choices: Try again with a different URL or convert to link.

5. You’ll see the Vimeo player on your WordPress editor if you successfully embed a Vimeo video

Block Toolbar

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

  • Transform to
  • Change alignment
  • Edit URL, and
  • More Options

Transform to

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

Editor view of a Vimeo embed as a group with Color Settings controls
Vimeo embed with a gray background-color

Change Alignment

  • None – Default alignment option.
  • Wide width – Increase the width of the post beyond the content size.
  • Full width – Extend the block to cover the full width of the screen.
  • Align left – Make the block left-aligned.
  • Align center – Make the block alignment centered.
  • Align right – Make the block right aligned.


Edit URL

Via the Edit URL, you can change the Vimeo Embed URL in the embed block. Overwrite the existing URL and click on the Embed button.

More Options

Hide Block Settings

The Hide Block Settings option hides (or shows) the Block Setting panel in the editor’s sidebar.


Copy can be used to copy a selected block and then you can paste it wherever you want in the editor.


Duplicate can be used to duplicate selected block.

Insert Before

Insert a new block before the selected block(s).

Insert After

Insert a new block after the selected block(s).

Move To

If you select Move To, you will get a blue line inside your content, you can then use the arrows to move that line up and down to where you want the selected content to be moved into, hitting return on your keyboard at that point moves the block to that position.

Edit as HTML

The Edit as HTML option allows you to modify the HTML code of the embed block.

Add to Reusable blocks

Using the Add to Reusable blocks option lets you add the selected block to a list of reusable blocks, so you can use them on other posts or pages as well.


Select the Group option if you want to create a group of blocks and treat them as a unit. You can for instance add a common background color or other blocks to the group.

Remove Block

With the Remove Block option, you can delete the selected block from your content.

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Block Settings

Besides the Advanced section, the Vimeo embed has only one setting in the “Block Settings” sidebar: Media 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. For a Vimeo embed there are default CSS classes to allow for responsive handling of the embed when viewed on smaller devices like mobile phones.

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  • Created on 2022-03-01

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