John Young contacted us via our shiny new Plugin Review form and asked for our thoughts on the best YouTube embedding plugin for WordPress out of Youtuber, Youtube Embedder, and WP YouTube Player. As this is a comparison request, I’m going to approach from less of a review angle, and more of a well . . . a comparison.
Fortunately, the subject of which YouTube plugin to use is relatively easy. YouTube embeds have been built-into WordPress for quite some time. All you need to do is paste the YouTube URL into your post and WordPress takes care of the rest. So the question is, “Which plugin gives you more than a standard embed?”
Right off the bat, I’m going to take Youtube Embedder out of the running. It hasn’t been updated in over a year, lists its compatibility as up to WordPress 2.9.2 only, and doesn’t do much more than allow you to control the height and width of your embed.
Youtuber offers the ability to embed the video using valid XHTML code rather than YouTube’s own invalid code, but it only allows you to customize the height and width of your videos and force the HD version of the video to display. WP YouTube Player offers a variety of customization controls, including the choice over type of embed, width and height, autoplay, and the display of related videos.
Both plugins work well and offer embedding via a shortcode, but I’m going to have to give my vote in this case to WP YouTube Player based solely on the amount of available options.
Now that we’re talking about YouTube embeds and options, I have to mention my favorite embed plugin, Viper’s Video Quicktags. VVQ does almost everything that WP YouTube Player does, but it also does it for Vimeo, Viddler, DailyMotion, and seven other video providers. The only thing that VVQ currently lacks is support for YouTube’s new Flashless iFrame embed, which WP YouTube Player supports.
If you’re after just YouTube videos, you should definitely use WP YouTube Player, but if you plan to embed more than just YouTube videos, give Viper’s Video Quicktags a try.