This is Day 30 of the 30 Days, 30 Killer Wordpress Plug-ins Series.
Well, we’ve reached the end of this series. Today, we bring it to a close.
Video is a pretty fundamental content format these days. In order to get the most from your online marketing, you should definitely be using video. And if you’re relying on written posts alone, you’re totally dropping the ball.
When it comes to doing video, the easiest and best option is really Youtube. They are the big kahuna.
Now, when you use Youtube, you can embed the videos into your blog all day long. In fact, as we covered earlier in this series, I highly recommend you get and use LeadPlayer in order to embed videos on your blog. That will allow you to use the power (and hosting) of Youtube, while still having the marketing benefits of the video.
But, sometimes you want an actual gallery. You want to have a link on your navigation called “Videos”, and when they click there, they get a nicely formatted video gallery rather than just some category listing of blog posts which happen to have a video in them.
The absolute best option for this is TubePress. Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like on a page on this blog:
It displays nice looking thumbnails – the whole thing. And it works completely in conjunction with Youtube (or Vimeo). So, just upload your video to Youtube the way you usually would and TubePress will take care of putting it into your gallery.
TubePress has a TON of configuration options as well, to not only control where the videos come from, but the appearance of them. You don’t even need to use your own videos if you don’t want to. You can pull from any playlist, any user, etc. The entire thing works off publicly available data on Youtube.
Now, like many plug-ins, there is the free option which is VERY capable and likely all you’ll need… then there is a PRO version.
The Pro version gives full support, the ability to run TubePress without Wordpress, multiple video sources in one library, and more. If you like to tweak your theme alot, the Pro version also allows you to easily use this in your Wordpress templates rather than just depending on the shortcode.
You can compare features on TubePress.com.