WordPress Youtube video won’t show? Try this

Recently I uploaded a webinar video on how to get your WordPress site running with HTTPS, and when I put the YouTube video URL in the post editor, it did not show up as a video. What gives? I thought WordPress supported oEmbed and all I needed to do was just add the URL.

Try this.

The URL I got when I clicked on “Share” under my video on Youtube.com gave me this url:


That did not work, but this did,


So you keep the unique identifier for your vide, in my case


and add it to this instead,


See if that works!

And let me know.

16 Responses to WordPress Youtube video won’t show? Try this

  1. Julie January 19, 2020 at 5:04 am #

    Thats was spot-on advice COUPLED WITH clicking the ‘allow embedding of this video’ in YouTuve itself. Perfect. Thank you David AND Susan. xxx

  2. joey December 1, 2019 at 10:55 pm #

    it seems to be working

  3. Susan July 31, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

    This hasn’t worked for me either. I’ve been https for ages and have been successfully sharing videos just using the Youtube URL until today. Have checked the Text and added just the URL on it’s own line but still no joy. Shall wait a day or two and see.
    Many thanks.

    • David Tierney July 31, 2019 at 7:28 pm #

      Sorry that did not work. You are welcome to use my contact form and share a url to a page where you are trying to make it work and I can take a look at the code and see if something stands out. Did you try another youtube video in the same way to rule out it might be some specific setting for that one video?

      • Susan August 1, 2019 at 8:12 am #

        Many thanks for your prompt reply. Yes, I tried with another video and the same result. However, I’m wondering if it’s because both videos are downloaded from Facebook via http://getfvid.com converted to Mp4, shortened on Movie Maker and then uploaded to Youtube. I need to syndicate my posts and, although I prefer to imbed, WordPress doesn’t support imbeded videos on syndicated posts. Hence the need to use the URL.

      • David Tierney August 5, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

        Seems like you responded to me by email that you figured it out. Glad you did.

      • Susan August 1, 2019 at 9:02 am #

        I think I’ve found the problem. I hadn’t allowed embedding on either of these videos, I’ve allowed it and they are now working in my post from the Youtube links.

        Many thanks

      • Susan August 5, 2019 at 1:55 pm #

        Thanks for your help.

  4. Ana July 16, 2019 at 9:31 pm #


    I am already using with unique id but still its not working.


    you ca check on this link

  5. Mark D July 10, 2019 at 5:10 pm #

    Hey I was looking to get information on the youtube video issue, http://dynastyre.com/ this is the website and there was a video that was orignally there. I changed the font size of a couple words then the video went away only leaving a link. If you can help that would be awesome. This is the code around it  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKXk3y1l2vY


  6. Cherie Barbeau February 17, 2019 at 3:34 pm #

    Hello, I’m having the same problem, anyone have any ideas? I just switched my website over to https and got the ssl certificate. I tried changing the url from https://youtu.be/ArApAgvYBGo
    to this:
    My viewers cannot see any of my videos it just shows unavailable.

    • David Tierney February 17, 2019 at 7:18 pm #

      The problem in your case is not specific to how you have added it to your website because when I go to either of the URLs above that you shared in my browser, they say on Yourtube that they are Unavailable. This post I wrote was specific to an solution I found when having trouble getting the Youtube video to show on my WordPress website.

      However one thing to check in your case might be to confirm your video is set to Public and not Private which is a Youtube specific setting per video in your Video Manager.

  7. Amanda Mitchum December 18, 2018 at 9:47 am #

    I love the easy tutorial. My link produced the video to begin with, but when I published the page, it reverted back to just the link. It’s using the same watch?v=, but I can’t get the video to generate. Any ideas?

    • David Tierney February 17, 2019 at 7:22 pm #

      If you are using WordPress, in your Text Editor switch from Visual mode to Text mode (top right of the Editor) and see if your video url is surrounded by some code which would have “<" and ">” around it. If so, in the Text mode, remove all of the code and leave just the full youtube url on its own line with a break (an empty line) above and below it.

  8. Sherri Rattray December 4, 2018 at 7:44 am #

    Hi no it is did not work. Since switching our site to https none of the your tube videos will show, they are all just a blank white screen

    • David Tierney February 17, 2019 at 7:23 pm #

      if you provide a link maybe I or another can look at it.

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