Gif-like video previews for WordPress. Embedding videos, nowadays, in WordPress is just a click away. Whether you embed a YouTube video by simply pasting the URL into the standard WP Editor or use a drag-and-drop Page Builder such as WPBakery and the Player Video Shortcode, your users will eventually be shown a rather dull static preview of the video like the one below:
And captivate your users instantly
But don’t these static video thumbnails look pretty lame? This is where VueBit comes into play! By registering to their service and enabling their WordPress plugin, VueBit automatically creates and displays a preview (trailer) for every embedded youtube video on your website.
The preview is a nine-second, gif-like summary of the embedded video which captivates the user instantly
The result is an impressive GIF-like animated 9-seconds preview of the video. Here is what the above video looks like when using the VueBit preview mode:
Why should you use it? We think the team behind the service has some strong points on the subject:
To enhance your website design. To captivates users’ attention increasing the time they spent on your website as well as their engagement. You will realize the improvement in your analytics.
Simple YouTube Preview (Static Thumbnail)
With VueBit (GIF-like Preview)
OK, I am in! How do I start? Well, the whole process is pretty simple, and won’t take more than a couple of minutes.
1) Visit the VueBit website and click the Get Started For Free Button and select the Free Plan for testing purposes.
2) Register by entering the domain where the videos will be displayed, along with your email and a password
3) Install and activate the WordPress plugin on your WP installation
You are ready!
Here is a screen recording to guide you through the process:
Keep in mind that the Free Plan, has some limitations so you will probably need to upgrade to another Plan if your website has some pretty heavy video traffic or you need to use some other video streaming services such as Vimeo, Dailymotion, and other.
The Free Plan covers 1000 video previews per month for YouTube videos up to 6 minutes in length. The Basic Plan, which costs $19/month accepts YouTube videos up to 20 minutes in length and provides some basic support. The Premium plan will enable you to add Vimeo, Dailymotion and other streamable videos for $35/month and you will also get advanced support along with it.
For more information, you can check out their FAQ page.
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