This video shows you how to add a live video or pre-recorded video from YouTube onto your Worship Times website.
Please note that we do not recommend using this tool as a long-term solution for embedding your livestream. (It works great for videos that have already been published!) Many clients have reported issues with the embed working for a while and then suddenly stop as a result of something YouTube changes. Also, if you've recently just started a YouTube channel, embedding may not be possible. If you see an error like “Playback on other websites has been disabled by the video owner," you can go to https://www.youtube.com/features and check for “Embed live stream” eligibility. If eligible there (and most are), click on “active AdSense account” - you must have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 public watch hours.
- If you haven't already, make sure to create a YouTube channel account. Allow at least 24 hours before you attempt to connect that channel to your website.
- Go to your public, live feed on YouTube and click on the share button - copy that link.
- On your website, create a page/post or edit a current one.
- Go to your main text editor, and click on the Add Media button.
- Scroll down to and click on YouTube Video
- Paste in the URL and/or your video ID. Make sure that your YouTube video URL or ID does not have any ampersands - & - or question marks - ? - or anything following those symbols. The ID should be approximately 11 characters long, and is found immediately after youtube.com/.
- ALTERNATIVELY, if you are live-streaming, you can paste in your channel ID instead of the video ID and check the box that says that you're using a channel ID. The channel ID is NOT your channel name or your customized URL if you have one, but should have a bunch of random letters and numbers. https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/3250431 Note that this method will only display a video if you're live-streaming (and we highly recommend testing this first before live-streaming on a Sunday). Some partners have found that it was more user-friendly to create unique events instead of using a single channel ID as the video doesn't display anything unless a feed is actively happening.
- Edit the width and height if you'd like.
- Click on "Insert YouTube Video," which drops in a shortcode.
If you would like a post-worship "feed" to automatically update on your website, create a Worship playlist on YouTube and upload your livestream to that playlist. On your website, add the playlist link instead of the video link, and that should automatically update with the most recent video added to the playlist.