[VIDEO] Video Lightbox plugin for WordPress

This past year I’ve been spending a lot of time looking into video and how to integrate it with WordPress. Much of this came from working with clients who wanted to integrate video into their WordPress site. What made me dig deeper into this ever evolving realm is that each client wanted something different…something I hadn’t necessarily done or come across yet. Which then presented the opportunity to find out how to make something work or come up with a solution to what they wanted.

It may seem pretty straightforward- but once you start getting into video it opens up a huge new world…one that’s pretty fun too (if I do say so myself….I swear I never knew I was such a techie! :lol: ).  There are SO many options and solutions out there for video that it can be overwhelming at times (where to host your video, how to create it, showing a playlist, using a lightbox, incorporating links, etc.)- just type video into the plugin directory at WordPress.org and you’ll get over 40 pages of plugins..yikes!

You may have noticed that my videos have evolved over time. Once you get one piece of the puzzle down it’s easy to start adding more features to your videos. The important thing about video is just to START! I’ll be incorporating some more personal style videos very soon… (me talking into the camera….I’ve avoided this a bit as I tend not to ‘get ready’ ….. who needs to when you work from home? But that’s another post, for another time). The more personal your videos are the better. And when I find an easy video solution- of course it’s time to share it!

I found this video lightbox plugin when I was working on a clients site. I had found a different solution- but it wasn’t something the client could easily do for himself – so I knew I needed to keep looking! This plugin will allow you to add a lightbox to your videos (when the reader clicks on the video, a lightbox pops up with the video, shading out the rest of the site). This plugin works for videos hosted on YouTube, Vimeo and Blip.tv. There are two steps to this plugin- the first is downloading & installing it…( I know, kind of obvious)- but then you have to add a few files to this plugin (super easy….I show you how in the video). Then voila! It’s ready to roll! The two things you’ll need to download for this are the plugin (Lightview plus) and the actual lightview file. You can get those here:

Lightview Plus

Lightview

Let me know what you think.

 

Kim Doyal

Podcaster, Business Coach and WordPress fanatic. Full time online entrepreneur, information junkie and Mom. I live by the motto of "If it's not fun I'm not doing it".
p5rn7vb

Comments

  1. says

    Very cool. I have seen something similar before and always thought it was neat. It will definitely give you that professional look to your site. Very cool plugin.

  2. says

    Very cool. I have seen something similar before and always thought it was neat. It will definitely give you that professional look to your site. Very cool plugin.

  3. says

    Thanks Chris…
    You're such a champ! I appreciate you taking the time to comment… always.
    I'm going to check with the plugin developer to see if he can add this to self-hosted videos as well. I love the look of the lightbox!

  4. says

    Very cool. I have seen something similar before and always thought it was neat. It will definitely give you that professional look to your site. Very cool plugin.

  5. says

    Thanks Chris…
    You're such a champ! I appreciate you taking the time to comment… always.
    I'm going to check with the plugin developer to see if he can add this to self-hosted videos as well. I love the look of the lightbox!

  6. says

    I tried Lightbox Plus myself, and I agree with you – it’s not an appropriate solution for the non-coder. I’ll have to try this one to see if it does the trick a bit more easily. I’ll eventually need something compatible with Amazon S3, though, but this may work in the meantime. Thanks for the tip!

  7. Shirltel says

    hi! hoping you can help. I followed your directions but I uploaded using filezilla. when I add the youtube video the thumbnail shows but when i click it nothing seems to happen. No video at all. can you help me and let me know what I am doing wrong.

  8. Laura says

    For some reason, my version of lightview plus gave me very few settings compared to your tutorial and it just didn’t work. I’m stumped. I’ve replicated everything you did in the video and nothing. I’m wondering if it’s been changed since you did this tutorial (which was great by the way:). Any suggestions? I paid the 3 euros in advance because I thought I needed to, plus it seemed to have a lot of other functionality that would be useful, but the options I have a minimal, and so far, those don’t even work:( I’m using the Thesis template and everything is updated. What could I be missing?

    Thanks anyway, Laura.

    • Laura says

      Hmmm, for some reason it has mysteriously begun to work and I didn’t change a thing! But, it is still missing a lot of the features that your version had. Any thoughts on why that might be?

  9. Drew says

    Like your new site Kim and the videos you do are very informative and helpful, keep them coming. I will be returning often to keep up with you. I am learning a lot from you. This plugin is great. Thanks again.

  10. says

    Thank you!! I have been looking for a way to add a video lightbox to a site I am working on… My problem was that the ones I found created some kind of conflict with other jquery plugins I had, and in all cases some of the plugins would stop working…
    But your solution worked like a charm! Thank you!

    from Argentina…

    JP

    • Kim says

      Hi Juan,
      You’re MOST welcome! So glad it helped.
      Hope you’re having a fabulous summer in Argentina!
      Kim

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge