Simple YouTube Embed

Embed YouTube video beautifully on your WordPress site

Author:naa986 (profile at
WordPress version required:3.0
WordPress version tested:5.5.3
Plugin version:1.0.8
Added to WordPress repository:17-07-2014
Last updated:14-11-2020
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Total downloads:88 453
Active installs:8 000+
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Simple YouTube Embed plugin is the easiest way to embed YouTube videos in WordPress with native lazy loading support. This plugin extends the default YouTube embed with advanced player parameters.

Simple YouTube Embed allows you to lazy load your videos by using the native lazy loading mechanism supported in your browser (The same mechanism that WordPress uses to lazy load images).

Unlike other YouTube plugins, It doesn’t replace your on-page video embed code with JavaScript/HTML code. Loading a video with JavaScript doesn’t provide any video SEO benefit as a search engine crawler will only see some code instead of the actual video object.

Simple YouTube Embed is easy to use because there is no setting to configure. It uses the oEmbed API so your videos will be responsive and provide all the benefits that core WordPress YouTube embed has to offer. YouTube videos on your website will continue to work even if you choose to deactivate the plugin.


  • Embed YouTube videos with lazy loading.
  • Improve your website performance and Google PageSpeed score.
  • Pretty YouTube video embed.
  • Responsive and mobile friendly.
  • Proper YouTube video embed with no additional JavaScript code
  • No setting to configure. Install, activate and start using it.
  • No YouTube API key needed.
  • Automatically play a video.
  • Enable/Disable display of suggested videos when the video finishes.
  • Enable/Disable player controls.
  • Enable/Disable video information.
  • Enable/Disable fullscreen.

Simple YouTube Embed Usage

Create a new post/page and add a YouTube block. Copy and paste the YouTube video URL into it. For example:

YouTube Video Autoplay

In order to automatically play a video you can add “autoplay=1” to your YouTube URL.

Related YouTube Videos

In order to disable related videos from showing you can add “rel=0” to your YouTube URL.

YouTube Video Controls

If you do not want to show player controls you can add “controls=0” to your YouTube URL.

YouTube Video Fullscreen

If you do not want to allow fullscreen option in the player you can add “fs=0” to your YouTube URL.

For documentation please visit the Simple YouTube Embed plugin page