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What Is a YouTube Widget and How Does It Work?

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A 2021 audit by Wistia revealed that content with embedded videos outperform those with only text. Little wonder many websites are looking for ways to add videos to their content pages. 

YouTube provides an official way to embed videos using iframes and has customization options through their embed parameters. But these parameters can be difficult to implement, especially for non tech-savvy folks. This is why more publishers are turning to YouTube widgets to embed and share videos easily. 

In this article, we’ll talk about how YouTube widgets work and how to embed content with Juicer’s YouTube widget. 

What is a YouTube video widget?

A YouTube video widget is a small, embedded component or plugin that allows you to display YouTube videos on a website, blog, or other online platform. It enables you to integrate YouTube videos seamlessly into your web content, providing a convenient way for users to watch videos without leaving your site.

Here are some common features and characteristics of YouTube video widgets:

  1. Embedded Video Player: YouTube video widgets typically include an embedded video player that displays the chosen YouTube video directly on your webpage. Users can watch the video without navigating to YouTube’s website.
  1. Customization Options: You can usually customize the appearance of the embedded video player, including dimensions, color schemes, and controls. Some widgets also allow you to choose whether to display related videos at the end of the embedded video.
  1. Video Playback Controls: These widgets come with standard video playback controls, such as play, pause, volume, and fullscreen mode, allowing users to interact with the video as they would on the YouTube website.
  1. Video URL or ID Input: To use a YouTube video widget, you typically need to provide the YouTube video’s URL or video ID. The widget then generates the necessary embed code to display the video.
  1. Responsive Design: Many YouTube video widgets are designed to be responsive, meaning they adjust to different screen sizes and devices, ensuring a consistent user experience on both desktop and mobile devices.
  1. Autoplay and Loop Options: Some widgets offer settings that allow you to autoplay the video when the webpage loads and loop it continuously if desired.
  1. Analytics and Tracking: Some widgets provide analytics and tracking features, allowing you to monitor how users interact with the embedded videos.

How to embed videos with Juicer’s YouTube Widget

1. Sign up for a Juicer account.

2. Click on “Add Source” and select “YouTube”. Add your YouTube channel URL as well as any other user’s YouTube channel or particular playlist. If you want to feature videos from other sources on your YouTube video feed, those will automatically be posted to your website feed as well.

Click on “Add Source” and select “YouTube”
Add your YouTube channel URL as well as any other user’s YouTube channel or particular playlist

Embed your Juicer code into any webpage, sit back and watch your YouTube video feed come to life. Check out Juicer’s YouTube widget in action on the Golden Globes website. They have incorporated Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter into their website social media feed.

sit back and watch your YouTube video feed come to life

Benefits of using Juicer’s YouTube Widget

Beyond letting you display your YouTube videos in one, simple beautiful feed, Juicer also lets you: 

1. Curate Social Content: Nothing sells a potential customer faster on doing business with you than social proof. Genuine customer-generated content lets people in on others’ experiences with your company, products, and services. Juicer not only curates your social media posts, but any posts or mentions of your brand as well.

2. Moderate and Filter Your Social Wall: Juicer lets you display what customers are saying about your brand, but let’s be honest, it might not always be content you want others to see. Juicer’s Medium plan provides full moderation and customization features for your social media wall so you have complete control over what’s displayed on your feed.

3. Aggregate Social Posts: Juicer’s Small (always free) plan allows you to add two social media sources (i.e. YouTube and Facebook), but if you’re a super social person you may want to add 10 more! Juicer integrates with up to 18 different social media platforms so you have many options to choose from. Check out pricing for all our plans for a complete list of sources, and find the option that’s the best fit for you.

4. Display Social Feed for Events: Juicer can help create engagement at your live event or bring a social component to your lobby by being displayed on-screen. Your Juicer feed’s dedicated URL allows you to display your feed full-screen in a browser.

5. Customize Your Social Media Wall: Juicer offers seven beautiful social media template options that you can fully preview, customize, and play around with in the dashboard. You can also add custom colors, change the interval speed, columns, width, height so integration with your web pages are unique to your site.

Embed YouTube videos with Juicer 

Embedding YouTube videos with Juicer is pretty easy. You don’t need to have any advanced coding experience to pull it off. All you need to do is connect your YouTube account to Juicer and follow the step-by-step guide to embed the feed into your website. 

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