How to Insert an MP4 Video on WordPress

Written by marie cartwright
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Videos are an eye-catching, dynamic way to get your readers' attention. WordPress does support the MP4 file format for embedded videos. If you have WordPress installed on your own web host then you will already have the ability to upload files of 2MB or less. If you are using a free blog you will need to purchase and install the VideoPress upgrade before you can insert MP4 files on your blog.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click on the "Add Video" icon above the post editor toolbar. The icon is shaped like a filmstrip. Once the icon is clicked the "Add Video" dialogue will appear.

  2. 2

    Select whether you want to upload your video from your computer or embed it from a URL. If you are uploading click "Select Files" to browse your local folders. Do not close the dialogue until the upload is complete. If you are linking an online video source paste the URL into the "Video URL" field. Click "Insert Into Post" when complete.

  3. 3

    Click the "Preview" button to see how the video will look on your blog post. Make sure that the player is functioning correctly. Once you have added all the content you need to your post click "Publish."

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