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How to Embed Vimeo Video in WordPress

How to Embed Vimeo Video in WordPress (with Lightbox Popup) 

Written By: author image Stacey Corrin
author image Stacey Corrin
Stacey has been writing about WordPress and digital marketing for over 10 years and on other topics for much longer. Alongside this, she's fascinated with web design, user experience, and SEO.
     Reviewed By: John Turner
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John Turner is the co-founder of SeedProd. He has over 20+ years of business and development experience and his plugins have been downloaded over 25 million times.

Do you want to embed Vimeo videos on your WordPress website?

Adding video content to WordPress is an easy way to make it more engaging and improve user experience. And with lightbox popup functionality, you can create a distraction-free experience that keeps visitors on your site longer.

This guide will show you how to add Vimeo videos to WordPress in eye-catching lightbox popup windows.

Can You Embed a Vimeo Video in WordPress?

Yes, you can embed a Vimeo video in WordPress. By default, WordPress has an auto-embed feature that lets you copy and paste your video URL to display it on any post or page.

However, like many of WordPress’ default features, it has limited customization options. You can’t easily edit the video player options, add custom thumbnail images, or make the video “sticky” as users scroll the page.

That’s where this guide can help.

We’ll show you how to use an easy page builder plugin to embed Vimeo video popups on any WordPress page. And for good measure, we’ll also share the steps for using the WordPress auto-embed feature anywhere on your site.

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How to Embed Vimeo Video Popups in WordPress

SeedProd Drag and Drop WordPress website builder

Embedding Vimeo videos is easy with SeedProd, the best drag-and-drop WordPress website builder. With over 1 million users, it lets you create custom WordPress themes and page layouts without writing code.

You can start with a premade template and customize each page with visual building blocks to make it your own.

And Vimeo video popups? Embedding them is effortless with the Video Popup block.

Simply drag, drop, point, and click to display full-screen Vimeo lightbox popups anywhere you like, with no video embed code in sight.

Follow the step-by-step guide below to learn how to do it.

Step 1. Install and Activate SeedProd

First, you’ll need to install and activate the SeedProd plugin.

While a free version of SeedProd is available, we recommend using SeedProd Pro to access more templates and blocks, including the Video Popup block.

After choosing your plan and downloading the plugin to your computer, follow these instructions to install SeedProd on your WordPress site. They’ll also show you how to activate your plugin license key.

Step 2. Create a Custom Page Layout

Once the plugin is activated, you can use the drag-and-drop page builder to create custom WordPress layouts.

If you’re looking to replace your current WordPress theme, you can use the Theme Builder to create a new one from scratch.

You can build every part of your site, including a custom header, footer, sidebar, home page, blog page, and more. To learn how to create a custom WordPress theme, follow our guide.

Alternatively, you can build individual pages with the Landing Page Builder, which is what we’ll do for this guide.

From your WordPress admin, navigate to SeedProd » Landing Pages and click the Add New Landing Page button.

add new landing page SeedProd

Next, browse the responsive landing page templates to find one closely matching the type of page you want to create. To make things easier, click the tabs along the top to filter them by campaign type.

Landing page templates SeedProd

Once you’ve found one, hover over the template and click the checkmark icon to select it.

You’ll now see a window to enter your page name and URL. SeedProd will automatically generate the URL, but you can change it by clicking and typing a new one.

Landing page details SeedProd

Click the Save the and Start Editing the Page button when you’re happy with those details.

Step 3. Add and Customize the Video Popup Block

Your chosen template will now open in the drag-and-drop editor. Here, you’ll see a live preview of your page on the left, blocks and sections on the right, and undo, redo, and preview options in the bottom toolbar.

SeedProd drag-and-drop-editor

You can change any part of the template by clicking a block in the live preview. Upon clicking, you’ll see the block’s settings in the left-hand sidebar, where you can change the content, alignment, font size, and more.

SeedProd block settings

To add new content to the page, choose a block from the left-hand sidebar and drag it onto the preview. From there, simply customize the block content to suit your needs.

Adding blocks in SeedProd

You’ll see the changes in real-time as they happen. This saves you from switching between your site’s back and front ends to see how it looks.

Let’s do this by adding the Video Popup block to the page.

Video Popup block SeedProd

By default, this block displays a YouTube video. You can easily change this in the block settings by clicking the “Source” dropdown and selecting the Vimeo option.

Vimeo video source in Video Popup block

Note: This block also lets you upload a video file to WordPress.

Now, go ahead and paste your Vimeo URL. You can set a video start time in seconds if you like.

Below that section are the video settings, which allow you to enable or disable:

  • Autoplay
  • Mute
  • Loop
  • Video player controls
  • Privacy settings
  • Intro title
  • Intro portrait
  • Intro byline
  • Sticky video
Vimeo video options SeedProd

You can also change the Vimeo player control colors by choosing a custom color from the palette.

Vimeo video controls colors

Now, let’s open the Image Overlay tab. By enabling this option, you can set a custom thumbnail image for your video.

Vimeo video thumbnail image SeedProd

Simply click the “Use Your Own Image” button and upload a thumbnail from your computer or WordPress media library.

You can do the same for the video play icon by selecting a custom icon and changing its size, color, and opacity.

Vimeo video play icon settings

Last but not least is the Enable Lightbox toggle. Enabling this option allows users to watch your video in a full-screen lightbox popup.

Enable lightbox toggle for Vimeo embeds

It’s an excellent way to reduce distractions and focus on engaging your audience.

Step 4. Save and Publish Your Changes

When you’re happy with your video embed options, click Save in the top-right corner of your screen, then select the Publish option.

Save and publish your page in WordPress

Now, you can preview the page and see your embedded Vimeo video in action.

Live preview of embed Vimeo video in WordPress page

And if you click the video, it’ll open in a video popup.

Embed Vimeo video in lightbox popup in WordPress

Want to add Vimeo videos to your WordPress sidebar? See this guide on how to create a custom Sidebar in WordPress and follow the same steps as above to add the Video Popup block.

For more customization and formatting tips, see this guide on how to create a landing page in WordPress.

Alternative: Embed Vimeo Video in WordPress Posts

Sometimes, you may want to add a simple, no-frills video to your website, such as in a blog post. Since most page builders only work on pages, using the WordPress embed feature is the simplest option.

You can do this in 2 ways: with the auto-embed feature or using the WordPress embed blocks.

Here’s how to use the auto-embed feature:

First, create or edit a WordPress post or page. Then, paste your Vimeo video URL into the content editor.

Auto embed vimeo video WordPress

WordPress will automatically embed and display the Vimeo video in a few seconds.

Alternatively, you can click the plus icon to add a new block and click the Vimeo Embed block.

Vimeo embed WordPress block

Then, paste your video link and click the Embed button.

Vimeo video URL

After publishing the post or page, you can preview it to see your changes.

Embed Vimeo video in WordPress post

Embed Vimeo Video FAQs

What is an embedded video URL?

An embedded video URL is a video added directly to a website versus from a social media video sharing site. For example, the video URL embedded on your WordPress site versus the source on Vimeo.com.

Can you embed Vimeo showcase in WordPress?

If you want to showcase Vimeo videos in your WordPress sidebar, you can use the WordPress Vimeo embed block. Alternatively, copy and paste the video embedding code into an HTML block.

How do I embed a Vimeo video without iFrame?

To embed a Vimeo video without iFrame, head to the video’s web page and click the Share button. In the popup box, click the +show options text, then scroll to the bottom and change the size to ‘Responsive.’ This removes the iFrame from the HTML code.

Embed Vimeo video without iFrame

From there, copy the code and paste it into an HTML widget on your website.

Embed Vimeo Videos to WordPress Today

We hope this guide has helped you learn how to embed a Vimeo video in WordPress. Whether you’re using them as a welcome message, a webinar intro, or to promote a new product launch, the steps in this guide cover everything you need.

For more video help, you may also like the following tutorials and showcases:

Thanks for reading! We’d love to hear your thoughts, so please feel free to leave a comment with any questions and feedback.

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Stacey Corrin Writer
Stacey has been writing about WordPress and digital marketing for over 10 years and on other topics for much longer. Alongside this, she's fascinated with web design, user experience, and SEO.

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