Customizing a YouTube Video to Embed

All to often I am doing my Entrecard drops and I see a HUGE YouTube video embedded into the post that blocks the drop card or even just blocks a blogs sidebar from view. I must admit this really bugs me for some reason and so I thought I would write a little post to help show those who are not aware that you can customize the size of a YouTube video before placing it within your blog post.

To start you want to visit YouTube and find the video you wish to embed. After watching the video scroll down to the area that says “embed” click on the embed button and a code will show itself to you. If you take that code and just copy it then place it on your site, chances are that a normal style template blog will not be large enough for the 960 x 745 or 640 x 505 sizes. You can see a list of sizes of videos available in the YouTube embed menu bar area and what seems to usually work for my blog is the 480 x 385 size as seen below …

Now this size may not work for everyone, and I understand that.  In order to get the right size for your blog you will want to click on the color border you want showing in the embed YouTube menu area, then click on the size, from there you copy the code and place the HTML code into your blog post (be sure to be in the HTML editor portion of your blog post). You can preview your blog post to see if the size you chose will work without disrupting your sidebar content, and if it’s too large go and pick a smaller size from the YouTube embed menu area and then copy the code again to place within your site. Continue to do this until you see the best size for your blog post.

YouTube Embed Menu Area
YouTube Embed Menu Area

Complete your blog post and publish it or schedule it, whatever you are planning on doing. There you have it, how to customize the size and color border of a YouTube video.

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