Question of the day: How to embed youtube videos & make them fit…

March 26, 2010

Depending on what browser and resolution you are using, you may find that your content (such as blog posts) which have embedded videos are running over your blog post area. You COULD change your stylesheet, but if everything works except for embedded Youtube videos, an easier answer might be to change the width of the Youtube player. This is super easy to do.

First you need to find a video that you want to use. 😉 Not all Youtube videos are embeddable and many copyrighted ones are not. If that is the case, you’ll need to just link to them.

Get the code from Youtube

If you’re looking at the main user channel, you may not see the embed links, but you can get to them in a number of ways.

Underneath each of the videos posted on the channel, is a tab/button which says Info. Click on Info and you will see
View comments, related videos, and more
Click on this get to the video with its embeddable info.


The Embed box holds the code for the embeddable video. If you look carefully in the Embed box, you can usually see what the size is — object width is the width that the embeddable video will be.

If the pre-configured options will work, you can skip customizing the code; just grab a copy (Ctrl + A) of the code from the Embed box. You’ll be ready for the blogger section then.

To customize the embeddable video:
Click on the tiny star icon (whoa, is that easy to miss!). Clicking on this will show you the different pre-configured sizes for an embedded video including size and color for the player.

Below the Embed box you will now see a bunch of options to configure your players.

Note: Include related videos may or may not include videos from the same user or necessarily on the same topic. If you want to create a group of videos, your better bet is to make a playlist, which can then be embedded.

In the Embed box, you will hit Ctrl + A (or right click Select All, if you have that functionality).

Embedding a video into a Blogger post
For Blogger (blogspot blogs) you MUST switch to the Edit Html button in order to embed the video. In any other blog service or product, you will need to somehow get to the html, unless you have embed Youtube functionality.

Edit Html
Find a spot in your post where you want to add your video.
Now hit Ctrl + P (paste) or right click paste if you have that functionality.

It will paste in something that looks
like this. Recognize that stuff? It is
indeed, the code from Youtube.

If you click on Compose, you will not see the video.Don’t worry, the code is still there and if you click Edit Html you will see the code.

If for some reason, you need to edit the width and height even more you can do it by tweaking the height and width even more, directly in the code.

..and that’s how to do it (or at least, one way to do it). I realize this question has probably been answered alot over the ‘net, but it was a question asked to me, so there you go!

If you do it right, you’ll get something like this… yes, I am in this movie… LOL


Posting by email with wordpress and blogger

January 8, 2009

SO, one of the things I love to do is post by email to blogs (call it laziness, if you want!).

POSTING TO BLOGGER VIA EMAIL

Blogger makes this incredibly easy and does most of the work for you.

Under Settings> Email
In the Mail to Blogger Address, choose an email address you would like to use.

You can also chose if you want to publish or keep them as drafts (for review and publication later).

Now to email a post to blogger from your email client:

In the To: type in the complete name of Mailto-Blogger-Address field. Format exactly as it appears, with the periods and including both the login name, what you typed in the box and the blogger.com, e.g., if your login is mrsmithy, and you used blogme in the box, then your would send an email to
mrsmity.blogme@blogger.com

In the subject of your email, type the title of your soon to be published blog post.
In the body of your email type the post. If you use an email program with html capabilities (links, etc.) blogger should be able to post those correctly.

Make sure to remove any signatures, if you do not want to include those in your posts.

Click send.

Voila! Done!

POSTING TO WORDPRESS VIA EMAIL
To post by email to wordpress, you first need an email mailbox for wordpress. If you use your regular email box, everything sent to your mailbox will be posted to your blog — oops!

>Create a new email just for wordpress

..and then follow these instructions from wp. It is not quite as easy as blogger, but still doable.


Posting to multiple blogs using Live Writer (How to)

March 13, 2008

Live Writer is a desktop application from Microsoft that allows the user to easily post to Microsoft Live Spaces, Blogger, wordpress, and other blog software (either hosted or on your own server). The WYSIWYG tool is amazingly easy to setup and use and posting to multiple blogs is a snap.

Learn more about Livewriter here (and download it, too!)

So, here’s my quick how-to:

On the menu>Under Weblog>Add a weblog

A wizard pops up:

Choose “Another Web Service”
(in other words, blogger, wordpress, etc. aren’t listed in the default)
Click Next.

Type in the URL of your blog and password and login.

Click Next.

Now, LiveWriter will attempt to connect with your blog:

If it is unsuccessful, then you may need to change some settings, such as choosing the type of blog account or changing settings based upon your specific blog settings.
Make any changes needed and click Next.

Once LiveWriter is successful, the message Weblog successfully configured pops up, along with a spot to change the name of the blog, and edit other settings.

On the right sidebar menu, is a list of the blogs configured, a list of tools (insert table, etc.). To crosspost to a blog, Under weblog, choose the “new” blog, and then click publish (far left top menu).
(Sorry the image is so small, blogger shrunk it)


Posting to multiple blogs using Live Writer (How to)

March 13, 2008

Live Writer is a desktop application from Microsoft that allows the user to easily post to Microsoft Live Spaces, Blogger, wordpress, and other blog software (either hosted or on your own server). The WYSIWYG tool is amazingly easy to setup and use and posting to multiple blogs is a snap.

Learn more about Livewriter here (and download it, too!)

So, here’s my quick how-to:

On the menu>Under Weblog>Add a weblog

A wizard pops up:

Choose “Another Web Service”
(in other words, blogger, wordpress, etc. aren’t listed in the default)
Click Next.

Type in the URL of your blog and password and login.

Click Next.

Now, LiveWriter will attempt to connect with your blog:

If it is unsuccessful, then you may need to change some settings, such as choosing the type of blog account or changing settings based upon your specific blog settings.
Make any changes needed and click Next.

Once LiveWriter is successful, the message Weblog successfully configured pops up, along with a spot to change the name of the blog, and edit other settings.

On the right sidebar menu, is a list of the blogs configured, a list of tools (insert table, etc.). To crosspost to a blog, Under weblog, choose the “new” blog, and then click publish (far left top menu).
(Sorry the image is so small, blogger shrunk it)


How to add a comments list in blogger

February 12, 2008

So, one little nifty (?) blogger trick is to include a quick way to see comments without logging in. Of course, this means everyone can see them, too. 😉

I had to search around a bit to find the feed for the comments, so I thought I’d post it a hopefully easy place:

All comments:
http://yourblog.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default

Per post comments:
http://yourblog.blogspot.com/feeds/IDOFPOST/default

Okay, so let’s do the ‘all comments’.

Login into your blogger account.

Go to the Dashboard.
Settings>Template

Choose Add Page Element.
Choose Feed.


Add your feed url. Click continue.


Now configure it and click Save Changes. Then Save your template.


How to add a comments list in blogger

February 12, 2008

So, one little nifty (?) blogger trick is to include a quick way to see comments without logging in. Of course, this means everyone can see them, too. 😉

I had to search around a bit to find the feed for the comments, so I thought I’d post it a hopefully easy place:

All comments:
http://yourblog.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default

Per post comments:
http://yourblog.blogspot.com/feeds/IDOFPOST/default

Okay, so let’s do the ‘all comments’.

Login into your blogger account.

Go to the Dashboard.
Settings>Template

Choose Add Page Element.
Choose Feed.


Add your feed url. Click continue.


Now configure it and click Save Changes. Then Save your template.


How to add a latest comments list in blogger

February 12, 2008

 I’ll try to do this for wordpress.com, too, as part of my experiment here is to see which one I like better (blogger vs. wordpress)

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So, one little nifty (?) blogger trick is to include a quick way to see comments without logging in. Of course, this means everyone can see them, too. 😉

I had to search around a bit to find the feed for the comments, so I thought I’d post it a hopefully easy place:

All comments:
http://yourblog.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default

Per post comments:

http://yourblog.blogspot.com/feeds/IDOFPOST/default

Okay, so let’s do the ‘all comments’.
Login into your blogger account.
Go to the Dashboard.

Settings >Template

Choose Add Page Element

Choose Feed.

Save Changes

Then Save your template.