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How to Add Featured Video Thumbnails in WordPress with PostX

How to Add Featured Video Thumbnails in WordPress with PostX

Featured video thumbnails in WordPress are special images used to represent a video featured on your website. This image is typically displayed in the featured section of a post, page, or widget. The featured video thumbnail is usually a still image from the video itself. By including a featured video thumbnail on your website, visitors can quickly identify the content of the video, even before they watch it. Today we are going to see how to add featured video thumbnails instead of regular featured images with PostX. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

Why Should You Add Featured Video Thumbnails?

As businesses continue to use WordPress to manage their websites, many are looking for ways to make their content more engaging and visually appealing. A great way to do this is by adding featured video thumbnails to their WordPress posts. 

Adding this to your WordPress posts can be beneficial for various reasons. For starters, it can make your content more visually engaging. This can be especially helpful if you have a lot of content. It can help break up the monotony and draw the reader’s attention to the particular posts. 

Another great benefit of adding it to your WordPress posts is that it can help boost your SEO rankings. Videos are more likely to be shared on social media and other platforms, which can help generate more traffic to your website. Additionally, search engines like Google rank pages with videos higher in their search results, as videos are more engaging and informative than text alone. 

It can be a great way to connect with your audience. Adding a featured video to your post can help draw in viewers and make them more likely to engage with your content. Additionally, featuring a video thumbnail can attract your readers quickly.

PostX Featured Video Thumbnails (New Feature)

Seeing the added advantages of featured videos and its thumbnails, PostX is introducing this interesting feature in the 2.8.5 update. This is the first ever implemented feature in any WordPress plugins to add videos in any grids or lists along with posts till now.

So, what can you do with PostX’s Featured Videos and Thumbnails? Let’s find out.

  • Add a featured video instead of a regular featured image.
  • Sticky video preview while scrolling.
  • Display video playback icon on post-block thumbnails.

Now, you might want to know how to add it after seeing the advantages and what it offers. So, let’s find out how to add featured videos and video thumbnails to your site.

How To Add Featured Video Thumbnails with PostX

Before we start the procedure to add featured video thumbnails, you need to install PostX (Remember, this is a premium feature).

Install PostX

Install PostX
Install PostX
  • Go to the “Plugins” section on your WordPress dashboard.
  • Then click on “Add New.”
  • On the right search panel, type “PostX.”
  • You should now see the PostX plugin.
  • Click on “Install.”
  • Then you can click on the highlighted “Activate” button.

PostX is a fantastic plugin that creates wonderful news blogs or magazine websites. And with constant feature updates, it’s holding its position as the best Gutenberg post grid blocks plugin. 

Video Tutorial

Here’s a short video where you can see how to add featured video thumbnails:

How to Display Video as Featured Image / Thumbnail using PostX

Add Featured Video in a Post

You must first add a featured video in a post to get the thumbnails.

To do that:

PostX All Post Editing
PostX All Post Editing
  • Go to WordPress Dashboard → Posts.
  • Now look for your desired post from the “All Post” page and click “Edit.” (The editing option will display when you hover over it.)

So, no, you have entered the post for further editing. As you very well know, WordPress, by default, has the option to add “Featured Image” in the right sidebar. But we won’t be needing it today. 

Now, to add the feature video:

PostX Featured Video
PostX Featured Video
  • Scroll down till you see “Featured Video” in the right sidebar.
  • In the ‘PostX Featured Video” box, you can enter Youtube/ Vimeo/Self-Hosted URL or Click “Upload/Use Media” to add your desired video from the default WordPress Media Library.

Once the URL is pasted correctly or the video is uploaded successfully, you need to update your post by clicking the Update button in the top right corner of your page.

Now You have the featured video in place of your featured image. However, remember that the featured video is top on the priority list, so no matter if you have already added a featured image earlier and afterward added the PostX featured video, your posts will show the video thumbnail on the post, no matter what.

Display Featured Video in a Post

After adding the featured video, the first thing that comes to mind is to display the featured video thumbnail on your website.

You must create a template with the PostX Dynamic Site Builder to do that.

Creating a Single Post Template

Let’s show you how to create a single post template. You can follow this documentation for a complete tutorial.

  • Go to WordPress Dashboard → PostX → Site Builder. Now, Click “Add Singular.”
PostX Creating Singular Template
PostX Creating Singular Template
  • If you want to create the template from scratch by adding Gutenberg blocks, click “Start from Scratch.”
PostX Singular Template Start from Scratch
PostX Singular Template Start from Scratch
  • If you don’t want to get the extra hassle and want to use a premade templateselect desired template and click Import.”
PostX Singular Template Importing Premade Templates
PostX Singular Template Importing Premade Templates

Once you do this, you’ll see the template created with multiple Gutenberg-based blocks.

Now, you need to make sure you adjust the following settings.

  • In every Post List/Post Grid block, go to block settings in the right sidebar. Then locate Video settings and enable the following options:
    • Popup Title Enable
    • Enable Video Popup
    • Enable Popup Auto Play
PostX Enable Video Options
PostX Enable Video Options

Now, you can successfully display the featured video and the thumbnail.

So, you have enabled the featured video thumbnails and, obviously, the featured video. PostX also lets you make the video sticky if you enable the following option:

PostX On Scroll Sticky Enable
PostX On Scroll Sticky Enable
  • In the “Post Featured Image/Video” block, Enable the toggle bar of “On Scroll Sticky Enable.”

Note: You can create other templates with PostX. Remember to enable the above settings to display featured video thumbnails. But if you don’t use PostX to create the templates, you won’t be able to display the featured video or video thumbnails.

Output

Here’s an output of the featured video thumbnail:

PostX Featured Video Thumbnail
PostX Featured Video Thumbnail

Here’s an output for featured video popup:

PostX Featured Video Popup
PostX Featured Video Popup

Here’s the featured video of a post:

PostX Featured Video in Post
PostX Featured Video in Post

Here’s the on sticky scroll video:

PostX Featured Video On Sticky Scroll
PostX Featured Video On Sticky Scroll

Conclusion

In conclusion, featured video thumbnails by PostX are an excellent addition for including featured videos to your WordPress website. It makes the process of adding featured videos, posts, and pages incredibly easy. This plugin is an excellent way to add visual attraction and engage your visitors with your content on your WordPress website.

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Written byRuhul

Ruhul is a technical and SEO-driven content writer, a tech enthusiast, and a pro gamer. He loves exploring new things and has written over 1000 articles on diverse topics.

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