Including Responsive Videos in WordPress Posts

I’ve done a lot of things with WordPress to-date, but one thing I haven’t done much with is videos. I was commissioned to build a plugin to embed responsive videos into WordPress posts. Naturally I started trying to figure out how to embed a simple Vimeo video into a post. My search brought me to this website: Albeit I didn’t really find what I was looking for, I did learn a great deal about videos on it. I also went to and got the link for one of the videos my client is using. I am going to post just that plain text link on the next line below:

…and presto-magico! WordPress did most of the work for me! As you can see the video showed up just from me copy and pasting the Vimeo URL in the post! For example, I posted “https:// 155235235” without the quotes or spaces. I just added spaces so WordPress wouldn’t make it a video like it did above.

Therefore, the only task left to me is to make the videos responsive.

How to make videos responsive in WordPress

The most basic method, which you may want to use if you only need to apply this fix to one or two videos on your site,  is to add a wrapper div to your video url when you insert it int o your blog post like this:

<div class=”video-wrap”> VIDEO URL GOES HERE! </div>

Then add the following CSS to your theme’s main style sheet, style.css:

    position: relative;
    padding-bottom: 56.25%;
    height: 0;
    overflow: hidden;
.video-wrap iframe, .video-wrap object, .video-wrap embed, .video-wrap video {
    position: absolute;
    top: 0;
    left: 0;
    width: 100%;
    height: 100%;

That’s all you have to do if you don’t mind making manual edits each time you add a video to your blog.

Making a Simple WordPress Plugin to Make Videos Responsive

The logical option to use if you regularly embed videos in your WordPress site, is to create a very simple plugin that hooks into WordPress while it embeds videos and automatically wraps the embed code inside of a div and then applies style to that div to accomplish the same effect we did above without having to make changes each time we add a new video. Here is how:

Add the following code to a new php file and name it whatever you want to call your custom plugin or call it jafty-responsive-video-embedder as I did here:

Plugin Name: Jafty Responsive Video Embedder
Plugin URI:

Description: Adds a wrapper div around embedded videos and applies mobile style to them so they are responsive at all times regardless of the surrounding HTML.

Author: Ian L. of
Author URI:

Version: 1.0.0

License: GNU General Public License v2.0
License URI:

//Code to make Videos more responsive:
function make_video_responsive( $html ) {
    return ‘<div class=”video-wrap”>’ . $html . ‘</div>’;
add_filter( ’embed_oembed_html’, ‘make_video_responsive’, 10, 3 );
add_filter( ‘video_embed_html’, ‘make_video_responsive’ ); // Jetpack

function add_video_css(){
wp_enqueue_style(“videocss”, “/wp-content/plugins/outer-gain-engine/video.css”);

add_action(‘wp_enqueue_scripts’, ‘add_video_css’);


Then create a file named video.css and copy and paste the follocing CSS code into it:

    position: relative;
    padding-bottom: 56.25%;
    height: 0;
    overflow: hidden;
.video-wrap iframe, .video-wrap object, .video-wrap embed, .video-wrap video {
    position: absolute;
    top: 0;
    left: 0;
    width: 100%;
    height: 100%;


That’s all there is to it. A simple, yet handy, plugin or fix for your WordPress videos. Feel free to modify the code to fit your individual needs. Good Luck!

Programmatically Add Page from a WordPress Plugin

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make your WordPress plugin automatically create a WordPress page when the plugin is activated from wp-admin.

Let’s just dive right in to the PHP code this time!

//Add Events page on activation:
function install_events_pg(){
        $new_page_title = ‘Events’;
        $new_page_content = ‘This is your page content that automatically gets inserted into the Events page!’;
        $new_page_template = ”; //ex. template-custom.php. Leave blank if you don’t want a custom page template.
        //don’t change the code below, unless you know what you’re doing
        $page_check = get_page_by_title($new_page_title);
        $new_page = array(
                ‘post_type’ => ‘page’,
                ‘post_title’ => $new_page_title,
                ‘post_content’ => $new_page_content,
                ‘post_status’ => ‘publish’,
                ‘post_author’ => 1,
                $new_page_id = wp_insert_post($new_page);
                        update_post_meta($new_page_id, ‘_wp_page_template’, $new_page_template);
}//end install_events_pg function to add page to wp on plugin activation

register_activation_hook(__FILE__, ‘install_events_pg’);

That’s really all there is to it. Of course, you’ll want to edit the $new_pg_title to contain the title of your own custom page and you’ll want to edit $new_pg_content to contain html elements for your page content, but this will get you started. Just by copy and pasting the above code into your plugin’s main file, you will see the “Events” page added when you activate the plugin. If your plugin is already activated, simply deactivate and acti

How to Use jQuery UI Elements In a WordPress Plugin or Theme

Today I found myself once again needing to use jQuery in a new WordPress plugin I am developing for a client. I won’t lie, I often dread having to use jQuery within WordPress. It has been getting easier however, especially since WordPress version 3.3.x when they made many of the jQuery UI libraries part of the WordPress core. The trick is knowing that and knowing how to use them! For example I didn’t know about the jQuery UI libraries being part of the WP core until recently, so was just hacking my own jQuery into WordPress. The problem with hacking in a jQuery UI or any other jQuery code, is that it will usually break some other jQuery code in WordPress. Therefore I am putting together a quick reference guide on how to include jQuery and jQuery UI scripts in WordPress plugins and themes for my own reference and for other developers who can profit from this information.

First, here is a list of 35 jQueryUI elements already available within WordPress as of version 3.3.x:

Name: Enqueue Value: Dependency:
jQuery UI Core jquery-ui-core jquery
jQuery UI Widget jquery-ui-widget jquery
jQuery UI Accordion jquery-ui-accordion jquery
jQuery UI Autocomplete jquery-ui-autocomplete jquery
jQuery UI Button jquery-ui-button jquery
jQuery UI Datepicker jquery-ui-datepicker jquery
jQuery UI Dialog jquery-ui-dialog jquery
jQuery UI Draggable jquery-ui-draggable jquery
jQuery UI Droppable jquery-ui-droppable jquery
jQuery UI Menu jquery-ui-menu jquery
jQuery UI Mouse jquery-ui-mouse jquery
jQuery UI Position jquery-ui-position jquery
jQuery UI Progressbar jquery-ui-progressbar jquery
jQuery UI Selectable jquery-ui-selectable jquery
jQuery UI Resizable jquery-ui-resizable jquery
jQuery UI Selectmenu jquery-ui-selectmenu jquery
jQuery UI Sortable jquery-ui-sortable jquery
jQuery UI Slider jquery-ui-slider jquery
jQuery UI Spinner jquery-ui-spinner jquery
jQuery UI Tooltips jquery-ui-tooltip jquery
jQuery UI Tabs jquery-ui-tabs jquery
jQuery UI Effects jquery-effects-core jquery
jQuery UI Effects – Blind jquery-effects-blind jquery-effects-core
jQuery UI Effects – Bounce jquery-effects-bounce jquery-effects-core
jQuery UI Effects – Clip jquery-effects-clip jquery-effects-core
jQuery UI Effects – Drop jquery-effects-drop jquery-effects-core
jQuery UI Effects – Explode jquery-effects-explode jquery-effects-core
jQuery UI Effects – Fade jquery-effects-fade jquery-effects-core
jQuery UI Effects – Fold jquery-effects-fold jquery-effects-core
jQuery UI Effects – Highlight jquery-effects-highlight jquery-effects-core
jQuery UI Effects – Pulsate jquery-effects-pulsate jquery-effects-core
jQuery UI Effects – Scale jquery-effects-scale jquery-effects-core
jQuery UI Effects – Shake jquery-effects-shake jquery-effects-core
jQuery UI Effects – Slide jquery-effects-slide jquery-effects-core
jQuery UI Effects – Transfer jquery-effects-transfer jquery-effects-core

As you can see in the above table, the first 22 items in the list only require jQuery as a dependency. For those, you probably will only need to enqueue the value from the “Enqueue Value” column to make use of the library in your plugin or theme. You often will need to enqueue style for the jQuery library separately as well because as far as I know, WordPress doesn’t include many of the styles yet. the last dozen or so in the above table all require jquery-effects-core, so to use those, I believe you’ll need to enqueue that as well for them to work. For a complete list of other jQuery scripts that are already within the WordPress core, please visit the following codex page:

That page also explains usage of the wp-enqueue-script function to  a degree, but not as detailed as my special-use case described here.

How to Enqueue jQuery UI Elements in WordPress Plugin or Theme

Next I’m explaining how to include a jQuery UI library into your own WordPress plugin or theme. If you’re making a plugin, the code below will go into your plugin’s main file and if you’re working on a theme, then place the code below in the theme’s functions.php file. In the following code examples, I’ll demonstrate how to include both the jQuery UI element and the corresponding CSS file for using a datepicker in both the front-end and admin areas of WordPress. The code would be the same for any of the UI elements in the above table except that you would of course change the valuse to be enqueued for both the core jQuery file and the CSS file from

PHP Code to use jQuery UI on the WordPress Front-End

function my_datepicker_function(){
//Enqueue date picker UI from WP core:
//Enqueue the jQuery UI theme css file from google:
add_action(‘wp_enqueue_scripts’, ‘my_datepicker_function’);

How to add PHP Code to Use jQuery UI on the WordPress Admin or Back-End

The PHP code to include the same datepicker UI in a WordPress back-end, admin page is nearly the same. The only difference is the hook we use in the add_action line at the end of the code is different. For front-end use, we used the wp_enqueue_scripts hook, but for admin use, we will use the admin_enqueue_scripts hook instead. That’s all folks!

Then simply include your HTML and  script tag wherever you want to use your datepicker in this case like so:

<div class=”wrap”>
<input type=”text” class=”datepicker” name=”datepicker” value=””/>

jQuery(function() {
    jQuery( “.datepicker” ).datepicker({
        dateFormat : “dd-mm-yy”


the above example code is just for datepicker UI, but can easily be manipulated for any of the jQuery UI elements in the above table, so experiment and find the one that works for you. You will often need to google the jQuery UI element’s name and view an online demo of how it is used without WordPress to get exact code and then simply incorporate the above technique into what you learn. I did this with the sortable UI and it worked great. Good luck!