youtube…not again…

WordPress Theme - iPhone «‹ tips4WordPressI should’ve known better than to preview themes with the thought of changing my blog’s appearance. The last time I did that my youtube insertion mechanism broke down…literally. WordPress had to fix the link icon. What that involved, I’ve no clue. I’ve asked for their help again, to no avail. I think they’re tired of the same old, same old. Not that I blame them. Thought I’d ask you to see if I’m missing something in the translation.

First, my “new post” page has only 3 icons following the “upload/insert”…”add media”…”add poll”…”add custom form.” Gone is the “add video” icon.

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Clicking on “add media,” I get a screen where I click on “from URL,” then a screen where I click on “add audio, video, or other file.” On the next screen I paste my youtube URL. Nothing happens. There’s no “insert into post” button to click, so I exit the screen. Unsuccessful there, I try the other method, embedding by shortcode.

Timethief, a WordPress member proficient in its applications walked me through the instructions. They seemed simple enough; but weren’t. Both my husband and I bookended the youtube URL, that is we placed the youtube URL within brackets…[]. Following the first bracket, we typed “youtube=” then added the URL, followed by the second bracket. (I can’t even type what I did because it doesn’t appear in the post when I preview it. Very strange.)

While the URL turned red as is expected, the bookend info we typed remained black. So I wasn’t surprised when I previewed the post, the entire line didn’t appear. Only when I removed the “bookends” did the URL appear, but no video.


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As I mentioned at the beginning, previewing themes might have undone my youtube link mechanism. The only way I regained the capability was for WordPress Support to fix the broken link icon. I’m hoping they’ll do it again. But as of yet…they’ve not answered my call for help. If and when they do, I promise never to preview themes again. I’ll either change…or stay put.

…i’ve bigger fish to fry…though i’m not a fish eater…

………hugmamma.  😉

12 thoughts on “youtube…not again…

  1. HI Sis,
    This is a common occurrence whenever you make changes to the static page, links get broken. I would suggest you “book mark” the links you want to keep and when it happens again just open the book mark link cut and paste back in.

    How was your holidays? I was on travel for a few days.
    Have a Happy New Year….


    • Yipppeee!!! My brother returns to let me know all’s well. And, of course, to tweak my tech skills. Like I know what you’re talking about. Luckily I’ve got blogger friends on call, more or less, who help me out in a pinch…or more like a huge pot-hole.

      Holidays were fine. Busy…so what’s new. Had a colonoscopy and encoscopy yesterday. Came through with flying colors. Can put it out of my mind for 5 years. Since Stan had colon cancer, we’re all suppose to be screened. Bet you didn’t know that.

      Enough of that…happiest of New Years…and hoping you have more blessings…than you can count…love to all 🙂


  2. After having technical difficulties this morning, I wouldn’t begin to tell anyone how to do things. But, here’s a book that my hubby and I have found invaluable: “Teach Yourself Visually WordPress,” by Janet Majure. Copyright 2010, Wiley Publishing Inc.


  3. Hugmamma, when I insert a YouTube movie, I do NOT use the WordPress insert link!

    I simply go to the desired YouTube movie, click the ‘share’ button there, then click the ’embed’ option and copy that code straight into the new post. As text.

    Have you tried that? It works like a charm for me 🙂 And you can do it too!

    *Dutchess hugs*


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