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Using Video Blocks

The Video Block adds an externally hosted video to your site. This guide uses a YouTube video as an example.

Note: Squarespace doesn’t support uploaded video. When embedding a video using a URL, only YouTube, Vimeo, Animoto, and Wistia are supported. You can use embed code for other video hosting services. To learn more, visit Adding videos to your site

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Step 1 - Add the Video Block

  1. Open a page or post editor.
  2. Click an Insert Point or the +.
  3. Select Video from the menu.
  4. For more detailed steps, visit Adding blocks.

Step 2 - Add a video

There are two ways to add a video:

Use the URL

Find the URL of your video. Copy the URL from your browser's address bar or the Share area, depending on your video host.

Tip: To embed an Animoto video using its URL, use the branded URL.

In the Video Block Editor, paste the URL into the Video URL box. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + V ( + V on a Mac) to paste.

Tip: To add a YouTube playlist, right-click the Play all button on YouTube and select Copy link address. Paste that URL into the Video URL box.

Use the HTML embed code

Most video services have a Share or Embed button located near the video. Click Share or Embed, and then copy the embed code provided.

In the Video Block Editor, click the code </> icon to add the embed code.

Paste the embed code in the Code window. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + V ( + V on a Mac) to paste. Click Set.

Note: If neither the URL nor the embed code work, then the video host you're using probably doesn't use the oEmbed standard. For such services, we recommend placing the embed code in a Code Block.
Tip: For most video services, you can edit the embed code to enable autoplay. Learn more about autoplay here.

Step 3 - Add an image overlay (optional)

After you've added the video, you can add a thumbnail image to overlay the video. Here's how the thumbnail image displays:

  • The image will display over the video on your site before video is played.
  • On desktop, the image overlay becomes a play button. For most services, clicking the image plays the video. For YouTube, clicking the image once shows the video player. Clicking again plays the video.
  • On mobile devices, tap the image once to show the video player. The video's default thumbnail image will appear. Tap the play button to play the video.

To add a thumbnail:

  1. Drag your image into the image uploader. You can also click the image uploader to open a file selection menu and then select a file from your computer.
  2. Check Use Custom Thumbnail.

Step 4 - Add a video description

You can add a description to display below the Video Block. Some video services automatically populate this field when you add a video via URL. You can edit this text at any time.

Step 5 - Save

Click Apply to publish your changes.


To troubleshoot issues with the Video Block, visit Adding videos to your Squarespace site

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