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.
Watch a video
Step 1 - Add the Video Block
- Open a page or post editor.
- Click an Insert Point or the +.
- Select Video from the menu.
- 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.
Note: To embed an Animoto video using its URL, use the branded https://animoto.com/ 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.
Note: You can alter the embed code to enable autoplay. Learn more about autoplay here.
Step 3 - Add an image overlay (optional)
Once you've added the video, you can add a thumbnail image. This image will display over the video on your site before video is played.
To add an image overlay, 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.
Check Use Custom Thumbnail.
Note: On desktop, the image overlay becomes a play button. Clicking the image starts the video. Mobile devices require two taps to play the video. Tap the image once to remove it and display the video player. Then, tap the play button to begin the video.
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.