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Choosing the right video embed option

You can add videos to your site using a URL or embed code. Usually, the video URL is more convenient, while embed code offers more advanced display options.

To add video using a URL or embed code, first upload your video to a supported host like YouTube or Vimeo, then embed it. This guide outlines the different ways to add videos to your site and when to use each method.

Note: We have step-by-step instructions for the different places you can add videos. To troubleshoot video, visit Adding videos to your Squarespace site.

Use a video URL

You can embed videos from YouTube or Vimeo by copying and pasting the video's URL into areas like video blocks and backgrounds. This is the most straightforward way to add videos to Squarespace. For advanced display options like autoplay, or if your video host is Animoto or Wistia, add your video using embed code.

To get started:

  1. Copy the video's URL, which you can find in the browser address bar when you're on the host's page.
  2. Add a video block or background video.
  3. Paste the video URL into the Video URL field.
  4. Add a thumbnail, title, and description for more customization, and then click Save.

Use embed code

For more advanced video options, you'll copy and paste embed code from your video host. Using embed code is the best option for:

  • Using advanced display settings your video host provides.
  • Enabling autoplay.
  • Embedding videos from Animoto, Wistia, and other hosts.
Note: Your video host needs to use the oEmbed standard to work with blocks and pages. If your host doesn't use the oEmbed standard, we recommend uploading it to a service that supports it. Otherwise, paste the code into a code block. Custom code like this falls outside of the scope of Squarespace Support.

To begin, make any customizations to your video in your video host and copy its embed code. The steps to find the code vary by hosting service. If you can't find the code, contact your hosting service.

Here's an example of YouTube's embed code:


Add embed code to video blocks and gallery blocks

To add videos using embed code to video blocks and gallery blocks:

  1. In the block editor, click the </> icon.
  2. Paste your embed code into the Embed Data field or pop-up.
  3. Click Back or Set.
  4. "Embed data has been manually set" may appear. This confirms we recognize the embed code.
  5. Add a thumbnail, title, caption, or description for more customization.
  6. Click Save.

Add embed code to gallery pages and cover pages (version 7.0)

If your site's on version 7.0, you can also embed code in other places:

Upload video to section backgrounds (version 7.1)

If your site is on version 7.1, you can upload video files to section backgrounds. It’s not possible to upload videos in other places in Squarespace sites or in other site versions.

To learn about video upload specifications, visit Adding videos to your site.

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Choosing the right video embed option