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Video Hosting

Jetpack’s video hosting feature allows you to upload videos from your computer to be hosted on WordPress.com, rather than on your host’s servers. You can then insert these on your self-hosted Jetpack site. 

Jetpack includes unlimited video hosting for all users with Jetpack Premium and Professional plans.

Once you’ve purchased the plan, go to Jetpack → Settings → Writing and activate the “Fast, ad-free video hosting” module.

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Uploading Videos

There are 3 different ways to upload your videos:

  1. Go to https://wordpress.com/media/ and select your site, then click Add New, and select a video file from your computer.
  2. When editing a post or a page, click Add Media and upload the file directly from your computer.
  3. in the wp-admin dashboard, go to Media → Library and drag the video file from your computer directly to the media library.

Note: it’s not currently possible to upload videos to the WordPress.com cloud via Media → Add New

Additional Information

Jetpack’s video hosting supports MP4 (.mp4, .m4v), QuickTime movies (.mov), Windows Media Video (.wmv), Audio Video Interleave (.avi), MPEG (.mpg), Ogg ( .ogv ), 3GPP ( .3gp ) and 3GPP2 ( .3g2 ).

This module also allows you to retrieve a video’s [wpvideo xyz] shortcode, and insert it into your post. You can specify the width and height of the video container with w= h= shortcode attributes. You can autoplay a video by setting a shortcode parameter of autoplay=true. The following are all valid shortcodes:

  • [wpvideo xyz] uses your default theme content_width if present, otherwise uses 400px as width.
  • [wpvideo xyz w=640] specifies the width of video container to be 640px while preserving the aspect ratio.
  • [wpvideo xyz w=640 h=360] specifies both width and height of the video container.
  • [wpvideo xyz h=300] specifies the height of the video container to be 300px, while preserving the aspect ratio.

Video preview elements and HTML5 video are directly inserted into your WordPress post or page, enabling custom styling through CSS or inclusion in your site statistics.

VideoPress works well for files that are 1GB and lower. It may work for files between 1GB and 2GB, but the larger the file, the greater chance for the process to fail. Big files require a consistent and fast network connection. Most networks will timeout before you’re able to upload a file that’s larger than 1.4 GB. We cannot support any files that are larger than 2 GB.

Troubleshooting

Can I use this module to host videos on my own server?
No. When video hosting is active, videos are uploaded straight to the WordPress.com cloud. They are intentionally not hosted on your own server to avoid any storage or upload limits enforced by your hosting provider.

I’m already using the VideoPress plugin!
We highly recommend disabling the standalone VideoPress plugin as it is long out-of-date. Also, enabling video hosting through Jetpack will ensure that you receive all updates and bug fixes in the future.

Have questions? Feel free to contact us for more personalized assistance!

Privacy Information

This feature is deactivated by default, and activating/unlocking it requires the purchase of a Premium or Professional plan. If you ever need to deactivate the feature, you can do so at any time by toggling the Fast, ad-free video hosting setting in the Media section from Jetpack — Settings — Writing in your dashboard.

Data Used
Site Owners / Users

In order to track video plays for your stats, we will send the site ID, post ID (on which the video is played), and domain name of your site with these events.

If Google Analytics tracking is enabled, some video information (size, quality, format, file name, ID, etc.) will be sent there, as well.

Please refer to the privacy documentation for WordPress.com Stats and Google Analytics for more information on the data used to record video play tracking.

Site Visitors

Please refer to the privacy documentation for WordPress.com Stats and Google Analytics for more information on the data used to record video play tracking.

Activity Tracked
Site Owners / Users

Video plays.

We track when, and by which user, the feature is activated and deactivated.

Site Visitors

Video plays.

Data Synced (Read More)
Site Owners / Users

We sync a single option that identifies whether or not the feature is activated.

Site Visitors

None.

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