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, activate the feature in the Writing tab within Jetpack → Settings:
There are 3 different ways to upload your videos:
- Go to https://wordpress.com/media/ and select your site, then click Add New, and select a video file from your computer.
- When editing a post/page, click Add Media and upload a file from your computer.
- Go to Media → Library and drag a video file from your computer to the media library.
Note: it’s not currently possible to upload videos to the WordPress.com cloud via Media → Add New
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.
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/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We highly recommend disabling the standalone VideoPress plugin as it is long out of date.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!
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.
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, we will send video information there (size, quality, format, file name, ID, etc.).
We track when, and by which user, the feature is activated and deactivated.
We sync a single option that identifies whether or not the feature is activated.