Adding a YouTube Video to Joomla 1.6+

Adding videos such as embedded YouTube or Vimeo videos take a few steps in Joomla 1.6 to get right. There are new settings in Joomla 1.6 that have to be tweaked in order to get the videos working. These new settings help improve the output of the code from the WYSIWYG Editors as well as protecting your website from malicious code.

Here is the overview from the backed of Joomla about text filters.

Please note that the latest version of Joomla has moved the text filter to the Global Configuration and by default now has no text filter applied to super users. This tutorial is mainly for users that are using Joomla versions 1.6 to pre 2.5.x.

These are the text filters that will be applied to articles submitted by users in the selected groups.

These filtering options give more control over the HTML your content providers submit. You can be as strict or as liberal as you require to suit your site needs. The filtering is opt-in and the default settings provide good protection against markup commonly associated with Web site attacks."

This is on top of the filters and malicious code strippers that are found in the Editors.

Currently, at the time of this article, there are no other content editors available for Joomla 1.6 nor are there any plugins such as JoomlaWorks AllVideos plug-in that will allow for the easy embedding of videos.

So, at this point in time, to embed YouTube videos or the like you have to follow these steps.

Turning Off Your WYSIWYG Editor In Global Configuration

Navigate via the administration menu to Site -> Global Configuration and select the Site sub menu.

Switch your editor to "No Editor" in the Site Settings area.

global configuration editor selection

Modifying the Article Manager Options

Navigate via the administrator menu to Content -> Article Manager.

In the top right corner of the screen click on the Options button for the article manager.

article manager options

Article Manager Options Screen Joomla 1.6

A new modal window will appear with all the article options on scree. Navigate to the Text Filter tab.

Turn off all levels of filtering for your access level. e.g. Super Administrator only and hit Save & Close.

article manager options text filtering

You should be now able to embed your YouTube code into Joomla 1.6.

After which you may want to switch back to the default editor, TinyMCE for further editing on your website.

Alternative Method of Video Embedding Using a Plugin

A quick and easy way of embedding videos is with a video plugin such as AllVideos from JoomlaWorks.

The plugin allows for the use of short plugin code such as {videoprovider}videoID{/videoprovider} to easily embed and display videos.

Last modified on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 20:20
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