Much to my consternation, WordPress and YouTube do not play nice togther. A quick Blingo search reveals this is a common frustration.
There are several plugins available which presumably solve this issue, but I’ve had a lot of coffee tonight and I’m can’t sit still long enough to install a plugin. So with a with a few tips from the WP community and a little trial-and-error, I think I’ve figured out a no-plugin solution.
First and foremost, shut down the visual rich editor. If you are the sole author and admin, go to Users > and uncheck “Use the visual rich editor when writing”. If you have additional users, you will need to uncheck the same checkbox under Options > Writing. “WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically” should also be unchecked.
Finally, there should be no line breaks in the YouTube URL, something WordPress has a tendency to add automagically.
That’s the trick. If you’re a fellow ‘Presser, give it a shot and let me know if it works for you.
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