How To Upload A Video To WordPress Without YouTube

In my post, I show you how to load a video to WordPress without YouTube, step by step. I don’t recommend uploading videos directly to your site because videos are large files and may cause an error on your site.

A better method is to start a YouTube channel, upload your video to Youtube, then embed your YouTube video on your blog post. Embedding your video means you don’t use any of your server’s resources.

To upload a video to WordPress without YouTube. First, create a ‘Video’ block in your blog post. Second, select ‘Upload’ and choose your video from your computer files or WordPress media library.

If you enjoy making videos, start a YouTube channel. Upload your videos to your YouTube channel, then embed your videos into your posts. I have a tutorial on embedding videos on my ‘How to embed a YouTube video in WordPress‘ post.

Let’s upload a video to WordPress.

Step One – Create A Video Block

To create a block on WordPress, click on the ‘+’ icon on the right or top-left.

Create a new block

Type ‘Video’ into the search box.’ Click on the ‘Video’ icon to create a video block.

Create a video block

You can see from the screenshot above there are many options to embed videos on your blog post. Embedding your videos from a third-party site saves your server’s resources and ensures your video playback is high-quality.

Now you have a video block in your post.

Video block

Step Two – Upload A Video

Next, select ‘Upload’ from the block.

Select upload

Select your video, then click on ‘Open.’

Select your video

Now your video is uploaded to your blog post. There are features on the right that you can enable or disable for your video.

Now your video is uploaded to your blog post

That is how you upload a video to WordPress without YouTube.

How To Add A Video To A WordPress Widget

First, select ‘Widgets’ from your WordPress admin menu.

Select widgets

Next, find the ‘Video’ widget, then drag it to the ‘Sidebar.’

Drag the video widget to the sidebar

Next, give it a title and then select ‘Add video.’

Open the ‘Upload files’ tab, select your video, and click on ‘Open.’

Upload your video

Before adding your video to the widget, complete the title information, and select ‘Add to widget.’

Video title tag

Finally, select ‘Save.’

Save your widget

Now you have successfully added a video to your WordPress widget.

Video in a WordPress widget

What Is This File Exceeds The Maximum Upload Size For This Site On WordPress?

Your hosting company sets file upload limits on your account. If you upload a file that exceeds this limit, you get this error message.

Upload error message

To find the maximum file upload limit for your site, hover your mouse over ‘Media’ on your admin menu and select ‘Add new.’

Select add new

The file upload limit for your site is on the left.

File upload limit

The maximum upload file size for this site is 2 MB. This limit is too low if you want to upload videos to your site. The better alternative is to embed videos from a third-party site.

Increase this limit through your hosting Cpanel, but I recommend you embed videos rather than upload them directly to your site.


To add a video to WordPress without Youtube is simple. First, create a video block. Second, select your video and upload it to your blog post.

Hosting companies set file upload limits to hosting accounts to stop one website from using all the resources on a shared server. If your video file exceeds this limit, you get an error message.

The better option is to embed videos from a third-party site like YouTube. All you need is the URL of the video you want to use. Embedding videos don’t use server resources.

I recommend starting a YouTube channel and embedding your videos into your posts. For a tutorial on embedding YouTube videos into your blog posts, check out my ‘How to embed YouTube videos‘ post.

Before you leave to add videos to your blog content, would you kindly spare one minute to leave a comment? I appreciate all feedback. If I helped you at all, please let me know. If you have any questions, ask them in the comments section, I will do my best to help you.

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