Having trouble getting your website's message across? Need an interactive and eye-catching way to draw in more traffic?
CodeCanyon and Envato Elements have many high-quality video background plugins available for you to add to your WordPress website and to help amplify your site’s message and engage visitors.
These video background plugins are rich with features that will help you tell a compelling story to your audience directly on your WordPress website. With a premium plugin, you will be able to:
- play Vimeo and YouTube videos
- play self-hosted files
- customizable audio players
- add countdown timers
- add 360° video
Whether you are promoting a product or service, showcasing your latest YouTube video, or adding a scenery montage to your travel website, the video background plugins available on Envato Elements and CodeCanyon will allow you to seamlessly integrate a video player into your WordPress website.
Before we look at the WordPress background video plugins, let's explore the benefits of a monthly subscription to Envato Elements.
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WordPress Video Background Plugins on Envato Elements and CodeCanyon
Here's a hand-picked selection of the best-selling WordPress video background plugins that are available for you to download on Envato Elements and CodeCanyon. In the descriptions, I'll mention plugins that appear on both marketplaces.
The Video Player and Full-Screen Video Background plugin is an HTML5 video player that allows you to create full-screen video background pages for your WordPress site from videos hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, or other self-hosting sites.
Best features of this video background plugin:
- responsive design
- full-screen video background
- texture over video available
- and more
Video Player and Full-Screen Video Background can also be used as a video player on those webpages where you want to show video but don’t want to use a full-screen video background.
This powerful WordPress video background plugin allows you to display image background sliders, WordPress fullscreen video backgrounds, a multimedia gallery, and a video gallery. All major browsers are supported. Here are a few notable features of this versatile plugin:
- mobile compatible
- animated text
- customizable transitions
- circle timer
- two skins
This plugin is great for marketing. You can display a counter over your background image to highlight a product or service that you are selling. The combination of the countdown timer and the background video will help encourage your audience to take action and boost sales.
Here are a few features that you can expect from this WordPress video background plugin:
- callback function
- social sharing
- touchscreen navigation
- logo upload
Video Clipping Mask for Elementor allows you to grab attention by applying any shape to your video using a clipping mask. In addition, you can use it to add a video background for text or other blocks to help amplify your site’s message and engage visitors.
Features of the Video Clipping Mask for Elementor:
- 40+ preset mask images
- custom SVG mask images
- 5 section templates included
- custom video width and height
- YouTube, Vimeo, or self-hosted videos
- customisable fonts, colours, borders, backgrounds, gradients, etc.
- flexible clipping mask settings
Video Clipping Mask for Elementor is fully responsive and compatible with all modern browsers. The plugin is available on both Envato Elements and CodeCanyon and comes with extensive online documentation.
The Best WordPress Video Background Plugins on CodeCanyon
Here are a few of the best video background WordPress plugins available on CodeCanyon for 2021.
5. Slider Hero
With Slider Hero, you can build a unique home page and landing page slider that is fully customizable. The plugin features 85+ unique animation effects to help you create a memorable slider. You can add YouTube videos and Vimeo videos with or without text into the slider. This WordPress plugin helps you focus on your core message and is sure to keep your audience interested and focused.
The Most Wanted WordPress Plugins Pack combines a whopping 31 plugins with features like zoom in and out sliders, radio players, grids, and carousels. For the purpose of this article, however, we are most interested in the included video player and WordPress full-screen video background plugin.
The HTML5 video player supports YouTube, Vimeo and self-hosted videos and can also be used as a full-screen video background for your WordPress site.
- combines video background plugin with a variety of other useful plugins
- easy to use
- and more
If you’re looking for a video background plugin but are also interested in slider, grid, radio and a variety of other plugins, Most Wanted WordPress Plugins Pack will give you the best value for money.
Easy Video Player is primarily a video player for WordPress sites, but it can also easily be used to create a video background. Like many of the other plugins in this list, you can link to videos from your YouTube or Vimeo accounts, but you can also play video from your server.
- mobile and desktop optimised
- responsive layout
- full-screen available
- and more
This video player is an add-on for WPBakery Page Builder (formerly Visual Composer). The HTML5 video background WordPress plugin comes with a single full-screen video player that is compatible with all major browsers. The video player also supports CSS3 and jQuery. The video files that are supported are MP4, OGG, and WebM. If you own WPBakery and need to add a background video to your website, then this plugin is for you!
View the live preview of this plugin to see what it can do for you!
This is a very simple Elementor Page Builder plugin that lets you add not only beautiful background video sliders but image sliders as well. You can add these sliders to any row on your WordPress pages and posts and can add YouTube videos as well.
Here are a few notable features of this plugin:
- slider animation speed
- change slide duration
- add background colour overlay
- set opacity for overlay colour
This is a clean and simple video background WordPress plugin that supports YouTube and Vimeo videos. You can play a single video in a loop, loop multiple videos, or play videos from a playlist. This video background plugin will work perfectly on your landing pages to help showcase your business's products or services. This video player also supports audio.
7 Free WordPress Video Background Plugins for Download in 2021
If you are looking for the most comprehensive set of tools and functionality in a video background plugin, then the paid WordPress plugins are your number one option. However, many people are on a tight budget and still need to be able to have a video background on their website.
That's why I have collected a list of five of the best free WordPress video background plugins available.
AWB lets you use parallax backgrounds with images, videos, YouTube, and Vimeo. It supports Gutenberg and WPBakery Page Builder.
Slider Hero is a futuristic, responsive header hero slider plugin and dynamic website intro maker. It offers YouTube video background and animated background effects for hero banners, hero sliders, and landing pages. Slider Hero supports Gutenberg and Elementor Page Builder.
Video Background offers a simple and easy way to add a video background to any of your WordPress website's pages and posts. All major web browsers support this plugin, and the plugin can be installed with a simple shortcode.
This plugin allows you to make embedded videos, generate thumbnails, and encode files more easily. It's simple to insert the media that you uploaded into a post or page and have it displayed through an HTML5 video player.
The WP Video Lightbox plugin allows you to embed videos on a page using a lightbox overlay display. This plugin can be used to display not only videos but images as well. The video lightbox is mobile-friendly and easy to install.
YouTube Showcase allows you to display your YouTube videos in a gallery or grid view on your WordPress site. Page navigation is available once you upload more than eight videos. You can also adjust the number of YouTube videos shown with a shortcode. This is a great plugin to add to your website if all you need is to display YouTube videos.
This video gallery plugin will help you keep your website visitors on your site. This video gallery is your solution for embedding YouTube videos on your website. You can add video playlists and channels into a responsive video gallery.
Adding a Background Video to Your WordPress Website
To show you just how easy it is to add a background video to your WordPress website, I am going to use the Video Player and FullScreen Video Background plugin to add two YouTube tutorials to our music production website. These videos are going to be displayed on a page and have thumbnails of the videos below the video player for easy navigation.
Once you have installed the Video Player & FullScreen Video Background player, head on over to WP Dashboard > VIDEO PLAYER & VIDEO BACKGROUND > Add New. In the Name* field, we will type in "Music Production Tutorials". This will create our background video player.
Next, we will add our videos and thumbnails to the background video player. Go to WP Dashboard > VIDEO PLAYER & VIDEO BACKGROUND > Manage Players. Next to our "Music Production Tutorial" player, click the Playlist link. You will be taken to the playlist editor, where we will then click the Add New link. This will bring up the editor for a single video.
First, we will add our thumbnail to our first tutorial video by clicking the Change Image button and choosing the video thumbnail from our media library. Next, we will add our YouTube video. To do this, you will need to get the YouTube Video ID. To find our video's ID, we will copy the letters and numbers that follow the = sign in the YouTube video's URL.
We will paste this in the YouTube Video ID field in the video player editor and click the Update Playlist Record button. This will add our first tutorial to our video player. We will go ahead and repeat this same process for the second tutorial.
Once we have both our tutorials in our video player, we will add the player to a page on our website. Go to WP Dashboard > VIDEO PLAYER & VIDEO BACKGROUND > Manage Players and copy the shortcode that follows the Page/Post text for our Music Production Tutorial video player. We will then go to one of our WordPress pages and paste in this shortcode.
Click the Update button on that page, and you are all set! The background video player with our two music production tutorials and their thumbnails will be present on our webpage.
Background Video Best Practices
Video backgrounds when done right enhance the user experience on your website. The important thing to understand is that a background video is supposed to support the message of your website and not steal the show. Something else you should keep in mind is your users' bandwidths.
These best practices will come in handy if you are thinking of adding a video background to your website.
1. Keep It Short
Video backgrounds are meant to convey an idea that shows what your website is all about. So keep them short—15 to 30 seconds is recommended.
2. Remove Audio
Audio distracts from the experience that background videos are supposed to convey. Also, background videos with audio can't autoplay on mobile.
3. Make the Video Simple
Background videos visually highlight what your website is about. To do this successfully, you will need to avoid too much movement so it doesn't distract from the message. Also be aware of issues like motion sickness as a result of excessive movement.
4. Pause Button
While your background video may be brilliant, some people prefer to skip straight to the website. Offer a pause button in case your users don't want to sit through a few seconds of video.
5. Keep the Video Size Small
It doesn't matter what device your users are using to access your website, but large video files hog a lot of bandwidth. Avoid endless looping and other techniques that consume bandwidth.
Add a Premium WordPress Video Background Plugin to Your Website Now!
By adding a background video to your website, you will be able to draw the attention of your audience and market your products and services. CodeCanyon offers the highest-quality and most feature-rich background video WordPress plugins on the web.
Whether you need to add a countdown timer to your background video or play YouTube and Vimeo videos, the library of plugins available on CodeCanyon can help you accomplish these tasks.
In addition to all the video background plugins available, there is a large collection of other high-quality WordPress plugins on CodeCanyon that can help you improve your website. Have a look through this massive collection of plugins, and you will discover all types of plugins, including newsletter, gallery, eCommerce, and marketing plugins.
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This post has been updated with contributions from Franc Lucas. Franc is a writer for Envato Tuts+ who enjoys exploring the world of SaaS.
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