Embed Videos in your Dashboard with Video Dashboard

I am pleased to announce that my first plugin has been accepted in the WordPress repository! Now you can embed videos directly in your WordPress dashboard with a very simple plugin. Go to the WordPress download page for Video Dashboard here.

I have a lot of clients, and one of my favorite things to do is make screencasts for them as tutorials on how to use their new website. But all too often, the links to those videos go missing in their emails. I wanted an easy way to place these videos right in the dashboard, where clients won’t have to go looking for them. Shockingly, there aren’t any free plugins out there that can accomplish this task! Amazed, I set out to create my own.

Behold! The fruit of my labor; Video Dashboard. Video dashboard is a very simple plugin that allows WordPress users to embed numerous YouTube videos directly into their WordPress dashboard, without having to struggle through a complicated plugin or coding tutorial.

Video Dashboard seen from the actual backend

Video Dashboard in Action

Seen above is the plugin in action, right there in the WordPress backend. As you can see, it is no-nonsense and just displays the videos like you would expect. Right now, the plugin supports YouTube videos only, but I am working on supporting Vimeo as well.



In the previous screenshot, you can see the settings page for the plugin. Here, you can specify the minimum user role with the ability to see the videos. The would helpful if you only wanted Administrators to see the videos, or just wanted to prevent subscribers from seeing your sensitive tutorial videos.

The plugin also supports up to 50 videos, without cluttering the screen with unneeded fields. Simply select the number in the settings and more fields will open up. Additionally, while selecting a number smaller than the number of videos you have entered, there is no fear of losing your list. Simply bring the number back up, and the previously entered video IDs will be restored.

You may also notice that you can use the video ID OR url to the video. This is no accident! In order to make it as simple as possible, I have added the ability to use either option when entering videos.

Check out the plugin, try it on your site, let me know what you think! This plugin is aimed primarily at developers like myself, looking for a way to accomplish exactly what the plugin sets out to do. If you like it, do me a favor and rate it! Enjoy!

About Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson is a website developer and designer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a passion for code and WordPress. He spends his days building WordPress websites for small businesses, developing new code with the online community, and living life.

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