Poll: Have You Used the oEmbed Feature for Posts?

When WordPress 4.4 “Clifford” was released in December of 2015, it turned WordPress into an oEmbed provider. This made it easy for sites running on WordPress 4.4 or later to have its content embedded on other sites.

Here’s an example of what content from a WordPress site looks like when embedded in a post.

Feature Plugin Merge Proposal: oEmbed

When we wrote about the feature on the Tavern, a number of readers expressed concern that it should be disabled by default without the use of a plugin. When Pascal Birchler, who developed the feature, was questioned why this isn’t the case, he responded, “Such a feature shouldn’t get an option to disable it because only few people should ever feel they need to do that.”

“The new embed functionality has been developed with the majority of users in mind. It just needs to grow. Imagine that you can paste a URL for a WordPress site, and know that it will be embedded in your editor.”

During the conversation, the Disable Embeds plugin was recommended as a way to disable oEmbeds for posts. Since the release of WordPress 4.4 eight months ago, the plugin has accumulated more than 5,000 active installs.

The most popular reason for disabling post embeds is to be able to write a full URL in the editor without it turning into an iFrame, as Jenny Beaumont explains in her review.

I had gotten used to many auto embeds in WordPress like those for Twitter and Youtube, but hadn’t run across a case where I actually wanted to publish a straight link. Until today.

It was extremely frustrating to realize that I could no longer do that, that I was being forced to display the link (to a simple web page) as an embedded excerpt of the page. This handy plugin fixed that right up, leaving my other embeds in tact.

Now that oEmbeds for posts have existed for at least eight months, we want to know if you’ve used them at least once. I’ve used them a few times in my ICYMI series of posts but the vast majority of time, the oEmbed ruins the flow of an article whereas a link does not. Please take a moment to vote in the poll and leave your thoughts in the comments.

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21 responses to “Poll: Have You Used the oEmbed Feature for Posts?”

    • Glad to hear from a fan of the feature. I like them too and don’t mind the feature in core, I just haven’t found many instances in where they make sense in the articles I write for the Tavern. I’d probably use them more often on a site that’s less rigid such as my personal site on WordPress.com.

  1. I use it all the time. It’s one of those things where you used to have to go find a plugin for easy video embeds via shortcode or button (like Viper’s, etc), but now just works on its own. Perhaps there should be either an option in Settings to disable it, or a method (shortcode) to use to insert a URL as is that would otherwise get converted via oEmbed. Something like:

    [noembed http://youtu.be/lkdjfsldkjf ]

    • :) I just started blogging I didn’t even comment on any blog to make Akismet think I am a spammer. Just tried on my blog. So the Blog of the article I am embedding should have the embed feature enabled. So I have to figure out how to do it on my internal links.

  2. I think it’s fairly easy to dismiss this feature from the context of specifically embedding posts. If you aren’t really generating a lot of written content and doing cross-referencing, it’s easy to see how this feature seems like something the casual user has very little use for.

    That said, where this feature really shines is when you break out of the blog or content-focused scenarios into areas like e-commerce, where you can now embed products or reviews or recipes or testimonials or anything else you can dream up where previously it would’ve been very difficult to package that information up in a reliable way and allow for external embeds.

    The fact that the embed templates are themselves customizeable on a per-post type basis makes this an incredibly powerful yet simple-to-implement feature any plugin or theme developer can leverage.

    To give you something to think about, I’m pretty sure WooCommerce supports embedding products elsewhere. Imagine if you could embed an entire category of products on another site. Virtual storefronts wouldn’t be too far off the mark. And to think that making that possible might be as simple as dropping a product archive link into the page and WordPress handling the embed logic, is pretty mind blowing.

    I don’t think we’ve come close to fully realizing the potential of content embeds in WordPress yet. I really look forward to seeing how developers leverage this in interesting ways going forward.

  3. I use it when I want to quote an article that mentions me. (Yup, it’s all about me.) Though when I went to include the WordCamp LAX speaker interview, the embed looked kind of wonky and I switched over to Content Cards, which did a better display. I haven’t had time to investigate it–WP embeds were displaying fine before. (I could not, however, say “before WHAT.”)

  4. Still trying to figure out the feature. I would love to try embed for few articles in my site. I don’t know if it’s inbuilt feature or should I use a Plugin? If it’s inbuilt feature, my theme has a different feature for direct link inserts in the post which displays as a quote with the title. May be that’s an issue. So many things to figure out. I am researching about it that’s how I ended up here.


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