Content Editor WebPart: YouTube

In my first post of the series I want to looking at getting YouTube videos embedded into a site.

Many schools look at YouTube and see a website that is full of violence and inappropriate videos but when you search for some of these key words nothing comes up.

We look at YouTube and see a vast number of videos that can help students in their understanding of the subject.

So how do we get these into out SharePoint site?

There are many different ways to download videos from YouTube, convert them and then upload them to play in your site but there is a very simply way of adding them.

Go and find your video on YouTube.

If the user has allowed it you will see an embedded section down the right hand side.  You will then see some code down just below it.  Copy this text.


So now you should have something like this ready to paste into your SharePoint site

<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

Open your SharePoint site and add a Content Editor Web Part to your page

When you've loaded the web part properties click on Source Editor.

Paste the code into this box.


Now click on OK and Ok again and you will see your video on your SharePoint site.


You now have your video in your sharepoint site

Back Blogging


It’s been a while since I last properly blogged so it’s time to get back on track.

In the last few months I’ve changed jobs, been to the USA and now planning my next trip away which includes visiting a school in Serria Leone and TechEd in Barcelona.

While I was in the New York last month I managed to pop into the New York SharePoint Group event which I really enjoyed - thanks to those who made me feel so welcome.

I do a lot of posting at and looking at doing some `how to' through Microsoft Live Meeting. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment in this post.

So I've decided I'm going to do a little series of blogs on the content editor webpart.  I'm hoping this can help enrich your environment in your schools and show you how you can get some external teaching resources into your school.

Area I will cover include:

  • YouTube
  • Adding a Silverlight Application
  • Adding a Flash Application
  • Mashup