Congratulations! You’ve produced an accessible time-based media file! Now it’s time to share your content with your audience.
Basic Publishing Guidelines
The basic guidelines for publishing any time-based media on WordPress is as follows:
- Ensure captions are added on the media hosting platform (such as YouTube) and edited for accuracy
- In WordPress: Use semantic headings (H2, H3, etc.) for the video content section of a page or the page title if the video is the primary delivery modality. For tips on how to add headings in WordPress see Best Practices: Outline Headings.
- Provide a short description of the content in the video on the WordPress page as well as in the post or description on the media hosting platform.
- Inform users of any accessibility features (closed captions, descriptions, etc.)
- Include the full transcript or a link to the full transcript on your WordPress page and in the post or description on the media hosting platform.
Page Design Options
In addition to the basic publishing guidelines, there are several options available within the WordPress theme. Examples of each are included on the page.
Video + Text
The most obvious choice is a Video + Text Panel. This is a great option as it allows you to add a solid background (blue orange, white, or grey) to the content so the video appears more prominently on the page. You can also include a video description and a link to a full transcript all in one place.
The other panel that may be a good option for displaying video content is the WYSIWYG panel and it appears most like the plain text editor. However, we don’t recommend using the columns to display multiple videos. It’s best used to display a single video.
Additionally, you can display a video on your page by simply pasting your video link directly into the text editor. We recommend including a heading prior to your video along with a description and any accessibility related information. This will help your users navigate more effectively.
Video in the Text Editor
This is an example of a video displayed in the text editor.