How to Manage Videos in Zippy Courses

Courses in your site can contain many different types of media. You can have text-based courses, add your own images, or embed audio files as a part of your course. But one of the most popular and engaging ways to deliver your course is through online video.

Zippy Courses gives you a great platform for presenting your video content. Adding a video requires a couple of extra steps in Zippy Courses, but the end result can be a great looking, engaging, and compelling video course that keeps your students coming back for more.

Where to Host your Videos

First off, you will need to find a place to host your videos. Unlike images or audio files, which can often be hosted on your web hosting, we don’t recommend trying to upload your videos to WordPress. Most web hosts aren’t very good at serving streaming video content, which can result in high bandwidth bills and slow delivery of your video content to students.

Instead, we want to take advantage of a service that hosts your videos for you, and delivers them effectively to your students. For this, there are two leading candidates:  Vimeo and Wistia.

Each of these services offers the ability to upload and embed your videos in a clean, advertisement-free player. Most importantly, these services will reliably serve your videos efficiently and quickly, without costing you an arm and a leg in bandwidth costs.

Why not YouTube? You may be wondering why we don’t recommend uploading your videos to YouTube. This is for two reasons: first, Youtube doesn’t give you the same security or privacy options as Vimeo or Wistia, which makes securing your videos difficult. Second, YouTube will serve ads on nearly any video uploaded, which can be frustrating or inconvenient for someone who’s trying to view a course they paid for. Services like Vimeo and Wistia give your page a more professional look, so we recommend these services over YouTube.

Securing Your Videos

Once your videos are ready to be loaded into your course, you want to be sure these videos are only viewable on your course website. That way, even if someone were to find a link directly to your video, the link itself would be useless.

Both Vimeo and Wistia offer security tools for controlling where your videos can be embedded. For each of these services, you can find a guide below:

Adding Your Videos to Your Course

Once your videos are uploaded, it’s time to add them to your course. Vimeo and Wistia offer the ability to share your videos with an embed code, which is a piece of HTML code that tell your page to load your video. A sample embed code would look something like this:

You can copy this code from your video host to paste into your Zippy Courses site. This will let students view your videos directly in your course page, without having to click on a link.

Zippy Courses gives you the choice of adding your videos to the Featured Media box on your site, or to the body of the course itself. Generally, if you only have one video per lesson, the Featured Media box is the best way to add your videos to your theme. However, if you want to post multiple videos per lesson, or if you are using a theme that doesn’t support featured media, you can add these videos directly to your course content.

Adding a Video as Featured Media

To add your video as featured media, select your Unit or Lesson, and pull up your WordPress editor for that page. You'll find the Featured Media options box on the right of the screen.

Paste in your video’s embed code on this page, and save your changes to add this video to your course. In most themes (including the Zippy Courses and Social Triggers themes), this featured video will appear at the top of your Unit or Lesson page.

Adding a Video to your Site Content

If you want more control over where your video appears in the flow of your lesson, you can also add the embed code directly into your course content. To do that, select the Text tab on your course editor to pull up the Text/HTML editor for your WordPress page.

This window will let you add code directly to your unit or lesson. Paste your video’s embed code into this window where you would like your video to be embedded, and click Update or Publish to save your changes.

And just like that, you’ve added videos to your course! With these tools, you can make dynamic courses that help engage your students and make your content more engaging and enjoyable.