A day or two ago, I found a very inspirational clip on youtube that I wanted to include in a post. Since I hadn’t done this before, I read about it in the WordPress Codex, which said that when you’re watching a youtube video, just copy and paste the url onto a separate line in the WordPress post editor window and WordPress will take the url and do whatever is needed to embed it in your post. I thought that sounded just too easy to actually work. Instead, I hunted around the youtube page looking for a link that would create the code to embed the video. When that didn’t work, I tried enclosing it with an embed shortcode. When that didn’t work either, I went back and tried exactly what the Codex said to do and it worked perfectly. Just goes to show that reading (and following) the instructions gets you a lot further than just trying stuff on your own.
Using media with WordPress has been rather clumsy historically and it’s reassuring to see this weakness being addressed.
It’s also good to be reminded that the Codex is a useful resource when you need help with WordPress. I’ve amassed a collection of bookmarks to topics within the Codex; I just need to remember to use those bookmarks to check the Codex first and trust that it will point me in the right direction.