YouTube videos on your website
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What is YouTube?


YouTube makes putting videos on your website a breeze. Video enriches a website and the visitors experience. Video can create the interest that motivates people to visit your website repeatedly. If you're a golf course, that is behavior you want. Even if your website is not for a golf course, video of your golf group is of interest to your players. In addition to videos that cover group activities, there are many free videos about golf that you can put on your website.


Take a Tour of YouTube



Learn how to use YouTube


You can learn how to use YouTube through the YouTube Handbook.


What can you do with YouTube


While we can think of a few things you can do with YouTube and video on your website, you undoubtedly can think of others...



At YouTube you can search for video which you think would fit the content of your website.


Using YouTube videos with Website Builder


There are two main ways to put video on one of your website pages: linking and embedding. When you link to a video, clicking on the link takes you to watch the video at YouTube. When you embed a video, the video is watched at your website.


If you decide that you want to upload your own videos, you will need to create an account at YouTube. As YouTube is a Google property,  if you've already created an account for your golf group for Google Picasa, Blogger, Docs or Groups, you can use the same account for YouTube.


Linking to a video:


By far the easiest thing to do is upload your video to somewhere like YouTube.com. Or search at YouTube for a video of interest to your golfing community. Then link to it. Here's how:


  1. Go to the YouTube.com page and find your video or another you want to make available on your website.


  1. Look for the area near the image of the video for the link URL. Generally you will find a light gray area as shown below with a URL (link address) and/or Embed code (not all video can be embedded. The sample image below says that embedding is disabled.



  1. Copy the URL for the video (making sure you get all of it including what extends beyond the right edge of the URL box that you cannot see).

  2. Paste this link on one of your web pages or to put it on your menu...

  3. From within Website Builder, select the "Menu" tab or Pages tab. If you want this page to automatically have a link on the navigation bar, select the Menu tab.


  1. From the Menu or Pages tab click on the "Add a page" [] icon.


  1. In the Program Tools folder, select the Google YouTube page template by highlighting/selecting it (click once with left mouse button) and clicking on the Next button.


  1. Enter information into "Page Properties" window and click Save & Close button.


  1. Your new web page template is now on the navigation menu (if you used the Menu tab).

  2. Paste your YouTube URL (See Step 3 above) to the Video Address box (green arrow below).



  3. You will now have a link on your menu which, when clicked on, will display the YouTube page with the video included on it.


Embed a video:


When you embed a video, just the video shows on your website; not a whole YouTube page with the video inside it. Here's how to embed...


  1. Go to the YouTube.com page and find your video or another you want to make available on your website.


  1. Look for the area near the image of the video for the Embed code. Generally you will find a light gray area as shown below with a URL (link address) and/or Embed code (not all video can be embedded. It is up to the owner of the video to give permission for linking and embedding).



  1. Copy the Embed code for the video (making sure you get all of it including what extends beyond the right edge of the Embed box that you cannot see).

  2. From within Website Builder, select the "Menu" tab or Pages tab. If you want this page to automatically have a link on the navigation bar, select the Menu tab.


  1. From the Menu or Pages tab click on the "Add a page" [] icon.


  1. In the Program Tools folder, select the Google YouTube page template by highlighting/selecting it (click once with left mouse button) and clicking on the Next button.


  1. Enter information into "Page Properties" window and click Save & Close button.


  1. Your new web page template is now on the navigation menu (if you used the Menu tab).

  2. Paste your YouTube URL (See Step 3 above) to the Video Embed (Code) box (green arrow below).



  3. You will now have a link on your menu which, when clicked on, will display just the video on your webpage.