Faster YouTube Embed


Faster YouTube Embed is an easy-to-use WordPress plugin to insert YouTube videos to your WordPress pages and posts. It offers you a fully responsive and user friendly design. After installing this convenient YouTube plugin for your website, you will have a custom YouTube widget that can be used to embed single video without any hassle as it provides a fast and easy method to get the job done.

This plugin is compatible with almost all the popular page builders on WordPress. You can take advantage of this widget in both Gutenberg and Elementor to embed your YouTube videos. Furthermore, you can use a shortcode for any page builder! The best part? Videos will load at blazing fast speed no matter what size screen it is being viewed from- so you don’t have any unwanted delays!


Faster YouTube embed is a powerful solution for embedding YouTube videos into your WordPress site that is exceptionally quick, straightforward, and easy to use. Some of its highlights are mentioned below:

  • Insert YouTube video URL through a Gutenberg block, Elementor addon, widget or shortcode.
  • Fully Responsive YouTube videos on all devices. The plugin has an easy-to-use shortcode which is [htyoutube]url[/htyoutube] and it allows you to show your YouTube Video playlist in any posts or pages. Replace the url here by the URL of your desired YouTube video.
  • Speed up YouTube video load time on your site by using this plugin.

So, worried about YouTube videos slowing down your site? Switch to the modern and user-friendly “Faster YouTube Embed” plugin and get your website up and running with faster YouTube video load speed.

The plugin also allows you to set the resolution for the thumbnail to be shown up. You can set various screen resolutions for thumbnails to appear.
* 01. Lowest Quality Dimensions: 120px × 90px
* 02. Medium Quality Dimensions: 320px × 180px
* 03. High Quality Dimensions: 480px × 360px
* 04. Standard Quality Dimensions: 640px × 480px
* 05. YouTube Recommended Thumbnail Dimension for better SEO: 1280px × 720px


[htyoutube controls="1" start ="10" end="40" thumbnailresolution="lowest OR medium OR high OR standard OR recommended" thumbnail=""]YouTube Video ID[/htyoutube]

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  • YouTube player frontend view
  • Gutenberg player Setting
  • Wordpress Default Widgets Setting
  • Elementor widgets Setting
  • YouTube Player Shortcodes


This plugin provides 1 block.

  • Faster YouTube Embed


This section describes how to install the Faster YouTube Embed plugin and get it working.

1) Install

  1. Go to the WordPress Dashboard “Add New Plugin” section.
  2. Search For “Faster YouTube Embed”.
  3. Install, then Activate it.


  1. Unzip (if it is zipped) and Upload faster-youtube-embed folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress


26 September 2023 1 reply
The plugin seems to work ok, but I uninstalled it right away because it did not automatically load the video’s thumbnail image, and just displays a gray box. The default WP youtube embed loads an image and a title. Unless I want to go through and create a thumbnail image for each of the 100 or so videos on my site, it is not very helpful. Also, I did not see any indication that you could embed vimeo’s.
28 June 2022 1 reply
I tried every one of the top ten plugins to embed youtube videos on my web pages, trying to avoid the large cost of page speed of a direct embed. Most are complicated and require too much to start up. Most played poorly or not at all on mobile or phones (safari). This is so easy, I use the Gutenberg block, and the block opens right into the sidebar. It worked instantly. So happy! My GTMertrix score is awesome, with no lingering video player load slowing things down, yet the video plays easily. This is powerful, simple, responsive, and fast! Update: #1 The Video start & end time and end time allows me to open the video to the relative content. #2 It automatically picks up the thumbnail, with an option to add your own. #3 This is the first Yotube video that respects SEO click rate. I send users to the right content, right away, with no loss of page speed. This plugin is really growing on me.
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Version: 1.0.6 – Date: 05-06-2023

  • Added: Support for using multiple block in same page

Version: 1.0.5 – Date: 03-11-2022

  • Compatibility with the latest WordPress version.

Version: 1.0.4 – Date: 28-09-2022

  • Compatibility with the latest WordPress version.
  • Updated : Readme.txt Description

Version: 1.0.3 – Date: 16-06-2022

  • Compatibility with latest WordPress version.
  • Solved : Minor issue.

Version: 1.0.2 – Date: 12-11-2021

  • Solved : Block data showing issue in gutenberg block editor mode.
  • Solved : Minor issue.

Version: 1.0.1 – Date: 1-07-2021

  • Added Thumbnail Resolution Change Functionality

Version: 1.0.0 – Date: 22-06-2021

  • Initial release