Smartvideoplus is a way to put video on a website. It isn’t the only one. On this page, we’ll review other methods and then explain why smartvideoplus gets its name (because it’s the smart option).
The first option is to put a link on the website to a video on YouTube. That may be video that is already on YouTube and that lots of people are using or it may be a video uploaded to YouTube specifically for this purpose. If the latter, then before the video can be uploaded an account has to be opened with YouTube.
Whichever of those methods is chosen, whoever wants to put the video on a website must first find it on YouTube and then click on the “Embed” option. (The exception to this is when a YouTube video is found on another website because in that case it is already embedded on that website and there will be a link at the end of the video allowing it to be linked and embedded elsewhere). Clicking the “Embed” option produces a code which should be copied and pasted into the place on the website where the user wants the video to play.
Option 2 is inline video and in this case the video should first be uploaded to the website where it is to appear. (There is another option called “hot linking” which uses a link to another website but that is not recommended because sooner or later the link on the other website will go dead or be otherwise broken and nothing drives visitors away from a website faster than discovering a broken link there). WordPress then provides an easy way to paste the link where ever on the page the user wants it.
Method 1 involves dependence on another site over which the user has no control. Inline video does away with that, but has the weakness that the video will start to play whether the visitor wanted to or not and that will scare off as many visitors as it attracts.
The solution? A video plug-in. Specifically: smartvideoplus.