WP YouTube Lyte and YouTube API v2 end of life

The YouTube API v2 is now officially to be shut down soon after April 20th. That’s bad news for WP YouTube Lyte, which uses this version of the API to perform unauthenticated read-only requests to fetch a.o. video title and thumbnail information (example here). The v3 API is supposed to simpler yet more powerful and […]

WP YouTube Lyte now parses normal YouTube links as well

I was just being a jealous guy, seeing how normal YouTube embeds (oEmbeds) got previewed nicely in WordPress 4.0 TinyMCE editor. This had been on my wishlist for a long time already and I looked into enabling that for httpv-links and lyte-shortcodes as well, but that turned out not to be that simple. So I […]

WP YouTube Lyte 1.4.0; support for accessibilityFeature

A new version of WP YouTube Lyte was released over the weekend. Benetech, a U.S. nonprofit that develops and uses technology to create positive social change, offered a patch that adds the accessibilityFeature property to videos that have captions. If you have microdata enabled, WP YouTube Lyte now will automatically check if captions are available […]

WP YouTube Lyte mobile audio-only degradation

stevygee1987, one of those great WP YouTube Lyte users, discovered that somewhere along the way audio-only embeds stopped working on mobile (iOS & Android). The root-cause of the problem is that for mobile browsers YouTube does not show the bottom controls any more, even if specifically requested to do so via the iFrame API. I’m […]

Power users rejoice; WP YouTube Lyte has an API

Power users of WP YouTube Lyte might be particularly interested in the version that is being pushed out as we speak. 1.3.0 comes with an API, allowing you to substantially change the way the plugin works. You have the following filters to play around with; lyte_settings; filter to change values in the settingsArray without changing […]

How to have normal YouTube-links handled by WP YouTube Lyte

Although by default WP YouTube Lyte only works with httpv or httpa links and hence does not act on normal YouTube links (which are instead auto-handled by oEmbed in WordPress core), you can easily change this behavior by adding the following code-snippet to your theme’s function.php or to a separate “helper”-plugin: Now that wasn’t too […]