Today we are going to compare 3 YouTube Feed plugins to show a YouTube feed on your WordPress website.
As the use of YouTube is increasing all over the world, so website owners want to display a YouTube feed on their website. Displaying YouTube feed on the website increases engagements, social proof, subscribers. If you are in the search of the best and easy plugin to display your YouTube feed on your website, then you are in the right place.
Now we will be comparing these 3 YouTube feed plugins:
1. Curator Studio YouTube2. Feeds for YouTube3. Embed Plus for YouTube
These plugins are compared based on their price, ease of use, and level of customization.
Curator Studio YouTube1. Free2. PRO – $29.99/year
View demos for Curator Studio YouTube
Curator Studio YouTube PRO is also offered in other tiers:1. Up to 3 sites – $59.99/year2. Unlimited sites – $89.99/year
Feeds for YouTube1. Free2. PRO – $49/year
Feeds for YouTube PRO is also offered in other tiers:1. Up to 5 sites – $99/year2. Up to 25 sites – $149/year
Embed Plus for YouTube1. Free2. PRO – $39.99(1-month priority support)3. PRO – $45.99(6-month priority support)4. PRO – $49.99(Lifetime support)
Embed Plus for YouTube PRO is also offered in other tiers:1. Up to 5 sites – $99.99/year2. Up to 15 sites – $149.99/year
Ease of Installation
Curator Studio YouTube
It only takes few seconds to install Curator Studio YouTube. After activating your plugin, you will be redirected to the Settings page. Go to the Apps page and start creating the feed.
Feeds for YouTube
After activating the plugin, search for Feeds for YouTube on your sidebar. Now they also recommend connecting the YouTube account by creating the API key from the given link and enter that key in the input box or you can connect by clicking on the large big blue button.
Embed Plus for YouTube
After activating the plugin, search for YouTube Free on your left sidebar. Go to the API key tab, follow the given link and create an API key, enter the API key on the given input box and click on the Save Changes button on the bottom right corner.
Ease of Use
One of the main advantages of Curator Studio Youtube over the other two plugins is that you can design your feed and get a live preview of your feed. On the right side, you will get a visual interface to change any settings and on the left side, you will see the preview of your feed as shown in the below screenshot.
But in other plugins, you will not get the visual interface, you have to go to multiple pages, change settings or change shortcodes for every change you made. Due to this, you have to continuously switch between windows and refresh the site to check any changes made on your feed.
Designing the feed
Inside the Apps page, Add Streams and select the option from the dropdown you want to show. Modify your feed with the help of a visual interface on the right and get the preview of your feed on the same page.
The plugin offers to show:1. Single Video2. Channel3. Videos of a Channel4. Videos of a Playlist5. Single Playlist(Pro)6. Playlist from search term(Pro)7. Trending videos of the country(Pro)8. Videos from search term(Pro)9. Videos of a category(Pro)10. Playlist of a channel(Pro)
Feeds for YouTubeIn Feeds for YouTube, if you want to display the YouTube channel, enter the Channel Id or User name of the YouTube channel and click on the Save Changes button. As I already mentioned, you will not get the live preview and visual interface in this plugin.
The plugin offers to show:1. Channel2. Playlist(Pro)3. Favourites(Pro)4. Search(Pro)5. Live streams(Pro)
Embed Plus for YouTubeAfter connecting your youtube account by inserting an API key, go to any post or widget where you want to display your feed. Click the Youtube wizard and select the option your want to display and insert the channel URL. If you want any customization on your feed, then you need to go back to the YouTube Free plugin, change settings and check for any changes made in the new screen. In this plugin also, you will not get the live preview and visual interface.
The plugin offers to show:1. Single Video2. Single Playlist3. Channel4. Live streams
Curator Studio YouTube offers multiple layouts to display feed.1. Masonry2. Simple List3. Carousel(Pro)4. Open list(Multi)(Pro)5. Sidebar list(Pro)
Feeds for YouTube1. Grid2. Gallery3. List4. Carousel(Pro)
Embed Plus for YouTubeThey provide gallery customization in the pro version only. For gallery customization, I am taking the text snippet from their site that says: “Switch from the grid style of the free version to another gallery-style. Right now, we provide a vertical (single column) and horizontal (single row) list-style as alternatives to the grid, with more designs coming. These current alternatives were inspired by the standard YouTube playlist player’s “table of contents,” except our gallery’s video lists are always visible and shown under the playing video.”You can enable live chat on the feed with the pro version of Embed Plus for YouTube.
How video is played?Curator Studio YouTube lets you open videos in:1. Lightbox2. Before or After the feed3. Redirect4. Inline(Pro)
Feeds for YouTube lets you open videos in:1. Lightbox
Embed Plus for YouTube lets you open videos in:1. Lightbox(Pro)
Show or Hide
Curator Studio YouTubeYou can hide or show any part of your feed. You can hide or show Title, Channel name, Media, Description in the free version, and Stats(likes, comments, shares) in the pro version with just an eye icon as shown in the below screenshot.
Feeds for YouTubeYou can show the play icon in the free version. If you want to show Title, Username, Views, Date, Description, Stats(like and comment), Live stream countdown you have to buy the pro version.
Embed Plus for YouTubeYou can show the Title in the free version. This plugin doesn’t have the option to display Username, Views, Date, Stats(like and comment). But you can show a description of the video in the pro version.
Feed Item style
Curator Studio YouTubeAlong with multiple layouts, this plugin offers multiple styles for the feed item.1. Simple Item2. Long Item3. Thin Item(Pro)4. Basic Item(Pro)
Feeds for YouTubeThis plugin doesn’t offer style for feed items.
Embed Plus for YouTubeThis plugin doesn’t offer style for feed items.
Curator Studio YouTubeVideos are sorted on the basis of:1. Created time2. Likes3. Dislikes4. Comments5. Videos(For playlist)
Feeds for YouTubeSorting is not available in this plugin.
Embed Plus for YouTubeSorting is not available in this plugin.
Curator Studio YouTubeAnother unique feature that Curator Studio YouTube offer is Mixed Feeds. You can show multiple channels in a single place with multiple looped tabs. If you have multiple channels to show and you want to show in a single place then this feature is best for you. For demo click here.
Feeds for YouTubeMixed Feeds is not available in this plugin.
Embed Plus for YouTubeMixed Feeds is not available in this plugin.
Easy to detect feeds by name
Curator Studio YouTubeWe use YouTube feed on different pages and posts. So in order to identify the feeds, Curator Studio YouTube lists all the shortcodes in a single place with their names. You can set their name according to your need.
Feeds for YouTubeIn this plugin, you have to go to the respective pages and posts to see/change the settings used in the shortcode.
Embed Plus for YouTubeIn this plugin also, you have to go to the respective pages and posts to see/change settings used in the shortcode.