How to Create and Configure a Video Feed Page with VideoNab

Posted OnNov 14, 2014     CategoryPlugins     CommentsNo comment

In this section of the guide to the VideoNab plugin, we will take a look at the various Settings available and how to create a new page or post to display the video feed.

Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Create New Page or Post

VideoNab has a shortcode available that you can easily place into any page or post to display the video feed.

The Page and Post work exactly the same with the VideoNab shortcode feed.
For this example, a new page will be created to display our video feed.

Step 2) From the left-hand sidebar of the Dashboard navigate to Pages -> Add New.

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Step 3) Complete the fields on the new page as follows:

A. Page Title In the Page Title text box, enter a name for the new page.
For this example, My Video Feed was entered.
B. VideoNab Shortcode Paste the VideoNab shortcode [videonab] into the body of the new page.
C. Publish Button Click the Publish button.

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If you click the Preview button, you will notice that the video feed does not display.
The VideoNab Settings need to be configured in order to see the video feed.

Configure Settings

Step 4) From the left-hand sidebar of the Dashboard navigate to VideoNab -> Settings.

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Step 5) Complete the fields as outlined below:

  • General Settings

    D. Display “New” by Select one of the following options from the dropdown list:

    YouTube Publish Date: When “New” toggle is selected (default view) Displays videos by the date added to YouTube: Fore example, even if you manually add a video today, but it was posted on YouTube in 2008, it will be placed in that order with other videos. Aggregated videos will also display in chronological order based on when they were added to YouTube. Great for presenting time-sensitive videos, like tech announcements, movie trailers, moments in history, etc.

    By Date Added to Site: Displays videos as they have been added to the site: For example, if you add a video today, it will show up with today’s time stamp regardless of when it was originally posted to YouTube. Aggregated videos will display by the date they were pulled from YouTube and placed on your site. This is ideal for sites presetting tutorials, or more random topics that don’t rely on specific dates, like cat videos. Additionally it allows you to force videos to the top.

    E. Display “Popular” by Select one of the following options from the dropdown list:

    YouTube Popularity: When the “Popular” toggle is selected, displays videos based on their YouTube popularity: views, likes, etc. Perfect for showcasing higher traffic, well-known videos.

    Facebook Votes: Displays videos in the order of the Facebook votes they have received on your site via the VideoNab voting system. Perfect for hosting video contests and generating buzz!

    F. Number of videos per page Enter the number of videos you want to display per page/post.
    The default value is 10 videos/page or post.
    G. Include Pagination From the dropdown list, select Yes to display page navigation at the top and bottom of the page/post. The default value is Yes.

    View will vary depending on theme selection.

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    H. Enable Votings From the dropdown list, select Yes to display the Facebook Like button.
    The default value is Yes.

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    I. Enable Comments From the dropdown list, select Yes to display comments on the page/post.
    The default value is Yes.
    J. Choose Main Video Page From the dropdown list, select the page you want the video feed to display on. For this example, the page My Video Feed created earlier is selected.
    K. Choose Video Details Page Template From the dropdown list, select the template type to display the videos, such as:

    • Default Post Template
    • Default Page Template
    • Contributor Page
    • Full Width Page

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    Below is an example of how our fields were completed:

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    Click the Save Changes button to save any changes.

  • Video Date Options

    L. Filter Video Library by Date Select either Yes or No from the dropdown list.

    When set to Yes, this option will filter videos contained in your library (both on the video feed and back-end library) independently of the aggregation process. This comes in handy when you have a large library of videos and want to showcase only those in a specific date range. For example, many topics won’t require the Event Scheduler, and only need videos to be pulled once. This will allow you to assign a date range to this type of collection.

    M. Filter by Date During Aggregation Select either Yes or No from the dropdown list.

    When set to Yes, this setting will filter the videos as they are searched/pulled from YouTube according to the date range you assign. This directly affects the aggregation process and will limit the amount of videos placed in your library. When set to no, all videos falling under your topic are pulled from any date, though you can still filter them using the “Filter Video Library by Date” option above. In short: setting it to “No” pulls in more videos. Setting it to “Yes” will pull in a more accurate collection specific to your date.

    N. Videos Date Filter Select a Date Filter option from the dropdown list:

    • Videos from any date.
    • Videos within the last x # of days.
    • Videos on specific date.
    • Videos after specific date.
    • Videos before specific date.
    • Videos in specific date range.
    O. Number of days including today Enter a numeric value of the Number of Days including Day for the videos. The default value is 5. For this example, no change was made.
    P. Date
    Date Before
    Date After
    Depending on the selection made in the Video Date Filter dropdown list, you may or may not need to complete these fields.

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    For this example, no changes were made to the default values.

    Click the Save Changes button to save any changes.

  • Event Scheduler Options

    Q. Enable Event Scheduler From the dropdown list, select Yes to enable the Event Scheduler.
    The default value is No.

    If you do not select Yes, the VideoNab Feed will not display.

    R. Youtube Search Term Enter the search criteria that VideoNab will use to scour YouTube for matches. The default value is science. For this example, the search criteria layer cake recipes was entered.
    S. Recurrence From the dropdown list, select how often you want VideoNab to scour YouTube for videos that match the search criteria you entered.
    The default value is Once Hourly.

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    Click the Save Changes button to save any changes.

    Click the Grab Videos Now button to start adding videos.

  • Facebook Settings

    Facebook API requires a Facebook application for communication with 3rd party sites.

    Below are the steps for creating and setting up a Facebook application.

    Once you have the Facebook Application ID, enter this value in the text box shown below.

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Step 6) Click the Save Changes button to save any changes.

Step 7) To view the new page you created with the VideoNab feed, navigate to Pages -> All Pages.

Step 8) Mouse over the newly created page My Video Feed to display a sub-menu.

Step 9) Click the View hyperlink.

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The My Video Feed page will display with the options selected in the Settings area.

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If the video feed is not displaying, navigate to VideoNab -> Settings and make sure the field Enable Event Scheduler is set to Yes.

The next guide for the VideoNab plugin will focus on How to Create and Manage Video Categories in VideoNab.

 

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