Free Version of WordPress and Issues with Audio and Video

Hey Multimedia Students:

The free version of WordPress has some limitations that can be solved with some “go arounds.” You can’t upload and view large video files on WordPress using the free version. That is a feature that you have to pay for. If you don’t want to pay (and I don’t think students should pay), you should plan to “host” your media on a site like YouTube or Vimeo (for videos). You can add the YouTube video link on your blog. YouTube will embed the video in your blog page so that your user doesn’t have to click away from your website to view the media.

Audio files work similarly. You can’t upload audio files directly to WordPress if you are using the free version. You will need to decide on a free podcast hosting service, upload your audio file to that service, and place a link to the audio on your WordPress blog. In some cases, you may be able to embed the audio player on your blog page.

Here is a list of popular sites that host podcasts and audio files:

You can read a summary of the functionality available from these specific audio hosting sites on this page from

Please send me any other questions you have about third-party audio and video hosting.

About npiasecki

Instructor of Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Colorado Denver, specializing in 21st century skills, research, and creative nonfiction. Director of the Denver Writing Project, a local site of the National Writing Project's professional network for K through College educators.
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