How does the plugin work with videos in custom fields?

If the Video SEO plugin did not detect your video, our plugin can scan designated custom fields for videos.

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Find The Correct Custom Field Name

To find the custom field name, you first need to know the post or page ID. Not sure how to find the page or post ID? Here's a great tutorial for finding IDs in WordPress.

To find out the name of your custom field, just download and install the Custom Field Finder plugin and easily find the custom fields you’re using!

  • Log in to your WordPress website.
    When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’.
  • Download, install and activate the Custom Field Finder plugin.
  • Click on 'Tools'.
    On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on 'Tools'.
  • Click on 'Custom Field Finder'.
    The 'Tools' settings will expand providing you additional options. Click on 'Custom Field Finder'.
  • Enter the page or post ID and click 'Find custom fields'.
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  • Find the custom field name.
    This will show you a list of the custom fields you’re using. Find the custom field that has the video URL or ID in it, copy the key, and enter it into the plugin settings.
Couldn't find a custom field with the correct information? Don't fret, you can create your own.

Create Your Own Custom Field

As of WordPress version 3.1, some screen options on the Administration Panels are hidden by default. Custom Fields are hidden if they have not been used before. Click on 'Screen Options' on the top right hand side and check 'Custom Fields'.

Once you create a custom field, you can reuse the same field on other posts by selecting the field from the Name drop down instead of creating a new one each time.

  • Log in to your WordPress website.
    When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’.
  • Navigate to the edit screen of a page or post that contains a video.
  • Click 'Enter new'.
    Scroll down to the 'Custom Fields' section. Click 'Enter new'.
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  • Add a name and value for the content.
    Enter a recognizable and reusable custom field name under the Name. Enter the full URL to the video for this page or post under Value.
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  • Click 'Add Custom Field'.

Use Advanced Custom Fields (free or pro)

If you use Advanced Custom Fields you can add a video into the field and the Video SEO plugin will detect it. Make sure you are using a Text Field to add the video and no other field. Then take the Field Name (not the Field Label) and add it to the plugin using the Add Custom Field To Plugin section below.

Add Custom Field To Plugin Settings

If the video does not get picked-up use the Force Reindex Option to make Video SEO re-scan all your posts/pages.

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.

    When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’.

  2. Click on 'SEO'.

    On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on 'SEO'.

  3. Click on 'Video SEO'.

    The 'Tools' settings will expand providing you additional options. Click on 'Video SEO'.
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  4. Add the custom fields to the 'Custom fields' input box.

    You can add multiple custom fields in a comma separated list like this: customfield,anotherfield2,onemore3custom

  5. Click 'Save Settings'.

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