Live video streaming applications like Google Hangouts On Air, Periscope, Meerkat and Blab.im are becoming extremely popular with social media users who enjoy streaming every waking moment of their lives to their followers.
But what if you want to host your live stream on your WordPress site? Well, today I am going to explain to you how to stream live videos on your WordPress site and what are the things you need to take care of.
In general, whenever there is a live event upcoming, you’ll see a lot of promotion going around. Next during the event also there are a lot of things to take care of. And once the event is complete, you hear talks about the event which are basically reviews of the event.
So, keeping that in mind, let’s split up live streaming into 3 main parts:
- Before the event
- During the event
- After the event
Before the event
I just want to say two words for this – Prepare and promote.
Before the event, you should be well prepared on how you’re going to conduct the event. Which platform, product or service should you use, what preparation has to be done for the live streaming. I going to explain this later in the article.
Once, you’ve decided on how you’re going to do it, next big thing is to promote it. Yes, you’d need people to view your live streaming for it to be a success. Promote it on various social media platforms (in fact on all), promote it to your mailing list or you can even have a countdown page.
All these things will help you in generating the required audience for your stream.
During the event
When the event is live, make sure your video stream works. That’s the most important thing.
Apart from that, you can check out ways through which you can stream live videos below.
Here are some ways you can stream live videos to your WordPress site.
1. Add Your Google Hangouts On Air to WordPress
Hangouts On Air allow you to broadcast your Google Hangout to the world via YouTube. It is a public video stream that can be used for many purposes, such as webinars, presentations and Q&A sessions.
According to Google, “You can share products, articles, content, and websites with viewers while in a Hangout On Air with the Showcase app. For example, you can show your audience a product you’re selling, an interesting article about your company or a link to download an app in the Google Play Store. During the broadcast, you can share links with your audience, and they can open the links without interrupting your broadcast.”
You can let people view a Hangout On Air from any website using the embed feature. This feature puts a video player with the Hangout On Air onto any website. Google offers detailed instructions on embedding a Hangout On Air on its website.
- Go to your Hangout On Air
- On the bottom right of the video call window, click Links.
- Copy the video embed code, YouTube page URL, or Event page URL.
- Go to the website where you’d like to stream or show the Hangout On Air.
- Paste the code. Follow the website’s instructions on how to embed a live video player or embed another website’s link onto a page.
- A video player with the Hangout On Air or the website link will now appear on the page.
Also check out Tom Ewer’s detailed article on setting up and embedding a Google Hangout On Air on your WordPress site. Once you setup your Hangout On Air, you can copy the embed code that Google gives you, paste it into a new WordPress post and publish it.
Once you have published your Hangouts On Air post, you can send the link to your social followers and email database announcing where and when your Hangout On Air will be live streamed.
2. Add Your Webcam Live Stream to WordPress
The VideoWhisper Live Streaming software can easily be used to add webcam live video broadcasting to WordPress, live video streams on blog pages and setup membership for accessing or broadcasting live video.
It integrates with BuddyPress and will add a Live Stream tab to the group where users can watch live video and chat real-time. Admins can broadcast anytime from Admin > Live Streaming.
The problem with this plugin is that it has special hosting requirements, which means a RTMP host is needed for persistent connections to manage live interactions and streaming.
Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) is a protocol for streaming audio, video and data over the Internet, between web-based Adobe Flash player application and a server. Special software is required to run on the server side for accepting and serving the RTMP connections from flash clients.
You might also require a plugin like WP Video Share / Video On Demand (VOD) to allow you to import and show archived video streams for the VideoWhisper Live Streaming channels plugin.
Storage and bandwidth used for the video is provided by WimTV. You can manage and publish video on demand, live streaming, playlist and video schedules directly on your website.
In WimLive you can create live streaming events to be published on the pages of your site. If you use the webcam on your pc, you can instead transmit directly by clicking on the Live Now icon in the WimLive column.
3. Add Your Meerkat Live Stream to WordPress
This is a free cloud-based plugin you can edit in your live webpage. First, you need to create a POWr Account. Your account allows you to edit plugins right in your live webpage, and to recreate plugins across many different sites.
Then download, install, and activate POWr Meerkat and drop the widget anywhere in your theme. Or add to a page or post with the POWr icon in the WP editor.
The POWr Meerkat plugin is simple to customize, directly inside of your live WordPress website. Just click on the Settings Icon to open the POWr Editor. You can now edit the design and contents of your Meerkat plugin.
Select and adjust colors, background design, borders and edges, and lots more. Match the rest of your website perfectly, with no more coding confusion or pricey designer fees. See your changes in real time, on your actual site.
The Pro version of the plugin gives you access to advanced features, removes all POWr watermarks, speeds up widget loading speed, and gets you premium support.
4. Add your NomadCast Live Stream to WordPress
This plugin enables NomadCast oEmbed provider so that NomadCast videos can be embedded by just adding their URL. Simply paste a NomadCast.com video URL (either stream or recording) into the content area and the player will be embedded into your post, page or custom post type.
After the event
The process doesn’t end here. Once you’re done with the live streaming, you’ve a great opportunity to interact with your audience. Ask them to share their thoughts and thank them for watching the stream.
You may also use this time to announce a new event, probably another live stream or promote your product or service.
So, that’s how you do live streaming on a WordPress website.
This infograph summarize it for you
Add Periscope On Air Button to your WordPress site
What is Periscope?
Periscope is a live video streaming application that was acquired by twitter in 2015. It enables users to stream live videos and also tweet a link to their live video. The person who is streaming the live video is called a scoper.
Twitter added the embed feature of Periscope in its WordPress plugin, which enables you to stream live videos on your WordPress website if you have installed the WordPress Twitter Plugin.
How to add Periscope on air button on WordPress?
You’ll have to first install the Twitter Plugin for WordPress.
After activating the plugin, go to Appearence>Widgets. You’ll find a widget called ‘Periscope On Air’.
Enter the title for your widget and then add your Periscope username. You’ll be provided with an option to choose the button size, either small or large. After choosing the button size, click save.
Now go to your website homepage and you’ll see the Periscope On air widget in the sidebar. The button will change its color when you go live on Periscope.
Adding a Periscope On Air Button will help you convert your site visitors into Periscope subscribers.
How to add Periscope On Air button in your WordPress Post or Page?
You can easily display Periscope On Air button on your WordPress post or page, with this plugin. All you have to do is add you complete Periscope Profile URL and the plugin will automatically change it to a button.
You can also use a shortcode to change the button size.
[periscope_on_air username=”wpekadotcom” size=”small”]
You’ll have to replace the username and choose a button size, either large or small.
Did you like the article? Have you ever done live streaming? How was your experience? Let me know in the comments section below.