JW Player is an open source, lightweight, versatile media player for self-hosting video content on your website. JW Player is free for non-commercial use and comes with out-of-the-box features like analytics and support for HTML5 playback.
Unlike sourcing your videos directly from YouTube or Vimeo, JW Player provides otherwise missed SEO opportunities like the Video Thumbnail Rich Snippet for example.
The 6th Version of JW Player comes with some great new features and you’ll be pleased to know it’s just as easy as ever to install. It’s still free for non-commercial use – however we’ve noticed in the free version the JW Watermark is a little more intrusive and persistent.
Commercial-use pricing has also changed from the one-off fee, to annual licensing of about £100 per year, or £200 for a premium license for up to 10 sites. Nevertheless, JW Player is still a fantastic solution in the right circumstances.
The two JS files for the head
The inline JS and empty container
Below is the HTML and inline JavsScript you need for embedding a video onto each page. You’ll also find the additional elements we used in the video, such as title, width and height:
Looking to install JW Player 5.7?
We’ve recently updated this video tutorial to JW Player 6, however you can still find our JW Player 5.7 Tutorial on YouTube here.
It’s also worth noting that the guys over at LongTailVideo have built a fantastic WordPress extension for using JW Player 6.