Better Youtube Embed Block


The default embed block for Youtube videos sucks. It slows down your site. The more videos on the page the more it slow. This single-block plugin fixes that.

Why this block is better than the default one:

  • Instead of loading the entire iframe, only the video thumbnail is loaded, resulting in significant performance improvements
  • Automatically load the video title as the caption
  • The same UI as the default core/embed, and you can use the video title as the caption of the block with one click
  • It can be transformed from/to the core embed block.

This plugin also provides a PHP API for developers to render a YouTube video URL as this block; or to automatically transform core/embed YouTube videos into this block.

The simplest example is:

    better_youtube_embed_block_render_block( ['url' => ''] );

The example with all the parameters is:

        'url'               => '',
        'aspectRatio'       => '16/9',
        'isMaxResThumbnail' => false,
        'caption'           => 'My awesome video',
        'echo'              => false,

To automatically transform all core/embed YouTube videos on your site to this block, you need to put the following code into your wp-config.php or in your theme, plugin:

    define('BYEB_SPEED_UP_YOUTUBE_VIDEOS', true);


    add_filter( 'byeb_speed_up_youtube_videos', '__return_true' );

Please check out this page to see how fast it helps. The page contains around 30 embedded Youtube videos but they don’t slow down the page.

If this plugin is useful for you, please do a quick review and rate it on to help us spread the word. I would very much appreciate it.

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The plugin is developed using @wordpress/create-block.


This plugin provides 1 block.

  • Better Youtube Video Block Embed Youtube video without slowing down your site.


  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/better-youtube-embed-block directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress


What problem does this plugin solve?

It provides a better solution to embed YouTube videos than the default one.

Who needs this plugin?

Anyone can use this plugin.


10 de junio de 2024 1 reply
Improves our rating with google pagespeed.web.devThat embed link on a homepage is the kiss of death for mobile speed rating. This plugin fixes thatThe only improvement might be if you could select what thumbnail to use so it doesn’t have to retrieve it outside the site (or if I could figure out why it isn’t caching it)
14 de marzo de 2024 1 reply
I have been trying for weeks now with different plugins and different settings to speed up my website where I have added videos to the post. Sometimes I get the odd few points on Page Speed Insights on mobile performance but sitting around 65 was terrible. I installed  Better Youtube Embed Block and my page speed performance went immediately to 99! Hope you add yourself a donation button or something on the plug in. The only thing I would suggest is creating a video for those not too savy with locating the config.php file and just demonstrating how to install. Turned out to be super simple really though.
16 de febrero de 2024 1 reply
This was very easy to use and does a great job.. exactly as promised. Two bonus things i found1) When upgrading existing YouTube blocks in posts, when you click the YouTube link you’ll see the option for this «Better Youtube Embeded Block» plugin. Simply click the menu and it converts it. Then click save the page! 2) It adds a caption field capability underneath that I dont think we had with the standard WP youtube block? well maybe I never noticed before ha
12 de febrero de 2024 2 replies
Could you add support for max res thumbnail? I need it for shorts.And could you add support for custom thumbnail from wp media? .com/vi/uN81SlongUw/maxresdefault.jpg
25 de mayo de 2023 1 reply
Easy to install, light code and great performances. Great job, dev!
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Contributors & Developers

“Better Youtube Embed Block” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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Release Date 23 February 2024

  • Added – Add a PHP API for developers to render a YouTube video URL as this block
  • Added – A new option to load high-resolution image
  • Added – Add the ability to render all core/embed for YouTube videos as this block


Release Date 05 January 2024

  • Added – Custom aspect ratio
  • Added – Margin support feature


Release Date 11 August 2023

  • DEV – Update to apiVersion 3
  • DEV – Change i18 texts for translation


Release Date 21 April 2023

  • DEV – Add keywords to the block


  • Release Date 23 November 2022*