1. Installing VideoNab is a piece of cake. Simply navigate to the “Plugins” section of your wordpress admin, and select “Add New”.
2. You’ll then want to select “Upload” from the menu at the top of this page. On the next screen, you’ll want to click “browse” which will allow you to locate your VideoNab zip file.
3. Once you’ve selected your file, click “Install Now” to start uploading the plugin. After it is finished uploading, you’ll click the “Activate Plugin Now” option.
4. That’s it! High five, VideoNab is now installed. You’ll now see the VideoNab tab in the left sidebar of your WordPress admin, It’s time to setup the plugin!
The first section you’ll want to visit is the VideoNab Settings panel. This is found under the main VideoNab tab. Below you’ll find a breakdown of the settings you’ll find, as well as their purpose. A more detailed overview follows after the image. You’ll want to set each setting to your preference in order to properly display your videos.
1. Number of Videos Per Page
VideoNab consists of 2 core sections on the front-end: The video stream, and the video detail page. This option allows you to set the number of videos that are contained on a single page of the video stream (the list of videos users will first see). This setting is important as you’ll use it to control the vertical height of the list, so you can customize how many video previews are shown in order to make it fit within your page or post as needed.
2. Include Pagination
This setting automatically adds pagination to your video stream. This is important as in some cases, especially if not using the Event Scheduler, you may only have a few videos. If all videos fit on a single page of your stream, you can set this to off for a cleaner interface. For users with a LOT of videos, its crucial that this setting is enabled.
3. Enable Voting
This option implements a powerful Facebook-based voting system. It allows visitors to rank their favorite videos by upvoting them with a ‘like’. Further, this relates to the toggle at the top of the list view, as shown below. When “Most Popular” is selected, videos will be displayed in order from highest to lowest rankings.
4. Enable Comments
This automatically adds a commenting system to each video (it will not post comments to YouTube). Additionally, visitors have the option to add their comments to Facebook, which will share the link to the site and encourage conversation about the video.
5. Choose Main Video Page
This page is the location where you’ve chosen to place the video stream. Note that this doesn’t add the stream to the page (you’ll need to place the VideoNab shortcut for that) but simply tells VideoNab where the video detail page should link to if the visitor clicks the “return” icon.
6. Event Scheduler Options
This is a core feature of VideoNab and one of the key drawing points of the Pro version of the App (Read: It’s awesome). The event scheduler allows VideoNab to automatically search YouTube for videos of any topic, while filtering out the rest. It will also automatically filter duplicates, so that your site will always have fresh, new content without ever lifting a finger again.
Under this section, you specify the keywords used for your topic (using more will narrow the search for more accurate results). You will also specify the frequency in which videos are refreshed. Note that VideoNab will only grab NEW videos, not duplicates, so you’re safe in setting this up once and knowing that you won’t be flushed with duplicate videos.
7. Facebook Settings
You’ll need to setup a quick Facebook API in order for the voting and comments to work properly. This section walks you through the one-time process, which should take about 3-5 minutes. Instructions are included directly on this page.
VideoNab gives you the ability to manually add any video of your choosing form YouTube. This is perfect for sites that need to display only a few videos, such as a collection of tutorials, or specific videos from their own collection/channel.
1. Navigate to the tab VideoNab > Add New Video
2. Enter the url for each video as needed. See the example below for more details. All videos are added to your video stream, and are also added to your admin list, where you can change the title and details if so desired.
VideoNab gives you the ability to change the title and description of each video as needed. Further, you can change the permalinks of your videos to enhance SEO and drive traffic to your site.
1. Navigate to the VideoNab tab to see a list of your videos. From here, you have a few quick-edit options, such as the ability to block videos, and change their dates to reorder.
2. Click on a video title for more advanced options. You will be taken to the video details page. Check out the details below:
After all of your settings are to your liking, it’s time to place the actual feed into your site! This is as simple as it gets, simply paste the shortcode in any page or post where the feed is meant to appear. It looks like this: [videonab]
So, it’s as simple as copying that shortcode and pasting it right into the content area of your page, like this:
That’s it! You are officially live and VideoNab is grabbing some awesome videos.
Depending on topic, frequency of the event scheduler, etc., VideoNab can at some point aggregate a LOT of videos. If at any point you want to start with a clean slate, we’ve included the ability to “flush” all videos and start from scratch. To do so, follow these simple instructions:
1. Navigate to the “VideoNab > Video Removal” tab in WordPress admin.
2. Click “delete all videos”, as shown below and, boom, you offically have a fresh start and life is good.