I figured out a mystery which had troubled me for some time: Why can I readily post embedded videos to my personal blog (this one) using MarsEdit, but when my children try to do the same thing to our family learning blog (Learning Signs) the video embed code gets stripped out?

The answer, it turns out, lies with the individual user settings for the “visual editor” in WordPress. With the visual editor disabled, video embed code can be accepted by WordPress, whether it’s posted via a software program like MarsEdit or directly in the browser interface. If the visual editor is left on (its default setting) the code gets stripped out.

This tip just applies if you’re hosting your own WordPress blog. WordPress.com sites cannot be configured (as far as I know) to accept video embed code.

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