Making Sure Your Video Is Centred

Your blog posts look so much more visually appealing if the video you place within them is in the centre of the page.

An easy way to center your video is to click the video and then click the centre icon in the kitchen sink above your paragraph box.  Sometimes this system doesn’t work though (heavens knows why!) and you view your post in the editor with a video in the centre, but when you publish it slides over to the left side.

To prevent this you can always add center tags in your html editor.  Do this by clicking the tab next to ‘visual’, which says ‘html’, then insert <center> at the beginning of your image or video and </center> at the end of the image or video.

Watch the video below to see what I mean.

63 Comments

  • Janelle Wright
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    Reply Reply August 5, 2012

    Very useful tip for bloggers using video in their blog posts!

    Janelle
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  • Jon Barry
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    Reply Reply August 6, 2012

    Hi Mandy,

    Thanks for the tip. I agree that at times, the great system that WordPress is, it still has the odd funny moment!

    I need to get into CSS a lot more, and remember some of the older HTML code too! Too many years away from writing pure code i am afraid!

    Good to have a reminder!

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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 7, 2012

      Hi Jon, thanks for visiting. I never really understood code and probably still don’t, but this is an easy task to complete and I find it sorts out my troubles every time. Can’t remember where I learnt it but it’s been jolly useful!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Laura Morris
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    Reply Reply August 7, 2012

    Really good information for a beginner. I had to figure all that out myself with trial and error, and I bet 75% of bloggers had to as well! Videos like this are so very helpful, because a new blogger can just go to Google, type in “how to center my video” and Whalla as you say…there it is!! Thanks for the great info Mandy!

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 7, 2012

      Hi Laura, thanks for visiting. I can’t begin to count the amount of things I didn’t find out until I was well down the blogging route. They seem so simple now but when you start out you just have no clue what to do.

      Enjoy the jounrey.

      Mandy

  • Adrienne
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    Reply Reply August 9, 2012

    Hey Mandy,

    I remember sometime last year a blogging friend shared some tags we needed to apply to make the videos centered since the regular ways didn’t work like you mentioned in the video. Once I published the post it reverted right back to left aligned.

    But then the coding he shared didn’t work either and neither did the regular center HTML tags. That literally drove me nuts for months. I guess WordPress finally updated something and made these okay to use again since that’s how I have to center mine too.

    For anyone not familiar with this, your video will be very helpful. Very clear and precise my friend, thank you.

    ~Adrienne

    P.S. I checked before commenting and your Twitter ID still isn’t set up. Just wanted you to know! 🙂
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 10, 2012

      Hi Adrienne, thanks for visiting. I do wonder about the updates they release as I often find that something just doesn’t work after them. I recently updated tot he latest version of WP and now my schedule doesn’t work so I can’t pre-book my posts for publication. My problem is I am not techie enough to look into it and find out what has happened. I am sure it must be the update as I haven’t added any plugins or changed anything else on my blog.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Susan Cooper
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    Reply Reply August 9, 2012

    Thanks for the info. I haven’t yet started using videos. It is something I really need to do. It all gets done to time and priorities, doesn’t it?. Nevertheless your post has gotten me to thinking about it. In the meantime I will be bookmarking this for future use.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 10, 2012

      Hi Susan, thanks for visiting. There are quite a few little tips that you can learn to help to make your life easier when you start with video. Don’t forget the little tip about typing a word in capitals to let you know where to place something in the html view. Read Dawn’s comment above as we’ve all made that mistake and spent ages looking for the right place to insert code!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Dawn Kay
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    Reply Reply August 9, 2012

    Hey Mandy

    Very good tip about writing a word in before you go looking for the place you want in html view.

    The amount of times I searched through all the code before I learnt that (lol)

    I really like your videos Mandy, very informative and straight to the point which suits me because I hate having to sit through videos that rabble on for ages to get to the nuggets.

    The voice could of been a bit huskier though ha ha ha

    Take care

    Dawn

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 10, 2012

      Hi Dawn, thanks for visiting. Like you I have spent ages in the past not knowing where to insert code. I picked that tip up on another video and have always used it since. It’s such a time saver, isn’t it.

      I hate rambling videos too, you know, the ones where they have to tell you their life story before they get to the 30 second info bit!

      I can do husky, I told you I can do husky!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Steve Vernon
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    Reply Reply August 10, 2012

    Hi Mandy –

    This is the first of your posts that I’ve had the pleasure of reading, but I’m sure I will be following you more often. Excellent piece of advice, and it actually reminded me to go back and center a video I just posted on a new blog post. Thanks! Actually i ended up enlarging the video to fill the entire width of the post, but that’s a different story, LOL!

    An alternate code that I usually use, in case simple doesn’t work, is then at the end of the embed code.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 10, 2012

      Hi Steve, thanks for visiting. Sometimes it’s these short and to the point tips that are the most helpful. I also learned something from a comment left earlier today so it’s been a good exercise all round! Hope to see you here again soon!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Martin Casper
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    Reply Reply August 10, 2012

    Hello Mandy…great video with really great tips for ensuring that your uploaded vids get centered. I have occasionally had that problem and am thankful for what you just shared.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 11, 2012

      Hi Martin, thanks for visiting. Often it’s the simplest thing when you realise how to do it. I spent a long time not knowing how to sort this out!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Yetunde
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    Reply Reply August 10, 2012

    Thanks for sharing this Mandy. I’m still new to blogging and have not ventured into videos yet, but when I do, I’ll certainly use your tips and advice.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 11, 2012

      Hi Yetunde, thanks for visiting. Videos are just great to make and play around with afterwards. I love making them but little issues like this always irritated me, so this will sort one of the irritations out!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Leslie Denning
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    Reply Reply August 11, 2012

    Hi Mandy. This is the first time I’ve been to your blog, and I love it. Lots of great information and ideas. I’m always happy to learn simple html things. I’m glad to get to know more about you and hope to connect more soon.

    All the best,

    Leslie
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 11, 2012

      Hi Leslie, thanks for visiting. Glad you like the blog. I try to create a space where new bloggers can come and learn something useful. Hope to see you back here!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Elizabeth
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    Reply Reply August 11, 2012

    Hi Mandy,
    Thats a really useful tip on how to center videos on blog post. Good presentation offers best impression to your audience.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 12, 2012

      Hi Elizabeth, thanks for visiting. Very good point you make here, good presentation does indeed look much more professional.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Mike Hemmins
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    Reply Reply August 11, 2012

    Very useful post Mandy – there’s no point going to all the effort of shooting a video and posting your article if it looks poor. By learning a little about how a website works, you can make all the difference.

    Thanks…

    Mike
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 11, 2012

      Hi Mike, thanks for visiting. I spent a long time unable to centre my videos as I didn’t know this little tip. Once I learned it I was over the moon! Sometimes the simplest things give so much satisfaction!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Kim Stanbrook
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    Reply Reply August 11, 2012

    Great information, thanks Mandy. I am about to get started with some videos so this will be really helpful. Will bookmark!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 12, 2012

      Hi Kim, thanks for visiting. Glad it’s helped, it’s one of those things that can baffle you when it doesn’t work and a simple tip like this saves plenty of time looking for alternative solutions.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Alice

    Reply Reply August 11, 2012

    Lot’s of useful information here Mandy.

    When I first began WP, I bought WP for dummies…
    saved me many times!

    Alice McCarthy
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 12, 2012

      Hi Alice, thanks for visiting. I have never read that book but have thought many times that I ought ot have bought it!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • David Paul
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    Reply Reply August 12, 2012

    Hi Mandy,

    Thanks for this great, highly educational, video blog post.

    I want to share a Major Shortcut with your readers. When we use a plugin, like Viper’s Video Quick tags ( a free plugin), the video gets sized and centered in our text area perfectly every time, With No Coding needed.

    To Your Peace and Prosperity,

    David H. Paul
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 13, 2012

      Hi Paul, thanks for visiting. Brilliant tip, thanks. I am always cautious about how many plugins I have so would not use any unless absolutely necessary, although I can quickly see the benefits of this one. I’ll go and look it up.

      Enjoy the journey,

      Mandy

  • Anne Woko
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    Reply Reply August 12, 2012

    Mandy, you know I love this lol! I’m one of those people that do coding manually (crazy to some but I love it). I use the more complicated

    It does make a great difference when your videos are centered though, it make your overall post look much more presentable. Thanks 😀
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 13, 2012

      Hi Anne, thanks for visiting. Wow, coding manually! Very brave! I’d love to know more about coding, I think it’s something I could be good at but I don’t feel I have the time to learn it at the moment. I admire you!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Miriam Buhr
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    Reply Reply August 12, 2012

    Mandy,
    I really like the simple yet effective strategies that you teach new bloggers so they can feel confident and create professional looking content. It took me a long time to find this little tip when I started embedding videos in my blog site. You offer a great service!!
    ~Miriam
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 13, 2012

      Hi Miriam, thanks for visiting. I agree, I spent ages not really knowing these basic things. There are, as you say, lots of simple tips that will help new bloggers to get their blogs looking good.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Donna Merrill
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    Reply Reply August 12, 2012

    Mandy, I am so glad you posted this. I remember when I had no idea how to do this and it took hours….sometimes days to figure it out.

    This is a great tutorial to help people use their videos. Videos on blogs increase your rankings. It is a great way to go viral.

    And….A great reminder for myself to do it more often he he he

    Thanks again,
    Donna
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 13, 2012

      Hi Donna, thanks for visiting. There are lots of things we could all do more often, aren’t there! I have a list as long as my arm! I do enjoy making videos and I do enjoy passing on handy little tips. I did one once on adding a graphic with opt in box to your sidebar and it got something like 1,000 views. I was shocked! Not a great number for most but I was impressed with it as I normally get about 40-50 views.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Steve Shoemaker
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    Reply Reply August 12, 2012

    Mandy great advice I gave up along time ago on any other way to center a video on the page.

    I always just manually embed the video and then add those tags it works perfect and I am sure lot’s of people were looking for this post!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Steve
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 13, 2012

      Hi Steve, thanks for visiting. I agree, I always add these tags now and know I don’t have to worry about whether my image, box or video is centred. It just saves the time of having to go back and do it anyway!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Bruno Buergi
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    Reply Reply August 13, 2012

    Thank you for the tip Mandy. I had sometimes the problem that my video was not centered.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 13, 2012

      Hi Bruno, thanks for visiting. I’m glad it has helped you.

      Enjoy the journey,

      Mandy

  • Kerris Torkington
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    Reply Reply August 14, 2012

    Hi Mandy
    As a new blogger I found this information that you shared invaluable and will be coming back for more tips as I progress with my journey.
    Kerris
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 14, 2012

      Hi Kerris, thanks for visiting. So glad the info is useful to you. At the end of the day I would like to believe I can help everyone to be the best they can be on their blogging journey!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Beverly Monical
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    Reply Reply August 14, 2012

    Great tutorial Mandy. I have never been good with HTML so any help is always appreciated. Thank you for using a video to do it too.Much easier to follow.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 14, 2012

      Hi Beverly, thanks for visiting. I too have never been great with html! I learn from others then make a video, not only for you to learn from but for me to refer to when I get in a muddle!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Angus McEwan
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    Reply Reply August 14, 2012

    Mandy this is such a helpful video thanks for sharing. The tip I loved is the one to type VIDEO where you are going to embed your video and too often i do find it hard to find in the html code.

    Thanks for sharing your tips and providing value.

    Angus
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 14, 2012

      Hi Angus, thanks for visiting. Yes, that little tip about typing a word in capitals where you want to insert content in html view is a gem I picked up from someone else and just had to share. It’s next to impossible to find the place you are looking for without it, and it took me ages to realise that too!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Patricia Gozlan
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    Reply Reply August 15, 2012

    Hi Mandy!
    Love this tip!
    I have done 15 videos and I am starting with this, so this is a great way to start!
    I am taking notes on this and will let you know if it is centered!
    Best wishes;)

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 15, 2012

      Hi Patricia, thanks for visiting. I’m glad to have helped. It’s always good to know these little tips beforehand instead of wasting hours trying to work out how to put something right afterwards!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Beth Hewitt
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    Reply Reply August 15, 2012

    Hey Mandy,

    A simple tip, but so easy to do and with really excellent results. Presentation is king 🙂

    Beth
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 16, 2012

      Hi Beth, thanks for visiting. It’s often the simple things that get the best results, don’t you think?

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Sue Price
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    Reply Reply August 16, 2012

    Hi Mandy

    What a great tip. Thank you. I have had problems a couple of times with my videos being off center, Thanks for the instructions.

    Sue
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 16, 2012

      Hi Sue, thanks for visiting. I hope this solves the problem for you, Sue. Sometimes why these things happen are a complete mystery but hopefully this should sort it out.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Sylviane Nuccio

    Reply Reply August 16, 2012

    Hi Mandy,

    I always use the center tag to center my videos. When I first started blogging I didn’t know how to do that though!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 17, 2012

      Hi Sylviane, thanks for visiting. Brilliant little tip, isn’t it! Wish I’d have know right from the start!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Lesly Federici
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    Reply Reply August 16, 2012

    Hi Mandy,
    Oh thank goodness! I can’t tell you how many times I have been so frustrated trying to get videos centered! I don’t know html but you gave a GREAT solution to this problem! Thank you so much! I appreciate it 🙂
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 17, 2012

      Hi Lesly, thanks for visiting. I don’t know html either but once I discovered this little tip I’ve never had any problems with showing items in the centre anymore!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Celeste Smucker
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    Reply Reply August 17, 2012

    Hi Mandy…This is great….I am always mystified when things shift around in my blog posts….great to have this help with some basic html. Thanks!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 18, 2012

      Hi Celeste, thanks for visiting. Knowing just a little html coding can change your life, Celeste! I just bought wordpress all in one for dummies and am looking forward to sharing more great little tips!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Romy Singh
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    Reply Reply August 18, 2012

    Hello Mandy,

    Agree with you. Our blog post becomes more attractive if we place video in center and same goes for images also.

    And not only video makes our blog post attractive it also help us to reduce the bounce rate and increase the engagement level. Many people likes to learn their lesson visually more than reading text. So its important to stick videos with our post if possible. 🙂

    Thanks for the Tip Mandy. 🙂
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 19, 2012

      Hi Romy, thanks for visiting. Very good point about learning styles. Yes, a lot of people like to follow a video rather than reading instructions. Thanks for pointing that out.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Cris

    Reply Reply August 18, 2012

    So simple to do…and so simple not to do LOL

    I love to write but I hate going back and editing what I wrote, making sure pics are in the right area of the page, etc…

    Thanks for the reminder!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 19, 2012

      Hi Cris, thanks for visiting. Yes, a simple solution and if you use it each time instead of relying on the kitchen sink setting and it failing you won’t have to go back and do it again!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Jesse

    Reply Reply May 30, 2015

    Really good information for a beginner. I had to figure all that out myself with trial and error, and I bet 75% of bloggers had to as well! Videos like this are so very helpful, because a new blogger can just go to Google, type in “how to center my video” and Whalla as you say…there it is!! Thanks for the great info Mandy!

  • Raymond

    Reply Reply June 7, 2015

    Really good information for a beginner. I had to figure all that out myself with trial and error, and I bet 75% of bloggers had to as well! Videos like this are so very helpful, because a new blogger can just go to Google, type in “how to center my video” and Whalla as you say…there it is!! Thanks for the great info Mandy!
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