I am trying to embed a Ted talk video using the shortcode:

[ted id=myid]

But it's not working. It shows the text instead of the video. Is there any configuration I need to check to make it work?


Unfortunately, this is going to be a problem for you.

The [ted] shortcode is specific to WordPress.com - not to a self-hosted site where you installed the software yourself from WordPress.org.

The only embeds that WordPress.org's software supports by default are listed in the Codex:

  • YouTube (only public videos and playlists - "unlisted" and "private" videos will not embed)
  • Vimeo
  • DailyMotion
  • blip.tv
  • Flickr (both videos and images)
  • Viddler
  • Hulu
  • Qik
  • Revision3
  • Scribd
  • Photobucket
  • PollDaddy
  • WordPress.tv (only VideoPress-type videos for the time being)
  • SmugMug (WordPress 3.0+)
  • FunnyOrDie.com (WordPress 3.0+)
  • Twitter (WordPress 3.4+)

There is a plugin available for embedding Ted talks, though. TEDTalks Embedder. But it only lists compatibility through WP 3.2.1, so it may not work with the current version (it may, but I can't guarantee it).

Alternative Actual Embeds

Here's an alternative if you don't want to use a plugin. Add the following to your theme's functions.php file:

// Whitelist the TEDTalks oEmbed URL
wp_oembed_add_provider( 'http://www.ted.com/talks/*', 'http://www.ted.com/talks/oembed.json' );

function ted_shortcode( $atts ) {
    // We need to use the WP_Embed class instance
    global $wp_embed;

    // The "id" parameter is required
    if ( empty($atts['id']) )
        return '';

    // Construct the TEDTalk URL
    $url = 'http://www.ted.com/talks/view/lang/eng/id/' . $atts['id'];

    // Run the URL through the  handler.
    // This handler handles calling the oEmbed class
    // and more importantly will also do the caching!
    return $wp_embed->shortcode( $atts, $url );
add_shortcode( 'ted', 'ted_shortcode' );

Now, you can embed TEDTalks two ways:


  • Oh,ok! And yes TEDTalks Embedder does not work on my testing site ( WP 3.4 ) but it could work on the site i need it because it uses a lower version of WP.
    – flero
    Oct 10 '12 at 15:32
  • If it doesn't, I've edited my answer to provide you a way to add the shortcode handler yourself by dropping some code in your theme's functions.php file ... oh, and I tested it to work on the latest version of WP.
    – EAMann
    Oct 10 '12 at 16:12

The Jetpack plugin will allow you to use the [ted] shortcode on your WordPress self-hosted site.

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