Managed WordPress hosting platform WP Engine has built a video plugin in joint partnership with Cloudflare. WP Engine’s Cloudflare Stream Video Plugin is now available to the public, enabling WordPress users to publish and stream performance optimized videos on WordPress websites.
WP Engine’s Cloudflare Stream Plugin would be an “easy-to-use, affordable, on-demand” video streaming platform that runs on Cloudflare’s secured global network. The end-to-end solution includes storage, encoding and a customizable video.js player.
Many of the video service options currently on the market would be costly or require specific video domain expertise. Self-hosting native videos can often hinder page load times, and degrade the user experience. Powered by the Cloudflare Stream API, WP Engine’s Cloudflare Stream Video Plugin for WordPress integrates fully with the WordPress Admin console. Content editors can embed videos into article content within the WordPress dashboard. It uses a block editor-first approach, leaning into the future of WordPress via the WordPress block editor. It also leverages WordPress’s Media Library APIs so users can stay within the WordPress console to make edits or manage their video library.
“We launched Cloudflare Stream to make video streaming easy and affordable for content owners and app developers alike,” said Chris Merritt, Chief Revenue Officer at Cloudflare. “The Cloudflare Stream Video Plugin for WordPress will further simplify video publishing for developers and website owners that build in WordPress.”
“By creating the Cloudflare Stream Video Plugin for WordPress, we are helping developers easily add, manage and optimize videos into all types of digital experiences, ultimately creating better, more robust user experiences,” said Lisa Box, Vice President of Strategic Alliances at WP Engine. “We are excited to offer this integration to the WordPress community, because continuing to scale WordPress performance is a priority at WP Engine.”
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- Content managers can add, edit metadata and delete videos all within the WP-Admin media library
- Developers can “easily” embed videos into design elements, such as site headers and widgets
- Videos are hosted “securely” and managed with Cloudflare Stream
- Enables developers to free up storage and lower bandwidth usage
- End users are not exposed to ads, branded labels or competing videos
- End users’ video experience would be quite fast with almost no buffering, especially important for today’s mobile consumer
Founded in 2010, managed WordPress hosting provider WP Engine is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has offices in San Francisco, California; San Antonio, Texas; London, England; Limerick, Ireland and Brisbane, Australia. The company’s Managed WordPress solutions are used by over 90,000 companies across 150 countries.
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Cloudflare has offices in Austin, TX, Champaign, IL, New York, NY, San Jose, CA, Washington, D.C., London, Munich, Beijing, Singapore, and Sydney. The company runs one of the world’s largest content delivery networks (CDN) that would power more than 10 trillion requests per month.