An Easy Way To Limit URLs Allowed To Embed A Video


By: Drew McManus

In: Web Tech

One of the more popular questions coming in from my Venture Platform users right now is how to embed a video so it can only playback on a password protected page.

The goal is straightforward: performing arts organizations are looking for ways to offer protected video content. Unfortunately, most of the popular video hosting services are designed to give away your content free of charge.

Fortunately, Vimeo provides a solution that won’t require any custom programming or special knowledge. The only tick is it requires a paid account. Thankfully, those only begin at $84/year.

Setting up the restriction is super easy. After logging into your Vimeo account:

  1. Go to your list of videos and select the one you need to edit.
  2. In the “Privacy > Where can this be embedded?” dropdown, select “Specific domains.”
  3. In the URL field that appears, enter the URL of the domain where the video can be embedded. You can add additional domains if desired.

You can tweak the other privacy settings as desired to keep the video listed or private.

If you’re a WordPress user, you can use the platform’s default password protection function to restrict access to the video.

  1. From the Publish metabox, select the Edit the Visibility
  2. Select Password protected.
  3. Enter desired password.
  4. Select OK.

That’s all there is to it. Once you publish or update, that change will be pushed through to the frontend and visitors will need to enter the password before they can access the content.

Drew McManus
Drew McManus
In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower. With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists. For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.
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