There are multiple ways to play YouTube videos from your website, from simply linking to the video on YouTube and opening it on a separate tab to embedding it. But sometimes you may want to play the video in full screen, while at the same time remaining on your website.
A lightbox can come in handy. Take the example of this Your Web Department client – Matthew Coley, an accomplished musician. On the Home page of his website www.hearmatthewcoley.com click on the screenshots under Video & Audio in the right column:
The corresponding video will then popup in a layer and start playing right away. The website itself will remain underneath, covered by a semi-transparent dark layer. You can close the lightbox at any time by either clicking the ‘X’ button or outside the box:
So how is that done in the Your Web Department platform?
Well, it’s really easy. In Matthew’s case, the still frame is simply an image with a link. The ‘Share’ link for the video was copied from YouTube and pasted into the Link Properties. Then in the Target tab, the option was selected. That’s it!
Currently our own Home page includes a nice little video describing what Your Web Department is all about. The computer monitor image is linked to the video and also set to play it in a lightbox window. And you can launch your video from a text link as well, of course. Click on this link and you'll see.