New features: improved insert media tool and more

Today's regular weekly update included a few handy new features. Take a look below at what's new.

Improved insert media tool automatically embeds all types of content from across the web

We've updated what we formerly termed the "insert video" tool in the WYSIWYG editor with more functionality. As a result, we're renaming it the "insert media" tool. The great thing is that the way you used to use this tool won't change at all. If you paste in embed code from any video (or any HTML widget, for that matter) it will insert that content into your text element just as before.

However, we've now made things even simpler by allowing you to paste a URL of a web page containing the media you wish to embed. Our system recognizes the URL and automatically finds the proper embed code to insert that content into your text element.

So if, for example, you want to embed the Double Rainbow Song into your text element, just fire up the insert media tool and paste the URL - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX0D4oZwCsA - into the box. Click on "Insert Media" and voila, media inserted.

But it works for more than just video content. Our huge list of supported media sites includes all of the major video content providers like YouTube and Vimeo, even down to network content like abc.com. Plus, it includes photo sharing sites like Flickr, Twitpic and the like. The functionality to support this huge list of sites comes from a service called Embed.ly, and you can see a full listing of the support content sites here on their website.

Option to include form contents in confirmation email

The second feature we've added relates to the form builder. We've always offered the ability to have the system send a confirmation email to users who submit entries on your forms. You enable this functionality and customize the content of your confirmation email on the form settings advanced tab.

Now, when you enable confirmations, you'll see another option to "Include Form Info." Check this box, and the system will inject the data that the user entered into the form in the confirmation email that is sent. This can be a great way to give users a record of what they submitted to you through your form.

10 comments (Add your own)

1. Eric Granata wrote:
I love you.

Thu, February 3, 2011 @ 7:22 PM

2. Jake Whitton wrote:
As the snow continues to fall, the LightCMS features also continue to fall from the heavens. Thanks for this!

Fri, February 4, 2011 @ 9:08 AM

3. ira wrote:
Cool. But, once the YouTube video is inserted/embedded, how do you have it display at the size/dimensions that you want?

I could tell the client to click the HTML button and change the width to, say "500", but how would they know the correct height to maintain the aspect ratio?

I thought I'd be able to click and transform in the edit window.

Thank you.

Thu, December 8, 2011 @ 11:27 AM

4. Tim wrote:
Ira, to specify dimensions, you would want to use YouTube's embed tools. You can visit the video's page on YouTube and use the controls they provide to generate the embed code with the sizing you want. That embed code can then be pasted into our insert media tool.

The method described in this article (pasting the link to the YouTube video) is just meant to be used as a shortcut and will utilize YouTube's default embed attributes.

Thu, December 8, 2011 @ 2:17 PM

5. ira wrote:
Awesome. Thank you.

Thu, December 8, 2011 @ 3:39 PM

6. Foo Dowling wrote:
Hi - This is great. We are using Vimeo to host our video content, but can you get the video to be responsive and resize with the page on ipad and iphone?

Thu, March 28, 2013 @ 6:25 AM

7. Jordan wrote:
@Foo Dowling,

http://fitvidsjs.com is a great script you can use to easily get those to resize for you. :)

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