Hammocks: youtube playlist how to

Handmade Hammocks is still an Actinic ecommerce site so presents its own environment of challenges for maintenance work. Most recently the feature has been updated to dynamically show Actinic content pages in the navigation menu.

This means the client can update content more easily using the Actinic UI without having to edit template files in dreamweaver.

Similarly the embedded video on the website homepage has now been updated to show the Hammocks Youtube playlist by adding the embed code to the Actinic home page template, removing the need to manually edit the template file in e.g. Dreamweaver (or your preferred code editor of choice)

Here’s a quick how-to:

1. Create a youtube playlist

Log in to your youtube account
Click on ‘my videos’ and look for ‘playlists’ in the left-hand menu
Click on ‘+ new’
Give the playlist a title, description and some tags, then save.

2. Add videos to youtube playlist

Your list of uploaded videos should show with checkboxes beside them
Check the boxes of the videos you want to appear in your playlist and choose ‘add videos’
At the top of your video list, click the ‘add to’ button and select the new playlist from the list.

3. Embed youtube playlist on website

Click on ‘playlist’ on the left-hand menu, this will list your playlist(s)
Click on your playlist title
Above your playlist, click on the ‘share’ button
Copy and paste the code for a straight link to playlist
OR
Click on ’embed’ to customise the size, privacy and HD/https options a bit (seems to be a minimum player width of 200px)

4. Paste generated code into the right place.

5. Look at what you’ve done just to check it’s worked ok before doing the next thing on your list

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