Vimeo & YouTube Lightbox Thumbnail
This widget can be used to add several Vimeo and/or YouTube movies to a page without taking up too much room.
The actually movies can't download until the thumbnail is clicked so the web page will download faster in the browser.
Each video thumbnail can be accompanied by a text box like this with a description of the movie for both the human visitors and the search engine spiders.
Additional SEO info can be entered into the thumbnail image alt text box.
Vimeo & YouTube Setup
The widget inspector is shown above right.
Choose the thumbnail image file and adjust the size using the drag handles or the Metrics inspector.
Enter some descriptive alt text about the movie.
The thumbnail image can have a contrasting border if required and this is adjustable for width and color.
The selector gives a choice of vimeo or youtube and this must be set appropriately.
The URL to the video is pasted into the box. The format shown MUST be adhered to otherwise the video won't play!
The only variable allowed is the video ID marked in red.
The video will NOT play when viewed in Preview mode or published to a local folder. The page must be published to a server for the move to appear and play.