WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Video Files in Hero Area or Masthead

At this time, WiscWeb does not offer a way to display videos in the background of a page or within the hero area. Instead, we recommend embedding video within the page, using one of our approved Embed Options.

For non-WiscWeb users who wish to customize the UW Theme to accommodate video, we request that you consider the following:

WiscWeb's Video Hosting Recommendations

At this time, we are recommending the following approach:

Risks Identified with Hosting Videos on a Site

We’ve identified the following risks with hosting video content directly in the Media Library of a WordPress site:

Benefits of Video Hosting Platforms

Video hosting platforms like Vimeo and YouTube provide the following benefits for the user and for the site owner:

Risks of Video Hosting Platforms

The WiscWeb team has identified the following risks of video hosting platforms that should be considered before getting started:

Accessibility Considerations for Custom Development with the UW Theme

WiscWeb is dedicated to providing the best possible experience to all users and we regularly partner with the Center for User Experience on understanding how to improve accessibility of our campus websites. We are providing the following information as we have identified videos as a possible accessibility risk for users with screen readers.

In collaboration with the Center for User Experience, we recommend that you consider the following when doing custom development for video content as background imagery or in the hero area of a website.

Note that WiscWeb users do not have access to perform custom development on their websites. This information is strictly for those self-hosting the UW Theme:

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