The Pandemic has dramatically changed our lifestyle. Most people prefer to avoid direct communication during this time. People rely on many technologies for communication, and Zoom application is popular. So if you are a business person or a team leader with a website, why not use the WordPress Zoom integration plugin for staying in touch and managing a business.
Zoom application reached many homes during this pandemic and helped many business organizations, educational institutions, even hospitals to reach their customers within seconds. The reason for selecting the Zoom application is because it brings people closer and reduces the physical distances between them.
This is the right time to learn how to integrate Zoom video calls and webinars into WordPress.
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Why Integrate Zoom With WordPress?
Before knowing the reason for integrating Zoom with WordPress, you must know about Zoom. Zoom is a very popular tool for video calling facilities. It is convenient and can make conference calls easy.
During this pandemic period, the Zoom application got acknowledgment from many people because of its features and adaptability. The reason is that the application is adaptable for business meetings, online classes, online courses, etc.
The advantage of using this application is that it allows you to connect 100 people at a time. It also enables you to conduct conference rooms, webinars, interactive classes, etc.
If you are a business owner or manage a team, integrating Zoom into your website will make your job easier. You can host Zoom meetings directly from the website. This is more convenient for you to manage the meetings and notify your followers. Since everything is on your website, you do not need to send any emails regarding the meeting, as followers will be notified directly from your website.
You can schedule a meeting from the backend of your website. Importantly, you do not need the Zoom app to manage the whole process. This is because you can set up the meeting and password directly in the backend.
In addition to the above, the Zoom application provides an option to host webinars, check user identity, and use it for customer service calls. Overall, you can handle multiple meetings from the backend of the website.
WordPress Zoom Integration Plugin
There are many plugins for Zoom integration with WordPress, but choosing the right one is tricky. I want to recommend the free Zoom WordPress plugin called “Video Conferencing with Zoom.”
The plugin has many features that allow you to manage work with Zoom from the backend itself. You can set a password for Zoom meetings in the backend and hide Zoom meeting information from users who are not logged in. It has security features too.
Below are some of the plugin features:
- It provides a shortcode by default that can be added to posts or pages.
- It enables the features of Zoom video conferencing. It holds all the features of the external Zoom application.
- It is compatible with all WordPress themes and plugins.
- It has security features, and your data will be stored securely.
- Supports Elementor and Gutenberg.
- You can enable a countdown timer based on the starting time of the Zoom meeting schedule.
The plugin is free but also has a pro version. So why should we wait? Now we can start installing the plugin.
Note: The demonstration is wholly based on the free version.
Installing The Plugin
The installation looks easy if you use the direct installation in WordPress. Just open the plugin page and click the “Add New” button. Now search for a plugin called “Video Conferencing with Zoom.” Then click on “Install” and activate the plugin.
Sometimes you may get FTP credential issues while installing the plugin. You can follow our guide on how to fix WordPress asking FTP credentials while installing, deleting plugins or themes.
The below step will guide you in setting up and integrating the Zoom plugin with WordPress.
Integrate WordPress With Zoom
To integrate Zoom with WordPress, you need to obtain Zoom API. To launch the Zoom application in your WordPress, you will need API keys generated in the Zoom application. You will need an API key and an API secret key.
To generate these keys, open the “Zoom Marketplace” page in your browser. Once you reach the marketplace, log in with your Zoom login ID.
Now click on “Develop” and then click on “Build App.” Then select “JWT” from the list and click on the “Create” button. Enter a name for the JWT and click on the “Create” button.
Then enter the basic information required for the Zoom application. Once you complete the basic information, you get the keys generated under the “App Credentials” section.
Switch to WordPress, click on “Zoom Meeting,” which directly takes you to the settings page. Now paste all the API keys.
Click the “Save Changes” button and click the “Check API Connection” button to test the connection.
Once the API key is entered and the connection succeeds, you will get the detailed options under the “Zoom Meeting” option. It shows the successful connection made between the Zoom API and your WordPress site.
Switch back to the Zoom app, click on the Manage option, and you will see the apps activated. This shows the connectivity between WordPress and Zoom API is established.
Use Zoom For WordPress
You can now manage all Zoom-related work through your WordPress website if you have completed all the steps. Now we can add Zoom meetings through the backend.
Adding Zoom Meetings
To start a zoom meeting, click on the “Zoom Meeting” option on your WordPress site dashboard and click on the “Add Live Meeting” option. Now the list of options to add live Zoom meetings will be displayed.
Enter the meeting name, Meeting Agenda, Meeting Host, start date, duration, and the meeting password. Enter the information required to create a meeting. Finally, click the “Create Meeting” button.
View Zoom Meetings
To view all Zoom meetings added to your website, use the “Live Meeting” option. To fetch the details of the zoom meeting, you need to select the hostname.
Now you will get the list of zoom meetings scheduled with the shortcode. Using the shortcode, you can add the zoom meeting details to your viewers easily.
Display Lve Meetings Using Shortcode
Using the shortcode generated, you can display the Zoom meeting details to your viewers in the frontend. Just copy the shortcode generated for the meeting. Paste the shortcode into the page or post.
Adding Zoom Webinars
More or less, you have the same options to enable webinars. To add webinars, click on the “Add New” button in the Zoom Meeting link. It directly takes you to enter the meeting and webinars details in the meeting type option.
Webinars are mainly applied for view-only attendees, and you can share your screen, audio, and video for some selected participants. You can connect 50 thousand participants at a time, but the count will be based on your plan. The plan starts from connecting 500 participants initially. The webinar will be helpful for educational institutions and meetings.
If you solely need a plugin for webinar purposes, I suggest checking WebinarPress vs. EasyWebinar vs. WebinarIgnition comparison.
WordPress Zoom Integration Conclusion
I hope this article will guide you in integrating Zoom meetings and webinars with your WordPress site. I’ve provided you with a piece of knowledge in embedding the Zoom application on your website.
Since there are many more options in the plugin, I suggest installing the “Video Conferencing with Zoom” plugin and testing it. If you go with the premium plan, you will get many more features for Zoom meetings.
Prabhu Ganesan provides his web development and WordPress services independently. He is the founder of WPBlogX. He is very much involved in WordPress as it becomes second nature for him. You can get in touch with him by visiting his website – WPBlogX.com, and you can also find him on Twitter @gprabhucbe.
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