9 Easy Steps to Delete YouTube Video in 2018

Do you need to delete a YouTube video but need instructions? I recently found that I had a video that had not aged well. If found lots of what claimed to be easy steps to delete youtube video, however none of them looked like the 2018 YouTube pages.

Before you delete YouTube video look back to your blog. Have you used the video in any WordPress posts? Once you delete the video it will no longer be accessible to someone who finds and reads your post. You can either delete the post or remove the video embed code from the post. Another reminder is to search your website pages for the use of the video.

So here are the steps relevant to 2018…

How to Delete YouTube Video

1. Login to your YouTube account
2. Click your round profile image in the upper right, this opens a dropdown menu
3. Click on MY CHANNEL in the dropdown menu
4. Click the CREATOR STUDIO button on the upper right
5. Put an X in the box next to the video you want to delete
6. Click the arrow next to the word EDIT. This opens another dropdown menu
7. Click the word DELETE in the dropdown menu
8. You’ll be given a warning that you are PERMANENTLY deleting your video from YouTube
9. Click the word DELETE and IT’S GONE!

How to Put a YouTube Video on WordPress Page or Post

Figuring out where to insert a YouTube video on WordPress is a mixture of art and science.

First, you need to use some imagination.  Would the video look better embeded before your post’s text or between a break in paragraphs? In this sample (below), I would like to insert the video after an end of a paragraph. I note that the paragraph ends with the word “speed.”

insert a YouTube video on WordPress


In your WordPress dashboard you will need to use the TEXT view, so click on the TEXT tab above the editing box. We are using the TEXT view because this is also the code view where all the HTML code is seen.  Now scroll down to where you find the word “speed” again (the pink dot marks the spot below).

Click at the end of the paragraph that ends with “speed”.

Click the “enter” or “return” key to start a new paragraph (that’s the green not). Now, go ahead and paste embed code. You now have the YouTube video on WordPress.

Be sure to click the blue UPDATE button on the right to save all your hard work!


Resizing YouTube Videos to Fit Your WordPress Site

Have you ever tried to post a YouTube video only to find it was too large or too small for your WordPress site? If you turn on Text view and start trying to do this yourself you can end up with a hot mess that’s out of proportion. This is called “Aspect Ratio” — if you increase (or decrease) on side of the video, the change you make to the other side must also change to be in proportion. Don’t worry you don’t  have to be a math whiz to figure this out… let YouTube do the calculating!


Right below the blue code (the code you’ll copy and paste onto your page or post) are a size menu and when clicked you’ll get an option for custom sizes. When you click on Custom Sizes in an instant you’ll see boxes to calculate width and height. The first box is for the width, so put in how wide you’d like the video to be. The default width is 420 so go wider or narrower depending on whether you want the video to be larger or smaller.

YouTube is brilliant! It will fill in the height for you and it will be in proportion to the width you entered.

YouTube is double-brilliant! After it does the math for you, it will put these new measurements in the code box so all you have to do is copy and paste.

Thank, goodness… no math!