Are you a WordPress LMS user looking for a better video player solution rather than using a $20/month Vimeo Pro plan?

Or perhaps you run a WordPress blog that has embedded YouTube videos in your blog posts and are wondering how to speed up YouTube embeds so your site loads faster?

Well, you’re in luck because there’s finally a solution that has it all.

Introducing Presto Player – the ultimate WordPress video player plugin that has every bell and whistle that you need, whether you run a course website or a niche affiliate blog.

Presto Player provides secure video, fast performance, integrated analytics, and loads of marketing features all while being way more budget-friendly than other popular video player solutions such as Vimeo.

The pro version of the Presto Player adds some game-changing features and is especially perfect for any course website running an LMS (Learning Management System) such as LearnDash, LifterLMS, or TutorLMS.

Even better, the Presto Player plays perfectly with the built-in WordPress block editor (Gutenberg) and other page builders such as Elementor and Beaver Builder with more support to come.

In fact, here’s an example video of Presto Player in action…

There are a ton of incredible features in this example Presto Player video:

  • Muted autoplay until user clicks on video
  • Overlay image (“Click to turn on sound”) while video is doing muted autoplay
  • Action bar that gets users to click on a CTA button at the bottom of the video
  • Call to Action screen and button after the video ends
  • Self-hosted video using Bunny.net CDN
  • Fast performance – The Presto Player video loads much faster than an embedded YouTube video

In this Presto Player review, I’ll go through a full walkthrough of the Presto Player plugin, show you the best features it has to offer, and teach you exactly how to set it up on your WordPress website.

Let’s dig in.

Presto Player Review and Setup

Follow the Presto Player review guide + setup tutorial below:

Presto Player Pros

  • Secure Video
  • Serve Video From Multiple Sources
  • Fast Performance
  • Very Budget-Friendly
  • Sticky On Scroll Video
  • Perfect For Course Websites
  • Bunny.net Integration
  • Integrated Analytics

Presto Player Cons

  • New Products Have More Bugs
  • Limited Documentation
  • Limited Support For Page Builders
  • Not Yet Fully Featured

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What is Presto Player?

Presto Player is a WordPress video player plugin that aims to solve several pain points when it comes to using video on your WordPress site.

Previously, if you wanted to show videos on your WordPress course website or blog, you would probably do the following: upload your videos to some video hosting website (YouTube, Vimeo, Wistia, etc.) and then embed those videos on your website.

Doing it this way presents some issues.

First, if you ran a course website and needed your videos protected so that others can’t freely see the URL and download your videos, you would need to pay good money for video protection through a video hosting site.

Typical premium video hosting solutions cost anywhere from $20-100 every single month and can get even more expensive than that.

With Presto Player, it provides seamless integration with Bunny.net CDN to give you all the secure video protections you’re looking for at a fraction of the cost of other solutions such as Vimeo.

Secondly, if you’re hosting your videos on a free solution such as YouTube, you would typically use the generic “YouTube embed” block to put the video on your WordPress site.

This presents even more issues. The normal embed block is not performant and can really slow down every page that uses a YouTube embed. Even more, it uses all the typical YouTube branding and even shows “related videos” at the end which links to videos from your competitors.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a super lightweight way to load up all your YouTube videos directly on your website and not have it drastically slow down each page?

Or what if you could simply remove the YouTube branding and use your own branding in its place but still have it count as views on YouTube and allow people to subscribe to your channel?

Even though that may sound like a pipe dream, it has now become a reality with Presto Player.

Read on to learn all about Presto Player as I give a full feature walkthrough and complete setup guide to get you started with the best WordPress video player plugin on the market!

Presto Player Lifetime

Presto Player is currently offering a Lifetime Plan which is a one-time payment (no more annual recurring payments!).

Grab it before it’s gone!

Presto Player Video Block Settings

Now I’m going to go over the Presto Player Video Block Settings one by one and explain what each one does.

I’ll also point out which video settings require the pro version of Presto Player.

Video Blocks

First and foremost, I want to list all of the Video Blocks that Presto Player offers.

Presto Player Video Blocks Gutenberg
  • Presto Vimeo Video – A Vimeo video wrapped in the Presto Player.
  • Presto YouTube Video – A YouTube video wrapped in the Presto Player.
  • Presto Bunny.net Video – Serve a public video through the Bunny.net CDN. Covered in the Bunny.net section.
  • Presto Bunny.net Private Video – Serve a private, secure video through the Bunny.net CDN. Covered in the Bunny.net section.
  • Presto Video – Self-host a public video through your website. Covered in the self-hosted section.
  • Presto Private Video – Self-host a private video through your website. Covered in the self-hosted section.

Chapters

Chapters are a pro feature.

Presto Player allows you to manually add chapters to your videos.

If you’ve used YouTube before, you can add timestamps into your video description which breaks your videos into “chapters” and is very nice for usability so users can quickly go to the section that is more relevant to them.

In Presto Player, once you have one of your videos chosen, you’ll see “Chapters” as the first section where you can add timestamps and titles for each chapter.

Presto Player Video Settings Chapters Example

After you set your timestamps and chapter titles, you’ll see circles get added to your video timeline where each timestamp was set.

If the user hovers over one of the circles, they’ll see the chapter name and be able to click it to quickly jump to whichever section they want.

Presto YouTube Block With Chapters Example

Video Settings

Presto Player Review Video Settings Panel
  • Muted Autoplay Preview – Pro feature. Muted autoplay preview will show a muted preview of the video. You can see this in action on the main Presto Player page. This is a game-changing feature being brought to WordPress video that will entice users to interact with your videos. The idea came from the Click Funnels site.
  • Muted Preview Overlay – Pro feature. If you have the “Muted Autoplay Preview” feature toggled on, then you will see this section show. This allows you to show an image over the top of the video either before or after the video. If you toggle this on, you’ll get positioning controls to fine-tune the exact location you want the image to show on your video.
  • Autoplay – Free feature. Enabling the autoplay feature will start the video automatically without the user needing to hit the “play” button.
  • Play Inline – Free feature. Enabling the play inline feature only affects mobile. If this is turned on, the video will play “inline” on the page rather than going fullscreen if you press play on mobile like many videos do.
  • Poster Image – Free feature. You can override the poster “thumbnail” image that shows on the video before the user hits “play.”

Video Presets

Presto Player comes with some predefined video presets that you can choose for your videos. All of the predefined video presets come with the free version.

Presto Player Review Video Presets

The predefined video presets are the following:

  • Default – The default preset includes several options such as rewind/fast-forward 10 seconds, play/pause, video timeline bar, volume controls, chapter list, and fullscreen mode.
  • Course – The course preset is similar to the default preset but includes some additional niceties for course videos. It creates a “stacked” layout putting the video timeline bar above all the controls to give more room for controls. It also includes a settings cogwheel for things such as playback speed so the user can speed up or slow down the video as they please.
  • Simple – The simple preset takes away some of the settings from the default preset to give a more straightforward look. It removes the rewind/fast-forward by 10 seconds options along with the volume controls
  • Minimal – The minimal preset lives up to its name. It’s extremely minimal. There are no settings shown on the video. You simply click the video to start it or click the video to pause it, that’s it.

Add New Video Preset

Adding a new Presto Player video preset is a pro feature.

Where the real power comes in is having the ability to create your own customizable video presets and enable or disable whichever features you want while also giving you access to more pro features that none of the predefined video presets come with.

You can create many custom video presets that fit each use case for your videos and apply them to whichever videos you want.

Keep in mind that if you have, say, 10 videos using a custom video preset and you edit that preset and save it, it will change the settings for all 10 of those videos that are tied to that preset.

In order to create a new custom video preset in Presto Player, click the “Add New Preset” button.

Presto Player Tutorial Create a New Video Preset Modal

You’ll see a modal come up that has three tabs: Controls, Behavior, and Style. Each one has a list of features you can toggle on or off. Let’s go over each section.

Controls

Presto Player Tutorial New Video Preset Controls Options
  • Large Play Button – Adds a large play button over the top of the player.
  • Rewind – Adds a 10 second rewind button to the player.
  • Small Play Button – Adds a small play button to the bottom of the player.
  • Fast Forward – Adds a 10 second fast forward button to the player.
  • Progress Bar – Shows a seekable progress bar.
  • Current Time – Shows the video timestamp.
  • Volume – Shows a volume bar.
  • Speed – Shows playback speed controls.
  • Picture In Picture (HTML5 only) – Allows users to dock the player on their screen and watch when using another app on their computer. This should be supported by most browsers, but may not work in all instances.
  • Fullscreen – Adds a button to allow the player to be fullscreen.

Behavior

Presto Player Tutorial New Video Preset Behavior Options
  • General
    • Auto-Hide Controls – Hide video controls automatically after 2 seconds of no mouse movement. You probably want this enabled.
    • Save Play Position – Save the user’s play position so when they come back to the page they can continue the video from where they left off. This is really nice for course videos so that if a student leaves and comes back, they can start a lesson exactly where they were when they left.
    • Sticky On Scroll – Stick videos to the side of the screen when the page is scrolled and the video is playing. This is an amazing feature. Say you have a Presto YouTube video at the top of a product review blog post and the user is watching it. They can continue scrolling down to read your post and your video will stick to the side.
  • YouTube
    • Hide YouTube UI (Experimental) – Hides the YouTube logo and related videos. This is the feature that takes away YouTube’s branding and prevents YouTube from showing your competitor’s videos after your video is done. The reason this is marked “experimental” is due to the fact that this feature is controlled by YouTube. If YouTube were to ever change this functionality, Presto Player wouldn’t be able to do anything about it.
    • Lazy Load Videos – Improves page loading performance by only loading the video when clicked. Even though this is called “lazy load videos,” this feature does a lot more for performance than simply lazy-loading the video. If you’re not using the muted autoplay or regular autoplay feature, you almost certainly want to enable this option for faster page performance.

Style

Presto Player Tutorial New Video Preset Style Options
  • Hide Logo – Hides the logo on the video.
  • Round Corners – If you don’t want the sharp boxed corners that a video normally has, you can control how round you want the corners to be.
  • Caption Style – Default or full. Using default will show the captions overlayed on the video as most captions usually show. Using the full option will place a bar on the bottom of the video showing the captions like on the Presto Player home page.
  • Caption Background – If you decide to use the full caption option, you can control the background color of the bar behind the caption text.

Global Player Branding

Presto Player Review Global Player Branding Options

The last section in the Presto Player video settings is Global Player Branding. In this section, you can select the global player branding that will apply to all players on your site.

The first part is a Logo Overlay which is a pro feature. This will place a logo in the bottom right of your videos (right above your controls) with whatever logo you upload.

So, you could upload a small image of your logo which will place a semi-transparent logo on all your videos. Combine this with removing the YouTube branding feature and this can really be powerful in having the entire video player show your own branding.

The last part allows you to set your branding color. This will change the color for various items within the player such as the large play button, the volume control bar, and the color of the video timeline as your video plays.

After I set up my global branding and a logo overlay, you can see the results on an example Presto YouTube Video below (this is just a screenshot).

Presto Player YouTube Video With Global Branding Colors

Notice the Start Blogging 101 small image I added which is semi-transparent in the bottom right. Also, the large play button and volume control have my global branding color. Lastly, as the video plays, the video timeline bar will also show my global branding color.

Presto Player Video Hosting Options

Okay, so you have a general overview of the Presto Player plugin and know all of the video settings offered, but how does video hosting work with Presto Player?

Well, if you already have your videos on YouTube or Vimeo, you don’t need to worry. Simply use the Presto YouTube Video or Presto Vimeo Video block and the Presto Player Video will pull it right up.

Presto YouTube Video Block:

Presto YouTube Video Block Gutenberg WordPress Block Editor

Presto Vimeo Video Block:

Presto Vimeo Video Block Gutenberg WordPress Block Editor

That being said, if your videos are currently on Vimeo and you want to switch off of the Pro plan that costs $20/month, Presto Player allows some extremely affordable solutions to host your videos which are sure to save you money.

With Presto Player, you have two main options for hosting your videos: self-hosted or Bunny.net.

Self-Hosted

With self-hosted videos, you can simply upload your video directly to your WordPress site and use it.

WordPress Presto Player Setup Self-Hosted Video Option

Also, keep in mind that if you’re using the free version of Presto Player, your video won’t be private. However, if you do purchase the pro version, then you can toggle the switch to automatically make your video private.

Once you enable the pro version, you’ll see several new blocks appear including one called Presto Private Video.

Presto Private Video Block In WordPress Block Editor Gutenberg

Personally, I think the next Presto Player hosting option (using Bunny.net) is a better choice to use, but the self-hosted video option certainly has some use cases.

If you have a small number of videos that you want to self-host AND you are using a good host that supports easy server scalability, then you could certainly use this option.

I would suggest being hosted on Cloudways if you want to take this route. I also have one of the most detailed Cloudways reviews out there including real speed tests if you want to read all about Cloudways.

Let’s take a look at the next option.

Bunny.net

If you need your videos hosted and don’t want to use the self-hosted option, Presto Player offers a much better option by having your videos hosted using Bunny.net.

Keep in mind that being able to host your videos with Bunny.net is only available in the pro version of Presto Player.

Bunny.net is a content delivery platform that offers a very affordable and fast CDN and they’re beginning to build out a dedicated video delivery solution which will be seamlessly integrated with Presto Player.

The costs of having your videos hosted through the Bunny.net CDN are very low (it’ll cost much less than having a Pro Vimeo account if that’s what you were using) and the benefits are excellent.

To give you an idea of general cost of hosting your videos with Bunny.net, see the pricing image below.

Presto Player Video Hosting Bunny Net Pricing Standard Network Volume Network

As you can see from the Bunny.net pricing chart, the cost is merely pennies per GB of data which is by far one of the cheapest solutions with a CDN than many other popular CDNs.

To give you a quick comparison between Bunny.net CDN pricing versus other CDN pricing, check out the chart below:

Presto Player Pro Review Bunny Net Video Hosting Price For 5 Terabytes

For 5 terabytes of data, Bunny.net only costs $50 compared to the next CDN shown which is StackPath which costs $170 for 5 terabytes.

By the way, with your videos, chances are you aren’t anywhere close to 5 terabytes, especially if you transcode all your videos to a web-optimized format which I cover in the next section.

This will greatly reduce the size of your exported videos and save you a ton in hosting costs.

Anyway, so hosting your videos through Bunny.net is ridiculously affordable, but how does Presto Player work with Bunny.net hosting?

Presto Player makes it so simple, you basically only have to do one step.

Assuming the pro version of Presto Player is installed and activated on your site, you will see two new blocks show up: Presto Bunny.net Video and Presto Bunny.net Private Video.

The only difference between the two blocks is that the private video option offers many more protections and is ideal for using with course videos so that others can’t get the URL of your video, download it to their computers, and so on.

If you don’t need to worry about that scenario, then you can just use the regular Presto Bunny.net Video block.

After you add one of those blocks to your WordPress block editor, you’ll see a box come up asking you to put in your Bunny.net API Key.

Presto Player Pro Features Bunny Net Video Block Gutenberg

You can click the link in the block that says “Get My API Key” and it will take you directly to the Bunny.net account page where you will see your API Key that you can grab.

Presto Player Bunny Net CDN Video Hosting API Key

Copy the API Key from your Bunny.net account page and paste it in the Bunny.net Video block within Presto Player and hit “Next.”

Presto Player will set up storage and pull zones which should only take a few seconds.

After that, Presto Player will be properly connected directly to the Bunny.net CDN and you’ll see the screen below.

Presto Player Pro Tutorial Bunny Net Private Video Block

**Note: Before you upload your video through the Bunny.net block, make sure the video has been transcoded into a web-optimized format using Handbrake. It’s simple. I go over it in the section right after this. Doing this step will make sure your video runs smoothly on browsers and devices along with greatly reducing the video size to save on video hosting costs.

Now all you have to do is press the “Add/Select Private Video” button (if you’re using the private Bunny.net video) and you’ll see a modal pop up.

Presto Player Tutorial Bunny Net Private Video Storage Block Upload New Video

Click the button to “Upload New Video,” choose your file and presto! Presto Player takes care of it all and your video(s) are now being served directly through the Bunny.net CDN global network so your visitors will get fast video delivery no matter where they are in the world. 👌

Transcode Your Video Into Web Format

If you decide to take the route of having your videos self-hosted or hosted through Bunny.net, you will need to make sure to transcode your videos into a web-optimized format.

If your videos are already hosted on YouTube or Vimeo, you don’t have to worry about this step as your videos are already transcoded for the web through those platforms.

Transcoding your video into a web-optimized format will allow the video to play smoothly on various browsers and devices along with drastically reducing the size of your video.

Not sure what I mean?

Well, if you create a new course or tutorial video and want to place it on your site, a 5-minute video may have a file size somewhere around 250 MB after you export it from your video editor. This is a large file that isn’t optimized for the web and will cost more to host.

However, if you transcode the video into a web-optimized format, that video could be reduced to around 25 MB – much smaller and costs a lot less to host!

As of now, Presto Player suggests you run your video through a program called Handbrake.

A full tutorial video on how to optimize your video for smooth website playback using Handbrake can be found on the Presto Made YouTube channel here.

The Presto Player team has mentioned working on a solution to make this process more convenient in the future.

Presto Player Speed Optimizations

Not only does the Presto Player come packed with useful features, it also brings with it some impressive speed optimizations.

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When Presto Player was released, I was ecstatic because I learned that I could replace the embedded YouTube videos that some of my blog posts have with a much lighter weight Presto YouTube Video block.

Let’s take a look at a comparison between two pages: one page with an embedded YouTube block (from the default WordPress editor) and one page with a Presto YouTube Video block.

Embedded YouTube Video Using Gutenberg – Page Load:

WordPress Embedded YouTube Video Block Gutenberg Page Load

Presto YouTube Video Block – Page Load:

WordPress YouTube Video Block Presto Player Optimizations

The speed optimizations you get from using the Presto YouTube Video block versus the regular embedded YouTube block are INSANE.

Using the regular embedded YouTube video block, the total page size was 1.05 MB with a total of 61 page requests.

Using the Presto YouTube Video block, the total page size was reduced all the way down to only 334 KB with a total of 46 page requests. This means the page size was reduced by a whopping 68%!

You can see from the images that there was a massive reduction in the amount of JavaScript loaded on the page (751 KB with the embedded YouTube block versus only 147 KB with the Presto YouTube Video block).

There were also reductions in the amount of CSS, font, and image files loaded.

All in all, if you use the Presto Player plugin for the videos on your site (especially YouTube videos), you will see a huge reduction in page size which will speed up the pages running videos on your website and will make Google happy. It’s a win-win.

Presto Player Admin Pages

Once you have Presto Player successfully installed and activated on your site, you’ll see a Presto Player option show up in your WordPress admin area.

If you need help getting the free or pro version of Presto Player set up, check out how to set up Presto Player on your WordPress website at the end of this review.

I’ll go over each of the admin-level pages and explain them in more detail.

Media Hub

The Presto Player Media Hub is the central repository to manage all your videos.

You can add all your videos to the Media Hub and then have access to them directly in the WordPress block editor (Gutenberg) or use a shortcode to add them to your page builder.

Presto Player Tutorial Media Hub Example With Tags

In order to add a new video to the Presto Player Media Hub, go to Presto Player → Media Hub from your WordPress dashboard.

Click Add New.

Presto Player Media Hub Add New Video

Give your video a title and then choose from one of the four options – Video (self-hosted video), YouTube, Vimeo, or Bunny.net. Keep in mind that Bunny.net is a pro feature.

After you choose your video and set your desired settings, you can publish the video and it will show up in the Media Hub as shown in the first image.

You can even assign tags to your videos to better categorize them and filter by certain tags in the Media Hub for those who have a vast amount of videos.

After your videos are added to the Media Hub, you can easily access them in the WordPress block editor (Gutenberg), by choosing the Presto icon in the upper right of the editor and choosing your video.

Presto Player Media Hub Option In Gutenberg WordPress Block Editor

You can also access your videos from a native block in Elementor or Beaver Builder with more integrations coming.

Otherwise, if you’re using a page builder that isn’t supported yet, simply use the shortcode shown in the Media Hub to insert it on a page or post.

If you’re a developer, the Media Hub also gives a PHP Function for your video to place it in templates.

Analytics

The next admin-level page in Presto Player is analytics. You can access analytics by going to Presto Player → Analytics from your WordPress dashboard.

Accessing analytics within Presto Player is a pro feature.

Presto Player Pro Analytics Page

With analytics, you’l be able to see the number of views your videos are getting along with the watch time of your videos.

There are also two more sections: one showing your top users which would come in handy for course or membership websites where users are logged in and a last section showing your top videos so you can easily see which videos are working the best for you.

Analytics can be enabled from the Settings page which I’ll cover next.

General Settings

The Settings page can be accessed by going to Presto Player → Settings from your WordPress dashboard.

This settings page covers admin-level settings for the video player plugin.

  • General
    • Branding – Another location to see your “Global Player Branding” that was found in the video settings. Here, you can also choose the max width of your branding logo if you need to make it smaller.
    • Analytics – Enable or disable analytics for Presto Player to see video plays, watch times, and more.
    • Uninstall Options – In case you ever decide to stop using Presto Player and want to uninstall it, you can toggle a switch to remove all data when you uninstall it so that it leaves no trace of orphaned files behind.
  • Integrations
    • Google Analytics – You can enable Google Analytics which will send analytics events to your GA account. There’s also a toggle to use an existing on-page tag from Google Analytics v4. If you don’t use this, Presto Player will output a tag for you. Also, here is where you specify your Measurement ID which can be found on your Google Analytics admin page.
    • Bunny.net Pull Zones – If you enable this option, you can modify the Bunny.net pull zones that are used with Presto Player.

License

The license page can be accessed by going to Presto Player → License. I mention this section in several areas throughout this Presto Player review, but this is the page that will show up as soon as you install and activate the pro version of Presto Player.

All you have to do is enter your License Key from your purchase and the pro version will be successfully activated.

Presto Player Pricing

Let’s go over Presto Player pricing and see how this WordPress video player plugin competes against other popular video solutions.

Here’s a table showing the Presto Player pricing:

Presto PlayerPro 1 SiteProLifetime
Number of sites12525
Pricing$69$99$299
FrequencyAnnuallyAnnuallyOne-Time Cost
Premium SupportNoNo3 Years

Presto Player offers three different pricing plans for all needs.

The first Presto Player plan is the Pro 1 Site. It costs $69/year and can be used on 1 website.

The second Presto Player plan is the Pro. It costs $99/year and can be used on 25 websites.

The last Presto Player plan is the Lifetime. It costs $299 as a one-time cost and can be used on 25 websites. It also includes 3 years of premium support.

The best value for the money would be the Lifetime plan because if you plan on using the player for over three years, you would pay $297 in the first three years of using the Pro plan ($99/year for 3 years and your recurring cost wouldn’t go away). Also, purchasing a Lifetime plan will give you 3 years of premium support as an additional perk.

After 3 years of support, if you want to continue support, they will offer a support extension for a very reasonable price.

Presto Player Lifetime

Presto Player is currently offering a Lifetime Plan which is a one-time payment (no more annual recurring payments!).

Grab it before it’s gone!

Presto Player vs Vimeo Pricing

If you have a WordPress site running an LMS such as LearnDash, TutorLMS, or LifterLMS, you are probably aware that the most popular platform for video hosting your course videos is Vimeo.

The Vimeo plan that most people use with a WordPress course website is the Vimeo Pro plan which costs $20/month or $240/year.

The Presto Player Pro plan, on the other hand, only costs $8.25/month or $99/year. This means that by using Presto Player over Vimeo, you will save $141 per year which is a massive cost savings!

Another option with Presto Player would be to purchase the Lifetime plan which is a one-time cost of $299.

If you were to use Vimeo, you would pay $300 in only 15 months of using Vimeo and that $20 cost would continue to be recurring every month.

This is why the Presto Player lifetime plan is an incredible value for the money. There is no other WordPress video hosting solution out there right now that offers the number of features that Presto Player does for the money.

The only additional potential cost involved with Presto Player is actually hosting your videos if you need video hosting. If you’re using something like YouTube or Vimeo already, you won’t have any additional cost.

Luckily for you, Presto Player offers some extremely affordable options for video hosting – either self-hosted or through Bunny.net which I covered in the video hosting section.

What Features Are Coming To Presto Player?

If you think all the Presto Player features I’ve mentioned are impressive, this is just the beginning.

Presto Player will continue to built out and receive even more epic features.

Some examples of features coming up include:

  1. Overlays on your videos that can show up before playback, during, or after playback.
  2. As a preset, play a video before play and/or after playback (think a short “advertisement”).
  3. Searchable captions similar to Searchie. This means you will be able to “search” a video and it will list all the parts of the video that have that search term. When the user clicks one of those, it will take them directly to that part of the video. This would require you to have captions on your videos, but this will be an insanely cool feature.
  4. Presto won’t stop at just video. They’re going to be working on a full-fledged audio player which will bring its own audio-specific blocks. Podcasters rejoice!

That’s just a small taste of the future of the Presto Player. As you can probably tell, Presto Player is going to undoubtedly dominate the market when it comes to a WordPress video player solution that costs significantly less than other popular solutions and provides even more features.

The best part is that these extra features coming will cost you absolutely nothing.

How to Setup Presto Player On Your WordPress Website

Now I’m going to go over how to set up Presto Player on your WordPress website – both the free version of the plugin along with the pro version.

Presto Player Setup – Free Version

The free version of Presto Player is available directly through the WordPress plugin repository.

From your WordPress dashboard, simply go to PluginsAdd New.

WordPress Add New Plugin Button

Once you get to the “Add New” plugins screen, type “Presto Player” into the search box. You should see the free Presto Player plugin show up as the first result.

Click “Install Now.”

How To Install Free Presto Player WordPress Video Plugin

After it is installed, click the “Activate” button to activate it.

After Presto Player is activated on your website, you’ll be able to see the new video blocks show up in your WordPress block editor (or your page builder).

Presto Player Setup – Pro Version

If you decide to purchase the pro version of Presto Player, I’ll show you exactly how to get it downloaded and installed onto your WordPress site.

First of all, go to the Presto Player site and click the Buy Now button. You’ll be redirected to a new site my.prestomade.com to make your purchase.

Presto Player Lifetime

Presto Player is currently offering a Lifetime Plan which is a one-time payment (no more annual recurring payments!).

Grab it before it’s gone!

Just so there is no confusion, Presto Made is the company that created Presto Player and is a separate site so that they can keep their marketing “hub” separate from the Presto Player site. Presto Made will be releasing more products in the future as well.

Once you’re on the Presto Made purchase page, purchase whichever plan fits your needs: Pro 1 Site, Pro, or Lifetime.

After you have successfully purchased the product, go to the Account page and you’ll see a number of options for your dashboard, orders, downloads, etc.

Go to the Downloads section and you’ll see the product you purchased listed there. Click on the Presto Player Pro button to download the presto-player-pro.zip file.

Presto Made Presto Player Pro Download Button

After you have installed Presto Player Pro, go to your WordPress dashboard and go to Plugins → Upload Plugin.

Once you choose Upload Plugin, you’ll see a file chooser appear. Click Choose File and select the presto-player-pro.zip file that you downloaded earlier.

Then, click Install Now. After it is installed, click the “Activate” button to successfully activate the pro version of Presto Player.

How To Upload Presto Player Pro Video Plugin Install Now

After you choose “Activate Plugin” to activate Presto Player Pro, you’ll get brought to a screen to enter your License Key.

Presto Player Pro WordPress Video Plugin Enter License Key

You can get your License Key by going to the “Orders” tab in your Presto Made Account. Once you’re there, you will see a button that says “License Manage.” Click that.

Presto Made Account How To Find License Key

You’ll be brought to a screen showing all your Presto Player License Keys.

Presto Player Pro License Key and Generate License Key

In the License Key column, you’ll see a license key that you can copy and then paste into the License Key box within WordPress.

Also, if you need more license keys to put on more sites (and you purchased the Presto Player Pro or Lifetime plan which allows up to 25 sites), then you can click the “Generate License Key” button to generate more keys for more websites.

After the Presto Player License Key is successfully saved, the pro version will be active and you’ll see all the “Pro” tags on certain features disappear since you now have access to all the features Presto Player offers.


So there you have it! A very comprehensive Presto Player review going over all the free and pro features, a walkthrough of all the video settings and admin pages, and a setup guide to get you started with Presto Player today.

What do you think of Presto Player? Will this video player plugin save you money each year? Let me know in the comments below!

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4 Comments

  1. Thank you Jake for your written review of Presto Player!

    We have a big vision for what it will grow into, thanks for the support.

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