If there is one technology that has been consolidated lately, it has been the video call. Something that until not so long ago was only used in the corporate environment for business meetings, by families with members in several countries and little else, in recent months has become totally popular.
And if there has been a winning application in the video call service has been Zoom, whose free version is more than enough for personal use and even many of its corporate uses.
I myself have been using Zoom for years, both for meetings and for online courses and consultancies, and I think it is a great and very complete service that also offers remote control of another computer, sharing of different screens and devices, local and cloud recording of meetings, chat rooms and much more.
Although everyone with a Google account has the Meet service for free, the good quality and management of Zoom’s transmissions, as well as how well its mobile application works, has turned this service from an absolute unknown outside the business market to a totally popular application.
Well, today we are going to see how to go a little further, and integrate Zoom with WordPress, to manage online meetings easily from your website, integrating WordPress and Zoom.
How to integrate Zoom and WordPress
The easiest way to integrate Zoom video calls and your WordPress site is through plugins, and we are in luck, because there are very good solutions, even free ones.
Shall we see the best ones?
It is the most popular plugin on WordPress.org for Zoom integration.
With this plugin you can manage Zoom meetings, webinars, recordings, users and even reports, all without leaving the WordPress desktop.
The setup process requires you to generate a Zoom app via its API, but then everything works perfectly, and you can manage your Zoom account from WordPress.
You can create meetings as if they were WordPress posts, add a shortcode in any content to display meetings, as well as…
- Meeting links for each post.
- Countdown to meetings.
- Recordings management.
You can hide the shortcodes through a membership system, or share them as a private publication, only for registered users, so you have for zero cost a very effective videoconference planning system.
Now, if you want to charge for Zoom meetings, you have to integrate it with WooCommerce, and for that you will need the paid version. But then you can integrate your paid video call meetings with the booking system you have, such as WooCommerce Bookings or Yith Booking.
As you can see, very complete, fully functional in its free version, and with enormous possibilities of monetization with the paid version.
The operation and configuration of this plugin is very similar to the previous one, and it also connects to the Zoom API so you can manage your Zoom meetings from your WordPress website.
Something I’ve always loved about this particular plugin is being able to associate a different host ID to each user, for greater customization and management of meetings and reports.
Also, despite being more popular the previous one, I personally find this one much more intuitive in its use, because from a single menu you have everything and with a very neat interface.
Otherwise, the operation is just as simple as before. You create your meetings as a WordPress content type and share it publicly or privately, and the Zoom link will appear in the event.
Regarding paid meetings, this also has a premium version to integrate it with WooCommerce.
Yes, with this extension of the Events Manager plugin, you can also organize virtual meetings using Zoom.
To achieve this, you just have to install the Events Manager plugin and, once you have configured its integration with the Zoom API, you will be able to add Zoom video call management to your events created in WordPress.
Setting up the meetings is very simple, and they will be displayed on the calendar at will.
You can organize regular meetings, integrate video calls with events, allow reservations, anything you need.
As with the previous ones, if you need to offer paid video calls you have the option of the premium plugin, also for a fee.
Read this post in Spanish: Cómo organizar reuniones con videollamadas Zoom desde una web WordPress