As we all know that WordPress is the most popular CMS out there in the market. As of February, a total number of 45 million self-hosted websites i.e. 20% of all active websites, uses WordPress. But how Zoom, a video conferencing platform, got connected to WordPress? It all started with the pandemic, COVID-19, that hit the world at the beginning of this year. All of us are forced to stay at home for months. Users were managing their website while conducting video calls using Zoom. switching between 2 platforms can create complications and affect your business. Zoom and the WordPress community joined their hands together to bring a solution, integrate Zoom to WordPress.
Merchants are familiar with both the world, Zoom, and WordPress. As we adapt to the new normal of Online webinars, Online Meetings, Live events, the integration of Zoom into WordPress comes as a blessing for many users. WordPress Website development lets us run our business by providing a platform to create and manage business digitally. Zoom allows us to connect with our employees or our audience by letting us organize private meetings, public webinars, presentations, and conferences. Combining both of their powers, we got the best solution to conduct our business seamlessly.
In this following piece of information, we’re going to show how to connect our Zoom account with our WordPress Account and how to use them simultaneously.
Connecting Zoom with WordPress
Zoom Integration with WP is a simple process, however, the customizations can be a bit tricky. In order to use Zoom within your WP platform, you just need to install a plugin “Video Conferencing With Zoom Plugin”. You can find this plugin from the WordPress Plugin store and it is completely free of cost. Installing and Activating the Plugin is just a simple part, the connection of Zoom with WP is where things get complicated.
Hence, we’ll be covering the steps you require to set up a connection between WP and Zoom and furthermore, how to use it.
Steps to Connect WP with Zoom
Before we start with the connection you need to make sure that you’ve got a Zoom Account set up already. Once installed you’ll be able to spot the plugin in the left sidebar of your WordPress account.
We need to generate an API from our Zoom account to establish a connection b/w both the account.
To generate an API:
Step 1. Log in to your Zoom account and navigate to the Zoom’s Marketplace: this page to be exact: https://marketplace.zoom.us/develop/create/
Step 2. Locate JWT App type from the menu and click on Create
Step 3. Enter the name of your Application: adding the name of your Domain will be better as it is easier to remember.
Step 4. A form will appear, fill in the important details and click on continue.
Step 5. After clicking on Continue, a screen will pop-up which will give you 2 keys, PAI Key and Secret Key. Copy both the keys and go back to your WP dashboard. Here navigate to Zoom Settings and paste both the keys in their respective fields.
Step 6. Click on ‘Save Changes’, and start the test run by clicking on ‘Check API Connection’.
Following all these steps, you’ve now successfully established a connection between WordPress and your Zoom account. Congratulations!
You can get in touch with your WordPress developer to set up a connection if you feel like this process is time-consuming.
Scheduling a Meeting with Zoom on WordPress
Up until now, we’ve only established a connection between the two platforms, let’s schedule a meeting.
You can now add a new meeting from Zoom’s dashboard in WP Straight away. It works like any other plugin, you just need to set a few attributes before scheduling a meeting.
Add details like the title of your meeting, with some description describing the purpose of this meeting. Select an appropriate featured image for your meeting from the right panel, categorized your meeting for public or private members. Scroll down to add meetings details like the number of members allowed, time duration, meeting’s host, and start date and time, etc.
After filling in the necessary details, click on the Publish button to make the meeting official. A link will be available for you to share with a group of users so they can view your meeting details. You can copy the same shortcode anywhere on your website to make the details visible for users. With the link shared with people, they can join the meeting at the scheduled time from the Zoom application or browser.
Create multiple meetings also to organize different events or address a different set of audiences from different pages. Zoom is also compatible with the theme of your WP website and will adjust according to the theme layout, even if it is a custom made PSD to WordPress Theme.
Zoom has now covered a large portion of the market and it is the right time to integrate this technological marvel with your WP account to enhance your business productivity, Reach, and Engagement by various types of Zoom Video Solutions.
WordPress India has extensive experience in custom WordPress Theme development and is able to integrate Zoom and other such third-party applications within your solution, according to your theme’s layout, and without affecting the performance of the platform.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Can I integrate Zoom within my Website?
Zoom offers several solutions in form of APIs and SDKs that can be used to successfully integrate Zoom and its functionalities within a Website regardless of the platform or CRM it is built on.
Q2. How long does it take to perform such Integration?
Integration like this is very easy to perform and it can be done without any prior knowledge of the platforms. I believe it is important for a merchant to perform such integration by themselves as it’ll help him in further configuring the plugin’s functionalities without the help of any developer or WordPress handler.
Q3. Is WordPress still worth learning?
A question like this should not exist. Yes, WordPress is still worthy, and more than a third of websites are made on WordPress. It has seen a growth of 30 % since the year 2011.