Recipes for your Digital Media Kitchen

WordPress, YouTube

Using If This Then That (IFTTT)

IFTTT from umwnewmedia on Vimeo.


1 – Computer running a modern web browser.

1 – An If This Then That account (available at

1 – For this example a YouTube account.

1 – For this example a WordPress self-hosted account.


  1. Go to and sign in, or click Join if you do not have an account.
  2. From the Menu bar at the top click the Create button, or under the My Recipes area click Create a Recipe.
  3. From here on you will follow IFTTT’s prompts. Your first step is to create what is know as a Trigger ( a “this”). Pick from the services available, in this example, YouTube. If it is the first time using YouTube as a trigger, you will need to authorize IFTTT to use your YouTube “channel”. Just follow the prompts.
  4. For the action, we’ll use the “New favorite video” trigger.
  5. The next step is to create an action ( a “that”) channel. We’ll choose WordPress. Again you’ll need to authorize IFTTT to use your WordPress account.
  6. Choose the Create a post action.
  7. Choose Video URL as the YouTube ingredient, and select Publish Immediately from the Post Status area.
  8. Next, click the Create Action button.
  9. Finally, click the Create Recipe button. Now you can “Favorite” a YouTube video and see how it works.

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