Google Hangout is the best free solution to host live broadcasts. It allows you to stream, record, bring guests, and run Q&A sessions with live audience. The main problem is that all of this happens on Google+ and not on your own site. In this article, we will show you how to embed a live Google Hangout session in WordPress.
First thing you need to to do is go to the Google+ Hangouts On Air website and click on Start a Hangout On Air button.
A new popup will appear asking you for the details of your Hangout On Air. You need to give your hangout a name and add a little description of what this hangout is about. Below the name and description, you will see a section labeled Starts. You need to click on Later and then choose a date and time for your hangout.
By default your Hangout on Air is available to public which means anyone can see it. If you don’t want to make it public or want it to be available to selected people, then you need to tag those people or choose a circle.
For the sake of this tutorial, we are assuming that you would want as many people as possible for your audience, so it would be a public hangout.
Once you are done with the settings, click on the Share button. If you haven’t already verified your YouTube account, then you will be asked to do so. After you are done verifying your YouTube Account, click on the share button again.
You will be redirected to your hangout page which will have the details about your hangout. Under the hangout details section, you will find a links icon. Click on the links icon, and it will show you the hangout links and embed code.
You need to copy the YouTube Page URL.
Now come back to your WordPress site and create or edit a post or page where you want to embed your Google+ Hangout. You can follow our tutorial on how to embed a YouTube video in WordPress. All you really need to do is simply paste the YouTube URL in the page editor on it’s own line and save your changes.
Now if you preview your page, you will be able to see your Google+ Hangout On Air embedded into your WordPress page.
That’s all your WordPress site is now ready to host your Live Google+ Hangout session.