Looking for a plugin to help you add Zoom meetings or webinars to your WordPress site?
With a global pandemic, many businesses have been forced to move everything online – you might be one of them. Thankfully, Zoom was there to meet the challenge and help everyone communicate digitally.
However, you still want to keep things on your own website as much as possible, which is where these WordPress Zoom meeting plugins come in. These plugins let you create and manage meetings right from your WordPress site. Some even let you go further and charge for access, accept bookings and RSVPs, and more.
In this post, I’ll feature the five best Zoom plugins for WordPress that let you add Zoom meetings to your site. Some of these plugins are 100% dedicated to Zoom, while others are regular event or booking plugins that offer dedicated Zoom integrations.
Let’s get started!
Five Best WordPress Zoom Plugins in 2021
I’ll start with the plugins that are 100% focused on Zoom. Then, I’ll get into some other options that, while not 100% dedicated to Zoom, can still help you integrate Zoom meetings into events or your booking process.
Let’s dig in!
As the name suggests, Video Conferencing with Zoom is a plugin that’s 100% dedicated to Zoom. It’s also the most popular Zoom plugin available for free at WordPress.org, where it’s active on over 20,000 sites with a 4.7-star rating on over 135 reviews.
With this plugin, you’ll be able to manage Zoom meetings, webinars, recordings, users, and reports without leaving your WordPress dashboard, which is pretty cool.
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The plugin accomplishes this by using the Zoom API. The setup process requires you to create a Zoom “app” which takes 10-15 minutes. But once you’ve done that, it’s super convenient because you can manage everything without leaving your WordPress dashboard.
You can create new meetings as WordPress posts. Or, you’ll get a shortcode that you can add to any post, page, or custom post type. There are also some other goodies such as:
- Start meeting links for post authors
- A countdown timer to show the meeting start that automatically adjusts to your local time zone
- Show user recordings based on your Zoom account.
The fact that you’re adding shortcodes to regular WordPress pages also means that you can easily restrict access using any WordPress membership plugin.
If you want to monetize your Zoom meetings, the plugin also has some cool functions there, though you’ll need the paid version.
First off, it integrates with WooCommerce, which lets you make your Zoom meetings purchasable. It also integrates with WooCommerce Appointments and WooCommerce Bookings so that you can let people book a Zoom meeting, which is useful if you’re selling one-on-one meetings (rather than just a public meeting).
Another cool feature is that it works with the WCFM Marketplace plugin, which lets you create a marketplace of Zoom recordings. For example, if you have different teachers at your yoga studio, you could let each teacher post their own paid meeting products.
Price: Starts free at WordPress.org. The free version should be all you need if your meetings are free to join.
If you want to sell meetings, the WooCommerce integration add-on costs $34 and the WooCommerce Bookings add-on costs $60.
ERoom is another freemium plugin that helps you add Zoom meetings to WordPress.
Via the Zoom API, it lets you manage your Zoom meetings, scheduling, and users without leaving your WordPress dashboard. You’ll get an admin area where you can manage all of your Zoom meetings and you’ll be able to add meetings to any post, page, or custom post type using a shortcode.
If you want to restrict access to the content that contains your meeting, you could easily do so using any WordPress membership plugin.
If you want to directly sell access to your Zoom meetings, the developer also offers a paid add-on that integrates your meetings with WooCommerce. You’ll be able to link Zoom meetings to WooCommerce products, which lets you charge any price and accept payments via any one of WooCommerce’s many payment gateways.
All in all, eRoom works quite similarly to the Video Conferencing with Zoom plugin that I featured above.
Price: Starts free at WordPress.org. If you need the WooCommerce integration to sell access to your Zoom meetings, that will cost you $30 for a one-year license or $99 for a lifetime license.
The Events Calendar is the most popular event calendar plugin at WordPress.org. As the name suggests, it lets you add events to your site and display them on a calendar. Each event also gets its own listing page with more details.
The Events Calendar works for all types of events, from physical in-person events to digital events. It also has a dedicated Zoom integration (via the Zoom API), which is why you’re finding it on a list of the best Zoom plugins for WordPress.
Because The Events Calendar integrates via the Zoom API, you’ll be able to create and manage events right from your WordPress dashboard. More specifically, you’ll be able to automatically create a Zoom meeting when you set up a new event.
The cool thing is that your meeting will automatically show up on the event calendar, which lets all your visitors know about it. You can also take advantage of features to accept RSVPs and sell tickets via the Event Tickets plugin from the same developer.
You can also hide the Zoom link from your public event page and only show it to attendees (either people who RSVP’ed for free or people who purchased a ticket).
All in all, if you want a full event management solution to go alongside the Zoom integration, this is a great one to use.
Price: The Events Calendar is available for free at WordPress.org. However, to access the dedicated Zoom integration, you’ll need the Virtual Events add-on, which costs $69.
Amelia is a popular WordPress appointment booking plugin. You can add one or more staff members to your site, define their availability, and then let visitors book various services from those people.
It also has a dedicated Zoom integration, which means that you can let people book Zoom meeting appointments right from your site. If you’re offering one-on-one Zoom meetings, this makes it a really great option for you.
In addition to one-on-one meetings, you can also schedule group meetings, which gives you another option. For example, you could offer online group fitness classes with or without a participant cap and let multiple people book those sessions.
As a full booking plugin, Amelia also has features to:
- Control your availability (e.g. when people can book meetings).
- Charge for meetings.
- Limit capacity.
- Offer recurring appointments. For example, you could have a recurring Zoom meeting every Monday at 10 AM with a certain client.
- Manage your customers.
All in all, if you’re a service provider looking to move online and let your clients book one-on-one or group meetings via your WordPress site, Amelia is a great option to consider.
Price: Amelia does have a limited free version, but you’ll want the premium version for Zoom appointments. The premium version costs $59.
Finally, we have Events Manager, which is another popular WordPress event plugin. It offers a lot of the same features as The Events Calendar, which we featured above.
Overall, I would say that The Events Calendar has a slightly more polished design and user experience. However, I still think Events Manager is worth considering for one big reason:
It offers its Zoom integration plugin for free, whereas The Events Calendar makes you pay for the Virtual Events add-on. For that reason, Events Manager makes a great option if you’re on a tight budget.
With the free Zoom integration add-on, you’ll be able to create webinars or meetings from your WordPress dashboard while creating an event. You’ll also be able to control all the Zoom meetings from your WordPress dashboard.
Users can register/book events and you can then send users unique Zoom meeting URLs to join.
If you want to accept payments, the free integration plugin also integrates with Events Manager Pro, which lets you charge for access and get other premium features.
All in all, if you want a full event management system and are on a tight budget, this one is probably your best option.
Price: The core Events Manager plugin is free. The Zoom integration plugin is also free. If you want access to premium event features, Events Manager Pro costs $75.
Which Is the Best Zoom Meeting/Webinar Plugin for WordPress?
Now for the important question – which is the best Zoom plugin to meet your needs for meetings/webinars?
Well, that depends…
If you just want a simple solution to be able to create and manage Zoom meetings from your WordPress dashboard, I think the Video Conferencing with Zoom plugin is a great place to start. Or, eRoom is also another solid option with a similar feature list.
On the other hand, if you want more of a full event plugin that integrates with Zoom, consider The Events Calendar + Virtual Events add-on for the top-tier paid solution or Events Manager for a solid free option.
And if you want to accept one-on-one or group appointment bookings via Zoom, then Amelia is definitely one of your best options.
Still have any questions about how to integrate Zoom meetings into WordPress? Ask away in the comments!