28 Apr 2023

Integrating a video background into a website with HTML and CSS

In recent years, video backgrounds have become increasingly popular in website design. Video backgrounds provide a dynamic and engaging visual element that can enhance the user experience and add an element of interest to your website. Integrating a video background into your website is not as complicated as it may seem, and can be done using basic HTML and CSS.

In this blog post, we will walk you through the process of integrating a video background into a website using HTML and CSS.

Step 1: Choose a Video

The first step is to choose the video you want to use as the background for your website. The video should be relevant to your website’s content and visually appealing. You can either create your own video or find one that is available for free or purchase from a stock video website.

Step 2: Convert the Video File

Once you have chosen your video, you will need to convert it into a format that can be used in your website. We recommend using a video converter to convert your video into a format such as .mp4, .webm, or .ogv.

Step 3: Create a Video Container

Now it’s time to create a container for the video on your website. To do this, you will need to create a new HTML element and give it an ID. In this example, we will use the ID “video-container”

<div id="video-container"></div>

Step 4: Add the Video to the Container

Next, you will need to add the video to the container you just created. To do this, you will need to use the HTML5 tag. This tag allows you to add video to your website.

<video autoplay muted loop id="video">
  <source src="your-video-file.mp4" type="video/mp4">
  <source src="your-video-file.webm" type="video/webm">
  <source src="your-video-file.ogv" type="video/ogg">

In the example above, we have added three different video file formats to ensure maximum browser compatibility. The “autoplay”, “muted”, and “loop” attributes ensure that the video plays automatically, is muted, and loops continuously.

Step 5: Add CSS Styling

Now that you have added the video to your website, it’s time to style it using CSS. In this example, we will position the video container in the background of the website and adjust the sizing to make it responsive to different screen sizes.

#video-container {
  position: fixed;
  top: 0;
  left: 0;
  width: 100%;
  height: 100%;
  z-index: -1;

#video {
  width: 100%;
  height: 100%;
  object-fit: cover;

In the example above, we have positioned the video container to cover the entire screen using the “position: fixed” property. We have also set the “z-index” to -1 to ensure that the video remains in the background.

The “object-fit: cover” property ensures that the video fills the entire container and maintains its aspect ratio.

Step 6: Add Fallback Content

Finally, it’s important to add fallback content for users whose browsers do not support video backgrounds. This could be a static image or a solid color background.

#video-container {
  background-image: url('your-fallback-image.jpg');
  background-color: #000000;

In the example above, we have added a fallback image and a solid black background color in case the video does not load.


In conclusion, integrating a video background into your website can add a dynamic and engaging element to your design. With HTML5 and CSS , it is relatively easy to create a video background for your website. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can add a video background to your website that is compatible with most modern browsers.

Remember to choose a relevant and visually appealing video, convert it into a compatible format, create a video container, add the video using the HTML5 tag, style the video using CSS, and provide fallback content for users with unsupported browsers.

Overall, a well-implemented video background can enhance your website's design and provide a memorable user experience for your visitors.