Videographer WordPress Theme. Start Your Own Video Blog
Video on the internet is huge. And it’s only getting bigger. So I thought I’d put together a WordPress theme to take advantage of that. It’s a great way to build content-rich niche sites, and use the power of YouTube at the same time.
- Most bloggers know that you can easily embed YouTube videos in your blog. What’s not as well known is YouTube creates thumbnails for all the videos uploaded to them that you can also embed. That makes it really easy for us to create an index of clickable thumbnail pics.
- I’ve put together a modification to WordPresses get_excerpt in functions.php that tightens it up nicely.
- Videographer also has some ad blocks (ad_header.php, ad_sidebar.php, and ad_singlepage.php) that allow you to easily throw in your ad code.
- The sidebar shows “Latest Videos” except on the single post page where it shows “Related Videos” or the most recent videos in the same category as the video you’re viewing. Which is good because most people will find your video blog through those single post pages so you want to show them related content.
Setting up Videographer
- Just upload it like any other WordPress theme. NOTE however, that this theme is meant for a NEW blog, not a blog with existing content. The theme is specifically designed for creating a video blog.
- You need Jens Tornell’s WP YouTube plugin. Upload and activate the plugin. In your WordPress admin panel, go to Manage > YouTube Profiles. Create a profile with the Tag Name “video” and set the video width to “500″ and the height to “418″. Check “Valid XHTML” and save your profile.
- I’d also suggest getting Lester Chan’s WP PostRatings plugin as it allows users to rate your videos and adds a lot to the site. The code to run this plugin is already in Videographer.
- Create a page called “Archives” (post slug: archives) and apply the XHTML Sitemap template to the page. This will give the top navigation link “Categories:” a destination.
Creating Posts in Videographer
Just as you would create any WordPress post except you also have to add the YouTube video ID. To do that:
- Go to YouTube and find your video. The web url of your video will be something like hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F9RJSPnf8A&feature=related
- The part you want is after the “v=” and before the first “&” symbol, which here is: _F9RJSPnf8A
- Copy that video ID and paste it into the “Value” box of your post’s Custom Fields section. Call the Key “vids” and save your Custom Field
- Then finish writing and save your post. It’s pretty much that simple.
None. Zip, zilch, nada. Nothing. Sorry about that, but I just don’t have the time so you’re pretty much on your own. If you need help …
- With html, php, or wordpress basics … Tubetorial is an excellent site for beginners.
- I put up a basic powerpoint video on my test site that goes through the basic setup.
- Post your questions or comments here. If you’ve got a problem, maybe I (or hopefully someone smarter than me) can find an answer for you. If you find a bug, leave a comment and I’ll try to address it as well.
Enjoy it. And let me know about your sites so I can check them out.