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This installment of Start with a Theme shows how to set up a video blog using WordPress and three different free themes that result in three different looks for your site. Series author Morten Rand-Hendriksen explains how to get up and running quickly with Twenty Twelve, Origami, and Sundance, and reviews the benefits and drawbacks of all three themes as they apply to video content in particular. Learn how to add video from services such as YouTube and Vimeo, enhance the visibility of your posts, add a video slider, and more.
Origami is a freemium theme available from SiteOrigin that is well-suited as a video blog theme. It's quite different from Twenty Twelve and most other themes, in particular because it's a one-column theme. In other words, it doesn't have a sidebar. The focus of this theme is on content and content only. For content creators, this is a great thing and a means you get nice big videos to display. One-column design is also a bleeding-edge trend among the web literary.
Origami is available in the WordPress theme directory. So to install it, you just go to your sites, go to the WordPress toolbar, and select Themes, and then you go to Install Themes, and search for Origami. It looks like this, it has this nice crane on the front page. And from here, I can click Install Now, then I will Activate the theme.
I get a warning up here from Greg--the guy that made the theme--that I'm going to Dismiss. And when I go back to the front page, you'll see that my blog has changed completely. I now have the title up here and underneath I have gigantic videos. Like I said, Origami is a different type of theme from what you usually see. But because of how it works, and in particular its focus on content over craft, it's an excellent option for video blogs.
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