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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.
The final theme we're going to look at in this course is called Sundance. As the name suggests, this theme is made for video, and as a bonus the theme was built by Automatic, the company that runs WordPress.com for video bloggers using WordPress.com. So it's a rock solid theme that's very easy to work with. Because Sundance is a WordPress.com theme, it even has its own web page that you can see right here where you can look at screen grabs of Sundance, and you can also click to see a live demo.
Sundance is available in the WordPress theme directory, so to install it, all you have to do is go to WordPress, go to the Dashboard, go to Appearance & Themes, and then click Install themes and search for Sundance. Once you find it, you can click Install Now, and once it's installed, I'm simply going to Activate it. Now I can jump to the front page of my site and here you see Sundance with no configuration.
On the face of it, Sundance looks like any other WordPress theme, but once you know how to use it, you'll see it's designed to showcase your videos and does so in a very nice way.
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