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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.
Though Sundance is a great video blogging theme, there are couple of things you need to keep in mind. First of all, like I showed you in the earlier video, this front page slider shows all the contents in the post. That means if you have a post that has a video and a bunch of text, it will start looking really strange. So if you want to add videos and text, you need to make sure you use the More Tag in all your post. So again just to show you, I have to go to the individual post, Edit that post, and place the More Tag directly after the YouTube video.
I can do this either in the Text area by clicking More, or I can go to Visual, place my cursor, and click the Insert More Tag button. When I update the post and go back to the front page, you'll see instead of all that text on the bottom, we just get a nice little More Tag. Also remember to add your excerpts so that you get extra text to the side here if you want to. This is completely optional, but it makes a difference if you want to add more information about your posts.
Sundance knows which post to put in this video's letter based on what posts are set to sticky, and also which post have the video post format. So what happens if you take the video post format away? Let's go down here and take a look at one of the posts, let's say this one, How to rotate a layer in Photoshop? I can go into this post, go edit, and then I'll leave the Post Format as Standard, but I'll still set it to Sticky.
When I go back to my front page now, you'll see that we have the slider and then the first post we have is that How to rotate a layer in Photoshop, and it says Featured. That's because now this is just a featured post. But since it's not a featured video post, it's placed at the top of the index but not in the slider. So this is a way of featuring content without featuring it in the slider. The last caveat I have with this theme is that when I was experimenting with it, I found that in some cases the video slider became really wonky.
The most important thing--and this may seem strange, but it actually makes sense when you think about how this works--is you can play all the videos at the same time. So I can go in play all the videos at the same time. (video playing) And now you see...
(video playing) ...that sounds pretty crazy, and that is normal behavior for the slider. It's simply because the slider when it's populated pulls all the videos in, and because the videos are available, you can play them all at the same time for some very interesting results.
So you have to be aware that this might happen when people access your site. Of course, they'll probably figure out what they did and turn the videos off, but it can happen. Sundance, and in particular the video slider, is designed with videos and only videos in mind. This means if you want to add text and other content to your posts, and I think you should, then you need to use the More Tag to ensure the slider doesn't end up looking really weird.
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