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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.
Like I said off the top, Twenty Twelve is the current default theme for WordPress. For this reason, it's a solid theme with very few issues, even so there are some things to keep in mind. The first point is maybe the most obvious one too. Because Twenty Twelve is the new current default theme for WordPress, a lot of websites are going to be using Twenty Twelve as their theme, and a lot of websites would be using Twenty Twelve without any customization. So if you don't customize the site by adding a header image and maybe changing the colors around, and adding a menu, your site will end up looking like everyone else's site.
The good thing is if you want to know how to customize Twenty Twelve even more, you can go check out my WordPress Building Child Themes course right here in the lynda.com online training library where I show you how to build a more Advanced Child Theme based on Twenty Twelve. Another thing to keep in mind is to remember to use the More Tag. And I'll show you what I mean by that. I've added some extra texts to one of my posts here, so the first post has a lot of text. The problem is this is supposed to be a video blog, right? So it's supposed to have videos in focus, but if you write long pieces of texts underneath the videos, and I'm not saying you shouldn't do that, I actually encourage you to write a lot of text in your video post to give people information and share your thoughts.
But if you do that, you have to use the More Tag to avoid what you are seeing here. When I'm scrolling, I'm seeing a lot of text before I get to the next video. To add the More Tag, I'm going to go into my posts, so I scroll down to the button here and find the link to my post, then I'll go to Edit Post, and I'll go and place the More Tag where I want the post to split. So I'll paste the More Tag directly after the first paragraph here, and the More Tag is this icon here. It looks like a page and then a line and a page. Now you see there's a little divider entered into my post here, and when I Update this post and go back to the front page of my site, you'll see that instead of having all that text, we just have the first paragraph and then a Continue reading link. This is the More Tag.
So what it does is it puts a Continue reading link into your index pages and then when you click on the Continue reading link, you jump directly to where the text was split. So if you have a lot of text, always use the More Tag to simplify your index pages. Knowing the caveats of using Twenty Twelve and steering clear of them, you can build a robust and visually pleasing video blog with very little effort.
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