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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.
To take full advantage of this course, it's important that you are familiar with WordPress and also that you have a WordPress site to work with. If you don't already have a WordPress site or if you're unfamiliar with WordPress, I recommend you go and check out the WordPress Essential Training course in the lynda.com online training library first and then come back to this course afterwards. The WordPress Essential Training course will not only help you understand how WordPress works and show you all the ins and outs of how to configure it and use it, but it will also help you publish a WordPress site so that you have something to work with when you watch this course.
In particular, you should pay attention to Chapter 5 Creating Posts. Here you'll get a full run through of not only how to create posts, but also how to add media elements like images and videos to posts. This is important because, in this course, we'll be looking at how to add videos to the course and how to configure your sites to work with videos. Even if you already know how to use WordPress, I still recommend checking out WordPress Essential Training, because there may be things in this course that you're not aware of or there may be things that you're aware of but you simply forgot.
Once you have a clear understanding of how WordPress works, how you can configure it, how you can publish new content, and how you can work with it, you're ready to embark on Start with a Theme: Video Blogs in WordPress.
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