Turning Wordpress into a “video site” like Youtube or Vimeo is becoming more of a reality, thanks to a bunch of new and upgraded Wordpress themes that have surfaced. Check out the top 5 best-selling ones that give Wordpress a makeover as a video-centric CMS:
MoviePress continues to be the most intricate of all — it’s managed by a professional Wordpress theme developer, and it has, by far, the most features. With it, you can either add new videos to your site from existing Youtube or MetaCafe, or include self-hosted ones that will auto-generate their own representative screenshot.
It’s the only theme that has a built-in membership package system with user registration, even allowing you to charge “pricing tiers” for viewing certain categories or giving people the ability to upload their own videos. A back-end admin tool lets you drag and drop the entire look and feel of your whole site: body content, sliders and all. It even has its own built-in email list manager, so you can send out regular email blasts to your users, if they opted in to it.
Each video you post will get its own “views” count, a “direct link” copy & paste field, and the ability for your users to “favorite” the video if they register on your site. There are tons of other features built-in to this theme. It’s the most professional and feature-packed one that is made for serious video sites. While it’s no Youtube clone (nor are any themes currently out there), it comes the closest to being one.
Featuring 4 color schemes (black, blue/gray, white and pink) and auto-generated video thumbnails for self-hosted videos, Videozoom is a more simplistic, minimalist video theme for Wordpress. Its big selling point is the fact that it is dynamic and will auto-fit the form of any screen: including all tablets and smartphones.
If you don’t want to import videos from Youtube or Vimeo, you can host your own through this Wordpress theme’s integration with the JW Player plugin. The theme also has numerous custom widgets, and lets you define featured videos in the back-end.
Speaking of which, this theme comes with ‘Zoom Framework’: an admin panel that lets you fine tune the littlest details of the theme within your Wordpress administration section. It’s easy to update through the framework whenever the theme has a new version, too.
A great video blogging theme that creates a synergy between videos and blog posts. Video Theme is a light-weight Wordpress theme with ease of customization in mind. The front page is entirely customizable to have the exact look-and-feel that you had in mind, whether it should look Youtube-ish, or combine elements of a blog and a video site.
Video Theme has its own admin panel that lets you edit the different aspects of how the theme looks on the live site, so that you don’t have to mess around in the CSS files the hard way. A broad “video listings page” shows thumbnails for each category of videos, of which you can upload a custom avatar image for each individual category.
The theme is set up with a custom taxonomy that separates video “posts” from blog “posts” in Wordpress, so that they’re not all stuck in the same place. This allows for easier searching and posting. There’s also a localization feature that will translate your entire site to other languages of your choice.
For an even more simplistic video site, Primero treats your videos much like a portfolio theme would treat photos: videos are displayed portfolio-style on the home page. When hovered over, you can either view the video in lightbox format, or visit the video’s individual page, where all of its content can be seen.
Primero is more suitable to a photographer/videographer looking to set up a site of their examples, and is less attractive for any webmaster looking for a monetized video blog or Youtube-style site. It comes with three main sliders for your home page, unlimited site-wide color schemes, four navigation styles and unlimited portfolio types.
Surprise - this one’s actually a plugin, not a theme. It’s so worthy of mentioning that it had to be included on the list. This is, by far, the most sophisticated Wordpress video plugin ever made, and the amount of things it can do is simply staggering.
With it, you can display self-hosted, Youtube or Vimeo videos in several different display modes or gallery types, display videos in menus and/or categories, display video carousels, or pop them up in a lightbox or a full-screen playlist.
Beyond these display types, the plugin gives you advanced features like being able to add a hyperlinked “tag” or “note” directly on top of a video (like you can in Youtube), and display an embed or “share” watermarked icon on top of the video, as well.
This is a must-have if you already have a Wordpress theme that you already love and can’t part with, but wish it had advanced video capabilities.