Not all people are into blogging. Some choose to go the route of vlogging.
We all know the power of video. YouTube has more than confirmed that. And a WordPress site can take you in multiple directions in video, from vlogging and magazine layouts to tutorials and how-to’s, to name just a few.
WordPress by default works great with video, making it easy to embed in any post or page.
But being able to control the presentation of your videos is another matter. That is where the Vlog theme comes in.
Vlog : A Focus on Your Video Content
This theme gives you a ton of features, which allows for some great customization. We will go over many of the options to give you a solid understanding of what this theme can do for you. And if you want to do some more exploration, you can visit their site , where you can not only view the demo, but take it for a free spin to see if it fits your needs.
You have plenty of options here. Let’s look at the branding first.
Although this may seem like a lot for just your logo, there are some benefits. What caught my eye was the Mini logo. We all know that mobile-responsive themes will size down your logo as needed. But there are times that you may have a horizontal logo that gets a bit too small when viewed on mobile or even on a tablet. This allows you to create a vertical logo that will be much easier to view.
Header Main Options
You have several choices here for your header layout, any special elements you might want to show in your nav bar and color, and background customizations.
Header Top Bar Options
You can choose to show a top bar or not. You can do some customizations, as well as choose to have elements show in the left, center and right slot or not. These include Secondary Menu 1, Secondary Menu 2, Social or Date.
Sticky Header Option
You can choose to keep your header sticky, meaning that it stays at the top when the user is scrolling the page. It also has some nice controls for how long you want it to stick and the direction of scrolling.
Mega Menu Option
If a Mega Menu is a good option for you, you can enable that as well.
A choice of a couple of layouts for your content and customizations.
You get more control over the colors, as well as a choice of 1-4 columns in your footer. Also, the ease of customizing your copyright.
I am a big fan of custom sidebars. If you choose to have a sidebar, make sure it complements the content on the post or page. You can create as many custom sidebars as you need.
And when you are creating your post or page, you can control which sidebars show.
Cover Area Options
Here you can control the five layout areas of your homepage. First you have your general settings:
This is what the layout looks like for each option:
For Layout 1 and 2, you get these controls over the content:
And for Layout 3, 4 and 5, you get these:
For each post or page, you can also choose your cover layout options.
Post Layout Options
For your post archive page, you have eight layout options, similar to how you set up your Cover Area.
And like the Cover Area, each one has several options. For this example, I will just share the options for Layout A:
Single Post Layout Options
Here are some global settings for the single post layout. And the options to change that within the specific post, which I previously shared.
There are a couple of options for Formats as well.
You can control and customize what appears on single posts. Some nice options here.
A Related post box is built into the theme and you can show it or not. As you can see, for a theme feature, this one has some great settings for the related post option.
And in turn, you have global options for your pages, as well as the options for specific pages when creating them.
Category Template Options
As you had with your post archive option, you have the same for Category archive pages. I am a huge fan of category pages and if you are using this as a magazine layout, or even just categorizing all of your videos, you will find this control over the page appealing.
This theme lets you group your videos into a series, or what is commonly known as a playlist. There are several benefits to a feature like this in allowing you to create a series of videos. For example, if you are doing online course videos, this is a very useful option. And as with the archives, you can control what your Series template will look like.
Other Template Options
Without repeating similar screenshots, for your Tag, Author, Search and Archive Templates, you will have the same options as shown in the previous templates.
Most themes now offer you control over your fonts, which most users want, as they don’t understand or want to mess with CSS when changing some fonts globally. They also give you a preview, which is a nice touch as you cannot always imagine what a font, such the one as for your Main Text Font, would look like unless you can see it in a paragraph.
If you are doing display ads, or even affiliate banners, you have some global placement as well for these, and an editor window to format them.
We always find a spot for those options that just don’t seem to fit anywhere else, and there are a few hidden gems in here. This goes to show: don’t always assume certain features will be under a specific area.
You may want to check out this option that allows you to modify or translate any text on your site.
This is nice to see included with a featured-filled theme. If you have ever done a test of your site speed, you may see red flags around image sizes, CSS and JS. And often you need to understand how to do these fixes or add yet another plugin. Using these options would be interesting to compare your site speed.
And of course, if you are skilled in code, you have these options as well.
On their site, they have three demos that you can peruse. If you want to import the settings/content from any of these for a starting point for your design, you have that option.
If you are using this theme for different sites, you can either import or export your option settings to save you some time.
The theme supports the Video Thumbnail plugin that lets you easily set your video’s thumbnail as the featured image. Again, there are some settings for this plugin, but here is a look at the General Settings.
In addition, it has several shortcodes you can place into a post or page. Each one has its own settings. In this example, you will the settings to insert a button.
The Vlog theme comes with 11 of its own custom widgets that you can use to display various content in any widget area. Here are all the widgets and the settings you will find in each one.
As you can see in this post, the Vlog theme has a ton of options to help you present your video content in a way that give you much more control than some of the other themes have. We tried to cover as much as we could, but their site encapsulates a lot of these features and what they mean to you. To really get a feel of this theme, I would again encourage you to check out their demo or even do the 3 day-trial so you can get in there and dig even deeper. It’s not often you get that opportunity with a theme.
So check out the Vlog theme and see what it can do for your video-centric site.