The WordPress CMS is no longer confined to blogging and text-only content. It is also powerful enough to be a great online video portal engine. If you aspire of owning the next YouTube, MetaCafe, Daily Motion or Vimeo, you can use WordPress as a launching pad for your video-centric website.
No advanced PHP/MySQL programming is required because there are excellent ready-to-use WordPress themes that work well in showcasing videos. Here’s a small collection of themes that are perfect for running an online video site.
The new 2013 version of this theme offers a responsive design, automatic video and video thumbnail resizing, and a visual customizer. It has also been updated to work with the WooCommerce plug-in suitable for monetizing video streaming. The retro-inspired look of this theme also makes it very attractive.
The Videocraft theme is notable for its amazing Video Upload Module and User Registration Module which gives your site visitors the ability to upload their own video files. Users of your sites are also allowed to directly embed video streams from other websites.
This theme is therefore perfect for running a user-generated video website. The admin can just focus on administration and let visitors generate content.
This theme is mainly focused for showcasing portfolio works of photographers and videographers. But since it is highly customizable, Primero can also serve as a competent video streaming website framework. Unlimited color schemes make personalizing this theme an easy task.
It offers unlimited number of video portfolios and video files can be embedded inline with other portfolio posts. Primero has a Visual Editor for short codes, 4 navigation styles and 3 types of sliders.
Video Elements is a cheap (only $25) WordPress theme that caters to video bloggers. This theme uses two methods of displaying videos. One can either choose between a linear lay out or a gallery-style of video streaming. Its most compelling feature is “Instant View” which allows any visitors to your site to immediately watch any video by just clicking its thumbnail.
It has a Featured Videos section. The sidebars of Video Elements are also fully widgetized and ad space ready for Google Adsense or other advertising programs.
VideoZoom is a polished theme from WPZoom. It boasts flexible layout options and a featured video slider. The video slider also offers deep configuration for creating a unique look. The multiple layout options is further complemented by an easy method of creating custom menu and navigation buttons.
VideoZoom is also SEO-optimized and the sidebar and footer sections are widgetized. It supports embedding of video links from other websites like Youtube and Metacafe.
This theme is also responsive and will look great on any mobile phone or tablet.
The first version of this theme was released in 2009 but the creator sold so many copies of this theme, he keeps upgrading it. Last version update was August 2013. Wave Video WordPress theme attracted so many buyers because it was very user-friendly and yet offered professional-quality features. While not yet responsive, Wave offers full width 940px video streaming of HD videos.
It supports third-party video services in addition to embedded video streaming. The latest version now sports WordPress 3.0 navigation and there is a new option to hide the 5 sub-features from the theme option panel.
Solar is a modern retina-ready and responsive WordPress theme that offers support for video streaming. It was built using HTML5 Boilerplate so it is very fast and future-proof. Solar’s most excellent feature is the grid-based fluid layout, arranging video posts is easy and unrestricted. It also ships ready for WPML, it comes with the .po file for translation to other languages.
Unlimited sidebar creation is supported and demo content is also given free by Yootheme, creator of this theme. A license for Solar comes with free video documentation.
The Azione WordPress theme is another great video-specific product made by OBox Design. Its main differentiating feature is that is tailored for creating unique video contents. Aizone is also focused on flexible content creation. This theme supports embedded, self-hosted, and third-party linked video contents.
It is perfect for showcasing HD videos with its huge 940px wide video playback screen.
PremiumPress created Video Theme to help users put up a managed video site. Video Theme is ideal for restricted video sharing like tutorial sites Lynda.com or Udemy. Video theme is responsive and offers great customization options. It supports member-generated uploads and content and layout can be configured without restriction.
But its main selling point is the ability it gives site owners to restrict video viewing to paying members. Video Theme comes with a payment gateway plug-in to process membership fees usually charged in video tutorial sites.
Elegant Themes has a flagship theme for video bloggers, eVid. They designed it for easy integration of third-party videos from hosts like Video, MetaCafe and Youtube. While eVid doesn’t have a native video player, it has been tested to work with any sites that allow flash video code embedding.
Like all other products from Elegant Themes, eVid enjoys no-coding customization options. There’s also ready to use Page Templates for quickly setting up a working video centric website.
Having sold more than 3,000 licenses on ThemeForest, deTube is widely regarded as the best professional theme for video bloggers and video streaming sites. It’s main attraction is its modular home page. This theme allows site administrators to add unlimited number of section boxes and re-arrange them anyway they want on the home page.
There’s also a Like and Share buttons for visitors to use on this theme. The built-in related videos display feature makes it at par with YouTube’s artificial intelligence algorithm.
VideoPro is another professional quality theme that is ideal for video sites. It can be used for news-magazine sites with heavy video content. This theme’s design is clean and minimalistic. However, it has a stylish featured video slider and it also offers automatic video thumbnail creation. Custom page templates make personalizing VideoPro-powered sites an easy task.
Furthermore, this theme has built-in ad management feature and custom shortcodes. It is ready for localization with the included .po file and VideoPro’s code is SEO-optimized.
On Demand by Press75 is a Hulu.com-inspired theme. Like Hulu, On Demand is a complete video-streaming solution. The basic configuration of this theme makes it almost similar to Hulu.com but the creator conveniently added theme customization options to make it more unique. The background, fonts, content colors, navigation, sidebars and footers can be customized for a unique look.
On Demand offers Instant Viewing of video thumbnails and third-party video links can be embedded too.
These are just the top 15 best WordPress themes for creating video sites. There are other themes that are suitable for video-centric websites. All the 15 themes listed here are premium products that require payment. Some are cheaper than others but the more expensive ones gives more features. Depending on your budget, any of these themes will serve you well.