Want to build a site around video?
WordPress is hands down the best platform for creating a video-centric website.
In this post, you’ll find some excellent options for making a site with your own videos or thousands of user-submitted videos.
WordPress Themes for Video
There are hundreds of themes available that will help you transform your WordPress website into a hub for video content.
But you don’t want just any old theme, right? You’re looking for the best of the best. You want a theme that’s going to increase user engagement as much as possible while also making website creation easy.
I’ve narrowed down the vast amount of options to the ten best WordPress themes for video featured below.
1. Vlog by meks (Themeforest)
As its name implies, Vlog is a WordPress theme with an emphasis on video blogging.
It uses a magazine-style layout with various interactive elements to create a functional and interesting website experience for your visitors.
Add videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Daily Motion, and more with the intuitive design tools. You can then group the videos into playlists like on Youtube.
Vlog is the perfect WordPress theme for those interested in video blogging, video tutorials, and viral video sharing.
2. VideoPro by CactusThemes (Themeforest)
VideoPro is an excellent theme for publishing videos. It’s got a style similar to Youtube making it a great choice for anyone who wants to make a large video site.
VideoPro comes with a lot of different layouts both for the homepage and the video page itself. Featured above are just a couple of the many variations available. Much like the True Mag theme, visitors can upload their own videos which makes this theme excellent for building a community.
The VideoPro theme has many features, but the version 2.0 update is all about community. Visitors can register and create their own channels and upload videos. With BuddyPress integration, users can message each other and a full activity stream for each user is automatically published on their profile. You can even charge users for membership whether that’s all registered users or just a subset looking for premium features.
3. Video by MyThemeShop
The simply named “Video” theme by MyThemeShop is a clean and easy-to-navigate video theme.
Video is well-designed and works well across phones, tablets, and laptops. While it has fewer layouts and features than some other themes listed here, it’s both simpler to navigate and to setup. It’s a great choice if you want to publish your own videos instead of building a community of video publishers.
The Video theme comes with social sharing integration, 4 different homepage layouts, like/dislike buttons, and more. It may have fewer features than other themes, but there’s still a ton of options bundled with this theme for video. As an added bonus, it’s WooCommerce compatible, so you can sell merchandise straight from your site.
4. True Mag by CactusThemes (Themeforest)
True Mag is an extremely feature-rich theme for publish video content. It’s great for sites that will frequently publish new videos thanks to it’s magazine-style layout that can accomodate a ton of content.
This video theme has a dark, slick vibe. You can list tons of videos using one of the many homepage layouts available. Each video has its own page where the video player is front-and-center. This theme isn’t just for you to publish videos though. Visitors can add channels and upload their own videos which means you can quickly grow your site into a large video community.
Regarding features, True Mag has many built-in widgets, shortcodes, and a video ads plugin for monetizing the vids. It also comes bundled with Visual Composer and Slider Revolution which makes the theme a great value.
5. VideoTouch by Upcode (Themeforest)
VideoTouch features a very intuitive design, both on the web owner’s and site visitor’s side of things.
A clean, crisp design makes user navigation easy. Add videos from any source or website.
Creating the exact look you desire is simple with the drag-and-drop interface. Select the elements you want to feature and drag them into place.
VideoTouch also includes a variety of customization options. Unlimited layouts, unlimited colors, and fully responsive design are just the tip of the iceberg.
6. VideoTube by PHP Face (Themeforest)
VideoTube checks all the boxes for what a great WordPress video theme should be.
Embed or upload your videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, and more. VideoTube creates thumbnails automatically for each video added. Your users can even submit their own videos for your review.
Advanced widgets and customization options allow you to make your website unique. The theme also features a built-in “like” system, so your visitors know which videos are most popular.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of VideoTube is just how easy it is to use. Embed videos with a simple code and tweak website design with the visual page composer.
7. Snaptube by Cohhe (Themeforest)
Snaptube makes creating a visually-appealing website for videos easy.
The theme employs a drag-and-drop system so you can customize your website to your personal preferences, and the three-click setup means you can get your site up and running in record time.
Another highlight of Snaptube is its plugin compatibility. It works seamlessly with a wide variety of plugins including:
- WordPress Video Gallery
- And more
Key features of the theme include mobile responsiveness, advanced customizability options, a multitude of advertising options, and retina readiness.
8. Gigawatt by Obox (Themeforest)
Gigawatt is an extremely popular WordPress theme for video – and for a good reason.
The theme is responsive, WooCommerce enabled, SEO friendly, and has a widgetized home page. Uploading or embedding videos is a cinch.
Of course, Gigawatt also looks great. The visually-appealing theme prides itself on a simple, straightforward design.
Additional features to note are:
- Multiple post types
- Dozens of customization options
- Gorgeous slider
- Portfolio section
9. X Theme by Themeco (Themeforest)
It’s hard to quickly show off the X theme because the theme itself includes four different customizable themes. Yea, it’s a beast.
This visually-impressive WordPress theme uses an app-like interface and Cornerstone page building tool to make creating a stellar website fast and intuitive.
X is also distinguished for its compatibility with a variety of theme extensions and plugins. These extensions/plugins allow you to make your website even more unique.
A few plugins that come included with the X include:
- Video lock
- Disqus comments
- Facebook comments
- Google Analytics
X can be used for any kind of site and has plenty of functionality for building video-based websites.
10. SocialPlay by Theme Bazaar (Themeforest)
The SocialPlay WordPress theme is a great choice for those that want to create a website that lets users upload video content.
It’s a great-looking theme with flexible design options so you can make it all your own. You can upload or host videos with YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, and more.
SocialPlay is notable for its seamless interface. It’s very easy to tailor your website to your exact specifications with this theme.
Features worth special mention include:
- User profile manager
- Responsive design
- Dozens of customizable options
Which Video WordPress Theme is Best for You?
The ten WordPress themes for videos outlined above are the best around.
Though they each have their set of pros and cons, as well as separate characteristics, they all make it easier than ever before to host video content on a great-looking website.
Is there anything missing in this list? Have a particular feature you’re looking for? Leave a comment below.