If you want to create a video sharing site like YouTube, you’ll need a website platform with enough functionality and flexibility to build and customize your site with ease.

WordPress is a popular choice among content management systems. It offers the support, themes, and customization options needed to start a video sharing site in just a few steps.

Let’s walk through the process so you can create one from scratch with WordPress today.

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Let’s take a closer look at these basic steps to get your video sharing site up and running.

Step 1: Purchase a Domain Name 

The first step in building your site is to purchase a domain name. Among hundreds of other domain registrars, Godaddy, HostGator, and Bluehost are cheap and secure options for buying one. 

When making your purchase, you want to select a name that’s brandable. Meaning, it’s short, unique, and easy to memorize and spell. It should also hint at what your business does. Google, for example, derives from the term “googol,” a mind-boggling number meant to evoke the millions and millions of web pages Google indexes. (A much snappier name than their first idea, which was — not kidding at all — “BackRub.”)

Step 2: Sign Up for a Web Hosting Provider 

Next, you’ll want to select a website hosting provider that offers the speed, support, scalability, and security you need to manage your site. Once you decide on a provider, you’ll likely pick a plan based on how much storage and bandwidth you think you’ll need. The three domain registrars mentioned above also offer web hosting services so you can combine these two steps by purchasing a bundle package. 

Step 3: Install WordPress

The process for installing WordPress will vary slightly depending on your hosting server. Some, for example, have WordPress pre-installed for you while others use an auto-installer like QuickInstall. If you prefer to manually install WordPress, the steps briefly laid out below will work on any hosting server.

  1. Download the latest version of WordPress as a .zip file. 
  2. Once you unzip the file, you’ll see a WordPress folder. Upload it to your web server, using FTP.
  3. Then go to your hosting control panel to create a MySQL database and user for WordPress.
  4. Switch back to your FTP to configure WordPress to connect to your newly-created database.
  5. Complete the installation by filling in the form below. 

Fill in this form to complete your installation of WordPress

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For more detailed instructions, check out this guide here

Step 4: Choose a WordPress Theme for Video Sharing Sites

After installing WordPress on your hosting server, you can start designing your site.

To begin, you’ll want to select a theme that meets the needs and goals of your video sharing site. In addition to being able to add and stream videos, you’ll also want a theme that: 

  • Allows users to upload and feature their own videos.
  • Allows users to watch and share existing videos.
  • Makes video searching easier for the audience.
  • Makes navigating easier with organized categories and a search box.
  • Quickly curates streams of content.

Let’s dive into a few themes with these features below. 

OneVideo

OneVideo is a premium video sharing theme with advanced functionality and customization options. 

This theme gives your visitors three different options for adding their own videos to your site, without giving them access to your dashboard. They can use oEmbed URLs, embed codes, or even upload their own MP4 videos through a simple, user-friendly interface. 

OneVideo also gives you three options for monetizing your videos, rather than just sharing them. You can use pre-roll ads so your visitors watch the ad before getting to see your video. If you’d like a more subtle ad experience, then you can use image-over or text-over ads, which appear — you guessed it — over your video.

Finally, with its built-in trending monitor, you can see what videos your visitors were most interested in at different periods of time. This will help you continuously deliver content your visitors want. 

Homepage demo of OneVideo plugin for creating a video sharing site with WordPress

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VideoTouch

VideoTouch is a premium WordPress theme designed to transform your web page into a professional video sharing site. Using a drag-and-drop builder, you can experiment with an unlimited number of layouts, colors, headers, footers, and sidebars to completely customize your site. A robust selection of shortcodes can make the design process easier, too.

This theme was designed to deliver exceptional digital experiences. It allows visitors to submit their own videos, as well as rate your videos, write comments, and share them on their social media. It’s also optimized for use on mobile devices, particularly touch-screen devices, so your visitors can access your site whenever wherever. The name makes way more sense now, doesn’t it?

Homepage demo of VideoTouch plugin for creating a video sharing site with WordPressSource

VideoTube

VideoTube is a fully responsive theme that provides three key features for creating a video sharing site.

First, you can embed pre-existing videos from the most popular video sites, including Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Facebook, Twitter, and Hulu, on your WordPress site. You can also upload and broadcast your own videos with a built-in shortcode. Finally, your visitors can submit their own videos by filling out this form on your site. 

Visitors can submit this form to upload their own videos on your video sharing site with VideoTube pluginSource

To help sustain engagement, VideoTube also has a built-in like system and advanced sharing functionality so visitors can like and share your videos on their social media. 

Homepage demo of VideoTube plugin for creating a video sharing site with WordPress

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Vlog

Vlog is a highly customizable video theme with a flexible module system offering more than 200 layout combinations so you can build a unique site in minutes.

Vlog supports Video Importer, a plugin that enables you to transfer your videos and playlists from YouTube and Vimeo to your site in a few clicks. Vlog also supports the Series plugin so you can easily group your videos and articles into playlists. This is a particularly attractive feature if your site includes video courses, tutorials, lessons and other multi-part content.

With this theme, your visitors can save videos and easily access them later or watch the full screen video in a distraction-free cinema mode. This is another excellent feature if your visitors are engaging with multi-part content on your site. 

Homepage demo of Vlog plugin for creating a video sharing site with WordPress

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Step 5: Install and Customize Your Theme

Once you’ve found a theme that meets your site’s needs and goals, then head to your admin dashboard. If it’s available in the wordpress.org theme repository, then you can follow these steps.

  1. Click Appearance in the sidebar on the left-hand side of the page.
  2. Select Themes.
  3. Then, type the name of the theme you have in mind in the search bar. (You can also continue to browse the available themes right in your dashboard.)
  4. When you’ve decided on one, click Install.

Themes that aren’t hosted on the repository need to be installed manually. No sweat. It will still only take a few steps. You’ll download it from Themify or another premium theme site and return to your WP dashboard.

  1. Click Appearance in the sidebar on the left-hand side of the page.
  2. Select Themes.
  3. Click the Add New button at the top of the screen.
  4. Then click the Upload Theme button. You’ll find the theme in a .zip file on your computer.
  5. Click the Activate button. 

Once installed or activated, you can begin customizing your theme to reflect the unique look and feel of your brand.

Install and customize a theme for video sharing sites in your WordPress dashboard

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Congratulations! You’ve just built your own video sharing site from scratch with WordPress. You can begin uploading your videos tomorrow. Today is for celebration. 

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Originally published Oct 18, 2019 11:59:11 AM, updated October 18 2019

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