Vlog Video Blog Theme for Wordpress

Vlog is a well-crafted video blog theme to have if your website is concentrated around videography i.e. video-blogging, video tutorials, personal blogging site or a complex magazine site. The theme is flexible and customizable. It has carefully designed multiple header options that can make each website stand out from the other. It is fully responsive with content scaling down seamlessly on all types of devices. Fonts and colors can be easily changed according to the logo providing full support to branding. Vlog has built-in performance options ensuring fast loading and smooth running of the website.

Vlog Video Blog Theme for WordPress

The theme is efficient if your website revolves around videos majorly. Since there is always room for improvement, Vlog’s insights are listed below:

Design and Usability: (7/10)

Well Video Layout Design Vlog Theme

According to a recent survey, good design of a website may increase your site visitors by 18% while with a bad design, you may eventually lose all of your customers. Usability is even more important in this regard. If users will find difficulty navigating around your site, they may leave it without thinking for the second time. Therefore, if you want to keep your audience engaged, you must take care of design and usability of your site. Let’s have a look at design and usability of vlog theme:

Clean Layout With Multiple Options

Clean Layout Multiple Combination on Vlog Theme

It has clean layouts and sophisticated options for displaying with four pagination types and more than 200 posts layout combinations to showcase videos and articles with smart and flexible image sizes, unlimited sidebars including Sticky sidebar. Vlog has various Post formats such as Video, Audio, Image and Gallery Post formats. Facebook updates, Tweets, Instagrams, SoundCloud, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. can easily be embedded. There is an option of Watch later and cinema mode for video posts.

Advanced Admin Panel

Vlog is extremely easy to use and with advanced theme options panel anyone can set up a site without prior coding knowledge. Complex elements such as separators, buttons, pull quotes, progress bars, social icons, tabs, toggles and accordions can be added easily with a dozen of flexible shortcodes.

 

Functionality: (7.5/10)

WordPress is a platform which is renowned for module play and doing things effortlessly with no cerebral pain. Same is the situation with WordPress topics as these make one’s life really simple if the topic is sufficiently giving a number of bug-free components to manage extensive information and making the site effective. Notwithstanding, if the topic is not sufficiently giving number of bolster elements, you may keep running into the issues as your site will develop. Therefore, you should always check scalability option available in the theme.

You should also consider social media sharing support that if the theme is providing it or not. Through the lens of functionality, theme has following critical analysis:

Compatible with all Video Giants

It is completely compatible with all the video giants like YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion, etc. and supports multiple plugins e.g. Video Importer (video from any website can be imported), Social Sharing (sharing options on multiple social media platforms), Entry Views WordPress plugin (count views for each post) and Series (group videos and articles into playlists). Vlog has Right-To-Left oriented reading and built-in translation option making the website suitable for all types of languages.

Plugin Compatibility Issues

Plugin compatibility, on the other hand, is not that good. Vlog is not fully compatible with known plugins like BuddyPress, Woo Commerce and caching plugins such as W3 Total Cache, etc. this is the biggest anchor to the theme. If it lacks a feature it must be buffered to the level that it can compensate it by providing plugin compatibility.

Live Stream Functionality

Vlog also has limitations for Live Stream functionality as there are no ‘on air/live’ icon for the site viewers to know which streams are live without having to kick through a video.

Youtube Import Videos
You can easily import videos from youtube with Google Youtube API and the plugin. You can get video from playlist and also user’s feed.

Builtin Translation Options

Multi Paginated Blog Posts

Sticky Sidebars

 

Search Engine Optimization, Speed and code infrastructure: (8/10)

SEO and speed are very important factors in terms of the success of a website. If users are unable to reach your site because of bad SEO or they are leaving it because it never opens in time, there is no point of having a website. SEO and speed in terms of WordPress would obviously depend on the SEO and speed of the theme. These factors must be considered by the users before making a theme purchase.

Optimized For Speed - Pingdom Test

Also, you should try your best to make these factors even better by using relevant plugins. Let’s have a look on vlog theme in this regard:

SEO Compatibility

The Vlog Blog Theme is not SEO optimized however it supports SEO plugins. For this purpose user should install the most recommended and efficiently compatible plugin with Vlog. The Robot.txt file exists and does not block resources providing Googlebot access to index site and optimize with respect to the search engine.

Code Snippets

The theme owns rich snippets as witnessed by Google rich snippet tool as show in the figure. It provides Google and other Search Engines explicit information about the theme.

Image Optimization

Properly formatting and compressing images can save many bytes of data and hence reduce loading time. Developers should use image optimization plugin in this regard.

JavaScript not Minified

JavaScript is not minified. Compacting JavaScript code will make the theme lighter and in turn will increase its downloading, parsing, and execution time.

 

Updates & Support and Documentation: (9/10)

Support and Documentation

One-click updates are available when linked with the Envato official API. This gives notification of theme updates on the admin dashboard. Customer support is brilliant for Vlog. There is ticket generation for all queries and a dedicated developer available who can help with customization. Extensive documentation provides ease in setting up the theme. It also provides Custom Widgets alongside the standard WordPress widgets which can extend the site’s functionality even further.

General Merits and Demerits of Vlog Blog Theme

Overall review of the theme could be summed up in following pros and cons list:

Pros of the theme:

  • Beautifully designed with many options of Layouts, Posts and pagination
  • Watch later option making it save and retrieve whenever you want
  • Monetization via ads features lets user to earn via advertisement.
  • Supports all languages and built-in language translator
  • Excellent customer support and well-documented

Cons of the theme

  • Limited plugin compatibility
  • Customization requires serious coding

Conclusion

The Vlog blog theme as a whole is better than its competitors. It has various design options, amazing customer support and has been designed with the customer in mind by considering ease of use and monetization of website. The vlog theme is optimized for speed and development team gave special attention to video handling i.e. watch later and cinema mode, playlist option and flexible customization. Except for some issue the theme can be used for every website and the lags could be fulfilled by plugins till the team works to provide those features on its own.

 

Vlog - Video Blog / Magazine WordPress Theme

49$
Vlog - Video Blog / Magazine WordPress Theme
79.675

Design & Usability

7/10

    Functionality

    8/10

      SEO

      8/10

        Updates & Support

        9/10

          Pros

          • UI & UX
          • Watch Later Feature
          • Monetization via Ads Features
          • Built-in Language Translator
          • Excellent Customer Support

          Cons

          • Limited Plugin Compatibility

          Comments

          1. Dennis E. Garcia

            Design & Usability

            8.00

            Functionality

            7.50

            SEO

            8.00

            Updates & Support

            8.50

            I found Vlog as something which is equally useful for dumbs as well as nerds. The theme is compatible with all major video sites and site can be managed easily with advanced backend admin panel. However, there are few plugin compatibility issues which the team has promised to fix in the next releases. (Let’s hope for the best 🙂 )
            The theme can also be customized according to your needs but it requires serious coding. Good sign for expert developers and not so good design for those who hate coding just like me. :’)

          2. Sarah R. Berry

            Design & Usability

            9.40

            Functionality

            7.20

            SEO

            8.30

            Updates & Support

            8.80

            I have had the chance to use Vlog theme for a makeup tutorial website. The different varieties available for post layouts and watch later functionality wooed me instantly. It is a beautiful theme that can be used easily. The advanced admin panel helped me in adding complex elements without any coding which, in my opinion, a job done well by the developer team. But I would like to suggest that the team made Vlog compatible with an ecommerce plugin. Hats off to the team for their good work!

          3. Catherine D. Johnson

            Design & Usability

            9.20

            Functionality

            9.10

            SEO

            9.10

            Updates & Support

            9.40

            Hi all,
            I have heard a lot about choosing vlog theme as the best theme to choose if you want to go fot video blogging. However, I have the following two questions:
            Is there an option to customize the “Add Comment” Button/Text label? The website is driven in German and I would like to translate it.

            Is autoplay available for any of the video portfolio layout?

            1. Louise D. Cox

              Design & Usability

              8.80

              Functionality

              8.90

              SEO

              8.30

              Updates & Support

              8.90

              Yup, navigate to Theme Options -> Translation. Once you are there, you will find a section for translating that item in the list.

              Auto-play option is available for cover area layouts that are featuring videos spawned across the entire slider section.

              Please also note that some of the video services are not supporting the auto-play option, thus it might be limited to some major services like Youtube, Vimeo etc.

              If you have any other pre-sale questions, feel free to contact the developers for more: http://mekshq.com/contact/#presale. They are very helpful.

          4. Betsy L. Johnson

            Design & Usability

            9.30

            Functionality

            8.90

            SEO

            9.20

            Updates & Support

            9.10

            I like vlog theme a lot. But before purchasing this theme I have some questions about it. I see in the images that it’s being categorized by texts like image, audio, video etc. Is it possible to remove this out of the image? Also when I put my mouse on an image it has a zoom effect. Is it possible to remove this also?

          5. Joshua M. Shick

            Design & Usability

            9.10

            Functionality

            9.30

            SEO

            9.10

            Updates & Support

            8.80

            Hi, I have purchased this theme and it is really awesome as according to the review you have provided above. 🙂 Is it possible to display views from Jetpack’s stats rather than the “Entry Views” plugin? We’re reluctant to give up view counts on older posts.

            1. Doris B. Winters

              Design & Usability

              9.30

              Functionality

              9.30

              SEO

              9.10

              Updates & Support

              9.10

              As for your question regarding the JetPack plugin views counter, replacing the Entry views count with views counter from that plugin will require customization of theme files and I’m so sorry but such actions are covered by theme support scope.

              If you do specifically need to save your old post counts, contact support team for more: http://mekshq.com/contact/

            2. Terry S. Joiner

              Design & Usability

              8.90

              Functionality

              8.70

              SEO

              8.70

              Updates & Support

              8.90

              As for your question regarding the JetPack plugin views counter, replacing the Entry views count with views counter from that plugin will require customization of theme files and I’m so sorry but such actions are covered by theme support scope.

              If you do specifically need to save your old post counts, contact support team for more: http://mekshq.com/contact/

          6. Stephanie F. Leach

            Design & Usability

            8.90

            Functionality

            8.80

            SEO

            8.70

            Updates & Support

            8.80

            Hi there. Love the look of this theme. Before I buy, I waned to know if I am able to make a filtered blog?

            So, for example, I want a page that explains my training videos service. I would like to write some text, images and a promo video explaining this service. But also a piece of code that pulls up all blog posts about training videos I’ve filmed, which has been categorised/tagged accordingly. Then when I write a new blog post about a new training video I’ve made, it dynamically adds itself to the list of other blog posts about training videos on this page.
            a bit like this….. http://benhand.co.uk/rear-house-extension-whitchurch-builder/

            Is this possible?

            1. Frank R. Brown

              Design & Usability

              8.80

              Functionality

              8.90

              SEO

              8.60

              Updates & Support

              8.80

              Yes, its possible.
              Theme offers modules builder that will allow you to create pages that can display your content followed with the blocks of posts that can be filtered. Theme also offers a lot of other ways to create powerful content.

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