Earlier this year, I took the plunge and bought a camcorder. I haven’t had much of a chance to do much filming yet due to work commitments but I am determined to change all that in 2009. So in the past couple of weeks, I have been sprucing up my YouTube user page in anticipation of all the videos I intend to upload in the year ahead.
Doing so has made me realise all of the customization options I never knew existed up to now and you can spend literally ages tweaking it and twunking it (I think I’ve just invented my own word) the way you want it.
So let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to make your YouTube user page your own.
The first step (of course) is to make your YouTube account. Then, once you are logged in, your user page can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/YOUR USER NAME. As you can see from the screenshot above, the box at the top left hand corner of the page has a yellow “edit channel” button. Click that to find the customization options available to you.
The three options are :
It’s highly recommended that this is filled out properly as this information is indexed in the search engines. So make sure the description and the tags are done properly.
This is the most important option of all. This is where you can specify the colours of your page or specify a background design. You can also rearrange the layout of the boxes on your page, specify which video will show at the top of your page and much more.
Now many users may choose to have a default plain colour on their page but did you know that you can upload another wallpaper as your background? Jimmy recently talked about Twitter wallpapers and you can use those same wallpapers on your YouTube page as well. Just upload your wallpaper in the “advanced design customization” section, choose “repeat background image” and bingo, you’ve got yourself a nice background.
It’s worth taking a lot of time over this option until you get things exactly the way you want it. You can change the font, the playlists that are displayed, the boxes that are displayed, the colour of the links and the colour of the text.
This option is not so important in my opinion. All it does is allow you to rearrange the order of your uploaded videos so you can move certain ones to the front. So if you have a video that you would like to display more prominently, you can bring it forward. But if you don’t care, you can give this option a miss.
So these are the three options that YouTube offers you to customize your page. If you spend some time working on these options, you’ll be amazed at how great your page looks afterwards.
What customizations have you done to your YouTube page? What tips and tricks can you offer to people looking to spruce up their page? Let us know in the comments.