At the end of 2011 YouTube rolled out a new site design, including a new homepage and new channel design. The video site gave users some time to get used to the new design and get set up, providing an option to switch back and forth between the old and new channel design, but announced that on March 7 all channels would be migrated to the new design. Well folks, March 7 is almost here and if you haven’t set up your new YouTube channel yet now is the time because if you haven’t done it by Wednesday then YouTube will do it for you.
The YouTube Team explains the upgrade process in a post on the YouTube blog. They explain that, “Like a great symphony, these channels and features work best when everyone is playing on the same page. So that’s why we’re encouraging you to update your channel to the new look, and by March 7 we’ll be updating everyone. If you have a YouTube channel and 15 minutes today, select the ‘Try the new design’ button on the top of your channel page that will give you step-by-step instructions for updating.”
YouTube has also put together a checklist to help you through the process, which shouldn’t take you more than about 15 minutes. The checklist was created for YouTube Partners, so some of the items on there may not apply to you, but it still provides a pretty good rundown.
Also, we put together our own guide to the new YouTube design to help guide you through the process of setting up your channel. The main steps that you’ll want to take are as follows:
- If you want a ‘Featured’ tab (which isn’t mandatory but it looks nice and most people do it) then choose a template (Creator, Blogger, Network, Everything).
- Set up a video player on your feature tab and decide which video you want to play there (again, not mandatory but most people do it).
- Choose a background color or upload a background image.
- Take a look at your ‘Info & Settings’ and see if your Title, Description and Tags are still relevant – for many users it’s been a long time since you updated this stuff so you might want to make some changes.
- Those are the main things you’ll want to set up, but you should explore a little to see all of the new options and customize your channel for your needs.
Have you upgraded to the new design yet? How do you like it?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.