Using Live Theme for Weekly Live Broadcasts (WordPress Theme)

My team over at 8BIT has recently announced the release of a fantastic WordPress Theme for live events and live broadcasting!

Of course, I had to use it for my weekly live broadcast here on TentBlogger Live!

You can learn more about Live Theme here!

It was easy to setup and has a really sweet looking countdown widget to let the community here know when the next broadcast will be!

A spot in the middle showcases Live Chat as well as the Schedule and more.

Slick, right? This will really take the engagement level of our community to the next level!

I’m really proud of my team – they did a phenomenal job on a limited amount of time. Hat tips go to all of them, @Dewde, @Tomsfoolery, @AllisWell, @Manovotny!

  • Kyle Reed

    cannot wait to use this myself.

    One quick question or maybe assumption. Can you just take a livestream account embed and paste that into the standardlive options section and start streaming?

    • John Saddington

      you could do that with any theme if you wanted. i just wanted to make a bit more slick.

      • Kyle Reed

        amazing. Saving my money now to buy this theme. Got some ideas.

        • John Saddington

          sweet. can’t wait to see it.

  • Derek Jensen

    Congrats to the entire team! You will see me using this early next year! ;) I’ll tweet you when I am because this is so slick.

    • John Saddington

      SWEET! please do!

      • Derek Jensen

        I can tell you you’ve put a lot of work into it :)

        • John Saddington

          thanks! we definitely did.

  • Phillip Gibb

    wow, that looks so pro.
    Think some of might get together next week and bother you a little from this side of the world :P

    • John Saddington

      sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

  • Brian Alexander

    Probably The slickest live theme i’ve seen. EVER!

    • John Saddington

      it definitely looks great! @alliswell put some nice juice on it!

  • http://www.randykinnick.com Randy Kinnick

    Very cool!

    • John Saddington

      thanks randy! very excited!

  • http://www.danieldecker.net Daniel Decker

    Loved it on Catalyst Backstage. Outstanding.

    So technically this could also be used for non-LIVE event too right? Example: I could have a recorded VIMEO video of a featured talk and create an event by it being released at a certain time (making it almost like a LIVE event) but still benefit from the live community interaction components? Right?

    If so, I see LOTS of additional ideas popping into my head with several authors and speakers that I work with. :)

    • http://jarederickson.com Jared

      yeah you can totally do that. just set the countdown, it will roll bumper ads until it hits 0 then switch on the vimeo/video you embed to play.

      • John Saddington

        and you….. again!

    • http://8bit.io Michael Novotny

      Yep, you’re right. It will take any embed code, live or not!

      • John Saddington

        who are you?

    • John Saddington

      can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  • http://www.chrisloach.com Chris Loach

    I’ll have to get out of work one of these days and make it to a live broadcast…

    • John Saddington

      do it! love to see it.

  • Rodlie Ortiz

    This is so completely sick…whew. I love it. I’m gonna have to do something with this soon. I first need to figure how to get some decent live streaming done. (perhaps a future blog post for you guys?) But I like that you can use it even for archived stuff.

    Kuddos to the whole team. You guys have skills….and thanks for contributing to The Church.

    • John Saddington

      sure thing bro! we love what we do!

  • Rodlie Ortiz

    Oh….and btw, i’m going to make sure to make it this next week to the live broadcast you do. Something keeps coming up every week, but next week I WILL make it!

    • John Saddington

      if you can……!

  • anointed

    One quick question:

    I could not see any documentation on how the start times of the broadcasts are setup. I did see the demo page that displayed the upcoming broadcast times, but no instructions were provided on how that is setup.

    Our church has a service each evening and 3 on Sunday. Do I simply input all the service times into the admin at once, where the counter would count down to the next time. How does it handle knowing when to restart the countdown timer once the live broadcast has ended?

    I suppose what I am after, is a system where I can input all the ‘regular’ broadcast times, and when the counter hits zero, it shows the player. After I finish broadcasting, I should then be able to click a button, and have the countdown timer start counting down to the next broadcast in line.

    Is this somewhat how the system works?

    • http://8bit.io Tom

      Hey dude,

      We’ve some documentation in the pipeline that we plan to have out soon.

      That said, the event counter basically only handles one event at a time. You simply specify the date (month, day, year) and time (hour and minute), and then it will begin counting down from the current date to the time.

      Once it reaches zero, it will fade out the countdown and fade in the video feed.

      Once the broadcast has ended, you’ll need to reconfigure the date for the next event (though it’s really easy).

      Finally, the regular broadcast times can be specified in a normally WordPress page and displayed on a tab like you see on TentBlogger Live.

      Hope this helps!
      Tom

      • anointed

        Thanks for the information, really appreciated. I do look forward to the video in order to see how an event is setup with your system, as it might answer a few remaining questions.

    • http://8bit.io dewde

      Shawn:

      We also have a video in the works so that you can really see it in action.

      peace | dewde

  • Chris Langille

    Dudes,

    I would have to purchase an additional domain name for this and do a full WP install correct?

    Or can I run it off of a sub-domain?

    I would ideally want to use http://www.mydomain.com/live

    I heart 8Bit

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      you don’t have to have a new domain… just install it in that sub-folder.

      • Chris Langille

        SOLD! when you say sub-folder, you mean via FTP?

        So do I create a new folder within my server?

        Sorry dude, I’m still learning

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          ;) did you get this figured out?

          • Chris Langille

            Hey Bud, unfortunately not.

            I did leave a question in the forum, but Michael must be pretty busy.

            What do you mean by sub-folder though?

            • http://john.do John Saddington

              you could put it at……… http://url.com/sub-folder/

              • Chris Langille

                LOL, I’m so sorry dude, it’s just not getting through to me for some reason.

                Where is the sub folder located? In other words, where am I actually installing the theme itself?

                I install it overtop a WordPress install right?

                Or am I creating a folder on my server, and dropping the theme in that folder?

      • Chris Langille

        Quick question-what broadcasting service did you use?

        I noticed there are some native Mac apps like Quicktime Broadcaster & Podcast Creator

        But I also saw some web-based services like Livestream and USTREAM

        What are your thoughts/suggestions for that?

        Thanks dude!

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          livestream is pretty sick… i’ve used that!

          • Chris Langille

            Awesome…I’m checking this out right now!

            I would love to use something native to the Mac, but this looks like it should work.

            I downloaded Quicktime Broadcaster, but apparently you need the Apple Server, which at $49, is probably worth getting just to expirement with.

            Have you ever used server?

            • http://john.do John Saddington

              yup, but i really like the simplicity of livestream at this point. the challenge is the advertising.

              • Chris Langille

                I’m experimenting with Podcast Publisher and Quicktime Broadcaster on the MAC.

                Having some trouble setting up the server app and XML feed, but it looks like it’s pretty sweet.

                I’ll keep you posted

                • http://john.do John Saddington

                  sweet! love to see what you do.