YouTube Channels Get New Look March 7th

    March 1, 2012
    Chris Gabbard
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Time is ticking to update your new YouTube channel. YouTube unveiled its new channels look in December, but are trying to have everyone caught up by March 7th. The update includes new templates for channels and new features across the site to connect users with their favorite channels.

YouTube recommends the following checklist to get you up to speed:

Featured Tab

  • Do you want a featured tab? If so enable it by clicking “edit channel” on your channel page.
  • Choose the right publisher template for your featured tab. If you have upcoming Live events we recommend the Live template.
  • Do you want to include a video player on the feature tab?

Background Banner

  • Migrate your existing background or select another
  • If you previously had a separate banner image then merge it with your background image and reupload it.
  • Enter a pixel height to push down your Channel if you would like to expose more of your background image. Entering a height greater than 0 will immediately activate your image map code.
  • There will be no separate banner images in this new Channels design. Instead you will be able to push down your Channel (up to 150 px) to expose your background image. To push down your Channel use the Banner height section in the Appearance tab of your Channel editor and enter a number between 0 and 150.
  • To make the exposed area of their background image clickable, you can also apply image map code to the area. Image maps will be up to 970 px wide and will be the height you specified (between 0 and 150 px).

Watch Page Banner

  • If you currently depend on a white background for your white mini banner than you might want to consider switching to a transparent background. The new watch page has a grey background making white banners look out of place.

Default Landing Page

  • Choose which tab you want users to land on when they come to your Channel by selecting a default tab in Settings menu of the channel editor.
  • If you would like unsubscribed users to land on your default tab and subscribed users to land on your feed check the checkbox below the default tab drop down.


  • When do you migrate your Channel?

YouTube thinks this new update will help users browse your channel while keeping some of the old options viewers used frequently. Like the ability to feature content, which YouTube is expanding by offering a new “Featured Tab.”

For those of you that fear change, YouTube encourages people to use the “Send Feedback” link and tell them what you think of the new look, and what they can do better in future updates.

For an in depth look at how to create your own channel, check out the YouTube Creator Playbook:

  • http://youtube leecara13

    I hate the new look and who ever did this needs to get fired. A lot of my friends have already closed their youtube and google accounts over the change and I think I will be doing the same thing before long and try zippcast. I had a very nice channel before and now it sucks just like youtube does for making this changes.

  • kimjgoddard

    Today on the youtube help video,
    I saw 63 likes and over, 4,600 dislikes. I saw comments that hated the design pushed up 736, 504, 300, etc on videos criticizing youtube.
    I saw a poignant video of all the artistic sites that money grubbing google destroyed with beta or behavioral based advertising, I found the opt out page, there were 89 advertisers on my channel, I opted out of all of them 84 went immediately, 5 had opt out options pending. I will never buy anything advertised there. I understand investors were sold a bill of goods as this concept was being sold to them. I heard they contributed millions of dollars to the new system.
    I was searching for news articles, the media is hushed. You tube is over we are, well I moved a while back to ZippCast. This is the death of you tube. Granted they did little purges after being aquired by google, but this one is the killer. Put your money in zippcast. I blocked google at my internet privacy site. It is over

  • Dan

    What a load of crap. The hate the new design I can’t see my friends which is stupid and it’s less clolorful. I absolute hate the new design, I think YouTube should fire their design team because I am not gonna put up Witt his much longer.