Understanding Video Storage for Your Web Site
So what exactly is video hosting?
Well, you've made your video and now you want to put it on your website.
The first thing you need to do is store your video somewhere, so that you have the URL location of your video (e.g. http://www.mywebsite.com/myvideo.flv) to add to your HTML video embed code.
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OPTION 1 - You add your video to the root directory of your website via FTP or 'Special File Manager' if you're using SBI!.
The advantages of this are you are already paying a fee for hosting your website, so why not just use that space to include your video hosting as well?
Sounds great, but here's the disadvantages to doing this. Video files are BIG and can soon gobble up all your allocated storage space and bandwidth allowance, which may result in your web pages loading slower than usual and having to pay for extra storage/bandwidth from your video hosting company.
'Storage Space' is the same as the Hard Disk Drive on your computer. Every video hosting company has a size limit, depending on the hosting account you use. It could be as little as 100MB for videos, audio etc. if you use SBI!, and as an average 10 minute video is about 20-30MB, you can see how it's going to fill up very quickly.
'Bandwidth Allowance' is the amount of information that can be transferred from the server to a Browser. Hosting companies limit the amount of bandwidth a user has available per month
e.g. You have a PDF ebook on your site that is 1mb in size, and you had 1Gb of bandwidth allowance, visitors could download the file 1000 times. Or you have a video on your site that is 10MB in size. Visitors could watch it 100 times.
More than that, and you will have exceeded your bandwidth allowance. Your video hosting company can then temporarily shut down your website until you upgrade to a new hosting account with a higher bandwidth allowance, or they sometimes just do it automatically and you have to pay more each month.
OPTION 2 - Free Third_Party video hosting. To avoid all the stress and expense of doing it all yourself, you can use a Free 'Third-Party' video hosting service that will store your videos for you.
But as we all know there is no such thing as a 'free lunch', you will have to pay for the service sooner or later ;-)
The usual trick is to offer you a 'free' account which provides very little storage space and bandwidth allowance, which means before you know it, you have to 'upgrade' to their 'Premium' paid option to get the service you need.
Another problem with these free video hosting services is they can disappear as quickly as they appeared, as they soon discover they cannot make a living offering things free of charge, and they close down (Taking your videos with them!).
OPTION 3 - Video Share Sites. Video share sites such as YouTube , Veoh, Vimeo, Metacafe etc. are some of the most popular sites on the Internet, and it's easy to see why.
They allow you to upload your video to their servers. Video hosting is free, and they provide you with the HTML embed code to add the video on your website.
It's perfect for teenagers to add their blurry videos to their Facebook or MySpace page, but having the YouTube video player on your home page is hardly the professional image any business website owner is trying to portray is it?
Having the YouTube logo splashed all over your website weakens your own site branding, advertising your competitors videos when your video has finished and to add insult to injury, when your valued visitor clicks anywhere on the YouTube video player, they are whisked off to YouTube's home page.
If you're still tempted to use their free?? video hosting, just do this quick exercise. Make a list of all the successful business websites on the Internet that use a YouTube video player on their home page.
I'm guessing you still staring at a blank piece of paper ;-)
Video share sites, like YouTube, are great for uploading short promotional videos telling everyone how great your website is, and driving traffic to your site.
But when the visitors arrive at your site, hungry for more great content, the last thing they want to see is the same video they just saw on YouTube or a collection of other YouTube videos made by someone else. They could have watched that at YouTube or a thousand other sites that have embedded the same videos!
You need to treat them to unique high quality video content displayed in a video player with your own logo and redirect link on it.
This is what OPTION 4 can offer you.
OPTION 4 -SBITUBE. SBITUBE is like YouTube, except it doesn't have any company logos or sneaky redirects added to the video player it provides. It is a blank canvas, allowing you to easily add your own logo, preview image and redirect (Maybe to your sales page, newsletter sign up page or even an affiliate page!).
You upload your video just like you do at YouTube, converts your video to HQ FLV, provides reliable and dedicated video hosting, and SBITUBE also gives you the HTML embed code to add the video to your website. Just copy and paste and you're done!
They also provide video tutorials showing you how to easily add your own logo, preview image and redirect link to the free video player, and offer 24/7 email support if you ever get stuck.
So what's the catch?
Well, it isn't free. The free 30 day trial is free (So you can try it out), but membership will cost you from just under 32 cents per day.
This is what SBITube offers you:
Check out what real users of SBI Tube have to say
Real testimonials from real members. That makes a change doesn't it?
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