How to Post a Video on a Website

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Posting a video to a website can be accomplished using a video hosting service and an HTML authoring program. A video hosting service provides free video storage, embedded video players and HTML code for your website. While the act of posting the video to your site using these main elements is not difficult, a knowledge of HTML authoring is necessary to add the HTML video coding to your site in order to link your video with your website.

  • Choose a video hosting site, such as YouTube, Google Video or Vimeo, to upload your video. A video hosting site will let you upload multiple videos without storage issues for large video files, allow for fast streaming of the video while playing and expose your video to additional audiences while being hosted on the site. These video hosting sites will also provide an HTML code for embedding your video onto your site. The embed will place the video and the video player into your site and will provide the fastest video playing option, short of building a player from scratch into your website and housing the video on your own server.

  • Convert the video into a format that will upload to the Internet. Open your video in a viewing or editing software program and choose the export setting under "File" to export your video into a MPEG, M4V, FLV or additional video format listed on the video hosting site you will be using to upload your video. Be sure your video meets any time constraints or file size limitations before uploading.

  • Upload the video to your video hosting site using your user account. A user account is free and simple to set up by following the site's instructions for establishing a new account. The upload may take some time, depending on the size of your video and the format.

  • Visit your video at the provided URL link once the video is uploaded, processed and live on the video hosting site. Look for the sharing and embed option adjacent to your video.

  • Copy the code provided for your video embed and paste the code into a text file. Do not post the code into a word processing program, as any adjustments made to the text will render the code useless.

  • Open your website files in a HTML authoring program, such as Dreamweaver and find the appropriate placement for your video. Paste your HTML code from the video embed into your HTML code for the website. Test the site using your program's preview option.

  • Upload your edited website with the video embedded HTML to your server. Clear your cache, refresh your browser and visit the URL where your website is located to test your movie.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are posting your video to a blog, simply enter the embedded video HTML into the "New Post" section of your blog. Be sure you have selected the "HTML View" for your post.

References

  • Photo Credit A silver digital video camera - close up image by Werg from Fotolia.com
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