How to Create a Video Hosting Website
By Qyou Stoval
Updated September 28, 2017
Many people are turning to the Internet to watch videos for entertainment, training or research. By starting a video website, you can host either specific content for a target audience, or you can provide an array of videos that may interest anybody who visits your site. Sites like YouTube and Hulu have caused people to go online to watch videos as if its their favorite television station. Careful planning is necessary, but you can have your website up and running in a short amount of time.
Purchase a domain name for your website. A domain name is the address your customers will type in to access your site (yourvideohostingsite.com). Domain registrars typically charge between $1 to more than $14 per year.
Obtain web hosting for your site. A web host maintains various servers that manages the content and your subscribers who will come to your website. Choose a web host that provides a lot of memory for the lowest cost because your videos may require much memory. Web hosts can charge anywhere from $3 to more than $100 a month.
Determine if you would like to provide videos or if you want your subscribers to upload their own videos to your site, like YouTube. Answer this question before you start creating a website because the programming code required for others to upload videos will be different than if you want to upload videos yourself.
Sketch out the content, look and feel of your website using either a piece of paper and/or word processing software. You must know ahead of time what colors you would like to use and your welcome message, along with other information. Use a word processing software, such as Microsoft Word, that can be sent to your web designer.
Hire a freelance web designer to create your website. Hire your freelance web designer from sites like GetAFreelancer.com or Elance.com. Web designers from around the world will bid on your project based on your budget. Ensure your web designer has experience with programming codes necessary to upload videos.
Invite friends and family at different times of the day to access your site to view and upload videos to ensure there are no technical issues that need to be resolved before you go live.
Qyou Stoval holds a bachelor's degree in communications/media studies from Clayton State University and a MBA with a concentration in marketing from Ashford University. He has more than 10 years experience writing articles, poetry, novels, and stage and screen plays. His writing career started professionally in 1997. He is also proudly serving the United States Air Force.