How to Build a Streaming Website
By Mary Jane
Updated September 22, 2017
To stream is the action of watching a video online without actually downloading the video file to your computer. Find a video online and click "Play" to watch the video. Effective streaming requires little or no wait for users, as the file is sent to the user in a stream of files, so the user can watch the file as it arrives through the Internet. To host and build a streaming video website, you will need a website, video files and hosting space.
Register for a website, if you cannot build one yourself. There are free online resources, such as Webs.com or Weebly.com that can help you build a website. These resources offer free websites, but since you will be hosting video files, you will need lots of file storage space.
Purchase storage space or a premium membership with the online website resource of choice. The larger your premium package, the more file-storage space you will get. You should purchase a package that serves your streaming video needs. If you plan on hosting several full-length movies, purchase the largest package available.
Provide your email and password when registering your website. This will be your primary login information for your streaming website. You also need to choose the name of your streaming website.
Design your streaming website by choosing one of the pre-made and pre-designed templates. Since you are hosting streaming files, you want your website to be simplistic, as people will visit it for the videos. Consider making a front page that shows that video files you have available and offering links to the files directly. Include a contact page, so people can inform you if your links are broken.
Prepare your video files in terms of formatting. Right-click on each video file and select “Properties” to determine the file type and file player required to play it. Before you load your files onto the website, you need to make sure each of the files is formatted to suit common players. People will often choose files that play with players they already have installed. Choose the most common players to suit a larger audience.
Choose your video formats for your website. The most common video file players include Windows Media, Real Media, MPEG, Adobe Flash and Quicktime. Most video files are in these formats.
Upload your video files to your website using the “Video” function on your website design template. Let the video finish before others. Create one webpage for each video and create back-links from the page to the home page of the website.
Press “Save” once each webpage is completed. You now have a streaming website. Share your link with friends and family, so people can watch videos on your website.
Based in Toronto, Mary Jane has been writing for online magazines and databases since 2002. Her articles have appeared on the Simon & Schuster website and she received an editor's choice award in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in psychology of language use from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.