How to Make My Own Webcam Web Page

by Carl Hose

Webcams began in the early 1990s and over the course of a few years became popular for keeping in touch with family and friends. Pay-to-View adult webcam sites began to show up everywhere. Many users created webcam pages to allow visitors to peek in on their personal lives, and webcams were used to broadcast all manner of online instruction and entertainment. Today, with more powerful computers and a more commercial Internet, webcam sites are easier to set up and operate. Learn how you can make your own webcam Web page and broadcast yourself to the world.

Choose and install your webcam. Just about any one will do, but the cheaper the model, the less quality your broadcasts will be. The cost of webcams today has come down to the point where you can get a fairly decent quality camera without spending a lot of money. Installation instructions will vary by model and will be in your owner's manual.

Set up your webcam Website correctly. Be sure to check the size of the image your webcam captures and stick with that size. Many people will resize the image in the HTML code on their web page, but this will cause the image to display on your web page incorrectly and the quality will be degraded. The image size written in your HTML code should match the size of the images your webcam produces. The code should be written to include the height and width of your image as well as an ALT text you like. You can do this editing with a simple WYSISWYG editor like Dreamweaver. The tag will look something like this: <img src="webcam.jpg" width="300" height="300" border="0" alt="check me out" />

Input your FTP settings for the feed to your website. The FTP settings will be the location on your server where your webcam images will be sent. These settings should have been sent to you in an e-mail when you signed up with your Web host. If you didn't save that email, you can contact your Web host for the information.

Set the page refresh, which determines how often a new webcam image is shown on your web page. The code looks like this and should go in the "head" section of your web page: <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="15" /> <meta http-equiv="expires" content="0" /> This indicates your webcam image will refresh every 15 seconds. You can put whatever number you choose in place of the 15. Leave the expires number set to 0. This prevents your web page from caching so your visitors will get a new image on every refresh.


  • check Ensure your webcam comes with software capable of capturing images and sending them to your Web server. This means the software should have File Transfer Protocol capability. Webcams usually come with software capable of doing this. If it doesn't and you have to purchase additional software, you want to be sure the software you choose has the FTP feature.

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About the Author

Carl Hose is the author of the anthology "Dead Horizon" and the the zombie novella "Dead Rising." His work has appeared in "Cold Storage," "Butcher Knives and Body Counts," "Writer's Journal," and "Lighthouse Digest.". He is editor of the "Dark Light" anthology to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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