Reasons Why You Should Not Host Your Own Videos?

So you have just uploaded the perfect video but you start getting messages from your viewers saying things like The video is stuttering, I get sound and no picture or visa versa and it doesn’t seem to open on my mobile. In this article, we will explain all the reasons behind why this happens and why you should never host your own videos.

Bandwith, Bandwith, Bandwith…

We all hear the lack of bandwidth as an excuse for websites crashing all the time but if you have been uploading videos straight to your website in the past then you may have been the one causing it. When you upload a High Definition video the file Is usually bigger than 100 MB in size. Your web hosting provider will usually allocate you a certain amount of bandwidth when you set up your subscription. Now if you imagine hundreds of people trying to stream your video all at the same time your bandwidth limit will almost definitely be exceeded. This will bring your site as well as many others on the same server to a complete stop.

Web Hosting Provider Restrictions

Almost every web hosting provider limit the maximum upload size of single document uploads. This will prevent you from uploading any video longer than a couple of minutes in standard definition. In some cases, the servers may allow you to actually upload the file but you will be violating the agreed terms and conditions, this may result in fines or service cancellation by your web hosting providers or reseller hosting service in some cases.

Disrupted Playback

If you decide to upload your video directly to your site it then in result gets uploaded to a single server with a restricted amount of bandwidth.  Your viewers will more than likely come across increased likeliness of extended loading times and constant buffering. This reduces as their internet connection speed increase however you want your content to be able to be viewed seamlessly by as many people as possible.

Format Standards

The lack of direction regarding the HTML5 specification is still a real issue with video format uploads. At this point in time internet explorer and safari will play MP4 but not WebM or Ogg whereas Firefox will play WebM and Ogg but not MP4. This is all due to the issues with the specification and large web browsers deciding to go in all different directions. Ultimately this will require you to upload several different formats of video to ensure that all of your audience can view your content.

Converting Videos

Along with the conversion of different file formats, you will also need to convert multiple files of different resolutions. A large number of media viewers will tend to use desktops and laptops and the preferred resolution would be a large HD file of 720p or 1080p. This is so that they can open the file in Fullscreen and get the most out of the video. A smaller lower resolution video will need to be available for those using mobile or tablet devices.

Embed Instead

The better way of inserting a video onto your site is to upload the file to a video hosting service and then embed the video onto your site. Your viewers will still be able to watch your video but will have a considerably less chance of having the problems listed above. Websites such as Youtube or Vimeo are two of the best sites available for this.

These are just a small number of reasons why you should never host your own videos but there are many many more.