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Tips to video hosting website

The Internet is, perhaps, the most versatile entertainment system out there. It caters to every interest you can fathom, is (mostly) not bound by geographical borders, and seems like a never-ending source brimming with new content virtually every other second. Of late, the most popular form of entertainment is watching videos on the Internet. Unlike days of old, you no longer need to download every single video that you want to watch. Instead, you can choose to watch your favorite videos online at just the click of a button.

What is even better is the fact that these videos are highly compressed without affecting the quality of the content. This, in turn, would mean is that you no longer need to worry about running a huge Internet bill as you watch your favorite videos guilt-free. There seems to be an explosion of video hosting websites all over the Internet, and finding the best ones out of these can be quite an arduous task. Thankfully though, help is at hand. Here’s a list of video hosting websites that are the best out there.

YouTube
Think about watching videos online, and probably the first name that pops into your head is YouTube. According to statistics revealed by Google, over 6-billion hours of videos are watched each month on YouTube! The site has the biggest collection of videos that span across every genre imaginable. There are plenty of channels on the site that compile videos of different niches. You even have the option to watch videos in Full HD, and even 4K resolution if your screen supports it. There’s even support for 3D content via NVIDIA 3D Vision. Uploading videos is very simple task, and all you need is a Google account to log in. By default, users can upload videos up to 15 minutes long and up to 20 GB in size. You can apply to have the limit raised to up to 12 hours and over 20 GB.

Vimeo
Vimeo was the first video hosting site to support HD (720p) videos. The company boasts of more than 100 million unique visitors per month. Although the site has a huge variety of videos across all genres, it is best known for music videos. The site now supports Full HD video playback. With a PRO account, users can upload up to 50 GB of videos and can also upload commercial videos. Regular users can upload one HD video and up to 500 MB of regular videos per week.

MetaCafe
MetaCafe is one of the oldest video hosting sites around. The site claims to draw in more than 40 million unique visitors per month. Unlike the other sites, MetaCafe focuses on commercial videos. All videos are curated and are exclusive to the site. The site lets registered users upload HD videos up to 2 GB in size. The unique thing about the site is the Producer Reward system, which pays users USD 5 for every 1,000 views on your video (after the first 20,000 views).

Dailymotion
With over 116 million unique visitors, DailyMotion is amongst the most popular video-streaming sites out there. The site has a massive library of user-posted videos sorted by channels, user-created groups, and tags. Regular users have a cap of 4 GB for their videos, and a maximum length of 60 minutes. It even lets users upload multiple videos simultaneously. Businesses and official users do not have any limit put in place.

Vevo
Vevo is the place to find the latest high-quality music videos from two of the biggest record labels around, UMG and SME. The site does not offer uploading services to regular users. The site is not available worldwide, but has a dedicated channel on YouTube for most parts of the world.

HowCast
HowCast is a unique platform for budding filmmakers and animators to upload short how-to videos for the site. The site has a database of over 100,000 videos which span across 25 categories. A lot of big names like Playboy, Nestle, JetBlue, and the US Department of State are associated with the site. Amateur filmmakers get a share of the spoils (USD 50 and 50% of advertising revenue generated) once their videos register over 40,000 views.

While there are scores of other websites that offer video-streaming services, these are amongst the best and most trustworthy ones. So, grab yourself some popcorn, throw your feet up and enjoy the show. Cheers.

Web hosting sites like godaddy

Branding is one of the reasons that a company convinces users to buy its services. Though branding has many facets, the most basic of them is having a website. Now having a website is fine, but the thing that lasts long after it is launched is its name. Only one company comes to mind when it comes to domain name registration – GoDaddy.

GoDaddy was launched by Bob Parsons in the year 1997. It helped register domain names and host websites for 15 years. It also offers 24/7 tech support as well as integration with Office 365. A neat feature of GoDaddy is the ‘WHOIS Search’ function, which lets you check if the domain name is already taken for grabs. It even offers decent prices for hosting, with good maintenance.

GoDaddy has always promoted its brand through risqué Ads. It garnered negative publicity when its founder Bob Parsons killed an elephant in Zimbabwe and posted a video online. Such, and other controversies have let its competition voice their opinion over unlawful behavior of GoDaddy. Whether you believe the negative publicity or just need an exit strategy in case GoDaddy becomes too dicey an option, here are some great GoDaddy alternatives.

HostGator

This is one of the easiest websites to go to for first-time users. It offers unlimited bandwidth as well as a 45-day money-back guarantee. It even offers 4,500 templates to change the appearance of your site. It has 3 plans – the ‘hatchling plan’ for beginners at USD 3.96 per month, the ‘baby plan’ for professionals at USD 6.36 per month, and the ‘business plan’ for eCommerce stores at USD 10.36 per month. All of their plans offer unlimited bandwidth. It even offers reseller plans, by which you can earn some side money by hosting websites for third parties.

DreamHost

DreamHost offers plans for websites running only on the Ubuntu system. It offers a customized control panel to manage billing, as well as a ticketing system for tech support. One thing it doesn’t offer is phone support, but it does have a live chat option, and offers email support in case the chat line is busy. Their web hosting plans start at USD 8.95 per month, with a registration and renewal price of USD 5.99 per year.

Namecheap

Namecheap is another web hosting site like GoDaddy. It offers different prices, from a yearly plan to a five-yearly plan, and also offers discounts according to the domain name. It offers other services such as private email hosting, reseller plans to host third party websites, as well as free DNS. It gives you a yearly subscription of WhoisGuard to protect the privacy of your website. You can register your domain for as low as USD 3.98 per year. They offer a professional package at USD 19.88 per year with 50GB storage space. The unlimited package with unlimited space comes at USD 29.88 per year, and the basic package with 20GB space comes at USD 9.88 per year.

Hover

One of the largest domain registrars in the world, Hover currently manages 10 million domains online. It even offers to transfer your website from another domain like GoDaddy. You can get your domain name registered at just USD 5.00.

Web hosting service

Nowadays, most business, and non-business individuals and companies have an Internet presence. An Internet presence is like giving yourself or your business global exposure. Having a website in this day and age is of primary importance to any business or individual wanting to reach out to the world at large. To have a website, you primarily need two things: a domain name, and a web hosting service.

A domain name is your name, or your business name, on the Internet. It is the address with which people will find your website. For example, www.buzzle.com is a domain name. This domain name must be purchased from a domain name registrar who is registered with the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).

After that is taken care of, there is the data that is shown on your website, like your webpages, images, and so on. That needs to be stored somewhere, so that when someone checks your website, they can see the data online. A web hosting company will provide this service for you by providing you with space on their servers. This is a web or an Internet hosting service.

Of course, these are the basic concepts of a web hosting service. Most web hosting companies will also incorporate domain registration services within their service profile, and combine both these functions. It has also become customary nowadays to combine this with email hosting services as well, to generate additional functionality for customers.

However, emerging technologies have given rise to several more services which can be effectively combined with these provisions. Let us look at a few of these services.

Dedicated Hosting

This is a kind of service where the customer can lease an entire server, which is not shared by anyone else. Thus, the customer has full control over the server, which means he can choose his operating system, install his own software and hardware, and so on. Some Internet hosting service providers may also include server administration services as an add-on. But larger corporations may choose to take care of their administration needs themselves. This is a solution which is quite useful for large corporations, who may have a large amount of data on these servers which can be accessed via their website. This also involves taking security measures, such as firewalls, to ensure the security of the data.

Virtual Private Server

This is a kind of server space where a technology known as ‘virtualization’ allows many servers to run on the same physical server. What happens is that the server is partitioned into multiple servers. Each of these servers has the capability to run on its own machine and be booted independently. These services are often less costly than dedicated hosting services. Another advantage to customers is that they can install several programs on these servers, and run them on their websites.

Shared Hosting

A shared hosting service is a service, wherein, several sites can be hosted on the same server. Each site has its own partitioned server space, and all the website owners share the costs of hosting between themselves. This solution is very cost-effective and quite popular with most people on the Internet who want to host simple and small websites.

How website use Cookies

Cookie is a small piece of information, usually less than 255 characters long, which is exchanged between the browser and the server when you visit a website. When you visit a website, a cookie is sent by the server to your browser. Each time you visit that website thereafter, your browser sends back the cookie to the server. Cookies are used by a web server to distinguish between users and maintain data related to the user.

Websites are always interested in knowing the web habits of their users. They want to know how often a particular user visits their site and which pages he visits. The mechanism of cookies works as follows:

  • When you type in the domain, you make a request upon the server that is hosting the site.
  • The server then sends you the web page, which corresponds to the request made by you.
  • The response contains a cookie, which stays on your hard drive.
  • Most cookies generally contain parameters like name of the cookie, value of the cookie, and its expiration date.

Types of Cookies

  • Session cookies: They are temporary. They are removed when you close the browser. In your next visit to that site you will be treated as a new visitor. In case of a session cookie, there is nothing by way of which a browser can let know the website about your prior visits to it.
  • Persistent cookies: They are stored on your hard drive till you remove them or till they expire.
  • First Party cookies: When the website you are visiting, issues you a cookie, it is a first party cookie.
  • Third Party cookies: Imagine that the website you visit is hosting some advertisements. The advertisement site may also issue a cookie to you. This cookie will be called a third party cookie.

Use in Advertising
Cookies are of use in Internet advertising. Advertisers can obtain information about the on-site behavior of visitors with the help of cookies. The personal information of the visitor is anonymous but his or her web surfing habits are recorded and can be tracked by way of cookies. A website can actually promote specific products to the visitors based on the information gathered from cookies, about the advertisements they click on. Cookies help the host server determine which banner advertisements you have seen. They can convey this information to their advertisers.

E-commerce sites implement the idea of shopping carts by utilizing the concept of cookies. The cookie contains an ID and enables the site to keep track of the things you add to your cart. When you add an item to your shopping cart, it is stored along with your ID in the database of the site. The site knows what’s in your cart, when you check out.

Cookies and Session Management
Working of the HTTP protocol is of a stateless nature, which means it is not possible for an HTTP web server to differentiate one user request from another. It becomes very important for a developer to achieve session management. Session ids associated with cookies play a vital role in uniquely identifying client requests. Session stores the information pertinent to a particular user for the duration of his visit.

Cookies help you get rid of repeatedly following certain procedures on the site, like form filling or signing in. Once you are a registered user, you may not have to perform the process of signing in each time you visit the site. Once you have filled forms, the information filled can be remembered by means of cookies. Shopping websites can base their purchase recommendations on the information supplied by you.

It is not really true that cookies compromise your security. But, yes, they affect your privacy. Cookies are not executable programs, which can harm your computer. They are literally plain text. Regrettably, there are some cookies that store personal information. A cookie can identify the computer and the software you are using. A dishonest site can make available, your information to the outsiders. So, if you do not want to be monitored by websites, it is best to delete cookies on a regular basis.