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How to Create a Video Sharing Website Like YouTube


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More people are marketing their business online by using videos. A lot of people are starting to think out of the box in order to get more visitors to their website.

YouTube is one of the most popular video-sharing websites around. It only came into existence a few years ago. What if you wanted to create a video sharing website like that? It can be done; you just need the tools to do it.

Let's look at how you can create your own video-sharing website like YouTube:

You will need the following items: A video sharing script and a web host. The web host should have ffmpeg or mencoder included. These programs are converters for the videos. They help to upload them to your site. This has to be done in a flash video format. You are required to be on a dedicate server in order to do this.

Next, you are required to create a database with MySQL on the host. The scrip needs a database for support. There are directions as to installing this database. You will need to create and write down a username and password. You will also need to write down the name of the database for future use.

You will need the video sharing scrip. If you need further assistance on how to operate a video sharing site, there are some programs available and some of them are free. The only drawback with the free ones is that there are links that relate to the script.

This can be something like getting free hosting and having to display their ads on your webpage. You can also purchase scripts for a minimal cost that will do what you need it to do without the script advertisement.

Your web host should have all of the files uploaded. They can be uploaded in your control panel or using a file transfer program (FTP). Most people prefer the latter because it takes less time and the process is simple. You can go online and find different FTPs to use for uploading your files.

Start the installation program to run your script. This is where you will need the MySQL database information. After that, the installation will start. After it's completed, delete the programs (install and FTP).

Your video sharing website is complete. You can market it however you choose. Beware of videos that are copyrighted. There have been people that have gotten in trouble because of those. There you have it, your own video-sharing website like YouTube.

Rebecca Star is a custom web designer consultant and creator. For more information about her custom web design creations, please visit


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