So you’re thinking of creating an online course and now you need to decide on where to host your video content…
As you probably found out, uploading them directly on your site is a no no… it will slow your site down, use up a lot of space and possibly cause errors for your users.
Here, I will suggest 4 video hosting platforms to start you off.
YouTube is the most popular platform with video content. You can gain major exposure from its wide user base.
You can create your own YouTube channel to upload your videos, create playlists and even do live streaming.
Your content will then be available to everyone. One thing to keep in mind is that YouTube doesn’t allow restricted access. What this means is that if you have a paid course and you host your videos on YouTube, you are basically in violation to their Terms & Conditions.
If you are creating a FREE course, by all means go ahead and host on YouTube, create a channel where anyone can find you, subscribe and get notifications for your next video.
You can even take advantage of some monetization options they offer, like ads, and if you have a minimum of 30,000 subscribers you can sell channel memberships.
However, if you are planning on creating a high ticket course, then maybe YouTube is not the right platform for several reasons.
Your videos are not secured, which means that anyone with the link can go ahead and download it and distribute as they feel like.
You don’t have control over branding which means people can see that it’s hosted on YouTube.
In conclusion, if you intend on creating a FREE course then YouTube is your platform. You will get discovered, gain exposure, grow your audience and engage with them.
Vimeo is pretty similar to YouTube in the sense that it is a video sharing platform, although significantly smaller. You can upload your video and others can see it. However, and here is the catch, you can make them private and password protected.
It comes with many features that do not limit you only on hosting videos. If you are interested in a tool that can aid your business in many video formatting ways, this is the one for you.
They do have a free plan you can experiment with, quite restrictive, but you can try it out and see if it’s a great fit for you.
With Wistia, much like YouTube, you can create your own channel for your videos and embed them on your website.
The difference with YouTube is that you have complete control over your student experience, meaning no interruptions with ads or recommended videos. You can even customize the video player appearance.
As for the pricing, Wistia is on the high side but does offer a free plan, with restrictions, if you want to test it out.
Loom is a two in one type of platform. You can do all your videos on their platform and then copy the link and insert it onto your website.
As with most platforms, it has a free option but it has its restrictions. You can record up to 100 videos and the duration of each is only 5 minutes. After those 5 minutes the video gets cut off.
Their pricing is pretty decent, if you opt for the paid plans, especially if you are just starting out and want to test the waters…
As you can see, there are lots of video hosting platforms to choose from, and these are just a few. It all depends on deciding what is best for you now, in your current situation.