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Hosting Your Own Flash Player and Movies on Your WordPress Blog

The Blog Herald has an interesting article called “How to host your own Flash player and movies on your blog (and why you probably shouldn’t)”, offering tips and things you need to know if you are contemplating using YouTube or hosting your own Flash player on your blog.

First of all I’d like to warn you all. Hosting your own videos can really eat your bandwidth, and if you’re not sure if your hosting account can handle the load – or if you don’t want to risk being billed for extra traffic – then don’t host your own videos. You need to be ready to handle an increase in traffic without breaking stuff. Youtube and its competitors can do that for you for free, so most of you are probably better off with sticking to them.

In the end, the decision was to use Flash Video Player from Jeroen Wijering and the called WP-FLV Flash WordPress Plugin by Roel Meurdrer, good options for full version WordPress blogs.

For more on podcasting, see “Podcasting At It’s Best with The Blog Herald”, for a detailed look at how the podcasting/recording studio setup works at The Blog Herald.

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  1. Tob
    Posted January 24, 2007 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    do you know any macromedia flash player hosting sites?I made this lil flash player that plays music instrumentals and need to host it somewhere so i could add it to my webpage.thanks alot.

  2. Posted January 24, 2007 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    I do not have any recommendations for you. You should check out the forums and groups who are experts in this, which I’m sure you stumbled across as you developed your talent for programming and flash media. Ask them.

  3. Tim
    Posted March 27, 2007 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I am a newbie to blogging… Have a question:
    How do I make a fixed location (or spot) on a blog page so that all video clips all get palyed back in that spot?
    For example, if I wish to make a blog that always has say a top left hand side rectangular area for video, and have various video hyperlinks, each time someone clicks on the link, the video would play in the designated same spot, can this be done and how can I do it?

    I am trying to make a one screen physical page blog so user never have to scroll or pagedown but everything is shown in it’s own “spot”.. Is this easy to do and are there themes already for this?

    Thank and Regards for any and all help….

  4. Posted March 27, 2007 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Well, that depends. You can not do this with a blog, just for clarification. You can do this on a full version WordPress blog. I’m not the expert for the rest of the blogging services and programs, so you would have to check specifics for their services and features.

    You could create an HTML container, like a DIV, in which you could put one or more STATIC video/links inside that would appear in the same spot all the time. You can even use Asides, a technique which posts a specific category of “posts” (like a video only category), set in the sidebar. There are many ways to do this, so it’s hard to say exactly. I recommend you find someone who is an expert in HTML and CSS, as well as video embedding, to help you build exactly what you need.

    I also recommend you check out Video, Music, Podcasts, Audio, and Multimedia WordPress Plugins as you may find exactly what you need in a WordPress Plugin.

  5. rajurare
    Posted December 22, 2010 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    i need to know how to add flash player in my blog that created using wordpress and how to add videos

    • Posted December 22, 2010 at 10:01 am | Permalink

      First, flash is near death. Second, if you choose to continue to support flash, if you are using a self-hosted version of WordPress, you can use Viper’s Video Quicktags. If you are using, please check out their shortcode options for including video.

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