Best Way to Put Video on a Website

Question: “I was wondering how to put videos onto my website, as far as the best way to do it. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks.”

There are several ways to put video onto a website. In my opinion, the best option is to host the video content on a third-party site (like YouTube), and then embed the code onto your site. If you don’t use this technique, you’ll have to put the files on your own web-hosting servers, and they can eat up a lot of storage.

YouTube will host your videos for free. After you’ve uploaded the file to their site, you would simply copy a snippet of code and paste it onto your web page (wherever you want the video to appear).

This is by far the best way to do it, if you ask me. Here are the benefits of using this method:

* You can save a backup of the video file on your own computer, but store it on the third-party site. That way, the file doesn’t take up a lot of your own web storage (videos are much larger than other web files).
* You can put the video on your website just by copying / pasting the “embed” code on YouTube.
* If you want to share your video with a larger audience, beyond your own website, you can make it public on the YouTube site. You can also change the setting to private, if you only want people to see it on your site.
* You can let other people comment on your video, or contact you through the third-party website.
* It’s totally free.

This is the best way to put videos on a website, in my experience. Give it a try and you’ll probably agree. There are certainly other ways to go about it, but this is what I recommend (especially for beginners).


Uploading your videos to YouTube is a simple process. Their technology does most of the work for you. All you need to do is create an account, save your video in a file that meets their size and format requirements, and then upload it using the tools provided on their site. Once you’ve done that, you can add the video to your website in the manner described earlier. They have plenty of instructions to help you complete these steps, but it’s all fairly intuitive.

Here’s a summary of the steps involved:

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