How much would it cost to create a site similar to Youtube?

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Self-explanatory question

Basically I have an idea for a website that I believe would be successful. It's for a video site very similar to youtube but not quite. And I was wondering if you guys have any idea roughly how much money will it take to create a site like that and what are the best places to look for coders?

Thanks,

Ivelin
#cost #create #similar #site #youtube
  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    I suggest going to odesk or freelancer..

    Really don't know how much that would cost but i guess you would need to spend loads on maintenance, hosting and traffic

    Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author rondo
    You can create video sharing sites very easily. Use a web host that offers FFmpeg video hosting and video sharing website scripts. Some are listed here:
    FFmpeg hosting and FFmpeg hosting providers - Web Hosting Diary

    You can start with a cheap plan for just a few dollars per month then upgrade as your traffic increases.


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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Youre joking right?

    "As the founders were broke, the official launch came at the end of 2005 after securing funds of $3.5 million from Sequoia Capital, followed by a further $8 million during April 2006. This cash was needed to keep the servers going as hosting so many videos required enormous bandwidth. The cash also allowed new features to be added further adding to its success and growth."
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by kongtiaohao View Post

      very much,,,,yeah ,I think so!
      Hey! Welcome back!

      You were banned the other day for writing exactly the same crap in every comment as you're doing now.

      Come on everybody, take a look at all of his identical spammy posts and hit that report triangle!

      This guy should win awards for the most unoriginal spammer to date.
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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

        Hey! Welcome back!

        You were banned the other day for writing exactly the same crap in every comment as you're doing now.

        Come on everybody, take a look at all of his identical spammy posts and hit that report triangle!

        This guy should win awards for the most unoriginal spammer to date.
        Already have twice Richard
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  • Profile picture of the author BXPS
    Quite not sure but you shall definately need a good host plan.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Whisonant
    Do a search. Tons of Youtube clone scripts available for free or low cost. Most are adult related but can be used for G rated sites.

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    • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
      Originally Posted by Rob Whisonant View Post

      Do a search. Tons of Youtube clone scripts available for free or low cost. Most are adult related but can be used for G rated sites.

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      The script will be the least of your worries. Its the bandwidth and hosting that will incur serious costs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Barrington
    Yeah, that's a MASSIVE project you're talking about there. The database work alone, building the back-end to upload videos, the cost of hosting on a dedicated server, etc. You're talking about a few million dollars, a team of at least 10-20 people working for a few years, and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears.

    If you have the cash, or can get it, go for it. There may be an easier way to reach you IM goals, though.
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    • Profile picture of the author Darrion
      I was thinking the exact same thing, it's going to be a huge load
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      • Profile picture of the author johncein
        Anyone can create website like youtube, vimeo and dailmotion in joomla 3.1 with help of hdwplayer's joomla video gallery component.. it cost low too.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    First of all, you need to have a fast and reliable web host. Second, you can simply buy a Youtube clone script from any source, and you can customize it a bit when you want. Third, you need to have some time every single day to maintain it.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Mcalorum
    Just so you know, google is loosing money on youtube.

    With a smaller video site you may stand a chance, but there is
    still a lot of costs involved.
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  • Profile picture of the author network39
    There are many pre-made YouTube type clone sites available already.
    However, to have your own unique script written from scratch with similar functionality as YouTube could cost thousands in developer time.

    Place an advert on Freelancer or a similar site and see the response you get.
    Just a word of warning though, many developers from the far east or India will reply to your project listing with "to good to be true" quotes. Don't be tempted you will end up with what you pay for.
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  • Profile picture of the author superowid
    Hey... don't be sad...!
    You can create youtube-like site with cheap youtube-clone-script and start it low.
    Just like cliponyu.com which targets local community and very successful.
    It's even now worth more than $9 millions just in a few years.
    As long as you have great idea and target small or specific thing in special community... then you will make profit in it for sure...
    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author HelenVendo
    I'm not sure about the quote. But it'll be a lot: hosting (don't save on it, it must be reliable), domain, coder, trafiic and so on.
    I have great experience working on Upwork. It's really great platform, you'll definitely find professional coder there.
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  • I would invest in other ventures. You are not the only person who had the idea to copy YouTube. I hate to sound negative here but lets face reality..... You have a much better chance at doing something else.
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  • Profile picture of the author Van Dam
    Well I was going to tell you about the hosting / costs etc. but that has been more than covered above. The only other thing I can say is that if you feel this is something that you want to do and something that will bring you success then go for it. I'm interested to see what your difference to YouTube will be. Don't forget we miss 100% of the shots we don't take.
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  • Profile picture of the author kerunai
    wow ..this is a huge project bro

    but still you can always share here the progress work
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  • Profile picture of the author anayb
    Originally Posted by Ivelin2008 View Post

    Self-explanatory question

    Basically I have an idea for a website that I believe would be successful. It's for a video site very similar to youtube but not quite. And I was wondering if you guys have any idea roughly how much money will it take to create a site like that and what are the best places to look for coders?

    Thanks,

    Ivelin
    I smiled looking at your question. Yes, it is definitely possible to create a look-alike site similar to YouTube. not an issue. But, functionalities --- A BIG NO. Its not a personal endeavour, but a team work. You got to employ a few hundreds skilled coders. Can you manage it, or have the money? Even Microsoft and Apple won't take such a big risk. See the big picture. Many thousands people tried before you, ended up running only adsense in their sites. So, step aside from this terrible idea. Nowadays, only original ideas work. Do you have any? none, right. It happens.
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  • Profile picture of the author niksto82
    If your idea is good enough, you can try with Kickstarter. It can provide you with the necessary funds. Do not listen to these guys, just follow your ambition no matter where it takes you! If it weren't for ambitious and curious people, we would still be stuck on stone wheel.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      SERIOUSLY?????????????????????????

      If you see a thread with more than 5000 "views" - check the date before you post. Every day now people are bumping threads from 2011-12-13...to post nonsense answers to questions asked years ago.
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      • Profile picture of the author Monatank
        It is really tough to answer the question without being disputed. The cost depends on what type of functionalities you are looking for your website (similar to YouTube). I suggest instead of equaling YouTube, the wise thing would be to categorize your platform and target users of specific categories. It will mean you will come up with something like new concept that may users like most.
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        • Profile picture of the author salegurus
          Originally Posted by Monatank View Post

          It is really tough to answer the question without being disputed, BLA,BLA,BLA.
          Did you not read the post above yours??? Obviously not......
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          • Profile picture of the author favconnection
            I know this thread is dead, but I have seen many wrong answers...

            To have a website like that you need more than a good host...
            It's not just about uploading your videos and then watch them, it's way more than that!

            First: your video need to be converted in multiple sizes (for all the devices, bandwith etc).
            Sencond; you need one (or multiple) streaming servers!

            The most expensive is not the creation of the website.
            You need a host for the website, but you also need a streaming service for your videos, and the price of this service will depends of the number of customers who watch the videos simultaneously.

            This why when your website has a lot of visitors, the expenses increases very very fast.

            And of course, you dont create a service like that in a "simple host", you need something strong like a cloud service.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        SERIOUSLY?????????????????????????

        If you see a thread with more than 5000 "views" - check the date before you post. Every day now people are bumping threads from 2011-12-13...to post nonsense answers to questions asked years ago.
        Nonsense answers, spam, misguided backlink drops, sig drops, yada,yada,yada...

        Still happening in 2017.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    I was not going to post here but.......

    5 year old thread. Not sure what is the reason why would someone bump it?

    I am curious if the person who wrote this thread ever created the website that they wanted.
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  • Profile picture of the author chyan007
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    Originally Posted by Ivelin2008 View Post

    Self-explanatory question

    Basically I have an idea for a website that I believe would be successful. It's for a video site very similar to youtube but not quite. And I was wondering if you guys have any idea roughly how much money will it take to create a site like that and what are the best places to look for coders?

    Thanks,

    Ivelin
    Well i hope you have made your idea successful ,If not try it until you do
    cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    How much would it cost to create a site similar to YOUTUBE?

    bout fitty sevn bilyun dollas
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  • Profile picture of the author fratt55
    hey there

    go to fiver.com..then sign up to a free account

    they have geeks there who can create that site for you in a few minutes and tell you how much it will cost

    once you are in fiverr you can contact their support team with your question and they will do it all for you

    talk soon
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  • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
    Six year old thread. Keep up the good work, everyone. Way to make things better!

    Thank you.
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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

      Six year old thread. Keep up the good work, everyone. Way to make things better!

      Thank you.
      I had to +1 this comment, that is the comment of the day. LOL>
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      They did not read post #21 or, else, the official cutoff point is 7 years?

      What am I saying, there ain't no cutoff point for stupid, clueless or lazy.


      Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

      Six year old thread. Keep up the good work, everyone. Way to make things better!

      Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dawood
    Well i think in my opinion, you should be able to won your own servers.
    simply because of too much bandwidth. you cant host it on any servers except the ones you own.prepare atleast $1M USD as startup.
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  • Profile picture of the author bertosio
    Th bandwidth will kill you if you are hosting the vids and are expecting very very high traffic
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by bertosio View Post

      Th bandwidth will kill you if you are hosting the vids and are expecting very very high traffic


      Lol, Youtubes server load is probably 87 billion terabytes an hour.

      No joke, even their electric bills would be massive (millions).
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  • Profile picture of the author ZephyrIon
    As much as hosting and a clone script would cost you. And whatever it'd cost you to make each feature.
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