Where do you host your products?

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Hi,

I'm releasing a full video course (includes audio and pdf's as well) and I'm trying to figure out where to host it.
I use Optimize Press v1 and I just bought DAP recently to protect my files.

What I want to do now is create membership pages where the users can watch the videos straight in their browsers, comment on the videos as well as download the videos. I also want to have a link where the users can download the whole package with all the videos, texts and audio files straight to their computer.

The question is now, where do I host my files? Should I just upload them to my own ftp? The trouble with this though, is that I only have 3GB of space. That is not enough to hold all my files. Also, I want the speed to be high.

By the way, I am using Clickbank if that has any relevance.

P.S. I'm encoding my videos at 1000kbps/sec right now. Can I make them bigger and then let the viewer himself choose the quality? Like you can on youtube. That would be great.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    If you want to host them on your own, I think you need to upgrade your hosting. It is best that you will host it rather than just hosting it on somebody else. If you are really serious about hosting it, I can only say that you should upgrade to something even bigger than 3 GB of space.
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    • Profile picture of the author svedski
      Originally Posted by danlew View Post

      If you want to host them on your own, I think you need to upgrade your hosting. It is best that you will host it rather than just hosting it on somebody else. If you are really serious about hosting it, I can only say that you should upgrade to something even bigger than 3 GB of space.
      Really? Because from what I've heard, you should always host your videos outside of your own website hosting. For example: Vimeo Pro, Amazon S3 etc.

      My question is really just which one of them to pick. Since I have more files than just videos, I want a good host that can host ALL of my files, and that is easily protected from unauthorized viewers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bish
    No, don't bother trying to host all of your own products and videos. Get an Amazon S3 account, set up buckets and folders for specific products. You will never run into storage or bandwidth problems with an S3 account. Plus you will only ever be charged for what you used on a month by month basis.

    And it's very easy to use, a perfect solution.
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    • Profile picture of the author svedski
      Originally Posted by Bish View Post

      No, don't bother trying to host all of your own products and videos. Get an Amazon S3 account, set up buckets and folders for specific products. You will never run into storage or bandwidth problems with an S3 account. Plus you will only ever be charged for what you used on a month by month basis.

      And it's very easy to use, a perfect solution.
      That sounds great. My only concern is however...what about video encoding when using S3? If I upload a very big HD file, will that get re-encoded into several different qualities so that a user with a low bandwidth can watch it as well? Like on youtube.

      Also, are the files easy to protect from people who haven't bought the product?
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      • Profile picture of the author Bish
        Originally Posted by stolpioni View Post

        That sounds great. My only concern is however...what about video encoding when using S3? If I upload a very big HD file, will that get re-encoded into several different qualities so that a user with a low bandwidth can watch it as well? Like on youtube.

        Also, are the files easy to protect from people who haven't bought the product?
        To be honest I can't answer your encoding question with any clarity. When it comes to locking down your downloads and videos most membership scripts will sync with AS3 and do that for you. I.e authorized users only (so they have to be a member). Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bish
    I also use OP1, with Membersonic and an AS3 account.
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    • Profile picture of the author svedski
      Originally Posted by Bish View Post

      I also use OP1, with Membersonic and an AS3 account.
      Ok cool. I'm just going to get an S3 account then.
      Thanks.

      P.S. If anyone still has a suggestion, please feel free to let me know.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bish
    No problem, best of luck with it.
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    • Profile picture of the author svedski
      Originally Posted by Bish View Post

      No problem, best of luck with it.
      Do you know which one to choose and upload my files with?
      I have two options:

      1. CloudFront (Global Content Delivery Network)
      2. S3 (Scalable Storage In The Cloud)

      This is inside my AWS Management Console.

      Oh and by the way...my salespage loads pretty slowly (about 7-10 seconds), would it benefit me if I host all the images, backgrounds etc on my S3 account instead of my website host?
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      • Profile picture of the author Bish
        Originally Posted by stolpioni View Post

        Do you know which one to choose and upload my files with?
        I have two options:

        1. CloudFront (Global Content Delivery Network)
        2. S3 (Scalable Storage In The Cloud)

        This is inside my AWS Management Console.

        Oh and by the way...my salespage loads pretty slowly (about 7-10 seconds), would it benefit me if I host all the images, backgrounds etc on my S3 account instead of my website host?
        Yes, go for option 2: S3
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  • Profile picture of the author davehayes
    To be honest, I host mine on bluehost, simply because it offers the best value ( well in my eyes anyway) for what I want.

    I looked at hostgator, but, preferred bluehost as it gave more flexibility

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  • Profile picture of the author fred67
    I use Hostgator - unlimited domains and sub-domains - unlimited bandwidth as well for less than a tenner a month - can't be bad - use 'password protected' pages though or you'll lose them :-)
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    I hosted most of my products on sugarsync.
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