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Old March 17th, 2013, 09:57 AM   #1
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Most customizable web platform to divulge video work?

Hi guys,

Im not sure if Im posting on the right subforum, so MODS, feel free to move it.
I will soon start working on a series of 5min shorts and I was wondering what is the most customizable web platform to divulge video work? Im not a web designer but I want the freedom to customize where to embed the vimeo videos, the wallpaper, look and feel of the website. It would also be good if it was a well known platform host (tumblr, blogger, I have no idea) that we know wont be broke by tomorrow.
Other then creating a website Im also planning on following the usual routine (youtube channel, facebook channel, etc).
Anyway, Im really new at self promoting, so any tips would actually be welcome.

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Old March 18th, 2013, 10:17 AM   #2
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Re: Most customizable web platform to divulge video work?

Why do you want a platform? If your videos are hosted elsewhere you can always embed them or code them directly into html5.

What exactly are you trying to accomplish with this portal?
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Old March 18th, 2013, 10:46 AM   #3
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It would help to know your budget and what you would like visitors or viewers to be able to do. Should they be able to leave comments, search, vote on videos, etc. Is this going to be one small series or will you have more?

Any idea about monetizing this by charging people to view?

Have you seen any sites that represent the functions you are looking for?
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Old March 18th, 2013, 10:46 AM   #4
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Re: Most customizable web platform to divulge video work?

I think I might have not been as clear as I thought I was. Other then posting the all episodes on youtube and vimeo (allowing voting and comments), I will also create a channel on facebook, but I would also like to have a dedicated website to converge all this info. It can be a blog or whatever, but I need it to be customizatble so it has the look and feel I want. It doesnt have to be anything complex, just post the new episode whenever it comes out, have some info...Basically it will just be a place entirely dedicated to the series...you can watch the episodes, find some info about the crew (director, writer, actors, etc), have some links to the facebook channel, maybe have a paypal account where people can make deposits to get the series going (initially there will be 10 episodes).
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Old March 19th, 2013, 08:00 AM   #5
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I think I might have not been as clear as I thought I was. Other then posting the all episodes on youtube and vimeo (allowing voting and comments), I will also create a channel on facebook, but I would also like to have a dedicated website to converge all this info. It can be a blog or whatever, but I need it to be customizatble so it has the look and feel I want. It doesnt have to be anything complex, just post the new episode whenever it comes out, have some info...Basically it will just be a place entirely dedicated to the series...you can watch the episodes, find some info about the crew (director, writer, actors, etc), have some links to the facebook channel, maybe have a paypal account where people can make deposits to get the series going (initially there will be 10 episodes).
You don't need a platform unless you have a blog or loads of content (1000+). In fact, platforms have limitations that might be detrimental to your goal.

I recommend a simple HTML5+CSS+JS/Jquery site. If you can't afford to design a website, then I recommend Wordpress (.org).
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Old March 19th, 2013, 08:04 AM   #6
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Im sorry, I actually used the word "platform" in the generic sense...as in a "mean", "way", etc.
Ive been told that Word Press is great for customization.
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Old March 19th, 2013, 10:07 AM   #7
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Re: Most customizable web platform to divulge video work?

Rafael,

Wordpress is indeed an excellent "platform" for your blog or even a complete business website. There are several good plugins for self-hosted video - or simply embed from Vimeo and YouTube.

Good luck with your project!
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Old March 21st, 2013, 04:49 AM   #8
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Re: Most customizable web platform to divulge video work?

Guys, Ive played with Wordpress for a while and most of the customizations I need required me to pay for an upgrade.

Im making some tests wit Blogger and Im not finding it hard to get where I want to be, but Im having trouble applying the changes I make. For instance, I go to "design", "background image", I click over the current image thumbnail, I upload the image I want to use, I click on "done" and then I click on "Apply to blog"...the thumbnail gets updated but the blog background does not! This also happens when I try to change the posts letters colors and a couple of other settings. In the beginning I thought it could be the browser (Im using chrome), but Ive tried on IE and Firefox and its the same. I can only change these settings ONE first time each time I choose a different template...which makes me start from scratch.

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Old March 21st, 2013, 09:14 AM   #9
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Can you list the customization you want?

E.g. for Wordpress (.org, not .com) there are many free themes. You can add free video players of all kinds, and most of the necessary plug-ins are free.
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Old April 5th, 2013, 03:21 PM   #10
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Re: Most customizable web platform to divulge video work?

The main change I want to make is to force the jpeg Ive uploaded as the background to resize along the rest of the blog when you open it in a smaller window or a different resolution (right now it doesnt do that, so depending on your screen resolution the background will have a layer partially covering it). Here is the blog so you can see what Im talking about Papos de Mentes
Ive also uploaded a jpeg with some other minor changes Id like to be able to do:
http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/attachment...3&d=1365193170
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Old April 6th, 2013, 06:41 AM   #11
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Re: Most customizable web platform to divulge video work?

There is a simple CSS fix for this: How can I resize an image dynamically with CSS as the browser width/height changes? - Stack Overflow

You can make CSS changes within wordpress. The other easy way is to do it with JS or JQuery. It's not very complicated. On the other hand, it might not behave the same in every browser, but what does?

Wordpress does not limit your use of PHP, HTML or CSS. You can do all of this for free.
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Old April 6th, 2013, 10:08 AM   #12
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Sareesh, many thanks for the link. Ive checked it out and it doenst seem that difficult of a change to make but when I open the HTML code of my website its like Im reading aramaic :)
Would I be abusing of your kindness if asked you for a big favor and sent you the code via PM for you to tell me where I have to make those changes?
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Old April 7th, 2013, 07:10 AM   #13
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I'll try to help, Rafael, but you have to be patient.

Post the code here, using the 'quote' tags. Others might find it useful, and there might be someone more knowledgeable than me.

The CSS changes need to be made in the CSS file, not the HTML file.

If you have Wordpress installed, go to the Dashboard -> Appearance -> Editor

You'll see on the right-hand side a list of files under 'Templates', mostly PHP and HTML. Below, you should find one or more CSS files (.css), under the heading 'Styles'.

The correct way to do this is create a new .css sheet. Always create new sheets for changes, because if you ever update or change your theme, these will be retained. Don't modify the original files unless you know what you're doing.
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Old April 7th, 2013, 07:16 AM   #14
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Sareesh, many thanks! Youre a great sport. Im doing this via blogger because Ive been using it for a couple of years and I can associate my profile to as many blogs as I want.
I was trying to post the code in here but its way longer than the allowed character limit. Should I upload a TXT with the code somewhere and post the link here?
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You don't have to post the entire HTML file! Let's start with one <div> section for an image you want to resize.
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