How to start your own Video Site Guide

Last updated: 5 May 2016

We're working in video sites business for 7+ years and will reveal some recipes how to power successfull video site and optimize startup budget.



1. Get good domain name

Do not use GoDaddy! They're evil and renewal prices are high.
We recommend NameCheap for domain registration. Their registration/renewal prices are good and they provide free Whois Protection.

Optional: Set Up CloudFlare proxying

To hide your main server IP from hackers/DMCA and get improve site perfomance you can use free CloudFlare reverse proxy / DNS service.
Tip: enable proxy for main site only, don't proxy fileservers.
Tip: add all your fileservers IPs to whitelist so CF won't ban them occasionally.

2. Get server

We recommend to start with low/medium price servers to save your starting budget till your site have big traffic. Later you will be able to get more powerful fileservers for your site when you really need them.
There are 2 types of servers: Main script with DB (usually one server per site) and File servers (can be multiple servers). You can use same single server to host both Main / File parts but it's good idea to separate them for best perfomance.

Main server should have any fast CPU to handle high DB load and at least 16GB RAM. Disk size is not much important there, at least 50GB. Good idea to put 2 disks into RAID1 for data safety.

File server recommendations:
CPU: use Xeon CPUs, more cores - the better. Encoding processes paralleling very good.
Network: Your server should have Unmetered traffic plan to avoid huge bills for traffic in the end of month. 300+Mbps network speed is recommended, 1000 mbps connection is perfect choice. 100TB traffic plan is good option too for budget start.
Disk: better use big separate HDDs, RAIDs have bad random-read perfomance so not recommended.
OS: CentOS 6, 64bit, no cPanel/whm recommended to avoid problems.

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3. Get Video Site engine

Order the XVideoSharing script with required mods to start your site.
SibSoft team will provide free professional installation & configure script for you.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us, we will help to choose the right stuff.

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