Which type of hosting I need to purchase, VPS/Dedicated/Business/AWS?

I’m building a website which is basically video sharing kind of websites, where users upload video s and also watch videos.

Which hosting might be the best option for me and Why?

I was thinking of going with AWS i.e. Amazon Web Services, would that be right? If not then please do let me know when a business should actually choose AWS kind of hosting.

Before you think about hosting, have you thought about transcoding? You can’t just upload a single format video and hope every browser will just play it, they won’t. You’d need to convert to several different formats for different browsers. That on it’s own is quite a challenge.

Regarding hosting, what you would need is a lot of bandwidth, as video is very bandwidth hungry, so I would go with a service that can easily scale that up for you, such as indeed AWS, or Google Cloud Platform or Microsoft Azure.

But seriously, tackle transcoding first. If you can’t get that right there is no point looking at hosting at all.


I can use ffmpeg, right?

For some, yes, but I don’t think for all. Here is list of what formats browsers support: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTML/Supported_media_formats

For bandwidth, OVH is going to be the most bang for your buck. AWS for video is going to cost an arm and a leg, and maybe a kidney.

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OVH means the company right?

Maybe investigate Youtube. See if it is possible to allow your users to upload their videos to your site and create a script to upload the video to Youtube.

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Yes, it’s a company. One of the only ultra budget provideders I know.

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