One of the most frequent topics asked about when it comes to populating websites is videos.

“Do we just put everything on YouTube?”

“What if we don’t want everyone to see this video, just customers?”

“I thought we uploaded some videos, but I don’t see them anywhere!”

With Sitefinity, there are two primary ways to get videos onto your website. You can either:

  1. Add videos to your Videos library, OR
  2. Embed videos from a video service, like YouTube, Vimeo or SoMedia.

Today’s post will cover adding videos to Sitefinity’s Videos library. Next time we’ll discuss embedding.

Where Sitefinity Stores Videos

Videos Section in Sitefinity Navigation
The Sitefinity CMS treats videos as a content type. Just like it does images, blocks of content and news items. It stores videos in a Videos library, accessible under “Content” in the top navigation bar.

The process for uploading a video is almost identical to uploading images. Placing them on a webpage? Just as easy. Let’s go through it.

How to Add Videos to Your Sitefinity Videos Library

  1. Click “Videos” under the Content menu. You’ll see at least one library (“Default Library”).
  2. Click the Upload Videos button in the top toolbar.
  3. You’ll see a new window, prompting you to “Select videos” – same as for uploading images.
  4. Click “Select videos”. A file window will open.
  5. Navigate to the video(s) you want, select them, and click Open. You can upload multiple videos at once.
    (NOTE: Sitefinity accepts videos in .wmv format by default. If your videos are in .avi or .mp4, your administrator will need to modify the Advanced Settings to allow additional file formats.)
  6. You’ll see a “Where to store the uploaded videos?” bar. If you have multiple video libraries, you can choose where to put the video here. Otherwise, leave it on Default Library.
  7. Click “Categories and Tags” if you want to assign a category and/or tags to the video. This isn’t necessary, and you can add these later if you want.
  8. Click the Upload and Publish button.
  9. Grab some more coffee; this will take a moment.
  10. Click the View All Videos button when the uploading’s done. You’re taken back to the Videos library.

The video is in your CMS! Now we just have to put it on the webpage. There are two ways to do that.

How to insert a video into a webpage

Method 1:

  • In the Videos library, click “Embed” under the video you uploaded. Copy the URL in the “Link” field.
  • Navigate to the page you want to update.
  • Open the page for editing.
  • Locate the content block where you want to place the video. Add a new content block if you need one. Click “Edit”.
  • Switch into HTML Mode.
  • Paste the URL into the page HTML where you want it.
  • Click Save. The page will load either a thumbnail of the video, or a large icon to show you where & how big it is (see the image below).
  • Click Publish.

Method 2:

  • Navigate to the page you want to update.
    Embed Video Button
  • Locate the content block where you want to place the video. Add a new content block if you need one. Click “Edit”.
  • Click the Media Manager button on the Editor toolbar (it’s circled in the image at right). You’ll be given the choice to “Insert a video” either from your computer, or from already uploaded.
  • Click the radio button next to “From already uploaded.” Videos here are organized according to most recent upload. So the video you just uploaded should appear first. Click it, and click the Insert the video button.
  • You’ll see the video either as a thumbnail, or as a large general icon (like the Flash logo above). From here you can manipulate it like any other item in the editor – move, resize, copy, delete.
  • When you’re done, click Save. And don’t forget to click Publish!

Personally, I like using Method 1. But that’s because I like working in HTML mode. Either method produces the same end result…a video on your webpage, ready to play!

The Advantage of Using the Sitefinity Videos Library? Control

That’s a lot of steps, isn’t it? It goes fast, but still. Isn’t it easier to just toss the videos up on YouTube?

Maybe. But there is one big advantage to storing videos in your CMS – full control of the video experience. Within Sitefinity’s framework, you can lay the video out like you want, and limit it to only those people who should see it.

YouTube, Vimeo…they are by default public platforms. If you have videos which should only be seen by certain customers (for instance, video content delivered as part of a membership package), then you control who can access the webpage on which a video’s displayed.

Even if you use a private YouTube channel (which I’ll address next post), you’re still subject to YouTube’s layout/user interface, its Terms & Conditions, and its ability to remove your video at any time. In Sitefinity? You’re only limited by what you choose to do.

Sitefinity’s documentation on uploading videos is here, if you’d like further references:

Uploading Videos – Sitefinity Documentation

Check back next time for Part 2, on embedding videos from YouTube into your CMS!

How to Post Videos to Your Sitefinity Website (Part 1 of 2)

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