7 Reasons you should not host your own videos

Published 02 Aug 2016 in Blogging, Hosting by Wendy Dessler

There are times that users encounter issues when watching videos. Common issues include videos that can’t be played on mobile devices, users only see a black box where the video is placed, the video stops in the middle of playing, and the video takes too long to load.

These issues are common for those users trying to access your data. If you are engaged in web design and hosting your own videos, these are the issues you might experience, which needs to be fixed to keep your customers. For that fact, here are seven reasons you shouldn’t host your own videos:

1. Bandwidth

Your third part hosting provider may have allocated a certain bandwidth that you can consume. When you upload large files such as videos, your bandwidth can easily be used up when multiple users are playing your video at the same time. When the bandwidth limit is reached, the above issues may take place.

2. Storage Limit

Aside from bandwidth limit, storage limit is another obstacle. The storage limit that your hosting provider gives you is based on your plan or package. The limit is not only for videos but for all your files, including your backup. If you frequently upload videos, you will end up upgrading to increase your storage limit. Otherwise, the same issues will happen.

3. Slow Loading


This is the problem when large files are not processed efficiently because of limited bandwidth and storage space. Sometimes, the internet speed on the part of users affects the loading time. Nevertheless, you can test it by using fast internet. If the loading is still slow, the problem is not with the internet service provider but with the host.

4. Video Conversion

You won’t just upload one video that fits all. You should have a desktop compatible version like Mp4 or mobile compatible like 3gp or better. These conversions are for one video only. If you have more than one video, you may to run into problems.

5. Browser Quality

Since you want a quality web design, you will surely test your site on many browsers. Your video may play well on one browser and not on the other. It requires experimenting on your settings. Someone visiting your site may not change their browser and have issues with your video sending them elsewhere.

6. Piracy

Self-hosted videos have source codes that can easily be accessed. Therefore, anyone may copy or reproduced your video with your rights being protected.

7. Traffic

Self-hosted videos may face competition with popular video sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, which are very popular among most people looking for material on a subject matter.


Instead of hosting your own videos, you can upload them on YouTube, Vimeo, or on other popular media sites. After uploading, get your video URL and codes and embed them onto your website. When a user plays your video, it will be streaming directly for the server where you uploaded your videos. Your web design also depends upon the quality of your video so you don’t have to risk the quality.


We hope you’ve learned why you shouldn’t host your own videos. You may consume and even waste time experimenting and testing everything, but don’t let these problems produce other problems. This may be an issue for you or the employees you have, as it revolves around time management. Using remote timeclock for your employees can solve a lot of problems so you can focus on important tasks for your web design and development.

Wendy-DesslerAuthor: Wendy Dessler
Title: Super-Connector at OutreachMama
Wendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.
Twitter: @outreachmama
Website: http://www.outreachmama.com/


  1. On 21 Aug 2016 at 20:26, Vijay Kumar said:

    Hey Wendy,
    You described this article beautifully, You are we should not host own videos, I’ii surely use YouTube from now to upload my videos. is this right to upload videos on YouTube and embedding them into my blog posts?

  2. On 05 Sep 2016 at 08:26, Krafting Networks said:

    Thank you sharing the above contents. When we will host our own video we will follow the above contents.

  3. On 13 Nov 2016 at 10:51, Dean Hanson said:

    I would like to add one more reason, buggy video players. One of the site I know stopped releasing there videos on Youtube and started using their own site. There video player was extremely buggy, it would reload the whole video sometimes and sometimes it would start playing at 240p.

  4. On 16 Nov 2016 at 01:25, nico said:

    I was trying to make a tv with youtube videos because the importance of not hosting my own videos. Still working on the project! thanks for the article! Very interesting!

  5. On 03 Dec 2016 at 11:09, Hardik Porwal said:

    Hi Wendy,
    YouTube needs a plugin to stream videos, however, the platform can be embed on business websites. Hosting videos can kill website loading time. Thanks for sharing this helpful post.

  6. On 14 Feb 2017 at 13:48, Hardhout said:

    Thank you for sharing this topic!

  7. On 16 Apr 2017 at 17:18, Rakib said:

    Great collection. Thank you for this.

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