One of my clients who does a lot with videos, Freddy at Atomic Tango, shared this info with me and I had to share it with all of you.
As you'll see from the video below, WordPress.com is getting into the video hosting business. What does that mean? Well, if it means what I believe it does, it means these things:
- You can now host a video at WordPress.com directly – you don't have to host your own videos somewhere else and then embed them into your own site
- As Freddy points out, you aren't advertising for some other site, because there doesn't appear to be a logo – like YouTube puts in the corner of their embedded videos
- Folks can easily share your video by embedding it to their own site (such as self-hosted versions of WordPress.org), as I have done with the below video from VideoPress‘s site – which will give you more insights on what tools it includes and why this tool is very interesting, so go ahead and watch that now:
This sounds like a great idea for folks at WordPress.com.
The biggest downside of things – that I can think of at the moment – is that there isn't currently a way for WordPress.org bloggers to directly host using this cool tool, we still have to have a WordPress.com account, upload it there and embed here. But in most cases you would already have a WordPress.com account, because you're probably using Akismet to protect your comments and that is the only place to get your API key. So, you could use that existing account for hosting the videos and embed here. Though that is kind of like hosting it on YouTube – minus their logo presence.
Also, if you aren't hosting the video at a high traffic site, like YouTube, then you aren't getting their extra exposure for your video.
So what do you think? If you are using WordPress.org already, is it worth it to use this new option? Maybe for the sizing and other features listed in the video? Watch the video and let me know your thoughts, by commenting below!