Q&A: Where should we host our e-Learning videos?

Reader’s letter

Hi Kaine,

Our videos are currently hosted on the same server that our LMS is hosted on. We think this is slowing down loading times so we are looking at video hosting services. We considered YouTube, but it doesn’t allow us to keep our e-Learning videos private. There must be a better way. Help!

Plume’s answer

There are a few issues that self-hosting videos on your LMS’ server will present:

Slow loading for those on poor internet connections due to the lack of compression or resolution optionsHigher hosting costs because videos being streamed in their original uncompressed formats and resolutions (increasing your storage and bandwidth requirements)Higher demand on your server which reduces load times across the entire LMS for all usersEven slower loading for international users due to data being sent across continentsZero reporting metrics

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