Hoping someone can help out a business guy struggling with video player complexity. The background: I have a website that plays a short video as a landing page. I then also have a password protected marketing video that I want to email a link to potential customers, provide them a pw and they view the short marketing video in full, or nearly-full screen.
My website is not www, but https:// I have a free Cloudflare account and it is linked to my website. The website seems to show well across platforms. I just learned that because my site is not www. Cloudflare is not active. So I assume my site is spinning off only my hosting company’s servers (SiteGround).
I have two player-types of the marketing video (this is separate from the website’s home page that displays a different video).
My web developer said “I know how to do that, no problem.” This first player he developed has the video saved on the website hosting company’s server (SiteGround). It shows well, but not consistently across platforms and does not show well from some far-off locations. Given inconsistencies and a seeming lack of robustness, I then engaged him to develop an embedded version. The underlying video of this second version is at Vimeo.
So, one version stores the video at SiteGround. The second version embeds a video stored/hosted by Vimeo.
My goal is to enable the 120-second video to display robustly and without interruption.
I’m told if I change my website to www, then Cloudflare would cache it. But I’ve also been told because it is a video, Cloudflare won’t actually help since they exclude videos to promote their Stream Service.
I know Cloudflare’s Steam product could be a solution, but I’d rather not pay another provider given my small budget unless I need to.
After lots of struggle, I think I figured out:
My website is spinning off SiteGround’s servers.
My marketing video that has the underlying video stored in SiteGround is spinning off SiteGround’s servers.
My marketing video that has the underlying video embedded from Vimeo is spinning off Vimeo’s servers and there are more of those so it should play more robustly this way.
I cannot leverage Cloudflare’s free service to improve things since it will not cache video.
So there would be no benefit to my changing my website from https:// to www.
If I hired someone to set up Cloudlflare’s Steam service it should play the most robustly of all options.
Whew, do I have all or any of that right?
Thank you if you can help share any advice or corrections!