I’m becoming obsessed with creating how-to videos about productivity and technology tips and gadgets. I’d decided earlier in the year that my project during this holiday season (as business slows down) would be to learn even more video editing software and to get more serious about vodcasting (Internet TV with my own videos). My brain cells are in overdrive, and that keeps me motivated (I’ll talk more about the software and gadgets I’m using in another post).
I have a YouTube channel and have been posting how-to videos for several years, but I also wanted to have a separate Website for my videos and my vodcast, Suite Minute with Peggy Duncan. I didn’t want to host the videos on a site that I’d have to create and then maintain.
Vidcaster.com – Create Your Own Video Website
Vidcaster.com has a lot of features I wanted. However, I’m using the free version and have some limitations such as not being able to add social tools to each video. For this reason, I’ll promote my YouTube channel most of the time.
- Easy to use. I clicked around the site because I wanted to know everything I’d be able to do. I’ve created new pages, added my own background, chosen a template, etc. Everything was straightforward.
- Connects with YouTube. This is key because I didn’t want to have to upload all of my videos to the site.
- Has customizable background. I wanted this site to resemble the design of my YouTube channel. I created a background in PowerPoint, and uploaded it. After tweaking the design, I was able to make everything fit the template I chose on Vidcaster.
- Offers a free version. I’m going to stick with the free version for now. When I get advertisers interested in my channel, I’ll upgrade to the paid version so I can include commercials in my shows.
- Can customize the domain name. For $20 a year, I’m using my own domain for more professional branding (I didn’t want .vidcaster in the name). This was tricky because this called for creating an A Record where I registered the domain (I’d never done this before and still don’t know what the heck it is). You’ll see info on this on Vidcaster’s site when you attempt to add the custom domain, but you’ll have to figure out how to create the A Record on your own.
I found the instructions for doing it on Godaddy.com (that’s where I registered the SuiteMinuteTV.com domain), inserted the IP address I got from Vidcaster, and waited a few hours for all this to propagate throughout the Internet. After that, I clicked to verify it on Vidcaster.com, and it worked! (See below for instructions I used on GoDaddy).
So, here it is. Introducing SuiteMinuteTV.com.
How to Create an A Record, GoDaddy.com
Here are the instructions I found for creating an A Record on GoDaddy.com. You’ll have to do a similar search for instructions with your registrar (or call them).
GoDaddy: To Access the Zone File Editor
Log in to your Account Manager.
In the My Products section, click Domain Manager.
Do one of the following:
From the Tools menu, select DNS Manager, and then click Edit Zone for the domain name you want to update.
Click the domain name you want to update, and, in the DNS Manager section, click Launch.
GoDaddy: To Add an A Record
Go to the Zone File Editor for the domain name you want to update.
Click Add New Record. The Add DNS Record window displays.
From the Record type list, select A (Host).
Complete the following fields:
Host Name: Enter the host name the A record links to. Type @ to point the record directly to your domain name, including the www.
Points to IP Address: Enter the IP address your domain name uses for this host record (I got this from Vidcaster).
TTL: Select how long the server should cache the information (I changed to a week…don’t ask me why).
Click Save Zone File, and then click OK. The new A record displays in the A (Host) section.
Back on Vidcaster
Go to your Vidcaster page and change the domain to Custom (on the Dashboard, click Site, Domain).
Only thing left to do on the Vidcaster site is to set up analytics…I’ll update the post when I get it done.
Hope this helps. Let me know what you think about all this.