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  1. Hello Everyone, I am a web designer, who is starting to create my own business. I have already did all of the corporate paperwork so my business is legal in both the state I reside in and with the federal government. Currently, Im going to college for my associate's degree in web design, and my bachelor's degree in web development. I already have a small client base, and I have been doing some elance work. What I am looking for is a web based solution that I can create and send invoices (and possibly track time), and also provides the option for me to get payment for the work I do, either through paypal, credit card, and wire transfer. I also would like the option to write if I got the check by mail. I just wanted to know if anyone here has any idea's on how to do this, because I want an efficient way to manage this Thanks,Zach
  2. Ah, that makes total sense. Thanks. I think i now know that this is achievable. My other thing would be with PHP is SEO, do you know anything about it, if you could just point me to a good source I would be very happy. I am quite familiar with traditional SEO, I just know that PHP kind of complicates things. Thanks
  3. With the HTML5 Video Player, am I able to put in ads before hand?
  4. I am not familiar with C++, but I am versed in Objective-C, which is a superset to C(object oriented), similar to C++. When programming in an IDE, you can set up either a Single file, or a whole program, as a Project. It is just the way that the IDE organizes your files and/or frameworks/libraries. You can still make a single file in NetBeans, and compile/build it without having another file. another option is to make the file in Notepad++, and import the single file into the project if that is your goal Hope this helps
  5. Honestly, one of the most useful books to this day is the For Dummies series. Some of the HTML/CSS books ive used were one by WROX, also SAMS has a book called "teach yourself xhtml/css in 24 hours(or 21 days, i dont remember exactly). But like Don E said, a lot of the online tutorials are great. The only thing is, there are some tricks with CSS that you will only learn through your own experimenting, with floating layouts and the like. Hope i helped
  6. Depending on your type of website, you can list it onto different directories. One of my big SEO/SEM projects over the summer was a local gutter and roofing company. There are ton's of free directories that you can submit to, google searches can give you a good recommendation on different sites to use. There is also the part of SEO that doesn't have anything to do with links, your meta tags. Even though Google doesn't use the meta keywords, its still a good idea to include them for other search engines. Also the meta description tag, this weighs heavily, along with your title. The website should have RELEVANT content also, not just a random assortment of different kinds of data. Note: unlike other search engines Google(which is the most popular by far) actually weighs in if the site itself is geared towards the user, not to the search engine. This means that keywords should not be stacked, rather used naturally Hope this helps
  7. Also, If you wanted it to have any sort of WYSIWYG attributes, ie dreamweaver, or even allow it to do what the w3schools html editor does, your best bet is to learn some sort of server-side language. Your best bet may be PHP in this case, becase of the ease of running(I.E. you can run PHP on most web servers, ASP(.net) requires a microsoft server)Hope this helps
  8. I might be getting in a little late in the game, but if your leaning PHP, you probably want to learn MySQL along with it(it is the database component) I think WAMP uses PHPMYADMIN ( have a mac and am using XAMPP, which is slightly different) But everywhere I hear is to change the configuration file to set it to cookies, and take out the Username. I am pretty sure it is the same for windows. Hope this helps
  9. I'm just a little curious about the actual application of the amazon S3 thing. When I access the cloud, is it just basically like a hard drive? and when i link the video to my website, would i just connect it as a hyperlink? Thanks
  10. I really cant say how much of a help you are. An I know to take caution, I am just gathering information at this point, and starting to learn PHP. I am the kind of person who will go "all out" once I have gathered all the information I need. As far as advertising goes, I think I have a pretty good Idea on how it works, an how It can become profitable, so long as I can do a lower rate. AdSense even offers video ads now, so if I had both video and texual ads I am sure I can make a profit, based on what i've seen off other medium traffic sites ive made. A VCD is a video cd, im guessing, so that would not be what I would want, though I could incorporate like what youtube did with like the 320p, 500p and so on(im not sure if they used those exact compression rates, but you get the point). Do you know anything about actually having a video player? I know html 5 has one standard, but what about one that isnt html5 (i.e. if they are using an older web browser). Im just trying to capture the biggest audience. Thanks again
  11. You are being a HUGE help to clarify! I understand. I think I misworded though. As per your recommendation, and it makes sense, I am not going to use video streaming, instead use HTTP streaming, which was my goal from the beginning, I was under the impression, previously, that sites like youtube streamed, not http streamed. I just want to make sure I am getting this right. I should (hypothetically) Build my web site completely on amazon S3(Meaning the web content, databases, & videos)? The same thing with transcoding. My understanding is that I should use amazon EC2, and install a transcoder on that. When a video is uploaded to the site, it will be automatically sent to the ec2 server, which will transcode the video, then installing it to the s3 server and connecting it accordingly to the website? I know, at first, I will not be getting a lot of videos, and I could just manually do this, but, I would like to have a method to automatically do it once the website becomes too immense for me(or my employees) to handle it. If worse comes to worse, I could buy the mac pro I always dreamed of and use that(maybe if i can afford it) I am also concerned a bit about pricing of the S3 for the data transfer. I am a bit concerned with HTTP steaming (saying that the average 10-minute video in h.264 is about 1.1 GB, in actual file size, i dont know if it is reduced in HTTP streaming) which at S3 pricing, would cost me .12 per 10 mins. Would I be able to make up that cost in Ads.( that is the ultimate goal of the website to make ad profits). I would plan on having both video ads, and textual/picture ads on the site. I hope i'm not making this too confusing to answer, I am just trying to get all my ducks in a row before I spend a year of my life and who knows how much initial funds to start this thing up before I can make a profit Your help is greatly appreciatedZach
  12. Also, I know that h.264 is compatible with the video tag with html5, but what if I have a video file of a different format, can i have a php script that automatically converts the video, and if so what converter should I use. If not, what is the best video type for me to use for a video site Thanks,Zach
  13. Thank you for your response.So just to clarify, websites like youtube use http streaming to send videos. So it would be feasible for me to use http streaming. If this is so, how do I deal with the issue of bandwidth, i know the server im renting now limits me to 2000 GBS a month(I know it's a lot but what if I exceed it), the other thing is network speed. The host i'm using now, 1&1, obviously uses a datacenter to place my server, issue is that i know that my server has a limit of 100 megabits/second. If I am streaming videos to more than a few people at a time, I know that the 100 megabits/second will be used up very quickly. How, (or more or less where can I learn) to set this up so it can be scalable if my website does become big.I ask this because I am speaking with my college professor about this idea. He is my business professor, but is a huge marketing guy who did the marketing for linkedin and twitter, and worked directly under one of the CEOs of eBay(i only remember her first name) (needless to say cashed in big time). When speaking with him, one of the big things he stressed was scalability, so I do not want to have to completely redo the backend, server arrangement if my website actually does become big. I really appreciate your helpZach
  14. Hello, I have a good idea and it involves creating a streaming video website, that users can submit videos(Sounds a lot like YouTube?). I tried to decipher the code on youtube, but its all generated, and is confusing for me. I plan on creating it in PHP, and I wanted to make sure that it is okay to create the website in that. I have some familiarity in it, so It would be best for me to just complete my education in it. So long as PHP is good for the website itself, I would like to know my best bet of delivering the video. I know that YouTube converts all videos to a .flv file and then plays the file through an .flv media player, but I would like to try to make it accessible on all devices, including the iPhone. I'm an apple developer, so I have an idea about the limitations, especially with flash.... I am then thinking about just posting all the videos in h.264, so long as I can find a converter. If anyone can offer me any help on this topic, it would be greatly appreciated. I've been searching for a few days, and I have gotten no solid info about doing this kind of thing. I would like to know about the implementation of a streaming server also, because I know that if i get a significant amount of visitors, that http streaming will not be sufficient. Thanks for everyone's help in advanceZach Russell
  15. Hello, I have a good idea and it involves creating a streaming video website, that users can submit videos(Sounds a lot like YouTube?). I tried to decipher the code on youtube, but its all generated, and is confusing for me. I plan on creating it in PHP, and I wanted to make sure that it is okay to create the website in that. I have some familiarity in it, so It would be best for me to just complete my education in it. So long as PHP is good for the website itself, I would like to know my best bet of delivering the video. I know that YouTube converts all videos to a .flv file and then plays the file through an .flv media player, but I would like to try to make it accessible on all devices, including the iPhone. I'm an apple developer, so I have an idea about the limitations, especially with flash.... I am then thinking about just posting all the videos in h.264, so long as I can find a converter. If anyone can offer me any help on this topic, it would be greatly appreciated. I've been searching for a few days, and I have gotten no solid info about doing this kind of thing. I would like to know about the implementation of a streaming server also, because I know that if i get a significant amount of visitors, that http streaming will not be sufficient. Thanks for everyone's help in advanceZach Russell
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