Private videos on your Joomla site, on a shoestring budget

Video, although projected to make up 76% of all web traffic in 2018, can require a lot of expensive server disc space and internet bandwidth.

If you're on a shoestring budget, but still need to serve private video content on your site, it can be challenging to answer the age old question "how do I show my site's users and members private video content and keep the costs down?"

In this week’s blog we’re going to show you, from start-to-finish, how you can share and add a private video from Dropbox, Google Drive, Youtube, Vimeo, ... on your Joomla site using DOCman

Sharing a video privately on Dropbox

First you have to upload a private video file to the cloud so you can privatly share it. In this example we’ll show you how to do this with Dropbox.

  1. For any file you uploaded to Dropbox, click on the file's share button.
  2. In the pop up window, click on create link
  3. Wait for the link to be created, then click on copy link. The link will be copied to your computer's clipboard.

Keep in mind that these steps will be different for the Dropbox desktop app and other cloud services. Please see our tutorial to learn more about sharing files privately from Youtube, Vimeo, Google Drive...

Linking to the private video in DOCman

In order to play videos from Dropbox, Google Drive, Vimeo or Youtube; simply follow these steps:

  1. Create a new DOCman document.
  2. Instead of uploading a file, simply click on the "Enter a URL instead" in the document's "File" panel.
  3. Paste the link for the private video
  4. Enter the remaining data for your document and save it.
  5. Visit the document in your site's frontend and you'll see that the View button has been replaced by DOCman's built-in media player.

Inserting the private video in a Joomla article

Once you have set up a DOCman document with a video it’s really easy to then insert that video, within the media player, in a Joomla article by using the Document editor button. Just follow these steps:

  1. Create a new (or edit an existing) Joomla article.
  2. Click on the editor's Document button and select your document.

  3. Click on the Insert document link button to insert the document in your article.
  4. Visit the article in your site's frontend and you'll see that the document link has been replaced by DOCman's built-in media player.

Get started

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Written by

Waseem Sadiq

02 Mar 2018

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