There’s no doubt that adding media to an existing site will offer a more enjoyable experience for readers, viewers, and customers. Even if you just add a couple of streaming videos to advertise your services or products, you’ll still need additional features from your hosting service. This should be easy to find since most web hosts have already started offering these features with their shared hosting packages.
What you need from a media host?
In order to stream any media you need to have a large amount of bandwidth and disk space. A media hosting service will provide you with these resources so that you can successfully add media features (audio & video streaming, flash, and real audio & videos).
VPS vs Shared hosting
An important distinction should be made depending on the needs of your media site. If you’re planning on streaming hundreds of videos or having lots of viewers streaming your videos, you’ll want to have as much space and speed as possible. In this case it’ll be best to consider a VPS (virtual private server) or dedicated server, although both of these options will require you to spend more. If however you need just enough space and bandwidth to support a few videos posted to your site to make it more interactive, you won’t need to invest that much money into a media host. Instead you can have your pick from a large variety of shared hosting plans most of which offer unlimited space and bandwidth.
If your site relies on media it’s important that your customers be able to view whatever content is featured on your site, and so it’s imperative to have a host that has effective customer and technical support. These services should also be available in various forms, such as phone, live chat, and email available 24/7/365.
If you’re still unsure about adding media to your site, just consider that most people are visual learners, so if you want to get your message across to them, having an interactive video will influence your visitors more than a plain text based web site.