Creating a URL Link on my Website to a Video Stored on my Host Server

Hello all. Another newbie question. I have a segment of HD video (389 MB) that I uploaded, via FTP, to a folder on my host server. I can't seem to create a URL link on my webpage to that video file so that visitors can just click on my webpage URL link and view the video.

I didn't see any obvious way in the C5 File Manager to tell my website about this external video file, and, from what I have read, the FM would probably choke on a file that big.

I formerly had a PhotoBucket link that worked just fine, but the quality was really poor due to the .mp4 compression that they applied to my .m2ts video file, so I would like to link to a high quality copy.

I know this is probably very simple to do, but I am lost. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. Have a great day.


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wagdi replied on at Permalink Reply
How did you add the link?

Is the video actually in the file manager? You can click on it and select 'properties'.. you'll find the file url there.

If it is stored somewhere else (externally) and not in your file manager then go to the page you want to add the link to>> Try using the content block and select the link option (Looks like a chain link.) Use the whole url. Include the 'http://www' .
garioch7 replied on at Permalink Reply
Thanks for your rapid reply. No, the video file (389 MB) is not in the C5 file manager - I don't how to get it there and it is a big file. I am assuming that would be the simplest way, but the C5 File Manager just starts looking at my hard disk and I can't seem to figure out how to point it to my hosting server folder.

I did use the link option in the content editor when I tried creating the URL, but I keep getting Error 404 or a Windows Diagnose connection error. I contacted my hosting company, but they don't respond to this type of request they say.

I can only assume that I have somehow got the path wrong. My website is: The video file is in a subfolder of my website: /phil/samples. I can't seem to figure out further on the hosting site how to find out the definitive URL to where the video is located. I can see it, and it is in a couple of places: public_html and public_ftp. Nothing I try seems to work. I have tried it with, and without, the "public" stuff.

I am sure that there is a simple answer. I am just too dumb, due to inexperience. Any help appreciated. Thank you and have a great day.

wagdi replied on at Permalink Reply
There is a how-to by Greg Joyce explaining how to increase the file upload size limits-

Increase Upload Size
Posted by- GregJoyce in Editors on Jan 14, 2011.

"There are two ways to get around this.
The permanent solution is to change php's upload_max_filesize variable.

In concrete5, the easiest way to do this is to add the following to your config/site.php


This will allow you to upload files up to 200MB in size. This option should work for most websites. Otherwise you will need to change the setting in php.ini. -

Depending on your hosting environment, that may not work either. Still another option is to modify your .htaccess file in your web root (usually public_html). Here is a discussion of the problem.-

If you're just doing one file, or you do not want to make this change permanent:

FTP the file into the files/incoming/ folder
In c5's File Manager, choose "Upload Multiple"
Pick the "Add Incoming" tab and select your file"


Is this the file you are referring to?- 20090602151208.m2ts . It doesnt work for me at all. If it isn't, can you post the link here?

Have you considered uploading the video to youtube or any other video site and linking to it or embedding it?

Another option could be to use something like dropbox and using the 'public link option'. 2GB account is free!
garioch7 replied on at Permalink Reply
Wagdi: Thanks for your reply. I was away this afternoon with a client. I did add an increase to my site.php file, as you suggested. I then tried the Incoming trick, but the C5 File Manager would see the file, but wouldn't let me select it. I then went to the Remote URL tab and as we speak, it is uploading or doing something to the file: 200906002151208.m2ts. It looks like it is uploading. No errors so far.

Seems like a slow way to go when the file is already on my hosting server (took 1.5 hours to upload) and I won't know for 1.5 hours if the C5 File Manager was successful because it is a large file. I wanted to keep this simple, since the PhotoBucket approach led to unacceptable file compression, adversely affecting the HD video quality. Since I am a videographer, I want the absolute best showing in my sample videos.

My son is pretty good at this stuff. Does his websites in html, using Notepad, so perhaps he will have an idea how this can be done more simply.

I really do appreciate your help though and I will let you know how I make out. Thanks again and have a great day.