So I am finally giving in and am designing my own website. I am a freelance editor and it has become apparent that nobody wants DVD reels anymore; everyone wants the online reel. So now I am in the process of creating a website and taking my demo reel to the web. I am just not totally sure what I am doing. I am using DreamWeaver to design my website and have all of my reel elements as Quicktimes. I am not sure (as stupid as this sounds) how to get my Quicktimes up on a website. What are the steps and process to get Quicktimes off of my harddrive and onto the web. Also, can anyone recommend a great web hosting site?
Honestly, your best bet is probably to convert the video to Flash Video (using Quicktime Pro or the Flash Video Converter which comes with Flash), and use Dreamweaver to embed that into your page. Once you have your FLV file, it's as simple as choosing "Insert>Media>Flash Video" in Dreamweaver. It then provides all the options needed to get it working, including a variety of styles for the control bar, and automatically inserts the correct code for you.
As for general web site issues, you need to have a folder on your hard drive called "website" or something along those lines that houses all the pages and files that make up your site. Within this folder, you should create a sub-folder called something like "video" and your movies should all be located within it. This makes it much easier to link up videos since you always know where they live within the structure of your site. Once you have a web host, you can upload the entire contents of your "website" folder and you'll have a functioning web site!
As for web hosts, there are many out there and at least as many different opinions as to who offers the best service/price/performance. I used to be a web developer and got hosting for a lot of clients, and it seems like Lunarpages is a good bet for most sites. Some clients had problems with email going down for an hour or two here and there, which is unacceptable for a business web site. But for a freelance artist the price is right.