Small changes are taking place at Ventrino. Our website, which was once built using an HTML editor, now uses Joomla. Yesterday I updated the Wordpress blog to use the same template as the main Joomla website thus providing some consistency in the look and feel of the website.
I also added the Community link which allows the Ventrino community to share information, photos, videos, create groups and friend one another in a similar fashion to Facebook. Twitter can be integrated and in time Google Plus too.
The website is built with open source and free to use code as well as commercial Joomla components. These include:
There are hundreds of ways to add video to a Wordpress blog, Flash Video is a good place to start. If all you want is to embed a Youtube then Smart Youtube from Vladimir Prelovac reduces the complex to the ridiculously simple. If you can find the V on your keyboard then you will master it in a nano second.
But what about a website? Raw HTML? Where do you go for that?
I guess I should create a video but until I do here are a few pointers that have worked well for me. The process from 30,000ft up is:-
If you are an HTML webmaster guru this will be elementary stuff. All you have to do is decide which flavour of video player you are going to offer your visitors. I tested a few and like flowplayer although their demo videos were broken when I tested them!
How to install flowplayer on your website
The version of flowplayer you download maybe different but the principle is likely to stay the same.
That’s all there is to the installation so let’s see how we can use it in our web page. Much of this depends on how you prefer to edit your pages, if you do not know how to edit HTML then search Google for HTML tutorials, there are many companies offering top quality training with free books and videos to get you started. There are plenty of free editors available too, so if you are starting from scratch google for free html editor too.
Ready to integrate video in your web page
Which should look a bit like this when you’re done:-
Alter the size of the video to suit your page design and make sure you keep the ratio between the height and width the same so that it doesn’t distort the output.
Download an example
Click here to download everything you need to get started. This uses flowplayer 3.1.5 so don’t forget to check their website for updates and new features at flowplayer.org
While it might look like one of his previous designs it is what the owner wanted. It in fact uses many new images and very different template code. Inside there are brand new icons and apparently Digital Dave’s own sister makes a guest appearance.
Dave is a drop out science student who began life in Kingston University in Surrey, UK. He got halfway through and decided there was more science to be learned in a kitchen and his love of music and art were far more compelling than going to work for the local water company as a microbiologist (a fancy name for shit shoveler according to Dave).
Dave also creates banners and icons which can be bought direct from 123rf.com which he says is a great resource for anyone developing websites.
If you like Dave’s work and want him to help you can find out more here.