I've just established the domain for my first website, and look forward to learning how to update and maintain it. (I currently know
about how to do it, but I'm an eager learner.) For the moment, I'd like to host about 25 movie files and 100 images, and could use some advice on how to do this.
I am using Mac OSX 10.3.9 (no Tiger yet).
Here is a list
of the features and services offered by the company that's hosting my site. Most of them are unintelligible to me, but, like I say, I plan to learn this stuff as I go. Sort of a long-term project.
At some point in the near future, I will work on making this site semi-attractive and fully functional; for the moment, I need a quick-fix solution to host these files. (A white page with naked links to the files would be just fine, for the moment.) So I have several questions.
1. I have a (burned) DVD with the 25 clips that I'd like to host. These range from 4 seconds to about 3 minutes. I'd like to convert them to MPG files and host them on the site in such a way that they open in their own li'l windows. How do I convert the files and make them small enough to download but decent enough so that relevant details come through? I mean, I don't even know how to manipulate movies files at all. How do I make movies open in their own windows?
2. I would imagine that hosting the 100 or so JPGs is much more straightforward than hosting movies, but I still don't know how to do it. Please to help!
3. Is bandwidth an issue? For the time being, only ten or so people will even know about my website, and they're the ones who need to see the clips/images.
4. In the "teach a man to fish" category (and I know this has been asked here before - sorry), I'd like to know your recommendations for any good websites on setting up your own website. We're talking "starting from scratch" kinda stuff, here.
That's surely more than enough to ask at once. Thank you in advance for your help!