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This is going to be a quick guide for our customers who are looking to utilise FTP to upload and manage their content. If you’re not already a customer and are interested in learning more about our various CDN solutions, you can find contact details at the bottom of this article.

For those who’ve never used it, FTP uploading could seem like a daunting task but in reality it’s actually very straight forward and offers you a more effective way to manage your content. There are a few things you need to do before you can start uploading but we will cover these in a step by step fashion below. Firstly however, I will give you a brief description of how FTP works.

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and is a means of sending files over the internet for storage at a remote location. It shares similarities with HTTP which is the protocol for which content and websites are delivered from a server to a web browser – however, FTP is only utilised for the transferring of files.

A great way to visualise how FTP works is to look at your ‘My Documents’ folder on your computer. If you access your ‘My Documents’ folder, you will find numerous files and folders which were all saved locally by you on your machine. FTP is a solution that allows you to utilise the internet to view and interact with storage folders much like your ‘My Documents’ folder but in other remote locations. In this case you will be using FTP to access your folder which is located on the Limelight CDN. When you connect to the folder, you create a direct link from your local machine to the CDN so files can be transferred over the internet for remote storage.

FTPdiagram

So moving forward, here are the steps you need to take to get uploading.

Step 1 – Download an FTP client.

An FTP client is a piece of software that allows you to interact with the files stored on the remote folder. It works much like Windows Explorer – Windows Explorer being the utility that you use to navigate your files on your PC.

All you have to do is give the FTP client some connection details and it will connect to your remote folder so you can chose files from your local machine to upload. You can also use the FTP client to create additional folders and generally manage your files.

There are a number of different FTP clients you can use but for this guide, we are going to use FileZilla which is a free, simple to use, open source FTP client. You can start the download by clicking this link: http://player.mydeo.com/filezilla.exe – when installing, please beware of the options you’re clicking as to avoid any unwanted bloat ware. Follow the instructions and install the FTP client.

Once you’ve installed, open your FTP client and you should see something that resembles this:

FTPclient

Step 2 – Connecting  and managing your FTP folder

You should have received from us a welcome letter introducing you to your new FTP credentials. You will now need these credentials to connect to the FTP folder. You need three things: Host address, Username and Password. Towards the top of the FileZilla windows, you should see some boxes where you can enter information. These boxes are labelled: Host, Username and Password – Place the information you have in your welcome letter into the respective fields and then click the button labelled ‘Quickconnect’ – you don’t need to worry about the ‘Port’ field. Assuming the connection was successful and you entered your details correctly, your FTP folder and its contents should appear on the right hand side. See below:

FTPclientConnected

As you can see, we only have one file stored in our FTP folder called ‘welcome.txt’. This serves as a test file which we will come onto later. Looking again at the image above, on the left you can see files on my local machine. In this particular folder I only have a singular files called ‘aFile.txt’. If I wanted to upload that file, I could either drag and drop or right-click and state upload. After a few second, the file would appear in the right had box (my remote FTP folder). So always remember, your local items are on the left and your items stored in the remote FTP folder are on the right.

If you want to create folders to separate your content, you can simply right-click in the white space of your remote FTP folder and select ‘Create directory’. A new folder will show up which you can rename as normal. We find that our customers utilise different folders for different projects or clients because it’s much easier to manage than having just a long list of files.

Step 3 – Creating the URL for delivery over the CDN.

Once you’ve uploaded a file to the FTP folder, it is immediately available for super-fast CDN delivery but you need to create the URL first. This is actually easier than it sounds and involves using your Prepend URL found in your welcome letter. The Prepend URL is linked directly to your master FTP folder. If you have a file in your master folder, this will be accessible via the Prepend URL followed by a ‘/’ and then the full filename and extension as it appears in your FTP client. Remember the welcome.txt test file we mentioned before? Well this file is found in the master folder of HTTP11 which is one of our test FTP folders. The Prepend URL for HTTP11 is: http://mydeo.vo.llnwd.net/o1/http11 – to access welcome.txt, we simply have to add a ‘/’ to the Prepend URL along with the full file name and extension. The full URL will therefore be this: http://mydeo.vo.llnwd.net/o1/http11/welcome.txt. Feel free to copy this into your browser and test.

If your content resides within a folder that’s in your master folder, you simply have to add a reference to the folder in the URL… Imagine welcome.txt was actually found in a folder called ‘testFolder’. The URL would need to reference ‘testFolder’ between two ‘/’ before the file and extension. Here is an example: http://mydeo.vo.llnwd.net/o1/http11/testFolder/welcome.txt – for your benefit, I created ‘testFolder’ in the HTTP11 directory, feel free to test the URL above. In my FTP client it looks like this:

FTPnewFolder

And that’s it! Once you’ve uploaded a few files and created some new directories (folders) you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

If you’re having any problems at all, please do not hesitate to contact us by email: help@mydeo.com or by phone: +44 208 540 2300.

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James Marsh is currently doing his 2 weeks work experience at Mydeo. As a project, we got him to set up a live feed using Mydeo’s live streaming solutions which run on the backbone of Limelight Networks’ global Content Delivery Network (CDN).

The live feed was created by utilising Limelight’s Flash Media infrastructure. We connected to the network using Adobe’s Flash Media Live Encoder (FMLE) which is free to use for anyone who wants to create high quality Flash live feeds. Connecting to the CDN is very straight forward but if you would like to see a how to guide, we have a previous blog post that shows you steps: http://blog.mydeo.com/2010/12/16/start-flash-live/.

Once we had the live feed up and running, we needed to create a player to embed on our ‘Watch James’ webpage. The player we’re using is the OSMF player which is an open source, free to use Flash player that can be easily generated here: http://www.osmf.org/configurator/fmp/#. The OSMF player offers all the functionality needed to play high quality flash streams, live or on-demand. You can learn more about the player and how to get set up by navigating to our previous blog post: http://blog.mydeo.com/2013/01/25/flash-video-player-generator/

Finally, the webpage itself is being delivered by Mydeo’s HTTP servers hosted on the Limelight CDN. We achieved this by creating a HTML page containing the Flash player, a hit counter and twitter widget. The HTML page was then uploaded to the Limelight servers using the Filezilla FTP client which is also free to use. All this is being delivered over the Limelight CDN and is available to use by all our customers. Our plans start at £50 per month and for that, you can utilise everything you’ve read here to create your own, high quality flash feed.

To watch the live feed, please navigate to this address: http://mydeo.vo.llnwd.net/o1/http11/James/Flashtest.htm. Feel free to leave a comment using the twitter hash tag: #watchjames.

For more information on our CDN services, please contact us by email: help@mydeo.com or by phone: +44 208 540 2300 and we’ll be happy to assist.

Let’s make James famous!

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Limelight Networks have renewed their partnership with Mydeo to provide European small business customers with a more flexible, low-cost way of delivering content via its global Content Delivery Network (CDN).

Mydeo offers a number of benefits to businesses requiring the high performance and reliable delivery of the Limelight Network’s CDN, but on more flexible commercial terms. These include lower minimum throughput plans, instant online account set up, no minimum contract terms, no setup costs and free premium reporting.  Mydeo supports all major file formats for delivery over the robust Limelight CDN. Mydeo also offers a number of streaming solutions for both live and on-demand. The newest addition to the Mydeo product line-up is Stream Anywhere which enables users to live stream to multiple end devices, including: iPhones, iPads, Androids devices, Windows Phone and more. Mydeo also offers traditional Flash streaming services for reaching older devices that are incompatible with the HTML5 platform.

“The service is aimed at small businesses with the same needs as the large corporates i.e. requiring high quality media delivery to increase their website performance, run rich media campaigns, build brands and boost sales, but with lower data throughput requirements” commented Mydeo’s Founder and CEO, Cary Marsh. “It helps them overcome some of the technical difficulties associated with delivering large media files on their websites such as poor delivery and reduced site performance, at affordable rates. Using Limelight’s CDN, video and other rich media files are delivered effortlessly, allowing the consumer to remain fully engaged with the site.”

Mydeo launched in 2005 with the help of an R&D grant for Technical Innovation from the DTI. By the end of 2005 Mydeo were Microsoft’s European Windows Movie Maker partner, providing high quality Windows Media Hosting services for XP users worldwide. In October 2007, Mydeo and Best Buy Co. Inc., a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services, entered into a business partnership; Mydeo now powers the company’s video sharing service.

Mydeo continues to provide industry leading CDN solutions at a fraction of the cost of buying direct. Mydeo’s expert, London based team are dedicated to delivering unrivalled customer service and are at hand to help companies handle their online digital presence.

For more information about Mydeo, please visit our website: www.mydeo.com. You can also contact our friendly London based team by email: help@mydeo.com or by phone: +44 208 540 2300.

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As technology evolves, internet users are becoming more and more aware of website performance. Broadband has had a major effect on this because the average internet user has access to increasingly faster ISP solutions. When dial up was in the mainstream, companies didn’t have to worry so much about bottlenecks because the demand on webservers was tiny compared to what they are today. The fact is, if your website is slow to load, you will lose customers because it’s an unfortunate truth that internet consumers are very impatient. In 2011, a UK survey of more than 1500 web users found that:

  • 71% of respondents say they are regularly inconvenienced by slow websites.
  • Half believe that websites either have not improved in speed or have become slower over the past five years.
  • 42% of Men and 35% of women have decided not to use a company again as a result of experiencing a slow website.

It’s commonly known that online shoppers demand a page load time of 3-seconds or lower and it’s something we’ve known here at Mydeo for some time. If you pay for a fast broadband connection, you expect fast website load times. 3 seconds may sound low but when have you ever gone to a website just to look at the home page? Typically, you’ll need to navigate through searching options or menus to get to where you need. If each page takes 3 second or more to load, there’s a good chance you’ll get tired of the experience and try elsewhere.

In the same report, the top 20 online retailers were compared for page load times and the results showed that Shop Direct, Tesco and Staples had page load times of 1.69, 1.72 and 1.80 seconds respectively. At the bottom of the list was Comet.co.uk who had a page load time of 11.29 seconds – I wonder how Comet are doing?  This article is not trying to suggest that if your website is slow, you will go out of business but these report findings do suggest that a slow website will have a negative impact on your company image.

The next part of this article is about how Mydeo can help to prevent slow websites but before we can find a solution, we need to understand the problem. A webpage is made up of many different assets all working together to produce the final product. Whether we’re talking about pictures or css files, each resource does one particular job on that page and each of these assets has to be requested from wherever it’s being stored. All of these requests added together will give you your overall page load time. A webserver is the most common method for delivering resources over the internet and is great for certain jobs but not others. For instance, if you were to put everything on your webserver including pictures, css files, java script files, videos etc. That little webserver has a hell of a lot of work to do when that webpage is requested. Basically, you would be bottlenecking its connection so when multiple users request the page at once, the overall experience is a very slow one at best. Usually, webservers that come under extreme load will crash and your website will subsequently go down. Mydeo receives many requests from companies seeking help with their websites due to experiencing webserver crashes. Your online presence is crucial so I don’t have to tell you how bad it is for your site to go offline…

To prevent the above from happening, it’s a good idea to take some of that load off your webserver and you can do this by integrating a Content Delivery Network (CDN). A CDN is a purpose built global network of super-fast distribution servers which are geared towards handling large amounts of content all at once. By allowing a CDN to deliver your major page assets, your webserver is relieved from that heavy load preventing downtime and slow load times. The other great thing about using a CDN is that the network caches copies of your assets wherever it goes in the world so when foreign users request your website, most of assets are delivered locally which results in a better website experience globally. Content stored on webservers would have to make the long trip each time your site is requested which again is bad news for page load times…

Integrating a CDN doesn’t have to be expensive, Mydeo offer fantastic entry level pricing and buy bulk from one of the largest CDNs in the world, Limelight Networks. By doing this, Mydeo can pass the savings directly onto the consumer but at the same time, they get to utilise some the best CDN solutions in the industry which the likes of Netflix, Coca-Cola and Disney all use.

There’s no need to be the victim of website crashes and slow page load times, contact Mydeo and we will get you started on a 15 day trial which will prove to you the worth of incorporating a global CDN into your company.

Contact us on: +44 208 530 2300 or by email: help@mydeo.com.

Information source: http://www.radware.com/workArea/showcontent.aspx?id=1631344

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So you already know that you require a CDN to deliver your web assets but now you need to know how to get your content ready for delivery. Here at Mydeo, we offer two methods for uploading your content to the CDN for superfast global distribution.

 

FTP 

 

If your plan is to offload your content library onto Mydeo, then FTP is definitely the best way moving forward. The process is very simple and only requires the user to have an FTP client installed on their local machine. There are many decent FTP clients out there and the majority of the best ones are completely free. If you need a free, easy to use FTP client, then Mydeo suggests FileZilla. You can download FileZilla FTP Client here: https://filezilla-project.org/download.php. Do make sure you download the client version and not the server edition…

Once you have your FTP client installed, you will need three things to connect to the network and these are: Host address, Username and Password. If you’re using FileZilla, these fields are located near the top of the window. If you’re using another FTP client, the process is usually the same and very straight forward.

Once you’ve logged into your FTP folder, if it’s a new set up, there probably won’t be much going on but the best way to think about it is simply your new empty folder that’s located on the CDN. From here you’re able to upload directly to your route directory (main folder) or you can create a folder structure very similar to that of your local ‘My Documents’ folder found on every PC. At Mydeo, we find that our customers enjoy having the ability to completely define their directory layout within the FTP folder as it makes it very easy for them to manage.

As soon as content has been uploaded, it is immediately available for delivery over the CDN using a predefined URL called a publishing URL. The publishing URL is directly linked to your route FTP folder with a predefined path such as ‘http://llnw.mydeo.com/ftpFolder’. From there, you only need to add the file name plus extension and you’re ready to go (http://llnw.mydeo.com/ftpFolder/file.ext). If your file is within a directory you created, you also need to reference the folder name within the URL (http://llnw.mydeo.com/ftpFolder/directory/file.ext). We supply you with a publishing URL when you sign up.

To add a personal touch to your publishing URL, you can request a CNAME to be set up in its place. As long as you own the domain, we can set up your content so it delivers from a sub-domain created on your DNS. This is very quick and simple to configure and the majority of our clients go for this option.

 

Customer Origin (Origin Pull)

 

Mydeo also offers Customer Origin which is mainly for those who already have a large established library of content sitting on their existing servers. Customer Origin is great because technically, you never have to upload a single file. To configure Customer Origin, you will need to provide us with a source address to your servers. This can either be a top-level domain, sub-domain or even an IP address. Once configured, your server in essence becomes part of the CDN and your content can be pulled straight from your own origin. To deliver your content over the CDN, you’re given a unique publishing URL (again this can be a CNAME). When the published URL is requested, that file is pulled from your servers, delivered to the user and then cached on the network. The next time that file is requested; it then delivers straight from the CDN cache rather than your servers.

Customer origin gives you all the benefits of CDN caching and delivery but you retain complete control over your content as it’s stored on your own servers. It can also prove much more cost effective because you won’t be paying for CDN storage fees.

So there you have it, two very functional ways of having the CDN deliver your content. Both options have their plus points but really it’s down to your circumstances as to which method you choose to go with.

For more information on FTP, Customer Origin or any of our other services, you can contact us by email: m3@mydeo.com or by phone: +44 208 540 2300. We’re always happy to help.

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In this article I want to show you how you can quickly create the embed code for a Flash video player. In a previous article, we looked at HTML5 and the <video> tag. We saw that it’s very easy to create a player in HTML5 and the upshot of using it means we get to reach those all important iOS devices. There is a downside however by just using pure HTML5 and this was also mentioned in the previous article. Audiences who are using older systems with out of date browsers might not be able to view your videos if you’re only using HTML5. To prevent this, it’s suggested that you also include a Flash player in your fall back code so that these older systems have something to ‘fall back’ on.

Creating a Flash player from scratch is much harder than creating a HTML5 player so to keep things simple, I want to point you in the direction of the Open Source Media Framework site. They have a neat web application that allows you to create the embed code for your Flash video. You’re able to adjust the height and width along with other standard settings. I can’t begin to tell you how much time this saves and is especially useful when you need to get your videos up on your site quickly. To make use of the generator, click here.

OSMFpic

You should find the generator fairly easy to use, just click the preview button once you’ve entered your URL and settings and the embed code appears under the preview player. This code can be inserted into your HTML5 player from the previous article to enable that all important fall back feature.

One more thing I need to highlight about this application is the fact that it also works with live RTMP publishing URLs. This means that if you need a player for your live Flash event, you can quickly create one here. Remember that Mydeo offers world class live and on-demand video delivery (HTML5 and Flash compatible) at low entry level pricing. For more information about our products and how Mydeo can help you with online video, feel free to contact us by email: m3@mydeo.com or by phone: +44 208 540 2300.

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Mydeo is an award-winning web-based software company that provides small and medium-sized enterprises with a seamless way of accelerating their web content. Through Mydeo’s custom-built, self-service portal, Mydeo Media Manager, businesses can instantly upload their site content, including videos, images, and downloads for immediate delivery over a global CDN. Businesses can leverage the power of the high speed CDN to deliver whole sites, rich media like Flash®, streaming or progressive video, or to support campaigns with high peaks and performance requirements – all at a fraction of the price it would cost to buy from a CDN directly.

The ideal candidate for this contract will possess strong .NET C# experience, along with a working knowledge of SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008. Additionally, you will be able to comfortably work with and maintain Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 servers, running IIS 6 and 7. Experience working with the Windows Azure platform is desirable, but a broad understanding of the challenges of developing for cloud platforms is required. Candidates must be competent front-end and back-end developers, with a firm understanding of web principles, including API design, Javascript, CSS and support for a range of clients. Strong communication skills, together with a logical approach to problem solving are essential.

Location: UK – Wimbledon, London SW19 (District line, SouthWest Trains, ThamesLink) or remote based.

To apply please send your CV, together with a covering letter outlining your daily rates and any notice period to cm@mydeo.com. On-going contract may be available to the right candidate.

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