How to put live video on your website?

Have you ever wondered how to put live streaming video onto your website/blog. Here are some simple steps to do just that.

  1. Go to Ustream.tv
  2. Click Sign Up (upper left beside login) and fill in required data
  3. Fill in Profile data
  4. Fill in the Email Contacts and Twitter information if you want to publicize your new stream or skip this step with the small print at below the line
  5. Give your show a title. I’d suggest using your website name.
  6. Click Save Show – Do Not broadcast yet
  7. Customize any settings you wish at this time. This can be done later as well.
  8. Click “Go to Show URL” beside the Broadcast Now button
  9. Click Embed beneath the video screen, this will display your embed code
  10. If you want to allow comments to you live video click the “Embed chat with video stream” check box below the embed text.
  11. Click Broadcast Now once done customizing your show settings or after you title your show
  12. Click inside the embed text box and hit Ctrl-A (select all) then Ctrl-C (Copy)
  13. Open the admin section of your blog/website in a new browser window
  14. Create a new page, called Live Video or whatever you want it named
  15. Paste the embed code into your page and save it
  16. (Optional) For higher quality audio/video install the Flash Media Encoder
  17. You are ready to broadcast now. Click “My Shows” at the top pf the UStream.tv window
  18. Open your blog page if you want to test the view delay. I would not recommend doing this on a live broadcast, you will be distracted by the delay and the overlapping sound.
  19. Click “Broadcast Now”
  20. Clcik “Start Broadcasting” to broadcast. This will not save your broadcast unless you also click “Start Recording”
  21. When your broadcast is complete remember to click stop. At this time you will have the opportunity to save your recording or delete it.

I hope this was helpful to everyone. Feel free to ask questions if you need further explanation on one of the steps above.

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Department of Defense Goes Wiki

The Department of Defense is embracing the web 2.0 world with the use of wikis, social networking, and blogging. [Emphasis mine]

“The only way they can get their jobs done is to collaborate via a virtual office and to get the information via AKO,” Noble said. Project members collaborate via virtual meetings, file sharing, community pages and Web pages dedicated to their parts of the program, Noble said. “We already have video, blogging and threaded discussions, and we are going to add other features like wikis,” Noble said. One of the most influential Web 2.0 information-sharing projects in the military and intelligence communities has been the Intellipedia project, which uses wiki technology as the basis of intelligence information sharing.

With all the disparate systems the governmental departments use, wikis and other web 2.0 technologies are great avenues for them to start standardizing. Standardization lowers cost in both training and information sharing. The addition of using Open Source technologies will also help keep costs down elminating the need for yearly maintenance fees. We should encourage more governmental agencies to use open source technoligies. Most are very resistent for a multitude of reasons. The largest reason I have seen is they are afraid of change. By keeping the same technologies that have been used for years, you never have to learn anything new; you maintian job security; and you keep your budget artifically inflated due to the maintenance costs.

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How to Add Images to a Post

I’ve answered this question a few times now, so I thought I’d add layout the instructions here. I will focus on the uploading of images and linking them while you are writing the post.

Before starting though, there is already a very good video showing this process on Youtube.

Just below the writing window you’ll see the following for uploading images.

ImageUpload

Click Browse and locate the file on your computer you want to upload. Once you have chosen the file, enter its title and description. Make the title descriptive as well so this image will be easier to find later if you want to use it again. No click the Upload button. You will see the following in the upload area when it is finished.

ImageToEditor

You are now ready to add the image to your post. Click the “Send to editor” button and the code for the image is placed in the writing area.

Now finish editing your post and you are done.

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How to Add User to Your Blog?

Do you want to add a user to your wordpress blog? Here are the basic instructions for doing this in WordPress 2.3:

  • Login to your control panel
  • Click Users
  • Scroll down to Add User From Community as shown below
    Add User
  • Fill in the users email address
  • Change the dropdown box to the level of authority you want the new user to have. I have a brief description below. For a full comparison of user roles see the WordPress description.
    • Subscriber – Cannot do anything but read just like a normal visitor
    • Contributor – Write posts but cannot publish them
    • Author – Can write and publish posts
    • Editor – Same as author and can change categories, moderate comments, edit other users posts
    • Administrator – Everything
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How to filter out keywords in blog titles from the main page?

This procedure is for the more experienced since you will have to directly edit PHP code to do this filtering. Here are the steps to filter offensive or spam keywords inside the wordpress loop:
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How to filter out a blog from Syndication?

Here are the steps to filter out a registered blog that you now longer want appearing in the syndicated feed list (We are using FeedWordPress to syndicate our feeds):
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How to delete offensive syndicated posts?

Here are the steps to remove posts from your current syndicated feed (We are using FeedWordPress to syndicate our feeds):

Reminder, once you delete a post it cannot be restored in the admin screens. It can only be restored from a database backup or reposting.
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How to Ban Specified Email Domains From Registering?

Here are the steps to prevent the registration of blogs from spammer domains or offensive domain names techniques:
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How to block blog registrations of offensive words?

Here are the steps to prevent the registration of blogs with offensive names or words associated with spamming techniques:
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How to Delete a Blog?

Here are the steps to delete a blog:

Reminder, once you delete a blog it cannot be restored in the admin screens. It can only be restored from a database backup.
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