Looking for advice on creating a documentary embeding site

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    Hi guys,

    I’d really appreciate any input here. I’m looking to create a site dedicated to linking, embeding and categorizing documentaries already uploaded/hosted on video sites such as youtube etc.

    I would like users to be able to submit links and rate/engage in discussion on the embedded content.

    An example of a similar site would be http://www.documentarystorm.com – would anyone be able to help point me in the right direction if I were to create something similar around the wordpress framework? Is there a theme which will simplify things? I’m pretty clueless, so any help at all would be really really appreciated.

    Look forward to your replies :)



    Well, I can reply that Drupal would work, and WordPress would work, and Joomla would also work, but WordPress.COM like we have here will not work. And it will cost you a LOT of money and/or time and elbow grease.


    Thanks for the reply raincoaster. Sorry I should have specified – I wouldn’t be running it on wordpress.COM but on a separately hosted website with a xxxx.com address.

    I might give drupal / Joomla a look in in that case.

    I can’t see it requiring too much money beyond hosting costs. Which shouldn’t be too much as the content is only embeded. With regard to elbow grease, it’s just a case of making sure everything’s kept updated and there’s a good collection of content being linked!



    Ah, an optimist. I hope you’re also a talented web designer who’s good at security.


    I’m neither a talented web designer nor any sort of optimist I’m afraid… I’ll stick to a wordpress theme I guess, for ease of use… chance my arm and see what I can come up with.

    Any further comments / advise / opinions very much welcome!

    Thanks again



    Yes: if you want people to submit links and have them show on the blog instead of in the comments, you’ll have to use WordPress.ORG with paid hosting, and you had better vet EVERY ONE of those links, because otherwise spammers will be all over your site submitting malicious links.



    No kidding! If you do not moderate every comment you will create a spam fest for sure.


    I don’t see why I would need to use a wordpress.org site. I can create my own domain name with the hosting company that I use for my other websites – http://www.whateveritwillbenamed.com – there are some really useful plugins for vetting spammers I’ve discovered. I had another site which was obliterated by bots. One simple plugin installed and they were no longer a problem.

    Allowing user submissions would have to be individually monitored either way, as I’d like to have ultimate control over what will end up being on the site. With a vaguely thought out contact form / plugin I’m sure I could have some sort of submission system that works… I hope. Although, user submissions is an afterthought as it is. There will be no significant userbase to before I launch the site, so I’ll need to populate it myself to begin with. User submissions could be enabled / thought of in the future.



    there are some really useful plugins for vetting spammers I’ve discovered

    Please also note there is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.com blogs and we bloggers cannot install any plugins.

    There is no upgrade you can purchase that changes anything at all stated here http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    FTP access, and plugins are available only for VIP bloggers http://vip.wordpress.com/our-services/ or for those with WordPress.ORG installs.

    raincoaster provided the correct advice. Take it or leave it.


    I should have mentioned, I would be steering away from blog posting and I’ll keep user discussions / comments on content restricted to TWITTER/FACEBOOK interaction through use of a plugin. Blog comments would be disabled.

    User submissions for links are would be private, sent through a separate form, after which they would be reviewed before deciding whether or not to add the content / embed the video on the site.



    Plugins have to be plugged in to a WordPress.org base.

    You cannot do this at WordPress.com unless you use a contact form and manually make all posts yourself after checking out the links.


    Hi Timethief, the site itself would not be on wordpress.com, it will simply use the wordpress framework with a separate host/domain name.


    Maybe I’ve got the wrong idea here. I will not be using wordpress.com – just wordpress itself. It will not be hosted at wordpress! I’ll be using a separate host. Is this site only able to offer support for wordpress.com sites and not sites that simply use a wordpress installation as a base?



    Then, as I said, you need to be at WordPress.ORG.



    You aren’t getting this are you? That’s because you are not reading the information at the links provided above. Please do that so you aren’t wasting out time and yours by going one and on and on.

    Bottom line: Hire a web host and set up a self hosted WordPress.org install.


    I’d rather say you’re not getting it Timethief. That’s exactly what I have been saying I have already done. The suggestions I was looking for relate to a self hosted installation, which as pointed out by Raincoaster, appear to be better off sought at wordpress.org.

    Save me the tears. If you choose to waste your own time that’s your business.

    Regardless of your needlessly condescending tone, cheers for the help.



    I have yet to become condescending. It’s not my style. I prefer the direct approach.

    Bottom line: Hire a web host and set up a self hosted WordPress.org install.

    WordPress.com and WordPress.org are completely separate and have separate logins. If you don’t have a username account at WordPress.ORG click http://wordpress.org/support/ and register one on the top right hand corner of the page that opens, so you can post to the support forums there and receive advice from WordPress.ORG bloggers.

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