Ladies and gentlemen … welcome to the first show of the season. The goal of the game is to make comparisons between this site, our lovely site we have here against the competitions. Ok, so I’m not a game show host, but I still am going to pit our site against similar “competition” sites. Why? Because we can … and because I’m bored. So … game on!
Contents: As it had been said in the world of entertainment, content is king. It’s why youtube had become so popular. The contents between sites are pretty much “borrow” from each other. So even if you branded the video, doesn’t mean you are the original creator of the source. With that said, most sites try to collect as much as they can. Their thinking is that, if they have the most contents, people will come … and (hopefully) they will stay. In doing that, their sites will quickly become unorganized and people have to spend some time digging through all of the bloated contents to get to what they want. No doubt you had to go through pages and pages of music, videos, funnies and other random weirdness, when all you want is to watch some movie because you have some free time, and that is what you wanted to do. With OnlinePhim you will never have to deal with that. We will try to keep our contents as organized as possible. We WILL not post any video that doesn’t belong here, even if it’s the video is the funniest thing we ever seen. We might post it in the forum for you guys to enjoy when you decided to take a break, but we will never post it here. It simply don’t belong. Even though this will cut down on lots of contents, which might make us look like a smaller site, but in the end … we think you’ll appreciate it more. Also, to help you quickly locate the videos you want, we have implemented several functions that you’ll find useful. You do know we have a search function right? Also try out the directory listing. It’s a quick and easy way to find something you might like. And lastly, to help you keep track of the videos that you’ve watched so that you can come back to it later (useful on those long series), or just to act as a reminder … we also added a box with the necessary info right above the information box. You will need to have cookies enabled to use it. Yummm …. delicious cookiesssss.
Branding: Ah, branding. Nothing get people attention faster then a website address flashing in big red letters huh? Webmasters use branding as a way to market their site, and also a way to prevent “borrowing” of contents. That’s why many sites don’t like it when post something with branding on it in their sites/forums. They don’t like advertising for another site. So, even if you only have videos with branding, you can share it with your buddies because your stuffs are not “right” for the site. So what do I think about the all this? “Branding? What branding?” … Basically, I don’t care. If it’s something users wanted to view, a staff member will add it in. If our guests see the url and wanted to check out that site, s/he is free to do so. If they are better than us, then it’s only natural that you want to go there instead. But if not, then you’ll come back here.
Ads: Hosting cost money, so it’s understandable for webmasters to put up ads. The problem is when website force people to click on them before visitors are allowed to do anything else. Case in point, traudien.com. When you get to the site, you’ll be greeted with a message that said “click on the ads if you want to enter the forums”. Even if you click on the ads, you’re not done. You still required to register if you want to access the forums. Nothing like making your guests work for the peeking at your site huh? They probably appreciate it more. Either that or they become annoyed and leave. With OnlinePhim, you will never see such “force”. You won’t ever see any popup (or popunder, you know … the ad page the automatically show up and you won’t see it until you close the current one … and you are like … woah .. where did that come from) ads. Of one the sites that is littered with ads is tialia.net. For some reason unknown to us, whenever a staff member want to promote our site their, the post got deleted and the account gets banned. We did post in the room called “quang cao”. But for some reason, only our post get deleted while everybody elses’ stay the same. I guess they don’t like any site that’s better than them. Anyway .. back to the business at hand … On OnlinePhim, we promise that nothing will interfere with your enjoyment. You’re welcome to stay and enjoy the site as much as you want without clicking on a single ad. We will NEVER ask you to click on any ad at all. You are free to click on only the ads that interest you. Don’t click on the ads because you want to help us. Of course, donations are always welcomed. If you really want to help, be part of the team. We’ll gladly have you as a member of the staffs. We value people more than money … well, until we run out of money .. then we’ll value it more than you …lol … seriously though … We do appreciate all the help we get.
Requirements: 10 posts required to view the contents. Reply to this topic to see the download link. No doubt you have seen these type of requirements before. What is worse? Spamming or leeching? That’s depends on who you’re asking. For a webmaster, leeching is inevitable. People come, and leave with your stuffs without a word of ‘thank you’. So, you put a little restriction on it. Then, users will only post enough to view tho contents and never post again. What worse is that user what contents right away, so s/he will start spamming to get enough post count. Some website let people spam because this increased their post count. It makes them more attractive to advertisers. So what about us? Well, the only restriction we have is at LotusZero because of it’s forums (we like to keep it manageable if we can). As for OnlinePhim, there is no restriction whatsover. You never have to post a thing. You never have to pay a dime. Don’t have to register (with your fake email addresses). You don’t even have to say hi to other members (though it is frowned upon). I’ll personally whack you with my whooping stick if you lurk around here for weeks without saying hello to anybody.
Presentations:There are not that many sites that have clean user interface. Most users will be fine with that since it’s the contents that they are after so they don’t care what it looks like. But a website with a nice design is more inviting and much more attractive. One of the ones that I saw that have a nice interface is noiket.com. You probably have heard of it. I was a month into this project before I realize that there is already a script for it. Actually, there are tons of youtube clone scripts floating around the internet which had passed my way, but I never actually look at any of them. I saw the demos, but they never have the functionalities I wanted. If I’m not mistaken, noiket is using one of those scripts, with some modifications obviously. The site is slowly becoming unorganized because of the many different contents that they crammed into it. Now if they only remove that big youtube logo on the front page, they’ll look much nicer. As for OnlinePhim, I know it’s not as clean as it used to, mainly because of all the functionalities I tried to crammed into it. The flow is a bit more logical (at least as I see it). If you don’t see it, you need thicker glasses than the ones you have now … lol.
Functionalities: The problem with most of the sites out there is that they either forum-based … or script-based. What that means is that they are built from a mold. Everybody will look like everybody else (just with different layout). Since the coding is mostly done by more expert programmers, most webmasters will spend a huge amount of time doing research before they can add some small functionality (that wasn’t built in) to the site . So, most of the time, if you want request a new function to be added to the site, chances are … unless someone else already made an addon for that script, you won’t ever see that feature. OnlinePhim is built from the ground up, with the features that I wanted along with some requested features from other staff members. The end result is what you’re seeing today. And if there is a features that lots of members want to see added, I can make that happen … not because I’m good … but because I know my codes. Although I don’t think I’m that bad either … lol
Competitions: Up until now, only luyenphim.com had actually complained about content usage (I’m expecting more soon). They are saying that we are stealing their contents. Because they take the time to brand their videos, how dare us to come along and market their sites without asking them first. Well … dude, we did not come to your site. Whatever we have, we gathered it from public servers … youtube, google videos, dailymotion …etc. If you do a search online, I bet that more than half of the sites on the page 1 are using “your contents”. I do applause you for taking the time to upload them, but even then, you do not own the original source. You probably got them from somewhere else like the rest of us. Besides, we are giving you free publicity by using videos with your url in them … we should get paid for helping you marketing your site. If we brand our videos, will you do the same and add them to your website? We will gladly give you the links to them when they are uploaded. Sharing is our motto … heck .. it’s even part of our slogan.
So … what is the moral of all this? Hmmm …. let me think … I wrote it down somewhere … dammit … where’s is that napkin? … Shooot I used it to clean the spilled drink earlier …. it’s a little smudged .. but it still good … it still good …. ok .. so the moral of the story is … we’re a small site (and we know it) with big ideas … and if you share our visions .. then we could use the support …. hmmmm … wait .. there’s a bit more on here ….. oh yes … but most importantly … enjoy your stay and remember our motto … watch … discuss … share …
Good night everybody ….. shhhh … hey it’s your cue to lower the curtain … wake up … wake up …. nevermind … I can do it myself … you can go back to sleep ….. uh …. Good night!