Setting up a Video Hub is easy, and requires no web development background! There are two mandatory and three optional parts to setup:
- Create and configure your Hub
- Choose and organize players
- Style your Hub
- Configure your security and user access settings
- Set up analytics tracking
Create and configure your Hub
- In the Channels menu, click Video Hubs.
Note: If you don't have this option, contact your Customer Success Manager.
- This is the main Video Hubs page. Any hubs you have set up will be listed here. From here you can view, edit, or delete your hub. You can also create a new hub.
- Click + New Video Hub.
- Enter a name for your Hub.
- Under URL Settings select a Route type, and enter a CNAME Domain or Vidyard Subdomain.
Note: For a more consistent brand experience, you can create a subdomain CNAME record for your domain that points to hubs.vidyard.com. Visitors to your subdomain will be directed to your video hub hosted by Vidyard while preventing them from seeing the Vidyard domain name.
See our additional resources for further information about CNAMEs and how to use them.
- Optionally, add a Fallback URL. If you do, visitors will be redirected to that URL if they try to load a player or hub that doesn't exist.
- Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page. After you save, further options will appear.
Choose and organize players
- Click Players.
- Choose Select Specific Players or Show All Players from the dropdown menu.
If you choose Show All Players, all the players in your Vidyard account will be visible.
If you choose Select Specific Players you will be able to select and categorize individual videos below.
- Select an option from the Ordering dropdown to determine the order your videos will appear in.
- If you choose Select Specific Players, click + Add a Category to create a category.
- Add a category name, then choose how players will be added to the category:
"Choose specific players":
You will select each player assigned to this category by hand.
If you select this option, click Save.
Click Edit Players.
Click + beside any videos you want visible in this category. These players will be added to the category.
- "Automatically assign players by these tags":
All players with a specified tag (as well as players containing a video with the tag) will be added to the category automatically. Tags are determined in the player settings and video settings.
If you select this option, click Save.
Click Edit Tags.
Click + beside any tags you want visible in this category. Players with this tag will be automatically added to the category.
- After you've added all your categories and players, you can hover over a player and click Feature to feature that player prominently on the hub front page.
At this point, you have now created and populated a Vidyard Video Hub. You can send the address out in your marketing material and watch the views roll in. To customize the look of your video hub, you learn how to do so in Style your Hub.
Style your Hub
- Click Design.
- Click and select a Page Layout for the following views:
Front Page: The page that is first displayed when someone visits your video hub.
Search Result: The page displayed when a visitor performs a search.
Watch Player: The page displayed when a visitor selects a video to watch.
Category List: The page used to display the categories contained in the hub.
- Upload your company logo. This will display in your Hub page header.
- Upload a favicon. This is a small icon that represents the page that a user is on when browsing.
Note: This image should be in .ico format and < 3MB in size. Suggested size is 16x16px though .ico files can contain multiple sizes including 32x32px, 48x48px, and 64x64px as well.
- Toggle the Features switch to configure the following options:
Enable search engine indexing: Choose whether to expose your video hub content to search engine crawlers like Google. For any new hub, this feature is set to OFF by default.
Search bar in header: A search bar will be visible in the header, which will allow viewers to search through your videos.
Show related videos: Your other, related players will be visible on the hub.
Allow player embedding: Adds an embed button to allow visitors to embed your players on their site.
Allow video downloads: Supports a Download button where viewers can download a copy of your video.
Social sharing buttons: Allows you to link to your social media pages in the Hub header. If you toggle this to ON, enter your social media URL's into the fields that appear for each social site you want to appear in your header.
- Click Save Changes at the bottom of your page when you're finished styling your Hub.
To further customize the styling on your Video Hub page, you can customize your hub with CSS.
Note: The Video Hub Editor only supports addition HTML and CSS languages (JS, jQuery etc. are unsupported)
Configure your security and user access settings
In Hubs Security you can set how users will be managed, you can turn on HTTPS for Hub Requests, and you can Whitelist an IP Range for your Hub.
Click Security to access these options.
To set user access settings
From the Manage Users Dropdown, select a user management option:
- Don't use Hub Users: Does not restrict your hub to authenticated users.
- Manually: Manually invite individual users to the Hub.
- Single Sign On (SAML 2.0): Enables Single Sign On (SSO) authentication. Learn how to set up SSO for Hubs if you have that feature. If you need to enable SSO for Hubs, contact your Customer Success Manager.
If you have Hubs Users enabled on your hub (contact your Vidyard account manager for access) you will have the ability to restrict access to your hub to authenticated users. You can add users directly in the dashboard, by using our API, or by SAML 2.0-based SSO.
Note: Enabling user based access to your hub will force users to access your hub over HTTPS. If your hub is accessed via a CNAME you'll want to ask your domain administrator to provide Vidyard Support with the SSL certificate for the subdomain.
To Manually add individual users:
- From the Manage Users dropdown, select Manually.
- Click Save Changes.
- Click Invite New Users.
- Add one or more email addresses, separated by commas.
- Click Invite.
Users will receive an email inviting them to create a password to access your video hub.
You also have the option of enabling hub likes. This will allow viewers to like a video after they've logged into your hub.
To enable HTTPS use for your Hubs
Toggle the ON/OFF switch to ON to enable HTTPS for Hubs Requests, and click Save Changes. This forces access to the hub over HTTPS.
Note: If you have selected Single Sign On (SAML 2.0), or Manually this will be automatically set to ON.
To set an IP Range Whitelist
An IP Range Whitelist allows you to restrict access to your hub so that only viewers from a specified IP Range can access the content.
- Enter a specific IP address or specify a block of IP addresses using CIDR notation. (E.G. 127.0.0.1/24)
- Click Add.
- Optionally, add additional IP addresses or IP ranges.
Set up analytics tracking and comments
On the Integrations tab, you can add a tracking ID for one or more of following third-party applications: Google Analytics, Adobe Analytics, Marketo, Eloqua, Pardot, Act-On, HubSpot, and Drift.
You can also choose to add comments beneath each player in your hub by enabling Disqus, a third-party comment hosting service.
Note: A Disqus account is not mandatory to enable comments. However, if you do have an account, you can enter your forum short name to link comments from a hub to your Disqus account.