Find Your Favorite Video-Sharing Websites

Share your videos at these popular websites

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Videos have become the hottest commodities on the web, garnering hundreds of millions of web searches every day all over the world. If you want to get your videos online or just want to check out videos others have posted, these popular sites accept user-uploaded content and are structured to attract viewers. The top video-sharing websites online are the ones that viewers consistently rank as offering a user-friendly experience with a variety of multimedia content from which to choose. You can't go wrong with these choices for your video uploads or video enjoyment.

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YouTube website

What We Like

  • Huge user base.

  • Easy to use.

  • Supports popular file formats.

  • Can be embedded in a webpage for more exposure.

  • Publishers can provide live video streams.

What We Don't Like

  • Competition is difficult due to the large number of uploaders.

Google's YouTube is arguably the most popular video-sharing and viewing website on the web today. The variety of free multimedia content available here includes user-generated videos, TV clips, movie clips, and movie trailers, video blogging (known as"vlogging), original web series, and much more.

People all over the world use YouTube as a platform on which to share their lives. Large corporations take advantage of the incredibly large global audience available through YouTube to distribute their own multimedia content.

The site is user-friendly, divided into categories, and is available for playback on multiple viewing platforms.

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DailyMotion website

What We Like

  • Lots of unique settings for video uploaders.

  • Users can find videos by browsing specific categories.

  • Supports high-resolution videos.

What We Don't Like

  • Strong limits on a video's file size and duration.

France-based DailyMotion is the second largest video website in the world and a favorite of people who are looking for a YouTube alternative.

Videos at DailyMotion can be found several different ways — through channels that offer videos on topics from Animals to Travel, by checking out the Most Viewed, Trending, or What's Hot displays, browsing the Featured Users, or by typing in whatever you might be looking for into the DailyMotion search bar.

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Google Video

Google Videos website

What We Like

  • Finds videos from various sources.

  • Really easy to access from Google Search.

  • Supports filtering the search results.

What We Don't Like

  • You can't upload videos directly to the website.

Google Video offers an easy-to-use streamlined search interface much like all the rest of Google's multiple properties online. Users can search for videos found on other video websites, such as YouTube, DailyMotion, and MetaCafe.

Millions of videos are available to watch at Google Video, indexed from a variety of sources all over the web. Movie clips, entire movies, TV shows, and user-generated content can be found here through keyword search and categorized by length, time of upload, source, and other characteristics.

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Vimeo web site

What We Like

  • Can upload videos stored on other websites.

  • Provides various ways for viewers to find your videos.

What We Don't Like

  • Free users are limited in how much storage they can use.

You can't beat Vimeo for its video quality. Hosts can upload videos in 4K Ultra HD, and viewers enjoy an ad-free environment. Each day, Vimeo showcases videos on its home screen and offers human-curated staff picks, 360 cinema, comedy picks, music videos, and animation, among other options. Even high-quality live streaming is available. Hosts can upload to Vimeo from all devices or cloud storage platforms.

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Metacafe website

What We Like

  • Several categories in which to submit your videos.

  • The website has a simple design.

What We Don't Like

  • No monetization options.

  • Can't edit a video's privacy settings.

  • There's not an app for iOS.

Metacafe is a fun short-form video-sharing website that includes categories for Animation, Comedy, How To, Pets & Animals, Science & Tech, 18+ Only, Fashion, and many others. You won't have any trouble being entertained by the selections in the Trending, Popular, or Latest tabs.

Enjoy editorial picks and don't miss the videos voted most popular on the site. 

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Facebook Watch web page

What We Like

  • Massive user base.

  • Uploading videos is easy.

  • Users can share videos with friends in seconds.

What We Don't Like

  • It's easy for videos to be skimmed over because of Facebook's massive database of content.

Facebook takes its place as one of the most popular videos websites on the web simply because of the size of its user base. Well over a billion people all over the world visit Facebook on a daily basis, many several times a day. Watch is Facebook's new initiative to become your destination for video watching. It includes videos from shows like Ellen and The Tonight Show as well as more independent videos from creators.

Facebook's non-Watch video feature works differently from the rest of the video websites on this list. Viewing a video is possible in the following situations

  • You liked the video's parent page.
  • You are part of the video poster's network.
  • You have been tagged in the video.
  • A video has been sent to you via internal Facebook messaging.
  • A video has been posted onto your Facebook wall.