Seyret Vs HWDvideoshare Part 1: Install & Admin

*** This article is part of a series comparing 2 very popular Joomla video components; Seyret & HWDVideoshare. ***

Part 1: Installation & Administraton Comparison

A) Installation

Installation of both Seyret and HWD are straigt forward processes involving the download and/or direct URL install from the Joomla installation screen. Both have a number of optional modules and plugins which are installed in the same method as needed.
For video conversion you may need to check that your server has the appropriate codecs installed, however both Seryet and HWD use popular video conversion systems so we’ve found very few cases where this has been an issue. Contact your server administration if you do experience issues.
Result: Equally good.

B) Modules & Plugins

Both Seyret and HWD can be used straight “out of the box” however there are optional modules and plugins that can be installed to greater enhance your Joomla websites capabilities. Seyret has a number of free modules, such as featured videos slider and stand-alone seyret video player. Further modules and addons are available for Seyret, however they will often either require a Seyret PRO Membership, or will be a one-time purchase. HWDVideoShare is slighly disadvantaged in this respect as the free version only features the video component and basic plugins. For an annual fee (reasonably priced) you can subscribe to the PRO version of HWD which gives you full access to all the modules and plugins, at which point HWD becomes just as good, if not better than Seyret.

Result: Seyret gets the slight win here simply due to the fact that free modules are available. When comparing both PRO versions though, I give the advantage to HWD.

C) Templating

Both components offer templating capabilities and have a few different templates available for download, although in HWD’s case, a pro acct is required to use templates. The main diffence between the 2 is the method of templating. Seyret uses standard coding to theme their system so those familiar with HTML and PHP will have no problem manually making changes to the system. HWD uses the popular “Smarty” templating method and uses TPL files instead of the standard PHP. Smarty files can be edited like standard PHP however the minor differences between the 2 may cause issues with those not familiar with the Smarty system.

Result: Due to the ease of editing the template files, Seyret gets the edge.

D) Video Import & Adding New Videos

This is where the heart of both these components lie, and depending on your needs and wants both the systems “can” be equally as good. Seyret offers 2 methods to adding new videos; upload direct from your PC or add a third party video such as Youtube or Google video. Seyret is compatible with a long list of online video networks, making it appear more versatile.

HWD offers the same features as Seyret, however also offers other options as well including remote, scan, SQL Import, CSV Import, Direct import from Seyret, RTMP and the ability to bulk add videos from youtube playlists and user profiles.

Result: HWD easily has the better features in this category.

E) Categories & Groups

Both Seyret and HWD offer the same features regarding the creation of primary and child categories. HWD has an extra feature called groups however which allow users to create groups relating to a particular topic, and then other users can join that group and share their favorite videos.

Result: HWD easily has the leg up here.

F) General Settings and Set-up

For the most part, both these 2 components are equal in this category, and both allow you to edit the component settings to suit your websites needs. HWD does appear to have more features in this category and gives you a few more options regarding the general setup.

Result: Equal

G) SEO Features

This is often one of the biggest problems with Joomla components and in my experience is quite oftenen a headache for video components. I believe the reason being that until recently video components were not widely used so didn’t have a large group of scripters writing addons and plugins for them. That has changed however and both Seyret and HWD are compatible with all the popular SEF components including JoomSEF, SH404SEF, SEF Servicemap and more. HWD is allegedly compatible with the standard Joomla SEF features also.

Result: While HWD could have the advantage here I am yet to test it, so will call this a tie.

H) Video & Server Maintenance Features

Seyret and HWD both offer a range of basic maintenance features, such as video removal, viewing and editing of pending and reported videos and general editing of video settings. One of the biggest advantages that puts HWD well up in this area is their specific maintenance administration area which offers a single location for you to; Delete videos, fix SQL Errors, Recount SQL Database, Re-Generate local video thumbnails, archive access logs and re-calculate video durations. Seyret to my knowledge does not have similar features.

Result: HWD by far offers the most options and wins hands down.

I) Summary

Reading through the above you would be forgiven for thinking I think much less of Seyret than I do of HWD, which is most definitely not the case. For the last 2 years my hockey video website “2 Minutes For Hockey” has used the Seyret component to deliver the videos with efficiency. I admit however that I am in the process of migrating the system over to HWD simply due to it’s much more user-friendly features.

Overall, the 2 components are very much on par with each other and the only thing separating the 2 are personal preferences based around your particular websites needs. On a direct comparison I do rate HWD as the better component to use.

What do you use? Do you have a preference? Please leave a comment below.

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