Being the most popular site we run here at STi, FMSGuru.com is a big deal. The idea half way through this year was to retire it as FMS, as Flash Media Server, no longer exists and building a site with a name that represents a server software that isn’t around anymore in that name, seems odd. Obviously Adobe Media Server, what Flash Media Server was, still is and is actively being developed by Adobe further and as such the content can still be retained and grown. The flip side of that though is that demand for anything to do with AMS has dwindled to pretty much nothing and all demand for VOD/Live streaming and live communication has gone to Wowza.
For a while now I’ve been putting Wowza tutorials up on FMSGuru and it made sense as FMS can also stand for Flash Media Services and Flash Media Support. It’s a stretch, but either way Wowza was born in the shadow of Flash Media Server when Adobe came along and increased the price by a factor of 4.5 to make it $4500 and priced itself into it’s own death to anybody other than the companies that have money to burn. For a while, the two products were on par but it’s clear that Wowza is coming out clear and ahead and is 1/4 the cost. Anyways, that’s not the topic of this post.
The bottom line is that FMSGuru.com is a busy site for the niche market that it lives in. The counting stats have all been deleted but there were well over 40,000 views for all the tutorials that live on there and the articles (while old now) had at least 30,000 themselves. All articles have been removed in the switch to the new site, as they are mostly too old to be pertinent anymore, but every tutorial has moved over as there is related and useful information in just about all of them.
FMSGuru’s video content has, and still is, being served up by Wowza. It’s a “live by what you teach” kind of site and even the video players themselves have been custom built instead of using something like JWPlayer. The content on there has been built surrounding real world types of apps and problems that come up when developing live communication apps and streaming video. The old site was served up by Coldfusion, but being a technology that does not have a ready available set of components, CMS services or project and by all accounts, a dying tech, it came time to retire it. Coldfusion costs money where ASP and PHP and others do not. While an awesome language to use as it’s very easy to code in, sadly, Adobe once again priced themselves out for the most part. We’ve moved on to WordPress.
For the future, there will definitely be more tutorials posted and while the forum has been removed now, it’s still possible to post per tutorial in the comments section. Articles may make a come back, but video tutorials have and will likely stay as the many content of the site for providing tons of learning information about Wowza Streaming Engine, Flash, HTML5 and now further development into mobile apps with Android and iOS. Coding both in Objective C and Swift for iOS and Java for Android. Upgrading FMSGuru.com with a nice simple clean design is an injection of stimulus into the site that has been needed as we’ve been very very busy this last year. Building free tutorials compared to working on a client’s project always ends up taking a back seat unfortunately, but I’m working hard at changing that.
So, keep a sharp eye out for the tutorials coming up soon. Obviously I’ll post here on the blog and on twitter for those that follow. Thanks for stopping by to read up on what we’re doing!