(Sorry if this is in the wrong part of the forum) Ok, simple question-does embedding something like a video take up as much bandwidth as if you included it in the actual page, or does it just sort of tell it where the embeded object is, and then stream it?
ok, just making sure that i don't eat up a huge amount of bandwidth =)
I'm assuming that you mean your own hosting bandwidth? Obviously for you or anyone else viewing the web page, the exact same amount of bandwidth is used, but if you mean the bandwidth that will be taken up by people viewing your website, and for which you are paying, then embedding a video is like hot linking to an image - it won't cost you a penny, or a single megabyte extra.
However, it's important to make sure that if you are embedding content from another wbsite, that you have their permission to do this. Websites such as YouTube allow embedding of their content into your own websites, with no restrictions. Their logo will be superimposed on all video, so they still get the credit and the advertising.
However, hot linking to images or embedding video or Flash content from another website is little more than stealing - so do make sure you are doing things the right way.