MediaCP Manual
    1. Getting Started
    2. Sales Questions
    3. Frequently Asked Questions
    4. Transcoder System Benchmarks
    5. Start your own streaming platform
    1. Change account currency
    2. Product Licensing
    1. Introduction
    2. Installation & Upgrade
      1. System Requirements
      2. Versions & Releases
      3. Installation
      4. Upgrading
      5. Streaming Servers
        1. Nginx-Rtmp Video Server
        2. Wowza Streaming Engine
        3. Flussonic Media Server
        4. Video Feature Comparison
        5. Icecast 2 / Icecast KH
      6. SSL Certificates
    3. Billing Integration
      1. WHMCS Integration Guide
      2. Clientexec Integration Guide
      3. Blesta Integration Guide
    4. Migrate from other software
      1. Migrate From Centovacast
      2. Migrate From AzuraCast
    5. Backup & Restoration
      1. Backup MediaCP
      2. Restore MediaCP
      3. Transfer to another server
    6. Administration
      1. Troubleshooting Login Errors
      2. Custom Facebook App
      3. Custom Web Service Configurations
      4. Reset Admin Password
      5. Port 80 / 443 Proxy
      6. MediaCP System Commands
      7. Change MediaCP domain name
      8. Move media to another hard disk
      9. Secure your server
      10. Admin Tools
    7. Scaling
      1. Scale with Wowza and CloudFront CDN
      2. Nginx-Rtmp with CloudFront CDN
    8. Troubleshooting
      1. Grant access to support team
      2. Troubleshooting Wowza Streaming Engine
      3. FTP Troubleshooting
      4. MySQL Database Troubleshooting
      5. Reporting Troubleshooting
      6. Troubleshooting Liquidsoap AutoDJ
      7. Video Relay Troubleshooting
    1. Introduction
    2. Administrators Dashboard
    3. System Configuration
      1. General
      2. Services
      3. Video Players
      4. Albums
      5. Email
      6. Plugins
      7. Statistics
      8. Backups
      9. Custom HTML
      10. Misc
    4. Customer Accounts
      1. Managing existing Customers
      2. Create a new Customer
      3. Deleting a Customer
      4. Login as another Customer
      5. Send email to Customer
      6. Reset Customer Password
    5. Reseller Accounts
      1. Reseller Plans
      2. Create a Reseller Account
    6. Administrator Accounts
      1. Create a new Administrator
    7. Media Services
      1. Creating a Media Service
      2. Deleting a Media Service
    8. Announcements
      1. Managing Announcements
      2. Creating Announcement
      3. Deleting Announcement
    9. Statistics
    10. Software Health
    11. Software Updates
    12. Email Templates
    13. API
    1. Introduction
    2. Audio Operation Manual
      1. Basics 101
      2. Station Overview
      3. Media Library
      4. Playlists
        1. General Rotation
        2. Jingles & Advertising
        3. Scheduling
        4. Repeat Protection
      5. Live DJ Connections
      6. Live Stream Recording
      7. DJ Manager
      8. Country Blocking
      9. Stream Proxy
      10. Public Page
      11. HTML5 Player
      12. Stream Authentication
      13. Widgets & Links
      14. Reporting
    3. Video Operation Manual
      1. Basics 101
      2. Service Overview
      3. Scheduling
      4. File Manager
      5. Stream Targets
      6. Streaming to Your Service
      7. GeoIP Country Locking
      8. Public Page
      9. Widgets & Links
      10. Reporting
    4. Reseller Operations Manual
      1. Reseller Dashboard
      2. Customers
      3. Media Services
    1. API Documentation
    2. Custom Domain Names
    3. Shoutcast 2 Admin Guide
    4. Wowza and Flussonic on same system
    5. Submit a feature request
    6. Wowza Custom Properties
    1. Shoutcast 2 Live Broadcasting
    2. DJ Priorities
    3. HTML5 Audio Player
    4. Broadcasting with AutoDJ
    5. Shoutcast 2 Premium
    6. Mount Points
    7. Managing Media Using FTP
    1. Getting started with video streaming
    2. Live Streaming Overview
    3. TV Station Overview
    4. Ondemand Video Streaming
    5. VAST Advertising
    6. Relay & IP Camera
    7. Stream Recording
    8. GeoIP Country Locking
    9. Connecting your encoder
    10. Preparing Your Media Files
    11. Managing Media Using FTP
    12. Understanding Video Playlists
    13. Embedding player on your website
    14. Smooth Streaming and Content Transition
    15. Video Transcoding (Adaptive Bitrate Streaming)
    16. Image Logo or Watermark Overlay on Video Stream
    17. DVR Rewind
    18. Statistics
    19. Facebook Live Streaming
    20. Youtube Stream Publishing
    21. Twitch Stream Publishing
    22. Shoutcast 2 Stream Publishing
    23. Icecast Stream Publishing
    24. RTMP Stream Publishing
    1. Cloud Video Overview
    2. Admin Manual - Cloud Video
      1. Login to your cloud platform
      2. Dashboard - A First Look
      3. Team & Staff Members
      4. Plans & Customers
      5. WHMCS Billing Provisioning Module
      6. Branding your platform
      7. Activating VOD on Customer Plan
    3. User Manual - Cloud Video
      1. Login to your video platform
      2. First Look
      3. Creating a Channel
      4. Channel Overview
      5. Broadcasting
      6. Media Content
      7. Recording
      8. Fallback Video
      9. TV Channels - 24x7 UGC
      10. Video on Demand
      11. VOD Playlists
      12. Publishing
      13. Viewing Analytics
      14. Publish Zoom Meetings
      15. Advertising
      16. Restreaming IP Cameras
    4. Video Guide Series
    5. Streaming Best Practices
    6. Feature Comparison
    7. Roadmap & Release Notes
Start your own streaming platform

Last updated 2 months ago

This article covers the technical requirements of setting up your audio or video streaming platform to run your radio station, digital channel or reselling business. To operate the MediaCP you will require three primary components including a Domain Name, a Server/VPS (Virtual Private Server) and of course the MediaCP product itself.

In this article, we’ll show you how to setup a Streaming Platform for less than $50/month.

What is the MediaCP?

The Media Control Panel (On-Premise) is designed primarily for Service Providers that wish to resell streaming, or Broadcasters who wish to have direct control over their service. If you are wanting to setup a single radio station or video channel without the fuss then you might consider finding a MediaCP Reseller.

Domain Name

A domain name points a name such as "mediacp.net" to your MediaCP software, and is required in order to provide secure access.

Server / VPS

A Server or VPS provides a platform to install the MediaCP software on. A VPS offers a great starting point for your platform.

MediaCP License

A MediaCP license is required for each server or vps that you install the product on.

Step 1 - Purchase a domain name

The first step, if you do not already own a domain name, is to purchase one. If you do happen to own a domain name already then you can simply skip this step.

A domain name starts at about $6/year for a .COM. 

You can purchase a relatively cheap domain name from Namecheap.com. This is our recommended go-to for domain purchases because they are cheap, provide decent enough support and comes packed with features.

Step 2 - Determine the MediaCP address

Now we must determine which address to use for the MediaCP software. The address you use is entirely up to you. Since the top-level domain name (i.e., yourdomain.com) is typically used to point to your own website, we recommend using a sub-domain such as streaming.yourdomain.com. This means you can easily separate the MediaCP from your Website (which we do highly recommend to begin with).

In this tutorial we’ll be using streaming.mediacp.net (not a real address). Some other suggestions are radio.yourdomain.com, audio.yourdomain.com, panel.yourdomain.com. It is entirely up to you.

Step 3 - Purchase and setup a new VPS

A VPS is a great way to get started quickly and affordably, we recommend Vultr since they offer a great stable platform in almost every region of the world. The benefit of most VPS providers is that as you grow, you can upgrade to a more powerful VPS with one-click.

Which VPS do I choose?

The System Requirements page provides some great information on getting started with Audio or Video. Below are the minimum requirements, which is all you will need for getting started.

Vultr is a VPS provider that offers a great platform globally. For either Audio or Video streaming we recommend starting with the Regular Performance – 2 vCPU / 4 GB RAM. Keep in mind that it is possible to upgrade to a larger instance at any time so you can start small and upgrade further as required.

How to purchase a VPS from Vultr

  1. Register an account at the Vultr website using this link and you will recieve a $100 starting credit.
  2. Once you login to Vultr, click on the big blue plus icon on the right of the screen and press Deploy New Server

  3. We recommend selecting the Cloud Compute option and directly under this the intel Regular Performance. 

     

  4. Select your preferred deployment location from the list provided.

  5. Select the Debian 11 x64 option (our recommended)

  6.  Select the instance size of your preference


     

  7. Finally, scroll all the way down the page and you will see “Server Hostname & Label” at the bottom. Enter in the domain name that you will be using (in our examlpe streaming.mediacp.net) then you can press the Deploy button



  8. The VPS may take a few minutes before it is ready. Once ready copy the IP address provided to somewhere safe, we’ll be using this to point our domain name to the server.

Connect your domain

Now that the VPS is ready and your domain name is registered, we can connect the domain to the newly provisioned VPS. Select your provider below for instructions on how to do this.

Install MediaCP

The MediaCP Support team provide a free installation service for all new trials, and also paid licenses. This is the best way to get started and ensure everything is running optimally. Alternatively, if you would like to install the product yourself it is also fairly straight forward and we have provided instructions below.

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