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[resolved] Do I need a podcasting plugin or other? (3 posts)

  1. MCM
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I am currently using podpress. However, I am not sure if using podpress/your plugin is what I needed, perhaps I can give some context.

    I have website with hundreds of audio and video, mostly hosted externally that I am just linking to. I do not need to send to iTunes etc.

    I just need them to play in OLD/NEW browsers, on phones etc, due to many users in my country accessing via mobile.

    I then stumbled across MEdiaJSElements plugin which works great, but to now "replace" all the files with that is a mission.

    Question 1:
    I see your plugin though supports JSVideo and I understand - correct me if I am wrong - works similar to MS JS elements? So it would be cool to use your plugin, however is there a way to "switch" off all the other features, I really only need a audio/video player? Does it take extra performance off my website having your podcasting code etc?

    Question 2:
    I am not really interested in stats but would probably use it if I had to switch to your plugin. I noticed though that on podpress if i had a file name path1/file1.mp3 and path2/file2.mp3 these would be considered one file in terms of stats, does your plugin have that same problem?

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/powerpress/

  2. Angelo Mandato
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    There are other things you've said before your questions I want to address first...

    Separate media links on blog from becoming a podcast (enclosures in your feed): Many versions of WordPress ago, I believe 2.5, WordPress developers decided to add a feature that would automatically create media links in blog posts into enclosures in the feed. You need a plugin to turn this behavior back off. A podcasting plugin such as PowerPress will automatically do this, as you can imagine this behavior can be a real headache if your doing a podcast where you reference other media. If you decide to roll with a different plugin other than for podcasting, just keep in mind you will need to find a plugin that will disable the auto enclosure feature built into WordPress.

    Regarding play audio/video on mobile/tablet devices: There's a reliable way to support these portable devices, and that's what PowerPress does. When PowerPress detects an iPad, iPhone, Android, etc.. device, instead of using a fancy player like VideoJS or the player you've referenced that also uses javascript, PowerPress simply uses the native <audio> or <video> HTML5 code on the page. Why? Because if you mess around with javascript in a mobile/portable device you're adding a layer of processing that can make the user's playback less than enjoyable. Using the native HTML5 player code means that the iPad/iPhone/Android device uses their built in player, which is pretty reliable and what the user of that device is most familiar with.

    Clarification with Question 1: Don't confuse JSVideo (may be something else or a general reference to JavaScript based player) to the specific player platform called "VideoJS". PowerPress supports the "VideoJS" player specifically through the VideoJS plugin also available here at wordpress.org.

    Question 1: You can turn off the option to enhance your blog feeds, at that point it does not add any overhead to your current feeds, and only adds a unique podcast feed that you can just never use. This is the same feed you're accustomed with with PodPress. We originally created PowerPress to be a fork of PodPress, but within 2 weeks we decided to write our own podcast plugin from scratch, we designed PowerPress from the beginning to replace PodPress since we were all using that plugin back in 2008 when PodPress was essentially abandoned.

    Question 2: Blubrry statistics are based on the file name itself, as long as each file name is unique, then they will be counted separately. This gives you the freedom to move the files from one CDN to another, so as long as you don't rename the file name you're good to go. You definitely want to use Blubrry statistics since it breaks down downloads by platform, client, etc... which tells you a lot more about the consumption of the media than any web stats or counter provided in PodPress will report.

    If you are creating some of this media yourself though, I would highly suggest that you come up with a podcasting strategy. Your missing out on getting your content consumed in a lot of other places including iTunes, Zune marketplace, Blubrry.com, Miro, Android podcast apps, on Samsung SmartTVs, etc... iTunes alone will usually account for 50-80% alone of media downloads, there's real value being there.

  3. MCM
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks for the response.

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