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[resolved] Streaming problems with ogg audio files on multi-site (7 posts)

  1. mrdb
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I run a WP Multisite (subdomain) and am having issues regarding streaming OGG audio files. The player acts weirdly in different browsers, sometimes progress bar works, other times it doesn't, some browsers you can skip through the audio track and for others you can't, etc etc. I have narrowed down the problem to the file URL that the player uses. If I use the multisite URL: subdomain.mainsite.com/files/2013/2/file.ogg I get the issues I mentioned above. If I use the actual URL mainsite.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/8/files/2013/02/file.ogg everything is good in all browsers.

    I was relieved to notice a comment on http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/19235#comment:44 as I thought I was going mad. My site will become very audio (OGG/MP3) heavy and streaming to all browsers and mobile devices is essential.

    Could anyone point me in the right direction to resolve this issue (if indeed it is possible).

    Thanks so much for any help you can offer.
    Dean B

  2. Ugh.

    Don't use /files/ would be the fix, since we actually dumped that for all new Multisite installs (that is, if you installed a fresh version of Multisite starting with 3.5, there's no files/ anymore).

    I managed to dump it for my site (see http://halfelf.org/2012/dumping-ms-files/ ) but it's a little convoluted.

  3. mrdb
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Okay, great news. I started on an earlier version of multisite and yes, I would love to dumb ms-files... BUT although I appreciate your detailed effort explaining step-by-step how one can do this for themselves, I've been wasting too much time with multisite lately and cannot justify the effort right now. I have not yet searched this but I thought I should ask you while we are at it, how difficult is it to create a fresh install of multisite 3.5 and then transfer my 6 blogs across? And I guess more importantly, my main challenges with multisite have been finding decent themes that work well with WPMS, streaming media on multiple browsers & smart tablets/phones and resizing/displaying images (timthumb.php) simply because of how files are stored and retrieved in multisite. Does the new multisite still have these issues to your knowledge? Are files stored and retrieved more sanely now? Thanks so much for your expertise.

  4. how difficult is it to create a fresh install of multisite 3.5 and then transfer my 6 blogs across

    Easier than dumping MS files, but more time consuming, since you have to rebuild and move, and some people find moving multisite to be difficult.

    finding decent themes that work well with WPMS,

    All GOOD themes work fine with Multisite. Seriously. TimThumb is special, however and does not work well with Multisite and /files/, so really I just never use it. I've never had a need to, to be honest.

    ETA: Anyone who implements TimThumb correctly, using the WP constants for folders, should be just fine.

    Are files stored and retrieved more sanely now?

    Yes. They're in /uploads/sites/#/YYYY/MM/image.jpg - no redirects.

  5. mrdb
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you for your time. New 3.5 Multisite install it is....
    Have you heard any issues with the new file structure regarding streaming media to different browsers and mobile devices?

  6. I manually changed my site to the new method: http://halfelf.org/2012/dumping-ms-files/

    Haven't had any issues with streaming media :)

  7. mrdb
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks again.

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