Support » Plugin: PowerPress Podcasting plugin by Blubrry » Blubrry Player Art Breaks with W3TC Minify [CDATA

  • Using Blubrry (ver. 7.0.4) with W3TC (ver. 0.9.5.2) minify HTML, despite telling W3TC to NOT minify feeds and adding [CDATA to “Ignored Comment Stems” breaks the player from showing Album Art, time, etc.

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  • Plugin Author Angelo Mandato

    (@amandato)

    Hello @allimaple,

    Can you reply with the URL to the podcast feed so we can take a look?

    Without looking, I would strongly suggest turning off any minify features for RSS feeds. They inadvertently remove new lines without regard to which tags are supposed to have them and which are not, including the iTunes summary tag.

    Can you be specific which player does not show album art, time, etc? Is it the player on your website or another player, or is it a podcast app?

    Hi Angelo, thanks for the speedy reply. I have been using Blubrry since start up (love the plugin) and this issue just cropped up with the latest WP, Blubrry, and W3TC updates. Would downgrade were it not for a security hole in some other plugin. 😉

    You will see the issue when viewing the page, but to explain all graphics are presented as [CDATA —— /*—-!> the time counters get thrown up towards the top right of the inner wrapper of the page.

    I will re-activate HTML Minify on the site, but as this is a LIVE site, I will need to switch it back off by 2p Eastern. 🙂

    One Example URL where the problem presents itself is as follows:

    http://libertytalk.fm/podcast-on-demand/blue-republican-robin-koerner-on-demand-archives/

    NOTE: The issue is present on all On Demand archives with the episode player in both the latest versions of Chrome/Firefox.

    Allison

    Plugin Author Angelo Mandato

    (@amandato)

    Hello Allison,

    Is there a way to disable the Minify only for feeds that way it works for everything else on your site? Which Minify plugin are you using?

    As for the webpage, I took a quick look at the source code, all of thsoe CDATA sections are for easy_fancybox_handle javascript functions. The way it has comments wrapped around script sections makes me think they recently added that code to fix a different problem which created a new one. I would disable the fancybox plugin, clear your sites caches (if you are using caching) and see if that fixes the issue.

    Hi Angelo, there is an option, which is already selected to “Not minify feeds” but the option seems to still not see the Blubrry feeds.

    At present the only workaround i have thus far found is to disable HTML minify altogether, which is not all that desirable.

    Plugin Author Angelo Mandato

    (@amandato)

    Hello Alison,

    In PowerPress settings, Feeds tab, there is an option you can check to not allow other plugins from modifying podcast feeds. Go ahead and check that option then save. That should stop the minify plugin from modifying the feed in most cases. If it still modifies it, then it may be doing something at the time of output, if that’s the case I need to test with the plugin and figure out how to make it compatible with PowerPress.

    As for the player in the page, that would not be impacted by the feed. Something is essentially commenting out the playlist player divs which is causing the issue. Not exactly sure what is doing that, it may be the same thing that is modifying the fancybox code. You may need to disable plugins one-by-one to diagnose to find out what plugin is causing all the havoc. Easier said than done with a production site, sorry.

    Do you mind sharing the name of the Minify plugin you are using or even better, a link to where it can be downloaded?

    Hi Angelo,

    I checked “Don’t allow other plugin to modify feeds” option in Blubrry, however the issue remained.

    The minify plugin I am using is “W3 Total Cache” which worked alongside Blubrry just swell since 2013. Seems to be something in the latest round of updates of either WordPress, W3TC, or Blubrry.

    LINK to W3 Total Cache: https://wordpress.org/plugins/w3-total-cache/

    Specifically, the option within W3 Total Cache causing the issue is in the Minify–>Minify HTML option.

    When the Minify HTML option is active, Blubrry player breaks, when deactivated, Blubrry player displays as expected.

    I have thus deactivated the Minify HTML option now, and if you re-visit the link provided in my previous reply, you can see the player now displays in all of its beautiful glory. 🙂

    Thank you for all your assistance, it is most appreciated.

    Respectfully,

    Allison

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  LibertyTalk FM. Reason: Added link to W3 Total Cache plugin
    Plugin Author Angelo Mandato

    (@amandato)

    Hello Allison,

    Ahh I got it, sorry I was thinking it was a separate plugin in addition to W3TC. I will look into the w3-total-cache plugin. It is a monster of a plugin, my first test will simply be to use an older version in a sandbox environment. Did you check the support threads for W3TC, perhaps others are having similar issues?

    Another test you can do is use the WordPress audio shortcode directly, I suspect if we are having the problem with W3TC then others are also having the problem with the native WP player using it directly.

    e.g.

    [audio src="http://example.com/path/to/file.mp3"]

    Hi Angelo, again thank you for all your assistance here on the WP plugin forum.

    Prior to me posting the issue here, I did research a couple other leads returned via Google, but all concluded the only workaround was to disable the HTML minify option within W3TC.

    In addition, while I have indeed raised the issue on the W3TC support page, it does seem with all the goose-eggs listed in the plugin’s “Reply To” column for other issues, such would not be the most expeditious route to take in finding a solution.

    Plugin Author Angelo Mandato

    (@amandato)

    Hello @allimaple,

    Just giving you an update, I am investigating if we can add code to PowerPress to prevent the W3TC plugin from minifying the custom podcast feeds. Fingers crossed!

    Plugin Author Angelo Mandato

    (@amandato)

    Hello @allimaple,

    I have great news. I’ve added code to PowerPress (will be in the next update 7.1.1) that will prevent W3TC from minifying feeds, specifically podcast feeds.

    Thanks for reporting the issue!

    –angelo

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