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Posted new sermons online the other day and now I can't??
29 January, 2013
12:18 am
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I uploaded some sermons the other day and they work fine...now trying to upload sermons and once they are placed and i click in another browser, it says FILE NOT FOUND... Help please?  New at this..

 

Pastor Monty

29 January, 2013
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Pastor Monty,

Could you post a link to your site, so I can take a look?

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29 January, 2013
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Sorry Ben,

As i stated, I am learning..

 

http://www.thats-my-church.com

 

Click Media, and then Sermon Downloads

You will see 2 options i have for the sermon media...I want to use the Sermon Browser plugin though like the last three..

 

Thanks,

Pastor Monty Lasseter

29 January, 2013
9:08 pm
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It looks like you are figuring it out.  I see two sermons on your site now, and they seem to be working fine.  Can you explain to me exactly what you are doing when you get the error message you are talking about?

 

I do have some suggestions for you.  You will benefit from performing the template fixes found in this topic:

https://www.sermonbrowser.com/f.....mons-page/

In that topic, read all the way to the end.  There are two recommended fixes to adjust the Sermon Browser templates, which will improve the way that Sermon Browser works with your WordPress theme.  Follow the instructions for both fixes.

 

Another thing that you will find is after you get 10 sermons on your site, you'll run into the "Next page" bug.  The fix for this is in the following topic:

https://www.sermonbrowser.com/f.....e-sermons/

You will want to read all the way to the end of that topic before you begin making any changes.  I know you said that you are a beginner, and there are a few attempts at making easy to follow step-by-step instructions for that fix.

 

If you have any questions about either of these things or anything else, please let me know.

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29 January, 2013
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Not sure if I am "figuring" it out or not...I am trying though. Thank you so much for the help...I had to delete everything and start from scratch.  I kept doing the same thing and it kept telling me on the webpage - FILE NOT FOUND.  Since uninstalling and starting all over, all seems to be working---except for my upload speed.  IT IS KILLING ME.  6mb down - 413kbps up (if lucky)  

I will look into the fixes you listed above as soon as this upload completes...

 

Thank you for your quick response...I may be contacting you again soon!

 

Thank you and God Bless you!

 

Bishop Monty Lasseter

29 January, 2013
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Ok, now i have 3 uploaded and it will not allow me to upload anymore.  Maximum file size?  It gets all the way to 99% but never shows up in my list.  Upload speed 0.43Mbps

 

Sorry.

30 January, 2013
1:14 am
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Bishop Monty,

Are you uploading your sermons inside the WordPress control panel?  I recommend instead uploading your sermon audio files over FTP .  I think you'll find it faster and less buggy.  Place the MP3 files in the /wp-content/uploads/sermons folder, and Sermon Browser will be able to find them when you Add a new sermon.

My favorite FTP program is FileZilla.  Are you familiar with FTP?  Let me know if you need help.

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30 January, 2013
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Ben,

 

I AM NOT familiar with this task.  I did "part 1" the template fix, but noticed no changes...Should I?

 

Also, part 2 I have not even started trying to figure that out.  I had someone create the webpage for me and now I am learning the things I can update.  I will take all of the help I can get.  

 

I am uploading the sermons using the sermon browser uploader. Once it uploads, then I have the option to create the sermon.

 

Bishop Monty Lasseter

30 January, 2013
10:52 pm
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Bishop Monty,

No problem, let me try to explain again.

There are three parts to the changes that I recommend from the two forum topics that I linked to.

 

Part 1: Changing class "clear" to "sb-clear."  (Forum topic)  This one will not change anything on your site at this time, but I still recommend it because it could help you in the future if you decide to change WordPress themes.  It looks like you already did this one, and it looks good.

 

Part 2: Removing #content ID from your templates.  (Forum topic)  This one will indeed change your site for the better.  If you look at your site now, you'll see that all the sermons are pushed together, and it's hard to tell which sermon title goes with which sermon.  This is due to a conflict between your WordPress theme and the default Sermon Browser style template.  To fix this, in the WordPress control panel, go to Sermons, Templates.  The third big box on the page, labeled "Style," is what we want to change here.  You are going to go through all the text in that box and delete the text "#content" everywhere you see it.  (See this forum topic for an example of what to do.)  After you've done that and you hit the "Save" button, if you go back to your Sermons page on your site, it should look much better.

 

Part 3: Implementing the "Next page" bug fix.  (Forum topic)  You haven't run into this problem yet, but you will.  After you have more than 10 sermons on your site, there will be a link on your site to go to the next page of sermons.  The link won't work, due to a bug in the plugin.  To fix it requires some changes to the PHP files in the plugin.  At the bottom of the forum topic (direct link) I have step-by-step directions for replacing the files using an FTP program.  This will be, in my opinion, the easiest method for you for making this change.  However, since you are not yet familiar with FTP, let's wait on this one until you are familiar with it.  I'll be explaining it next.

 

FTP is a method of transferring files from your computer to your website.  If you are managing a website, it is an important skill to have.  To use FTP, you'll need an FTP client.  My favorite is a program called FileZilla, which you can download for free here.  After you have installed FileZilla, you'll need to put in the correct settings to connect to your website.  These settings are different for different web hosts.  It looks like your website is hosted by GoDaddy (or one of its resellers).  Is this correct?  GoDaddy has a help page about connecting to your website with FileZilla, which you can read here.

After you've connected to your website, FileZilla makes it easy to transfer files back and forth between your own computer and your website.  The files on your own computer will be on the left side of the screen, and your website is on the right side.  You just find the correct folder on each side, and you can drag files from left to right or from right to left. 

To transfer your sermon audio MP3 files to your website for Sermon Browser, you connect with FileZilla, then find the /wp-content/uploads/sermons/ folder on your website.  You should see all of your existing MP3 files there.  You can drag new MP3 files from your computer over to that folder on your website.  After you've done that, when you go into Sermon Browser to add a new sermon, at the bottom of the page you'll see an area called Attachments.  Next to "Choose existing file," you'll see a drop down box that contains a list of all the MP3 files in your /wp-content/uploads/sermons/ folder that are not already attached to one of your sermons.  Pick the one you want.  You can also go to Sermons, Files.  In there, you'll see a list of all the MP3 files in your /wp-content/uploads/sermons/ folder.  The ones that are already attached to sermons will be under "Linked files," and anything you just uploaded but haven't used yet will be in "Unlinked files."

Now that you are an expert in FTP :) you can go back to Part 3 above and read my step-by-step instructions for the Next Page Bug Fix.

 

I hope this explanation helps.  If you have any questions or still need more help, don't be afraid to ask.

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4 February, 2013
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I have done all but STEP 3.  Let me start by saying THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP!  

 

Now, 

Downloaded Filezilla, went to my GoDaddy account, but am still lost on the "login" information for the quickconnect with them.  1.  Where so I find the username and password?  2. If I add this to my computer, will that conflict to what "he" is able to do on his end of the website?

 

Thanks,

 

Pastor Monty

5 February, 2013
8:23 pm
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Pastor Monty,

Is your GoDaddy account in your name, or does it belong to the guy that set up your website?  If it is your GoDaddy account, you should be able to call up GoDaddy support at (480) 505-8877 and ask them what the FTP username and password are for your website.

If the GoDaddy account is his, then you could ask him to tell you what the FTP username and password are, or have him call GoDaddy.

To answer your question number 2, you won't "conflict" with what he is doing simply by connecting via FTP yourself.  Of course, it is possible to do damage to your website after you are connected via FTP: for example, you could delete important files on your website.  But that is part of troubleshooting: The power required to fix things is also capable of breaking things.  Do you work on computer hardware?  It's the same thing.  When you open up your computer, you have the potential to break something.  But sometimes it is necessary to open up the computer to fix things.

After you are able to connect, I think that the step-by-step instructions I wrote are pretty clear, but if you get stuck on any of the steps, feel free to ask and I can clarify any of them for you.

Alternatively, if you don't want to use FTP, jbensimpson wrote some step-by-step instructions in the same topic that do not use FTP .  If you are unable to connect via FTP, that might be your best bet.  I can clarify those steps, too, if you need help.

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11 February, 2013
6:27 pm
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Ben, 

I contacted GoDaddy, and they could not give me the password...I am waiting on a reply from my "sitebuilder."  But today I have been trying to upload sermons yet again and i receive "Internal Server Error."  

 

Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.


Apache Server at thats-my-church.com Port 80
 

I understand that the FTP will be the best, but until I get the rest of the information, I AM STUCK!  Got any ideas?

11 February, 2013
8:26 pm
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What size is the MP3 file that you are trying to upload?  My only idea at this time is to try to get the filesize down and see if that works.  For example, just to see if you can make it work, edit your sermon audio file down to a 5 minute excerpt, and see if you can successfully upload and post that.  If you are successful with that, then it is probably the file size that is the problem.

Once you determine that, your options are:

1. Reduce the filesize of your sermon MP3 files.  This can be done in the following ways:

  • Encode your MP3 file at a lower bitrate.  Song MP3 files are often encoded at very high bitrates: 256 kbps or higher.  This results in great audio quality, but high filesizes.  They can get away with this because songs are only 3 minutes long.  But if you are encoding a 40 minute sermon at 256 kbps, it would be very big.  Spoken word can be encoded at a much lower rate and still sound good.  Our church encodes at 64 kbps, but there are people on the forum here that encode at 32 kbps or ever 16 kbps.  Each time you half the bitrate, you nearly half the filesize.
  • Edit your sermon.  Take out the music, take out the announcements.  I recommend leaving announcements out, because they are only valid for a week or two, but your sermon will live on your website forever.

 

2. Contact GoDaddy and get them to increase your upload size.  When you go to the Sermon Browser options screen, do you see warnings like this?

Warning: The maximum file size you can upload is only 7168k. Please change upload_max_filesize to at least 15M in php.ini.
Warning: The maximum file size you send through the browser is only 8192k. Please change post_max_size to at least 15M in php.ini.
Warning: The maximum time allowed for an upload script to run is only 60 seconds. Please change max_input_time to at least 600 in php.ini.

This will show you the maximum filesize and maximum upload time that you have on your website.  When you contact GoDaddy, you'll need to ask them how you can change these PHP parameters: upload_max_filesize, post_max_size, and max_input_time.

 

3. Use FTP.  Once you get FTP working, if you use it to upload your MP3 files, it won't matter what the PHP parameters are, and your MP3 files can be as big as you want.  (Of course, you still want to minimize the filesize, so that your users can download them quicker.)

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11 February, 2013
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File sizes are small enough for the site...

When I go to Sermon Browser options, I see "Warning: The maximum time allowed for an upload script to run is only 60 seconds. Please change max_input_time to at least 600 in php.ini"

Where can I change this?

 

Still trying to get the FTP going.

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In this topic on the GoDaddy support forum, it is suggested that GoDaddy does not allow users to increase the max_input_time parameter.  However, policies change, and that forum topic was from 2.5 years ago.  This GoDaddy support page shows how to make some changes to your php5.ini file.  You could try adding the line:

max_input_time = 600

to your php5.ini file, but it might not do anything if GoDaddy still has that policy in place.  Of course, FTP is required to make that change anyway....

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