Re: Re: Re: [podcasters] libsyn good enough?
- On 12/3/06, Paul Puri <paulpuri@...> wrote:
>I back up all of my sites and databases daily with an automated
> Thanks for the brief history of the challenges you have faced. And like you
> said, there are no all in 1 solutions unfortunately. Although, I don't know
> if I'd want to trust every aspect of my business or hobby to just one
script. I also don't have my domain registered with Dreamhost. If
they suddenly became unusable (went bankrupt, went insane, got raided
by the Secret Service, sank into the ocean, etc.) I could be back up
and running somewhere else in one day. I was actually considering a
mirroring solution that could have me up within 15 minutes or so, but
decided the cost of downtime wasn't worth the hassle of setting that
up and keeping it up.
If I had my Web site in one place and my MP3 files in another,
*either* host folding would have the effect of bringing my podcast
down. So in that sense, my risk is actually doubled vs. having it all
in one place. And recovering from either calamity would still take...
Yeah, about a day.
Long story short, I don't believe I'm at exceptional risk. The key is
just to make sure I have copies of everything at home.
> The biggest reason I asked is because I am working on a Wordpress hostingYes, I heard about that. >8-> I think it's a great idea. Doing it
> service for podcasters which is donation based. I'm still working out the
> bugs, and hope to have it up in a sort of beta phase in January.
on a donations basis is risky but very noble.
> What I would like to ask is, for those of you that have a decent amount ofNot much at all. It's less than 1% of my traffic. Your resource
> traffic on your sites, what kind of bandwidth do you see being used for just
> the site? I will not host audio. I will leave that to the Libsyn's,
> hipcasts, and dreamhosts of this world.
constraint in this scenario isn't going to be bandwidth; it's probably
going to be CPU and the performance of your MySQL database. And even
that might not be too bad. (Note for consideration, though: you want
to turn off PodPress's built-in stats tracking as an option for
people, because my experience is that the stats table quickly explodes
in size relative to all other Wordpress tables.)
> Also, for those who have used Wordpress in the past, what plugins have youAkismet is an absolute must. Chaining other spam-killing plugins with
> found useful, besides Podpress, of course.
it may be worthwhile too, but increases complexity.
If WP-Cache is compatible with Wordpress MU (and isn't already part of
the system) you'll find that it'll be a huge load reduction on your
database and Web server.
Adhesive is useful for top-of-the-blog "announcement" posts. And I
like Markdown for formatting my text; if your users are largely
nontechnical, offering Markdown and documenting it properly may save
them some headaches. Oh, and of course I use the WP-CC plugin for
Creative Commons licensing. >8->
I use other plugins, but they're frills. (Democracy for polling,
etc.) Podpress, some spam control, and caching if you can do it are
the important ones. Your real trickiness isn't going to be plugins
anyway, it's going to be making the right templates available for
people and getting them set up so that people can customize them
properly. To me the look-and-feel has always been the most complex
part of Wordpress.
Again, best of luck.
Steve Eley (sfeley@...)
ESCAPE POD - The Science Fiction Podcast Magazine