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Old 11-23-2008, 03:33 PM   #1
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Interesting Auto-Video Site Using Wordpress

Not to step on anyones toes here but strangely enough I've been working on a very similar plugin to what was posted in this thread Design, Development & Programming - WickedFire - Affiliate Marketing Forum - Internet Marketing Webmaster SEO Forum I was going to announce in a few days and give away for free but then I seen that thread and figured why not chime in to share some ideas and pick up a few more features I'm missing.

Basically its the same general idea with much more flexability and easability on your part (Don't worry its free for wickedfire members).

Basically it will do the same auto-video blog here.

Lets list some of its features.

It has the ability to manually search and upload videos, it pulls the video and the comments, you can specify a maximum amount of comments for the video, you can specify a category to place the post into, you can place your own text under the video, & you'll never get duplicate videos.

It uses the built in wordpress cron system so you don't have to create your own, its going to give you the ability to create posts hourly or daily, with the option to create as many posts as you want daily, for the auto feature you can specify a comment range so if you don't want all the comments on your site to have 100 comments you can specify a comment range betwen 0 and 100 and it will pull however many it needs too but never the same amount.

Lets look at some preliminary screenshots of this.



This screenshot is for the manually add video section, basically what you can do with this is search as many videos as you want with the search feature and when you click on a video you will see the below screenshot.



As you can see you can preview the video, set a max number of comments to get, select a category, and add text below the video, there will also be a safe comment feature so that you can make sure swear words are not in the comments when it all gets added.

Here is the last screen of the automated section



What this will do is enable you to specify which posts to create based upon tags in which ever category you want, select a comment range, use safe commenting, ect... all in an automated fashion.

The comments get placed into your blog just as they would if someone is adding them manually with there names, ect... all filled out.

Again I'm not trying to step on anyones toes and i'm only telling everyone here about this in a new thread because this is also a free plugin and if anyone wants some more features tossed in before I give it away in the next couple days then let me know.

I think there is still a good need for these plugins and rograndom being the thread creator of Design, Development & Programming - WickedFire - Affiliate Marketing Forum - Internet Marketing Webmaster SEO Forum is more then welcome can use this plug for some additional insight into his/her own.

Oh also I forgot to mention that this whole thing runs off the YouTube API and you'll never have to sign up for your own API key, it actually doesn't require an API key.

There is zero page scraping which means that once this plugin is going the only way it will break is if wordpress changes there database structure again (Which will be a quick fix on my part to get it working again) or if YouTube shuts down there API, which I hightly doubt thats going to happen.

Let me know what you think or what other features could help you out and I'll toss them in. I'm hoping to have it done and out by the end of Tomorrow if not the end of Tuesday.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:57 PM   #2
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I love this. And I want this. You will be my fucking hero if you make this work well.
I will be able to whip up hundreds of sites with this...
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I love this. And I want this. You will be my fucking hero if you make this work well.
I will be able to whip up hundreds of sites with this...
Thats exactly why I'm building it, I'm so fucking tired of having my domains just sitting there.

I have tons of domains that I bought that never got around to developing and I noticed a small trend with a few of my autoblogs which was pulling content from Yahoo Answers.

The trend was that a few of them were making me about $10 each month and they only get 13 unique visitors per day and they are promoting fucking dating offers with a long form to fill out for me to get paid $2.35.

I remembered last year I developed something similar which worked great but it was limited because it scraped instead of using the API.

So I figured if I build this to do up a ton of niche automated video blogs, my domains which are parked making me like .30 cents per month could be boosted upto $5 or $10 a month with zero work.

Times that by the number of domains I've got and I'm looking at an easy $1K boost in income each month.

Anyway I've got to finish up this automated feature for the plug right now but I'll be back later to talk some more about the development.

I'm going to include some tagging functionality into this thing as well.

Maybe even some content filters, we will see how much time I've got to do it all.
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That is exactly what I was thinking, that this will monetize my domain portfolio. Add stumble to the mix and you got at least 5$ from each domain. You are awesome. Keep working.
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nice, very nice... I have a few dozen extra domains I could use this on...
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I will be able to whip up hundreds of sites with this...
My thoughts exactly. I've actually been using tubepress on a few sites but this will make it so much easier.
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Old 11-23-2008, 06:28 PM   #7
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Sweet.
I'm in when you get this thing all setup.
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I am anxiously awaiting the release of this. Have quite a few domains that can be put to good use.

That is damn generous of you to make it free too.
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I had purchased his ProfitAdults script a while back and am looking forward to see this in action as well. Glad to see him offering up more tools again.
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This sounds great. I have a couple of feature ideas:

1. Fill an (empty) blog with a set number of posts over a set date range. So you would set the following:

Date Start: [dd/mm/YYYY]
Date End: [dd/mm/YYYY]
No. Posts: [int]
Tags: [comma sep tag list]
Comments Min: [int]
Comments Max: [int]

The script would divide the total number of posts by the number of tags specified, and grab the required number of posts from the YouTube API. It would then work out the date range, and the time spread between each post. It would then make all the posts, with a number of comments in the set range.

2. Post intos/outtros. I find with splogs that an intro and outtro makes a big difference between making the post seem genuine or not. So it would be nice to be able to specify a list of intros and closings paragraphs, from which one would be randomly selected for each post. Eg:

Intros:
[An awesome video today, I'm sure you're going to love it. Check it out:]
[What am amazing video this one is. It gave me goosebumps. Check it out:]
etc

Closing paragraphs:
[Great huh? Subscribe to the feed for more of the same]
[What did you think? Let me know in the comments...]

If you don't have time to add these features in I could do so myself once you release the plugin. (It might be worth adding it to subversion on Google code?)

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I have 100+ domains not making squat off parking. This looks awesome!

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Glad to see him offering up more tools again.
Yeah I haven't had time over these last few months to take some time and tack out a few useful tools, so I figured since I'm doing this one up for my personal use, I might as well incorporate it into public use and give it to the community.

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I can see some good uses for your suggestion, I just completed the automation section and its in testing as we speak, I'm going to have to work with it to make sure its working perfectly and a few more things.

Basically I won't have time (In this release anyway) to place in your first suggestion.

However I may have some time to include an intro/outro type feature you suggestion I agree with you when you say it will incorporate a little more trust into the blog, try to set it apart from all the typical splogs out there.

Lets see how much time I'm dealing with, basically I'm testing the auto-feature, making a few bug fixes and putting some final touches on it right now.

I will warn everyone now and once released though my code is not going to be pretty, its going to work just fine but if your looking through it and wondering how things work well then your most likely going to get confused.

I just don't have the time for this release to make the code source well commented and optimized for the best speed (Even though it will be quick, You'll see - (It could be quicker though lol)).

Anyway back to testing and bug fixing.
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I actually have been looking for a script like this. I have been using wordtube and its such a pain in the ass.

I'm sure interested in this plugin, it would make my life easier.

keep us posted.
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Ok another little update for you.

After 4 hours of fighting with the built in WP cron system, it still doesn't work even though it should, its fucked, I mean seriously everything works exactly like its supposed to but when it comes to performing the required action it doesn't do it and I know 100% the action works.

Basically the system works like this you add a hook to a function, then you start the CRON, when started it stores a value in the DB, it requires a user to visit your site after the time period, so if set to 1 hour after 1 hour it says oh ok we gotta do this, lets look up which function to call, it gets the function and performs it.

The system they have in place with the hooks and the database updating and everything works great until it gets to the function call, it just doesn't call it.

I tried everything so I sat down to think about the pro's and con's of using the WP cron system over using the one from your hosting provider and you know what there are a lot more pro's for me and you (Which I'll explain tomorrow - Closer to the release), for using your hosting providers cron job.

I'm sure in time I'll get the WP cron system to work seemlessly but for the first release of this you'll have to setup your own cron job.

Don't worry I've made it extremely easy, no real work on your part, all you need to do is login to your hosting provider, and say fire this script every (however often you want).

Anyway I'm not going to get too technical and I'm not going to fully explain this right now but I will tomorrow.

All you should know for right now is that for the first release you'll have to setup a cron job with your hosting provider, in a future release I'll have the WP cron system working seemlessly and make it so you can use whichever one is easier for you.
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Sweet man.
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I am ok with manual crons. It's no big deal, other than the fact they sometimes refuse to fire

For the uninitiated, I can say that videos can easily bring you traffic. I have a real example, where I embedded 100 youtubes as an addition to the site, and social bookmarked them. The videos get 500 uniques a day without me doing anything, and the niche is not even popular.
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This is some good shit, Aequitas.

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(Don't worry its free for wickedfire members).
Makes it all the more sweeter.

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Ok another little update for you.

After 4 hours of fighting with the built in WP cron system, it still doesn't work even though it should, its fucked, I mean seriously everything works exactly like its supposed to but when it comes to performing the required action it doesn't do it and I know 100% the action works.

Basically the system works like this you add a hook to a function, then you start the CRON, when started it stores a value in the DB, it requires a user to visit your site after the time period, so if set to 1 hour after 1 hour it says oh ok we gotta do this, lets look up which function to call, it gets the function and performs it.

The system they have in place with the hooks and the database updating and everything works great until it gets to the function call, it just doesn't call it.

I tried everything so I sat down to think about the pro's and con's of using the WP cron system over using the one from your hosting provider and you know what there are a lot more pro's for me and you (Which I'll explain tomorrow - Closer to the release), for using your hosting providers cron job.

I'm sure in time I'll get the WP cron system to work seemlessly but for the first release of this you'll have to setup your own cron job.

Don't worry I've made it extremely easy, no real work on your part, all you need to do is login to your hosting provider, and say fire this script every (however often you want).

Anyway I'm not going to get too technical and I'm not going to fully explain this right now but I will tomorrow.

All you should know for right now is that for the first release you'll have to setup a cron job with your hosting provider, in a future release I'll have the WP cron system working seemlessly and make it so you can use whichever one is easier for you.
Yeah, that's why I did mine with a unix cron job. I screwed around with adding a hook for tubepress but couldn't get it to work, said F-it and just did the simple thing and went outside wordpress.

I'm very interest in playing with this when it's done though.
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Ok guys I have only had 5 minutes today to work on this so I'm not going to release it until tomorrow because there are a few small bugs that I have noticed.

Last night I set this up on 3 different versions of wordpress those versions are as follows.

Version 2.3
Version 2.5
Version 2.6

Before I wen't to bed I put all those versions on different sites and set up the cron jobs for the automation feature.

Everything so far works great with those versions and the automation feature is going smoothly as well as the manual feature is working great.

I'm double checking everything on the database side right now and I have to add in an additional check to validate that the codes are being displayed correctly.

I'm double checking everything right now and tonight I'm going to test in IE 7 & IE 8.

After that I will post in this thread (Most likely tomorrow or really late tonight) with a link where you guys can download this and start working with it.
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I forgot to mention too that here are some requirements for the plugin.

WP 2.3 or higher * I highly suggest 2.6 or higher.
PHP 5 - I'm doing what I can to try and get this to PHP 4.3 but we will see - Its just so much easier with PHP 5.

Other then that it should work just fine.
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Here You Go But Please Read The Following

Ok so the plug is kinda ready and the link is at the bottom of this post but please please read this post in FULL before downloading and asking questions about it because I need to make a few things clear (I know its long but bear with it).

The first thing I need to say is that when I first started this plugin, I was not creating it for anyone other then myself on my own servers with my own setup.

It was about half way through when I thought a few others may find some use for it, at that point I changed a few things and made it so anyone can download and install it.

I also want to tell you that I really don't have all that much time to work on it, I created it to do 1 specific function, that function is to put a bit of content on the domains I had sitting around doing sweet fuck all, I didn't create this to try and make me lots of money.

Its sole goal is to add a touch of value to my empty domains and to enable those domains to pay for themselves year after year so I can keep them, this means I'll be happy if this plugin makes me as low as $20/year/domain.

That is a very realistic goal I've used similar methods to make just as much, sometimes more, but I like how this one works over all others I've used, plus I created it so I know exactly how to change something to make it better in the future.

Anyway with all that said I really did run out of time on it, this does not mean it does not work however it means the following.

1) About 90% of the source code is NOT well commented, the only file which is decently commented is the automate.php file used for the automation feature, as time goes on and I plug away at it here and there I'll put in much more comments to make it easier to tweak and to see where I was going with my code.

2) This plugin is very AJAX/JavaScript intensive so turn off JavaScript blockers & enable JavaScript before using it, you should get a red error message letting you know if you need to enable JavaScript, if you don't see it then you should be just fine.

3) I've created it so you can re-name the folder its in to anything you want, however you should know that I barely tested this aspect of the plugin, which means there is a chance that I missed something and if you re-name the folder its in you may run into an issue or two when using it, so my suggestion for this is to simply leave it in the folder it came with, that foldername should be called "ydata"

4) When you open the folder the files are in the files are not nicely seperated, another words they are all just there, the images are not in a images folder, the js scripts are not in a js folder. Again this was because I ran out of time & it was created for personal use, this obviously isn't a big deal but I thought I would toss it out there.

5)
This one brings me back to my code is NOT well commented, if your trying to tweak it you will see that a lot of my variable names are not all that meaninful. Again the cause of this is lack of time and I was building it for myself, as time goes on I'll fix this up.

6) Because its AJAX/JavaScript intensive I tried to make it so there would not be an issue if wordpress is installed under a sub-folder on your site, the plug should work just fine because of the way I built it if your installation is in a sub-folder on your site, however again this little aspect is currently not well tested so keep an eye out for any bugs that might pop up because of this.

7)
I can't remember the other personal notes I wanted to say so lets move on but keep reading this entire post its important.

------- INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS ---------

1) Download the zip file from the link at the bottom of this post
2) Extract the files to your computer
3) Place the "ydata" folder and all of its contents into the plugins directory of your wordpress installation
4) Login to the WP admin panel, click Plugins, and activate it.

------- SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS -----------

PHP 5 or higher
MySql 4.3 Or higher
Wordpress 2.6 (Read tested environments below)

------- TESTED ENVIRONMENTS -------------

FireFox 2 & 3
IE 7 & 8
Wordpress 2.3
Wordpress 2.5
Wordpress 2.6 - Recommend you upgrade to this newest version of WP

------- KNOWN ISSUES --------

Right now there isn't a lot of known issues because it seems to run really well under my own installation but as we all know different installations can result in unknown issues but if you run into any issues at all I want to hear about them so I can fix them.

1) I'll start off with the one which is most annoying, when your adding posts manually I enter in the current date and time the post was created at & when they are being added via the automation feature I randomize the data a little bit so they don't all appear to be added at specific intervals.

The annoying issue is that for the comment dates I use the publish date provided by the YouTube API, which means that if your post was created on November 24, 2008 some of your comments might be from July 24, 2007

See the issue the comment was left a year before the post was made? WTF...... I thought of using the earliest comment date for the posts publish date but then you will very well end up with no new posts or ones that are new but the dates are from 2007 or 2006.

Right now the best way around this is to simply not show the post date in your theme, you can show the comment dates if you want but eithier show the post date and don't show the comment dates or show the comment dates and don't show the post dates, that will help.

2) This is another thing that kinda annoys me and thats using broad terms, for instance if you type in "Cars" for the automated feature you'll get some music video and the movie "Cars" but not a lot of actual cars, I'm going to try to improve upon this in the future by adding in some filters but the best way now is to try and target down your keywords a little bit.

3) For the automated feature if you specify that you want between 100 and 200 comments, some of your posts may end up with less then 100 comments and this is because some videos just don't have between 100 and 200 comments.

4) The first info page you'll see is completely useless right now and has no relevent information so just ignore it, I was going to put in a full help thing here and maybe some dynamic update features here but didn't get around to it, thats another thing which is a work in progress (Again it was originally created with me in mind)

I think that covers the major things I noticed right now I'm sure a few more will be reported and pop up but just keep those in mind.
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----------- WHAT THINGS MEAN & HOW TO USE THE PLUG ---------

1) When you activate the plugin it will create a new tab called "Ydata" this is where all the goods of the plug reside.

2) When you click on this tab you are presented with the info screen, as I just previously mentioned in the known features part of this post, right now this section is completely useless and has no relevent info so ignore it for now.

3) The automation page is the second (middle) sub-tab for this plugin and this is where the real goods come into play. Before you create a cron job you have to fill out this information.

The first thing you need to fill out is the input beside the word Post: this is the keyword which will be used to search for your videos, please only add 1 keyword into this and right beside it you'll have to choose a category in which you want to have this post show up into.

After that you can optionally specify some tags for this post if you want to, seperate them with a comma, I was going to use the tags which come with the video but never got around to it, again I'll probably toss that functionality in as time goes on.

Next is setting the comment range, here you specify a low number then a number higher then the low number so if I wanted all the comments for this keyword (posts) to be between 100 and 200 I would put 100 in the first box and 200 in the second. If you leave these blank you will probably get a message saying fill them out, but if you don't then it will default to grabbing comments between 50 and 100.

Once you've done that you can specify if you want to remove all swear words from the comments by checking the checkbox.

After your done click the Add Post Details button and once its done you should see it show up in the right sidebar and a message at the top saying hey its been added.

From there you can remove it if you don't want to use that keyword anymore.

Once you've entered 1 keyword then you can setup a cron job to run the automate.php file however often you want however every time the cron job runs it will make 1 post for each and every keyword you specify in this section.

So if I create 5 elements here and run the cron every hour it will create 5 posts an hour so keep that in mind. In the future I'm going to add in a max/day option and a bit more flexability with this automation feature.

4) The last sub-tab enables you to manually add videos, this one is pretty self-explanitory if you read everything upto this point, you simply search for some videos, they will be displayed as an image, click the image to preview the video, add some details and make the post.

5) This is an important one, once you got a few videos on your site, go to the main page (Not a single page) and you'll notice that you won't see the video player, instead you'll see a larger type of screenshot for this video, however if you go to the post page (single page) you no longer see the thumbnail, now you see the video player and can watch the video.

I've done this because if you place 10 video players on the same page and a user presses play and pause on 5 of them, things are going to get really slow for them. Its always better to place lots of thumbnails on a page and 1 video where required.

If you want to change this around you can do so easily, open up the file called "ydata.php" and near the top you can comment out the following line of code.

PHP Code:
add_action('the_content''change_post'); 
Or if you want to keep it there but change the image size and play with it a bit more then everything that effects this is inside of the change_post function which is shown below.

PHP Code:
function change_post() {
    global 
$wpdb,$post;

    if(!
is_single()) {
      
$image $wpdb->get_var("SELECT image FROM ".$wpdb->prefix."ydata_options WHERE post_id = '".$post->ID."'");
      
      
$replace '<center><img src="'.stripslashes($image).'" alt="'.$post->post_title.'" /></center>';

      echo 
preg_replace("/<object(.*?)object>/i"$replace$post->post_content);
    }
    else
    {
      echo 
$post->post_content;
    }
  } 
This function does NOT re-save your post to the database, it simply intercepts the posts before they are displayed to the user, its a handy thing to have.

----------- CLOSING STATEMENTS & DL LINK ---------

I wen't over all this stuff so you know where I stand on it and to give you a bit of knowledge into the current status of the plugin.

Basically as I stated before right now its sole purpose is so that all the domains I have sitting there doing fuck all can make themselves at least $20/year so they can pay for themselves as time goes on.

I didn't have time to add in a lot of cool and helpful features, and the flexibility is basic but this is something that I plan on working with as time goes on, you know if I have a few hours here or a spare day over there then I'll fix up some of the code and add some better features and as time goes on it'll get better, how much time before it is the best plugin you'll ever use for empty domains is still unknown lol.

Also if you want support for the plugin don't coun't on me (right now at least) to respond to everyones questions and concerns and feature requests, I want to hear them all so by all means send the message just don't count on a quick responce.

Finally before I give you the link (I bet you all hate me for all the reading) if you want to know what something in the code does, shoot me off a message and ask, I'll do what I can to help explain it to you until I get it commented better.

If your interested in helping me advance this alot quicker let me know we will team up, you create this feature I'll create that one, we will combine it once were done thats great for me, also who knows if a few of us team up to work on seperate features we can pound out a commercial plugin to sell and make some coin from, we could work on others in the future, so don't be shy to ask or suggest or whatever else.

Anyway I'm tired of typing and I bet your extremely tired of reading so here you go - finally the awaited link to the download.

AmpleGains - Ydata Plugin

P.S. I have no idea why I called it Ydata, I'm sure I'll change it and it really means nothing, again its on of those things where I planned to create it for personal use.
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Fantastic! Thank you for your time and effort!
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Beta testing it now.

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Alright even though a lot of this plugin is used for an empty domain and used for autoblogging it can still be a very powerful thing to use on your existing websites that you don't want to auto-blog with but can add some videos to inhance the experince.

Check out this post I made on one of my sites I want to try and keep clean.

http://www.celebrityarchives.ca/watc...ncock-trailer/

This post was made using the plugin as you can see I removed the comment dates which makes it seem very valid that the comments were left in a timely manner.

I kept the post date and removed the comment dates (In my own theme files not the plugin), I believe that this is the best method of use for the date issue stated above.

Also I just remembered that the YouTube API enables you to create your own custom looking video players which plays the videos.

So in essence and this is another thing I could work on, maybe even with some assistance is to create a few generic well formed and good looking custom players using the YouTube API.

This way the videos on your site will seem like you uploaded them, you could make this plugin seem completely independent of YouTube.

Fuck I think I'm going to look at the API and try to create a custom player for the site I linked to above before I put too many YouTube videos on it.

I'll keep you all posted.
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I just noticed something else that I don't think I can fix but I thought I would let you know about.

When using the auto-feature you may come across a video or two which does not play.

The comments, title, ect... everything gets added just fine the player displays just fine, and the image displays just fine.

However when you click play it may say "Video no longer available"

This means the video has been removed from YouTube and has not been taken out of the YouTube API yet.

Not sure if I can test for this yet.
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Aequitas:

Do you have a debugging mode I can turn on somewhere? I get all the way to where I hit "Post video" in manual mode, and I hit it, it cranks for a second, then leaves me at a screen with just the video on it and the search bar above it. Seems like a success, but then, I have no trace of the post anywhere. Very curious.

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Do you have a debugging mode I can turn on somewhere? I get all the way to where I hit "Post video" in manual mode, and I hit it, it cranks for a second, then leaves me at a screen with just the video on it and the search bar above it. Seems like a success, but then, I have no trace of the post anywhere. Very curious.

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No I didn't put in a debug mode, this seems like an issue with the AJAX.

Basically when you do a manual search your presented with a list of video images, you click on 1 then you will see the video you can preview with some options to fill out on the side.

When you click the add video link, you should see another message saying please wait.....then after that you will see a message saying video has been added.

Try it and wait it shouldn't take longer then 30 seconds for it to complete if it takes longer then that then check your site to see if the video has been added.

If it hasen't then your experincing a AJAX issue, in the ajax.js file when you click the addVideo button the function addVideo() gets fired which calls the addVideo.php file.

That may help a bit with debugging.

Also check to make sure that your running on PHP 5 because this file requires the use of the php function simplexml_load_file()
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I just noticed something else that I don't think I can fix but I thought I would let you know about.

When using the auto-feature you may come across a video or two which does not play.

The comments, title, ect... everything gets added just fine the player displays just fine, and the image displays just fine.

However when you click play it may say "Video no longer available"

This means the video has been removed from YouTube and has not been taken out of the YouTube API yet.

Not sure if I can test for this yet.
No, it has nothing to do with the plugin. Youtube has some videos that have copyright, and they do not allow you to play them on another domain other than youtube.com
You can embed them normally, but they don't play. The only way to tell is from the youtube's video page, where the embed code is grayed out.
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Sounds great man! Gonna have a play later. Have you tried it on mu? (If not I'll give it a go and let ya know.)
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Sounds great man! Gonna have a play later. Have you tried it on mu? (If not I'll give it a go and let ya know.)
Nope haven't tried it with MU yet.
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I'll let ya know how it goes.
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I have just done a little testing with this and it works a treat. Took me a couple of minutes to set up, and that was it, worked first time. One thing that I would mention is that if you already have any video that has been posted, the default setting of this plugin seems to make it dissapear from the main page. It can however be seen from the individual page. I guess this is a side effect from having an image substitute the video when the plugin does its stuff. It is easily fixed using the method mentoined earlier, just comment out:

add_action('the_content', 'change_post');

in the ydata.php file and all is back to normal again.

The only thing that I could thing of as an improvement (unless I've missed something here),would be to offer an option to search by videos uploaded 'This week' or 'This month'. That way there would be a bit more churn on the videos that could be chosen from. At the moment it seems to be pulling them from the 'Uploaded Anytime', and sort by 'Relevance', this list can stagnate pretty quickly sometimes.
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What a great plugin. I have installed this and it works great

I have added a few manual videos but I am just about to add a CRON job to make it automatic.

Thanks for the great plugin
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I've just read the comments in automate.php, it looks like you have the sugestion I made above already covered:

'Without this loop we would be limited to 50 videos per keyword, with this loop we are limited to 5,000 videos per keyword, which should be more then enough, if you want more change the 100 in this loop to a larger amount.'
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This plugin works amazingly well. The scrape is done in seconds, you can setup the videos by category. I for example set up 6 categories and it adds 1-2 videos to each every time. With a cron firing every 1.5 days this seems fairly natural. This is great.

EDIT: if you are scraping popular keywords, make sure you limit the comments. I have some that reach 800+ comment bullshit.
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:39 PM   #45
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Totally agree Glowleaf. If anyone wants to change the colour of the video surround then just alter the code on addvideo.php (line 94 I think) to this:

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//to give the video a little colour
      
$vidcolour1 "0x5d1719";
      
$vidcolour2 "0xcd311b";
$video_object '<center><object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/'.$video_id.'&hl=en&fs=1&color1='.$vidcolour1.'&color2='.$vidcolour2.'"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/'.$video_id.'&hl=en&fs=1&color1='.$vidcolour1.'&color2='.$vidcolour2.'" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object></center><p>'.$desc.'</p>'
You can change the $vidcolour1 and $vidcolour2 to whatever you want. There are some suggestions on Youtube when you click the customize button next to the Embed code.
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Totally agree Glowleaf. If anyone wants to change the colour of the video surround then just alter the code on addvideo.php (line 94 I think) to this:

PHP Code:
//to give the video a little colour
      
$vidcolour1 "0x5d1719";
      
$vidcolour2 "0xcd311b";
$video_object '<center><object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/'.$video_id.'&hl=en&fs=1&color1='.$vidcolour1.'&color2='.$vidcolour2.'"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/'.$video_id.'&hl=en&fs=1&color1='.$vidcolour1.'&color2='.$vidcolour2.'" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object></center><p>'.$desc.'</p>'
You can change the $vidcolour1 and $vidcolour2 to whatever you want. There are some suggestions on Youtube when you click the customize button next to the Embed code.
Yes you can change that line to change the colors of the player and you can also refer to this page for the other paramaters which YouTube will allow you to change.

YouTube Embedded Player Parameters - YouTube APIs and Tools - Google Code

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This plugin works amazingly well. The scrape is done in seconds, you can setup the videos by category. I for example set up 6 categories and it adds 1-2 videos to each every time. With a cron firing every 1.5 days this seems fairly natural. This is great.

EDIT: if you are scraping popular keywords, make sure you limit the comments. I have some that reach 800+ comment bullshit.
Yes by default I think the max number of comments is set to like 900, I've never gotten more then that so it can be important to set the max number or ranged comments in the system.

For instance what I like to do is if the site is not that popular yet and people know that then I'll start my comments off between like 5 and 15 for 1 cat and 5 and 30 for another, and a month later I'll raise it to like 15 and 40 for 1 cat and 20 and 50 for another one, and keep going with it.

As for the speed yes it does go pretty quick right now but in time when I clean up the code a bit I will make it go much quicker lol.
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If you want your sitemaps update automatically do this

oh right 1 more thing and that is about updating your sitemaps automaticallly, you see if your using a sitemap plugin it will not detect that new videos are being added simply because they are skipping the main wordpress flow and being put directly inside the database.

However if you download and use WordPress › Google XML Sitemaps WordPress Plugins install that plugin, go to its settings and read over them you will notice an option which says "Enable manual sitemap building via GET Request" check that option then click on the question mark beside it.

Once you click the question mark it will give you a URL, open up the automate.php file and put this exactly 1 line above the very last } mark.

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@file_get_contents($url);
Replace $url with the URL you got from the plugin, save this file and upload it to your site and create another cron job (I have mine to run once an hour).

When the cron job fires your sitemap will be automatically updated with the new posts created with the Ydata plugin.
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Thanks for the great plugin.

I have 1 question, where do you run the cron job to automate it?
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Thanks for the great plugin.

I have 1 question, where do you run the cron job to automate it?
You need to set the cron job up on your hosting providers side of things, contact them if you don't know how and the file you run with the cron is called automate.php
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Thanks. I found it.

Do I run the addVideo.php for it to automate?
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