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Creating "packaged" media sets

  • rybo3000


    Hello all,

    I’m in the process of trying to rescue a failed project built using BuddyPress. It’s a media sharing platform for church organizations to be able to share all of the media content that they generated for their Sunday church services. Other churches could then search for content and reuse it.

    One of the key challenges I have is trying to find a way to create a custom post which will display a subset of media items (videos, images, motion backgrounds, PDF docs, etc). Each collection of media items in its respective post would then be delivered via a cart “checkout” for use by church organizations.

    These are going to be user-submitted media collections, so I have to idiot-proof the upload process (I’m currently looking at Gravity Forms for a multi-page form). My big problem is that I can’t rely on simple category tags in a custom taxonomy to permanently bind media items together in a collection. Once someone else uses that same category tag, the media collection would start to contain media items that aren’t related to the original upload.

    Does anyone know of a way that a unique postmeta identifier could be automatically assigned to an upload form, in a way that wouldn’t require the uploading party to think of it themselves?

    The fallback is that I can make each upload subject to my approval, and assign those postmeta identifiers on the backend. Either way, I’d still need to engineer a UI for me to be able to do that.

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  • rybo3000


    By the way, I should have specified; my plan here is to have each and every media item be its own post. My thought process is that many organizations won’t want the whole collection, but I don’t want then to have to search for each part of a collection one by one.

    For example, if someone searches for “Christmas” on the content portion of the site, I want them to see results that lead with entire media collections, but can be sorted by media type (video, study guides, etc) via search result categories off to the side.

    I’m thinking that the post type for entire collections would simply contain a hero image and description, with all of the related post types (individual media item posts) thumbnailed and listed below.



    Hi @rybo3000,
    Perhaps you can use BuddyDrive, who works on profiles and use many many mime types (so far you selct them). Not a “post”, but each uploaded file is handled separatly, profile by profile.



    Thanks, @danbp! It looks as if BuddyDrive would meet some of the basic requirements. I’m starting to think that I may have to give up on turning individual content items into posts, so if that happens I’ll certainly be looking at BuddyDrive.

    Thanks again!

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