public galleries: buddypress-media VS. buddypress-album
goal: embed a user’s uploaded media on their profile page *must be PUBLICLY viewable*
wordpress version: 3.4.1
buddypress version: 1.6
buddypress theme: custom-community (some modifications)
bp-media version: 2.0
I appreciate the hard work of both of these projects. Thank you for your contributions to the community.
I installed the buddypress-album plugin several weeks ago and had little difficulty getting it set up on my site (http://allnaturalartists.com). With the help of Zach Denton’s blog post (http://www.zacharydenton.com/how-to-display-buddypress-album-images-anywhere/), I was able to display all user images in a simple jquery slideshow.
When the site owner requested video support, I figured it would be a piece of cake to find a plugin that could do the job. Little did I know the weeks of searching and testing it would take to find the buddypress-media plugin.
From the start, the distinction wasn’t clear between the two projects: bp-album and bp-media. Partially due to what seems like multiple “project homes”. There is the plugin homepage as listed in the wordpress plugin page (http://rtcamp.com/buddypress-media/) with it’s own support forum, there’s the bp-media developer site (http://code.google.com/p/buddypress-media/) that I found through google searches and there’s the buddypress.org project forum on which I’m now writing this post (the url suggests bp-album, but the forum itself is called ‘plugin: buddypress media’).
From these three primary sources, I’ve learned about nightly builds, I’ve installed the newly released bp-media 2.0 plugin by rtCamp, I’ve learned why my video uploads are not working even for .MP4 videos encoded with the H.264 codec. I’ve even had to take a crash course in buddypress learning how to customize the member user interface.
What I have not yet discovered, is how to publicly display uploaded media publicly with the bp-media plugin. As I mentioned before, I was able to do this for the bp-album plugin both with Zach Denton’s custom loop as well as the ‘Featured Content Loop’ (http://code.google.com/p/buddypress-media/wiki/UsingTheFeaturedContentLoop) and ‘Global Media Page’ (http://code.google.com/p/buddypress-media/wiki/UsingTheGlobalMediaPage). None of the solutions that worked for the bp-album plugin are working for me with the bp-media plugin installed. I can only assume that the two plugins take a different approach in displaying members’ uploaded media.
The most Progress I was able to make was to take a few lines of code from the bp-media-screens.php file and add them to my theme’s profile.php file:
` global $bp;
The bp_media_images_screen_content function produces the error: “Sorry, no images were found.” even though the “images” sub-tab on the user profile shows all of the images they uploaded. Is there some global variable I’m not setting? Am I setting the query incorrectly? or maybe there’s some simpler way the development team has already put in place to perform this task.
I understand your team is busy. If I’ve missed this question being answered on another thread, please direct me there.
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