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Hi,

I'm having difficulty figuring out how to host podcasts. I have MP3 files I'd like to be able to make available to potential listeners through my Joomla site, but am unable to do so.

I tried downloading Podcast Suite but it didn't function correctly - causing errors, failing to load - and I am unsure how and where to host my podcasts. Could someone please help?
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by:EmuL8_sw
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Hi, did you install the component, module and plugin for this?
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by:rick_danger
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Yes, but I received an error. Is it because I'm installing the zip files?
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by:EmuL8_sw
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Can you explain the error please?
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by:rick_danger
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Here's the error:

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING, expecting T_OLD_FUNCTION or T_FUNCTION or T_VAR or '}' in /home/directorsukcom/public_html/administrator/components/com_podcast/podcast.php on line 70

This happens when I click on Podcast Suite in Components.
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by:EmuL8_sw
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what version did you install?
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by:rick_danger
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Of what, Podcast Suite? 1.5. Is there a newer one?
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by:EmuL8_sw
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Not that I am aware of, do you have access to that file?
"/home/directorsukcom/public_html/administrator/components/com_podcast/podcast.php"

Can you please attach it here?
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by:rick_danger
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There's two with that name, but one only went up to line 30 so I'm attaching the longer one. Thanks
podcast.php
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by:EmuL8_sw
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Thats strange... your php file is very small. Way to small.
And the fact that you have 2 of them in the same folder is also troubling.

The best bet would be to uninstall the entire Suite, and then re-install it.

This is a very good podcast system, and really is worth trying to fix.
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by:EmuL8_sw
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ps.

install it in this order, maybe it makes a diff:

1) Component
2) Module
3) Plugin
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by:rick_danger
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I've tried reinstalling it, and in that order, but to no avail.

Do you think my version of Joomla - 1.5.7 - is causing a problem? I read somewhere that it could be that, but I don't know how to upgrade it even if that is the problem.
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by:rick_danger
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According to a forum, it's probably because my Joomla is running PHP Version 4.4.4-8+etch6. It should be PHP Version 5 or above.

Do you know how I could upgrade it? Obviously it's paramount that nothing happens to the site if/when I do this, so I'm cautious of doing anything!
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by:EmuL8_sw
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I'm not sure if the version of Joomla might be a problem, my version of Joomla is Version 1.5.1

BUT my PHP is 5.2.13

What is the file names you installed? Do they all end in "RC1"?

If you have permission to install php then I would recommend updating PHP

If you are going to do this, please just make sure to take backups of your entire website/public_html folder
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by:rick_danger
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Sorry, I don't what file names you're referring to. The Podcast Suite files end in CSS, PHP etc.

I also don't know how I find out if I have permission to install PHP, or how to backup the website. Sorry!
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by:EmuL8_sw
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1) The files you downloaded (.ZIP), did the file names end in "RC1"?
  This is a Release Candidate, and not the Stable version. You should have files that do not end in "RC1"

2) Where and how is your website hosted?
2.1) Do you hot it yourself, and how do you access your files?
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by:rick_danger
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It was the stable version I downloaded, definitely.

I've just emailed our web host about changing the PHP to version 5 or above; hopefully he'll get back to me soon. I access our files through Filezilla, an FTP client.
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by:EmuL8_sw
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Allot of web hosting providers don't change PHP on request, but hopefully yours will...

Keep me posted, I would like to see that it is working as you expected...
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by:rick_danger
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Thanks. If they don't do it, any ideas how else I could change it?
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by:EmuL8_sw
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If you could get Podcast Suite working you would have to upload the files on your server and use your servers bandwidth when people listen..

Alternatively you can use a 3'rd party podcasting partner like:
http://www.mypodcast.com
To host your files, then you can just put the link on your website to that podcast or use any of these RSS readers:
http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/news-display/rss-readers
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Ok, that's useful thanks. The other problem I envisaged having was that my podcast is 35MB in size, which seems huge in comparison with other Joomla files and I don't imagine I could upload it on to Joomla because of that.

Am I right in thinking that? Or are you not supposed to upload the podcasts to Joomla?

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It is quite large, but you can upload any files to Joomla. Remember that Joomla is only a content management system, not a web server.

The only thing that can set you back, is the disk space that your web hosting provider gave you.

You simply FTP it to your site. With Podcast Suite, the default path for your files are:
"components/com_podcast/media"

But this can be changed if you feel the need...
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by:rick_danger
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Right, thanks. I only worry about the size because NinjaXplorer only allows you to upload files up to 8MB in size, but I guess you could do what you like through FTP.
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