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Sidestepping the auto-post when using MixPod players

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The post “Alternative audio players” is a guide to the MixPod/MyFlashFetish players. Unfortunately, the MixPod auto-post-to-WP function often doesn’t work. So here are some workarounds that allow you to sidestep it.

AIf you have previously inserted another MixPod player/playlist in your blog, and you want to insert a new one, using the same player and settings

Copy the shortcode of the previous player/playlist; it should look like that:

[gigya width="160" height="68" src="http://assets.myflashfetish.com/swf/mp3/minime.swf?myid=26720589&path=2009/08/05" quality="high" flashvars="mycolor=222222&mycolor2=77ADD1&mycolor3=FFFFFF&autoplay=false&rand=0&f=4&vol=100&pat=0&grad=false" salign="TL" wmode="transparent" ]

Create your new playlist in MixPod, copy the playlist ID and date numbers, paste them in place of the previous ones (highlighted in red in the above example), paste the renewed shortcode in the html post or page editor, or in a text widget.

(Thanks to Lola for the suggestion.)

BIf you haven’t previously inserted another MixPod player/playlist in your blog

Create your playlist in MixPod, select/customize settings and player, then copy the embed code; it should look like that:

<center><p style="visibility:visible;"><br><a href="http://www.mixpod.com/playlist/38166085"><img src="http://assets.myflashfetish.com/images/btn-get-tracks.gif" alt="Music" title="Get Music Tracks!" border="0"></a><a href="http://www.mixpod.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.myflashfetish.com/images/btn-create.gif" alt="Playlist" title="Create Your Free Playlist!" border=0></a><a href="http://www.mixpod.com/ringtones/38166085"><img src="http://assets.myflashfetish.com/images/btn-get-ringtones.gif" alt="Ringtones" title="Get Ringtones From This Playlist!" border="0"></a><br />Create a <a href="http://mixpod.com">playlist</a> at <a href="http://mixpod.com">MixPod.com</a></p></center>

The part I have highlighted in red is the code for the player and the playlist; the part in purple is the code for the variables (colors and settings). Copy those two parts and turn them into the proper WP shortcode this way:

[gigya src="PLAYER&PLAYLIST CODE HERE" quality="high" flashvars="VARIABLES CODE HERE" salign="TL" wmode="transparent" ]

Paste the shortcode in the html post or page editor, or in a text widget.

If the player is resizable, and you want to resize it, change [gigya src etc. to [gigya width=”DESIRED NUMBER HERE” src etc.

Add the part I have highlighted in green if you wish to display the “Create a playlist at MixPod.com” etc. image links.

CChanging player and/or player colors

Shortcode example again:

[gigya width="160" height="68" src="http://assets.myflashfetish.com/swf/mp3/mff-mixtape.swf?myid=26720589&path=2009/08/05" quality="high" flashvars="mycolor=421D29&mycolor2=61112B&mycolor3=421D29&autoplay=false&rand=0&f=4&vol=100&pat=0&grad=false" salign="TL" wmode="transparent" ]

The part highlighted in red is the code name for the particular player; the parts in purple are hex color codes. Once you’ve got a working shortcode either via the auto-post or via the above workarounds (or even by copying the shortcode from here and replacing the playlist ID and date numbers with yours), you can change its colors by replacing the hex codes with different ones (see “Colors” under Links 1 in my sidebar), and you can change the player itself by replacing the player code name.

Players (in the order they are shown in my Alternative audio players post) and their respective code names:

Circle mff-circle
Meiko mff-bear
Ninja mff-ninja
MiniPod mff-mpodmin
Keymo minime
MyPod Nano mff-nano
Lil Mama or NY Lady mff-nylady
Old School mff-oldschool
Chameleon myflashfetish-mp3-player
Stick mff-stick
Zooma or 3D Text mff-txtzoom
MyPod Touch mff-touch
Notebook notebook
Basic mp-simp
Pretendo mff-nintendo
MiniTunes mff-pill
Skylar mp-cat
Jeroen [Wijering] mp3player
Mango mp-dog
MixTape or iTape mff-mixtape
BoomBox or Boom Blaster boomboom
SideKick mp-sk
Jeroen [Wijering] V2 fetish-mp3player
MixPod mixpod

To find out which color selector corresponds to which part of each player, check this post by Cain (many thanks to Cain for his valuable contribution).

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39 thoughts on “Sidestepping the auto-post when using MixPod players

  1. Wow, thanks! I love your site and MixPod. MixPod is my favorite playlist site. Thanks for the tip. I got it working now! :D

    Posted by Blake | March 7, 2010, 21:55
  2. You’re welcome! We came up with these workarounds because there were repeated complaints that the auto-post wouldn’t work…

    Posted by Panos | March 8, 2010, 02:38
  3. Great info! I cant stop changing all my players now, its so easy thanks to all the code names in this post lol

    Nicely done!!

    Posted by Lola | March 12, 2010, 12:34
  4. @Lola: Well I had promised I’d do that, hadn’t I?

    Posted by Panos | March 13, 2010, 04:29
  5. thanxs this is awesome works perfectly XD

    Posted by shapleyqaz | March 13, 2010, 17:46
  6. @shapleyqaz: You’re welcome!

    Posted by Panos | March 14, 2010, 04:42
  7. Mixpod says this URL in invalid:

    http://www.fileden.com/files/2009/6/15/2477750//01 Track 1.m4a

    Is it because it m4a?

    Posted by djeddieo | March 18, 2010, 17:10
  8. Yes I think it has to be an mp3.

    Posted by Panos | March 19, 2010, 00:00
  9. cant get mixpod to work.. however i try to paste those codes..

    Posted by sLy | April 6, 2010, 16:22
  10. @sLy: The source code of your page shows that you’ve only tried to paste the code I’m giving under “C” in my post. That particular song wouldn’t play, because of the change mentioned in Update 1 here:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/alternative-audio-players/
    I changed it so that now it plays an mp3 uploaded by me – should be ok.

    But those codes are just examples anyway, meant to be customized. Have you signed up with Mixpod and created your own playlist?

    Posted by Panos | April 7, 2010, 19:28
  11. Hi. Thank you for the info. My mixpod list only appears as a link. Is this is how it should look? Thanks

    http://www.akaneindie.com

    Posted by j_indie | April 13, 2010, 23:11
  12. @j_indie: No that’s not how it should look. Those are just the (optional) accompanying links. I don’t know what you tried to do – if you tried one of the suggestions in this post, you probably made some mistake in the copypasting and the important part of the code got stripped out. This is what you should have in your text widget:

    [gigya width="300" src="http://assets.mixpod.com/swf/mp3/mixpod.swf?myid=50750184&path=2010/04/13&quot; quality="high" flashvars="mycolor=222222&mycolor2=77ADD1&mycolor3=FFFFFF&autoplay=true&rand=0&f=4&vol=100&pat=0&grad=false" salign="TL" wmode="transparent" ]

    Posted by Panos | April 14, 2010, 04:57
  13. Sorted. Thank you!!!

    Posted by j_indie | April 14, 2010, 13:19
  14. hi again. I’m not an expert, clearly, and I have another question.

    I’ve edited the Mixpod player, disabled autoplay etc. Then copied and pasted the code again, and the same link (not the player) appears on my sidebar. Could you please help me out with this? Thanks.

    http://www.akaneindie.com

    Posted by j_indie | April 14, 2010, 14:04
  15. See here (the paragraph that starts with “When you’re finished with the player”):
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/alternative-audio-players/
    You must either use the post-to-WP button or take advantage of the workarounds I’m explaining in this post. If both fail, let me know.

    Posted by Panos | April 14, 2010, 22:52
  16. Thanks for the tip, it works!

    Posted by sugardreams | May 31, 2010, 04:21
  17. @sugardreams: You’re welcome!

    Posted by Panos | May 31, 2010, 04:33
  18. akismet is very good at your site but, i can use it in my self hosting wordpress…?

    Posted by caradapatuanginternet | June 15, 2010, 12:24
  19. You just saved me a WORLD of headache…thank you thank you thank you!

    Posted by cravenmaven | July 9, 2010, 07:39
  20. @cravenmaven: you’re welcome!

    Posted by Panos | July 9, 2010, 09:06
  21. Hey I can’t seem to get my mixpod player to work..it shows up in my blog and everything but when i hit play…it just wont play…I can only play my playlist by going to the site??

    Posted by daprofessional | September 19, 2010, 21:22
  22. @daprofessional: See Update 1 near the end of this post:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/alternative-audio-players/

    Posted by Panos | September 20, 2010, 02:58
  23. I still haven’t been able to figure out a way to show gigya code! :(

    I copied code from this blog post by doing “View selection source” in Firefox (for test purpose only, I have already trashed the post) and pasting the code using the html editor.

    And all I get is this message:
    embed_shortcode is not a valid url.

    I even changed the theme of my test blog to garland (fearing it’s a theme issue), but still no success.

    Here is a screenshot:
    http://kwout.com/cutout/c/mi/h6/t94.jpg

    I experimented with other codes in boxes in this post and they come out fine. Just the gigya code won’t show! What may I be doing wrong?

    I even tried plus2net as you suggested in another comment. But no luck there either.

    Posted by Netty Gritty | October 24, 2010, 15:30
  24. Thank you very much. Your advices are very precious to me.
    I tried almost a week to “post” my new mixpod playlist, without success. I finally did it, after reading your post…..

    Posted by effiekyr | November 17, 2010, 20:24
  25. You’re welcome. It’s complicated but it works (unlike the auto-post)!

    Posted by Panos | November 18, 2010, 12:57
  26. I was quite frustrated until I found this post and tried it. It worked! Yaaay! Thanks alot! :3

    Posted by Ree | December 18, 2010, 10:27
  27. @Ree: You’re welcome!

    Posted by Panos | December 19, 2010, 15:15
  28. Thank you SOOOOOOOOO much for this post! I have been messing around for quite awhile trying to add different flash mp3 players to my blog’s sidebar, and I was almost to the point of giving up. Mixpod didn’t automatically post it like it said it did, so this post was a Godsend. Thank you again! :)

    Posted by dragonkatet | January 14, 2011, 21:33
  29. @dragonkatet: You’re welcome!

    Posted by Panos | January 15, 2011, 16:10
  30. Hi. I’ve embedded a MixPod playlist widget in a blog draft I’m working on. The widget looks great, plays great, but does not allow me to wrap text around it. I’ve tried fiddling with the html code (this is in Blogger, if that matters), so far to no avail. I can ‘align’ the widget on the left or right, but still can’t type text next to it. Thanks for any suggestions.

    Posted by Kit | February 6, 2011, 20:32
  31. Hi,

    Of course it matters if you’ve got a Blogspot blog: different software! Ho do you insert those things in Blogspot? By pasting the original embed code? If so, try replacing this:

    <center>EMBED CODE HERE</center>

    with one of these (I cannot know which one will work in Blogspot):

    <div align="left">EMBED CODE HERE</div>
    <div class="alignleft">EMBED CODE HERE</div>
    <div style="text-align:left;">EMBED CODE HERE</div>
    <div style="float:left;">EMBED CODE HERE</div>

    Posted by Panos | February 7, 2011, 00:37
  32. Novice here!
    I’m trying to simply place my html code from my premiumbeat.com flash music player into a text widget on WP. I know the code is good and all my files are hosted right as this player works perfectly on blogger, but when I past the code into the afore mentioned widget, instead of the player I just get the code on my home page?!?!

    Hellllp please.

    Posted by billspice | February 7, 2011, 05:29
  33. I’ll gladly help once you give me the code you’re trying to paste (see here how: http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/comment-guidelines/ ) and maybe the link to the blog in question (the one linked to your username is empty).

    Posted by Panos | February 7, 2011, 09:12
  34. Sure, thanks so much!

    <!--
    BEGIN JAVASCRIPT PLAYER EMBED CODE 
    More players and documentation at: www.premiumbeat.com/flash_media_players
    -->
    
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/swfobject/2.2/swfobject.js"></script>
    <div id="player-holder"></div>
    
    <script type="text/javascript">
    	var options = {};
    	options.playlistXmlPath = "http://icraterecords.com/uploads/playlist flash music.xml";
    	
    	var params = {};
    	params.allowScriptAccess = "always";
    		
    	swfobject.embedSWF("http://icraterecords.com/uploads/OriginalMusicPlayerPlaylist.swf", "player-holder", "190", "250", "9.0.0",false, options, params, {});
    </script>
    
    <!-- END PLAYER EMBED CODE -->
    

    Here is the link to the blog in question.

    Thanks again!

    Posted by billspice | February 7, 2011, 15:32
  35. Ah, this is javascript: we’re not allowed to use javascript in WP.com blogs, for security reasons. That why when you paste the code in your text widget the forbidden part is stripped out and only relics remain.

    The premiumbeat installation guide says you’re given three alternative methods: EmbedJavascript, EmbedMultiplePlayers, EmbedObject. You need to use the third one. Once you get that (flash) embed code, what you need to do is explained here:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/gigya-shortcode-3-widgets/
    If you can’t figure it out, paste that code here as before and I’ll work it out for you.

    Posted by Panos | February 7, 2011, 15:54
  36. You are a star! thanks so much!

    Posted by billspice | February 7, 2011, 17:55
  37. I’ll tell you “you’re welcome” when I see the result on your page!

    Posted by Panos | February 7, 2011, 21:28

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