Testing Amazon S3 for streaming audio

musical notesWe’re looking for another solution for our OWU Radio station’s show archives. They’ve previously been simply uploading them to the WordPress server where we host their site. This has quickly gown into double-digit GB storage usage for their site alone. Before we migrate that site to the new server, which is on our net backup solution, we needed to find some other place to host archived show recordings, which can be up to an hour long, and dozens of MB each.

We first tried Google Drive, because we get unlimited storage there with our G Suite for Education accounts. However, Google can’t scan files over 25 MB for viruses, so it won’t automatically stream anything large. Instead, you have to OK the fact that it hasn’t been scanned.

So we’re trying out Amazon S3 instead. It’s got a free tier with up to 5 GB for the first year. Pricing for storage is ridiculously low after that, and you can pay as you go for only what you use.

And here’s the test:

(Sorry, your browser does not support this audio player. You should probably upgrade your browser.)

We’re also looking into Adobe Creative Cloud storage, since the station already has a CC membership plan…

WordPress Migration journey plods on…

WordPress Logo with WrenchThe OWU WordPress server migration that started over a year ago is moving along. We’ve learned a lot about WordPress and Linux and Apache and PHP along the way.

Currently, there are 41 sites now on the new server and 54 sites still on the old server. We’ve added some new ones along the way, and all new sites created this fall have been on the new server.

The new server enforces httpS encryption, and uses our more secure single sign-on, (at this point only for sites using the sites.owu.edu URL.) The new server is also more robust, which means that pages should load faster.

So I’m off to notifying more admins that we need to migrate (or archive, or delete) their site.


And here we are on a new server home. The only change you should see (other than this new post) is that this site is now secure– with an “httpS” or a lock icon in the address bar.

A nice view

Now we’ve got about 100 more sites to migrate. Approximately 58 of them are faculty or student blogs, or related to student coursework. Our most popular sites get over 300 visits per day. Can you believe it, OWU WordPress will be 5 years old this September!

We’re moving!

This site will be the guinea pig (isn’t there a better image for a test case than a small, cuddly pet?) for our WordPress server migration. If all goes well, you won’t notice any difference, because there shouldn’t be any outage. I’ll be copying everything over to the new server, and if it works, updating the IP address that the custom subdomain points to. Nothing to it. (Heh, heh.)


It seems really odd to be sitting in the dark composing this post while the power’s out in our building and at least one other location on campus. Apparently, our generator is doing its job. I’m still working on WiFi…

Updates and reruns

Our WordPress server, 15 plugins, and 8 themes have all been updated. So I’m trying out new features:


Now that’s nice! As soon as I pasted in the URL for my old YouTube video, it appeared in the post editor. Also, browsing for new plugins should be easier. Now, on to testing other sites…


The fall semester is in full swing, nearly three weeks in. Things are still quite busy here due to a position vacancy, but it feels like the faculty are settled into their teaching routines. I’ll be giving the first Faculty Noon Seminar next Wednesday on “Flipped Out! Blended / Hybrid Learning in Liberal Arts” …more to come.