where do uploads to buddypress get stored?

Hey. I'm building my BuddyPress network. However, i'm concerned about lots of uploaded media filling up the database.

I notice that it doesn't seem to show up in my Media Library when I use the BuddyPress Activity+ plugin from WPMUDEV, but * does * when I use rtMedia Pro.

How can I manage this?

Where does it go in the case of BP-Activity+, and how can I manage the uploads from rtMedia Pro if I want to go that way?

I imagine that when I have many users, all uploading content (as they've been doing with Facebook) that it could get pretty big pretty quickly.

How does this function?

Also, is there a way to store the media uploaded on an outside site? Something to reduce on the load? Or do these things even matter?

  • Milan

    Hi @Griffin,

    I trust you are having a good day. :slight_smile:

    where do uploads to buddypress get stored?

    Uploads of buddypress Activity Plus get stored under /wp-content/uploads/bpfb/ folder.

    I notice that it doesn't seem to show up in my Media Library when I use the BuddyPress Activity+ plugin from WPMUDEV, but * does * when I use rtMedia Pro.

    Well, I can't say how rtMedia Pro functions, you better ask theme as they are aware about their product. Our Buddypress Activity+ plugin is not using default wordpress media uploader API so images uploaded with our plugin will not show up to media gallery. This is the reason why images are not showing up in media gallery.

    Also, is there a way to store the media uploaded on an outside site? Something to reduce on the load? Or do these things even matter?

    Let me give you bit by bit answer. First there are couple of ways to storing media outside site..

    #1) Cloud
    #2) CDN( Content Delivery Network )

    For cloud storage, there is very nice plugin which provides nice integration with amazon S3 cloud service.

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/amazon-s3-and-cloudfront/

    And here is very nice article written for CDN integration with wordpress media.

    http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/wordpress-cdn-content-delivery-network-configuration.html

    And for both integration facility you can count on
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/cloudinary-image-management-and-manipulation-in-the-cloud-cdn/

    And yes these things do matters. Because when you load images which are hosted on good cloud storage provider/cdn providers your server servers much faster.

    Wish you a productive day ahead. :slight_smile:

    Kind Regards,
    Milan.

  • Griffin

    I'm understanding. Thank you. A little more information please.

    So, my concern is basically of having many users uploading content to my social networking site. I don't want my site bloated out and want to have access to my media library with only my images.

    I'm wondering, if this like a real issue? Or is it all stored in a folder somewhere away and doesn't affect performance?

    It would be nice; for the sense of things being clean, to have the media uploaded and referenced in amazon for sure.

    Anyway, does it do anything to the speed of the site; with that much media uploaded from many members?

  • Milan

    Hello @Griffin,

    Hope you are well today. :slight_smile:

    It would be nice; for the sense of things being clean, to have the media uploaded and referenced in amazon for sure.

    Yes this is possible that's why I've suggested you https://wordpress.org/plugins/amazon-s3-and-cloudfront/ plugin in my last post.

    This plugin is not strongly integrated with our plugin Buddypress Activity + but it does works very well with default media library.

    I'm wondering, if this like a real issue? Or is it all stored in a folder somewhere away and doesn't affect performance?

    It's not a big deal until your site hits plenty of users at the same time. Again overall performance of site depends on many other factors. Here is very nice article explaining different approaches affects on site.
    https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Optimization

    Anyway, does it do anything to the speed of the site; with that much media uploaded from many members?

    Yes it does when there are plenty of files uploaded to site and you are on shared hosting at same time. Again performance of site depends on many other factors. You can read more about this on codex article I've included with this post.

    Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

    Best Regards,
    Milan Savaliya.