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WP hosted images not appearing/missing then re-appearing

  1. Hi, I've got a blog hosted here at WordPress so I don't know much about the goings on in the background. Also, I am using Windows Live Writer to make my posts as it seems to upload images without me even having to worry about where they are going, all I know is that they are getting uploaded to Wordpres somewhere :/
    The problem is that when viewing my blog, some or all of the images in a post will not appear. Refreshing may make some or all appear again. This is a problem on the post I have put up today (for reference: http://techstatic.wordpress.com/2006/09/24/dead-rising-pp-collector-clock-tower-pp-stickers/) and also the edited post where I added images (for reference: http://techstatic.wordpress.com/2006/09/19/get-easy-pp-in-dead-rising/) . Where the images are missing, the link still points to the same place as when a 404 is given. Anyone have any ideas?

    [EDIT] here is the link to an image (as given by firefox using View Image): http://techstatic.wordpress.com/files/2006/09/WindowsLiveWriter/GetEasyPPinDeadRising_9CC/1%5B1%5D.jpg
    If it gives a 404, reloading it a few times will make the image appear. Also I carried out a search but found a thread where the problem had been resolved through an unknown fix lol.

    Thanks in advance :)

  2. To my knowlege, picture uploading with Windows Live Writer is not supported currently on the WordPress platform as WLW does not obey how WordPress has it's file structure setup and it just places the image files where ever it wants. I know it's caused some issues in the past that I don't think have been resolved yet.

    For example everything after the '09' in the picture link you give as an example is outside of how WordPress works. I know we've had issues with it on my own WPMu install.

    Best bet would be to submit a feedback from your Dashboard with a pointer to this thread and see if they've come up with a solution yet.

    Good luck,
    -drmike

  3. Thank you for your reply! I have sent feedback, will respond here if there are any developments :)

  4. Hi,

    I'm sorry, but I think the images problem has little to do with WLW in my experience.

    I'm having the same problem, regardless whether I upload with Blogdesk (does put its images in /files/year/month/ subfolders or WLW (puts them in /files/year/month/WindowsLiveWriter/postingtitle_with_strange_characters/filename_with_strange_characters.jpg/png

    In fact, I just replace the WLW uploaded images at http://omtersaaist.wordpress.com/2006/10/04/wiskunde-taken-geniale-oplossingen/ with Blogdesk uploaded images , and the result is the same: sometimes images appear, sometimes they do not.

    I've seen this behaviour for some weeks now. Typically, the image shows immediately after posting, has dissappeared after some minutes, then shows up again after a few hours.

    I think it has to do with what has already been suggested in other threads: slow replication between servers and/or dns issues.

    In my case: omtersaaist.wordpress.com sometimes resolves to 72.232.101.40 and sometimes to 207.7.108.232 when pinged.

    At this same moment, http://omtersaaist.wordpress.com does not show the postings' images, whereas the proxied version http://anonymouse.org/cgi-bin/anon-www.cgi/http://omtersaaist.wordpress.com does show them...

    (urls for image:
    http://omtersaaist.wordpress.com/files/2006/10/uitwerken.jpg gives a 404 versus
    http://anonymouse.org/cgi-bin/anon-www.cgi/http://omtersaaist.wordpress.com/files/2006/10/uitwerken.jpg showing correctly - however when I tried this after a few minutes, also the proxied version gave a 404)

    When I change my C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file :

    127.0.0.1 localhost
    72.232.101.40 omtersaaist.wordpress.com

    All images show!

    but:

    127.0.0.1 localhost
    207.7.108.232 omtersaaist.wordpress.com

    None of the images for my latest posting shows... (browsing history and cache cleared in between).

    Changing back to 72.232.101.40 and the images appear again, although I have to refresh several times - maybe my (Flock) cache wasn't cleared completely or there is some proxying along the network.

    Maybe this information is helpful, I'll point support to this tread.

  5. I've asked that this be looked at.

  6. Hi,

    I don't want to be a nag, but the image replication problem is still there...

    It takes (roughly) between twelve hours and a day before posted images appear consistently.

    The only workaround I have is:
    - host images externally (but that is rather convoluted and takes away the joy of working with a client like Blogjet, Blogdesk or Windows Live Writer)
    - post images in draft posts and wait for 12 hours before actully publishing them (I haven't actually tried this, but it just came up as a possible solution - still not perfect of course if you want to get out something quickly...)

    I still _am_ really thrilled with the WordPress service in general though!

  7. Hi again,

    I did some tests this morning like the ones two postings ago:
    http://wordpress.com/forums/topic.php?id=4162&replies=6#post-28561

    I could not reproduce for which ip address images showed up and for which not (I am not sure whether my browser picked up the changes in my hosts file).

    However, I did notice that there's only a problem (sometimes showing a 404, sometimes displaying succesfully) with images posted over xml-rpc (so with a desktop blogging client like Blogdesk, Blogjet or Windows Live Writer).
    Example:
    http://omtersaaist.wordpress.com/files/2006/11/tora.ob_spam.gif

    Images posted with the web (upload) interface didn't have problems. Example:
    https://omtersaaist.wordpress.com/files/2006/11/blogoloog_registratie.gif

    I still think it's a replication problem between servers - I guess there's a software hook that makes sure images uploaded manually get replicated across servers on a one-by-one basis, whereas images posted over xml-rpc get replicated in batch once in 24 hours or so...

    Again, desktop blogging client users might be a minority on WordPress.com, but I guess these people are the more prolific bloggers... So I'm wondering whether you could investigate a way to detect image posting over xml-rpc and trigger replication on a one-by-one basis?

  8. Mark,
    This fading image from BlogDesk thing has been going on for months. I simply gave up putting the images in via BlogDesk. I upload the post as a draft and then edit and upload the image through wordpress. I would be *ecstatic* if this was "fixed". :)

  9. I experienced this very frustrating problem for several weeks, but despite repeated support requests (not from this address), I never learned of a response or a solution.

    My problem sounded identical to yours in that suddenly half of the images stopped loading properly on my site. If I hit 'refresh' then they all showed blank thumbnails. If I reloaded the site, some of the images (usually different ones) would load OK, but the rest would be blank again.

    The interesting thing was that the problem started for me immediately when I took up the domain mapping to move my blog from .wordpress.com to .com - and resolved itself immediately when I put it back to the .wordpress.com address.

    The domain mapping option appears to be a simple redirect operation, but it's not actually complete, since if you check out the img src addresses you'll see that all your images remain at a .wordpress.com address.

    The redirect process associated with the domain mapping seemed to manage with text, but somehow it just wasn't up to reliably redirecting the images across. It simply didn't work for me. I read here and there of server problems, and that the problem would be solved, in time, but so far I don't believe that it really has.

    Originally I thought that the problem had to do with the theme I'd selected for my site, just as you thought it was to do with your blogdesk uploading. But finally I concluded that it had nothing to do with that, but was simply a problem at WordPress - nothing more than that, just a simple glitch that needs to be fixed by WP, but hasn't been, yet.

    I sent a lot of feedbacks about the problem, but never got any reply. All my other issues were solved more or less instantly, but not this one, and those feedbacks just disappeared into the ether without trace.

    That was very frustrating, too, since it's not clear how to resolve a problem here if not through that route. What do you do ? Pick up the phone and call someone at Automattic ? But who ? No, I didn't - it's a free service after all, so it would be hard to jump up and down and make a fuss.

    In some ways, the $15 I spent on domain mapping was a complete waste of cash. I started off with a good-looking blog and ended up with a really amateur-looking one. That was a real downgrade, and not the upgrade I had hoped for, so I just had to go back to the original.

    But, looking on the bright side, I do now at least own the .com address for my site, and hits to that url now redirect back to the old .wordpress.com address, which has more or less the same effect I wanted, although it's not quite so pretty.

    And, given time, I would expect WordPress to be able to solve the problem, so that the .com address will become useable eventually, I hope, maybe once they've got their servers into shape.

    They've made everything else work very well around here, after all, and overall I think the service works well.

  10. I use the photo uploader that wp provides - still sometimes just get the alternative text for thumbnails ( and I only use thumbnails. It doesnt bother me, as the full sized image comes up on request. I take the view that this is a really good service for the price. And I know from experience that these guys are learning well. I would take a different stance if I was paying top dollar for a commercial site.

  11. It's bothersome that this is still such a problem for so many people. I had this problem months ago when I first set up my blog and was told at the time it was probably BlogDesk's fault. I finally gave up being frustrated and told my readers (friends) to deal with it and wait a day or two for the photos to shop up correctly, after wasting tens of hours trying to fix it on my end.

    I am traveling so I always write entries offline, BlogDesk is wonderful and works perfectly for me. It just sucks that when I upload my entries the look like crap for a few days until the images get replicated properly, but eventually they always get sorted out.

  12. I am having what may be the same problem. My blog is new, and I'm uploading images to it for the first time, directly through the WP interface. Specifically, I'm trying to upload an avatar image.

    Any image I upload to the site shows as a blank icon-- so I can't tell if information is actually being uploaded to WP (and will eventually show up, as described here), or if it will never show up. I can click on the link icon, but it takes me to a 404 error page.

    And-- perhaps most ironically-- here is the FAQ page for uploading images. I don't know about you folks, but for me, all of the images within the actual text of this tutorial are showing up also as blank icons with dead links. The photos at the top and side of the page, though, show up fine.

    Sanity check?

    --K

  13. This is the thread I use for uploading images http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/07/16/how-do-i-upload-pictures/
    Her is a thread regarding "black" avatars http://wordpress.com/forums/topic.php?id=4973&replies=22#post-32078

  14. Hi,

    I have the impression the problem has been solved!
    I didn't have any issues any more with my latest postings.

    Thanks a lot!

  15. YAY! for wordpress staff who fixed this. You rock!

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