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Q: Up loading and playing audio files on a personal website ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Up loading and playing audio files on a personal website
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: montware-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 02 Aug 2005 03:13 PDT
Expires: 01 Sep 2005 03:13 PDT
Question ID: 550728
Some time ago, I set up a very simple and basic website ( ) to display lyrics written by
my late mother and it all worked fine.  However, I have 3 WMA audio
files of her reciting some of her work and I recently decided that I
would like to give interested people the opportunity to listen to
them.  However, although I can get the whole thing to work on my own
home PC and although I was able to successfully upload the 3 WMA audio
files to the website, when I visited the website and clicked on the
relevant link for each of the audio files, the following message
appeared on the screen: ?We?re sorry, but the page you requested
cannot be found?.  So I have changed the index.html file back to the
way it was before, with no reference being made to the audio files. 
However, I would still like to include these 3 audio files on the
website at some stage, if it is at all possible.
Not only am I a novice as regards website construction, but I also
know very little about audio files either (for example I do not even
know if WMA audio files are suitable for use on my website or how to
organise audio files on the website after I have uploaded them).  So I
would be very grateful if you could please advise me on how I should
go about resolving this matter.
Subject: Re: Up loading and playing audio files on a personal website
Answered By: landog-ga on 02 Aug 2005 04:01 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks for your question.

First of all did you REFRESH your
internet browser window after 
uploading the new index.html file?
Second of allMake sure 
you are using the correct
name of the audio file. FILE1.WMA
does NOT always equal file1.wma -
Check that the letter case is OK.

I suggest to follow these steps:

1) Upload your audio files to your home directory (where your
index.html file is located).
For this explaination I will call these files: audio1.wma, audio2.wma, audio2.wma.
If you are using an FTP program to upload these files check that in
your 'transfer' options - the type of transfer is 'auto'.

2) Backup index.html file!! and then edit your index.html file to
include the following html lines:
<a href="audio1.wma">Click here to download the 1st audioclip</a>
<a href="audio2.wma">Click here to download the 2nd audioclip</a>
<a href="audio3.wma">Click here to download the 3rd audioclip</a>

Of course, you can change the text desciptions etc etc.

3) Upload your new index.html file back to your website home directory.

4) Refresh (reload) the page in your Internet Browser (press 'F5' for
Microsoft IE) and click on the hyperlink/s to the audio file/s to
verify it now works.

If you would like to convert your WMA file format to the more popular
MP3 format (wider compatibility, smaller filesize) - check out this
link for 10 free converions:

I also recommend to store files on your webserver in a more organized
directory structure than I showed in my brief explaination. Something
like this:

This way your HTML code would look like:
<a href="audio/audio1.wma">Click here to download the 1st audioclip</a>

Please let me know if you need more specific information.

Clarification of Answer by landog-ga on 10 Aug 2005 10:06 PDT
Very pleased you solved your little problem. Thanks for the 5 star
rating & generous tip.

montware-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
Very prompt and helpful reply which resolved my problem most
satisfactorily. I also appreciated receiving all the additional very
useful information. Am extremely grateful indeed. Many thanks.

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