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I want the public to submit images, photo simulations, models, video, animation, illustrated narration, papers and other publications and multimedia. images - 30" x 42" 300 dpi . pdf format file size. videos - 16:9 .MOV After gathering for a month or so we want to sort out some winners and re-display. In other words is there any way to have a public upload option for submittals that is safe? Or is the only way to link to YouTube?

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File type security belongs on another stack. Please clear your question up on how this relates to WordPress. –  Wyck Feb 26 '13 at 6:43
    
What do you mean? I clearly stated that I am planning on using WP? and I didn't tag it security? I am simply a student trying to use WP as a final project to graduate and I am trying to learn and do my best to seek out answers on various methods. My professors can't help with this exact question. –  CrossroadKC Feb 26 '13 at 16:34
    
Please read the wordpress.stackexchange.com/faq. Your question needs to be more clear, if your asking about the safety of file uploads this is considered off-topic. –  Wyck Feb 26 '13 at 16:55
    
just because you're using WordPress doesn't make it a WP question. E.g. "How do I setup JCalendar" isn't a WordPress question, even if the page it's displayed on is using WordPress. A question about the data powering the JCalendar and custom post types on the other hand, would. –  Tom J Nowell Feb 27 '13 at 9:59
    
Also frontend uploading is one of the most popular questions on the site –  Tom J Nowell Feb 27 '13 at 9:59
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You'll definitely want a 3rd party plugin for that. Something like http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nmedia-user-file-uploader/ or http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nextgen-public-uploader/ might do the trick. Otherwise you should be able to find something on Google.

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Can you tell me about Amazon storage? –  CrossroadKC Feb 26 '13 at 3:55
    
aws.amazon.com/s3 –  Jeremiah Prummer Feb 26 '13 at 4:11
    
I just would need to figure out how to take the submission and then split them to amazon right? –  CrossroadKC Feb 26 '13 at 4:29
    
I'm not exactly sure why you're talking about Amazon here. Did you find a plugin that requires an Amazon storage account? –  Jeremiah Prummer Feb 26 '13 at 4:42
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If the site is used only for submission of content you can avoid security risks by downloading the files to your PC and running an antivirus on them. maybe you should even go full paranoid and disconnect the PC from your other PCs on your LAN and reformat it after you finished.

If you intend the uploaded content to be immediately available on the site then only images are safe and you should consider letting professionals (youtube for videos as example) to handle other formats.

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And why are images safe? –  kaiser Feb 26 '13 at 8:02
    
because by now browsers and operating systems know how to handle malicious code in images, otherwise you should block image uploading on every MU site. –  Mark Kaplun Feb 26 '13 at 10:03
    
Yea, sure. That's why that image hack worked on facebook, right? :) –  kaiser Feb 26 '13 at 10:33
    
lol, can you point me to it? I am not aware of of it –  Mark Kaplun Feb 26 '13 at 10:45
    
Google is your friend ;) They award successful hacks. Btw: I didn't downvote your answer, but you should improve it. –  kaiser Feb 26 '13 at 10:51
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