Podcasting

Podcasting is distributing audio or video content via RSS 2.0, or Atom. Podcast clients such as iTunes, Juice, or CastPodder(Linux) allow listeners to subscribe to your RSS/Atom feed and automatically download your content to their portable audio players as it becomes available.

Podcasting

What Is Podcasting?

Podcasting is distributing audio or video content via RSS 2.0, or Atom. Podcast clients such as iTunes, Juice, or CastPodder(Linux) allow listeners to subscribe to your RSS/Atom feed and automatically download your content to their portable audio players as it becomes available.

How It Works

  1. Create audio or video that you want to share (usually MP3 or MP4)
  2. Upload the file to a server
  3. Link to the file in a post in your weblog
  4. WordPress automatically Includes a link to the file in your RSS/Atom feed
  5. Listeners “subscribe” with the podcast client application to your RSS/Atom feed and download new files automatically.

Using WordPress For Podcasting

Podcasting is seamlessly supported as of WordPress 1.5. Just link to an audio file in one of your posts and WordPress will automatically add the necessary enclosure tag to your RSS2 feed to make it useable as a podcast.

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Notes:

  1. As of WordPress 1.5, this only works for posts but not for static pages.
  2. Make sure the linked file is accessible when you publish your post. Otherwise, WordPress won be able to collect the information it needs from the linked files.
  3. If you change a linked file, republish the post so WordPress can update its file size information about the file.
  4. Occasionally, you may have to put .xml at the end of the RSS/Atom URL, for it to properly work.
  5. To get WordPress to recognize m4a and m4b files as podcasts, you need to make sure that your web server is configured to serve them with the right content type. Do this by adding the following directives to your Apache configuration file or .htaccess file:

Dedicated Podcasts

To create a dedicated podcast feed:

  1. Create a category in the Admin > Manage > Categories panel for your audio files and call it something like “podcasts”.
  2. Assign every post containing an audio link to your “podcasts” category.
  3. If your blog is at example.com, your podcast feed will automatically be available at:

Add this to your .htaccess file to make a nice rewrite rule that points visitors directly to your podcasts (assumes you have categorized your podcasts as in the example above):