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[resolved] Creating a Podcast WITHOUT a Plugin (6 posts)

  1. Adam
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'd like to get some clarification regarding WordPress' Podcast Codex page: http://codex.wordpress.org/Podcasting

    1. In replicating these steps, would it be possible to use a Custom Post Type instead of using a regular Post?
    2. Does the link to the audio file have to go in the editor (the_content) area? Or, could it be placed in a custom field?

    Anybody have any experience with Podcasts and WordPress (without a plugin)?

  2. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    1. CPT is fine
    2. Custom field is fine - so long as you output your link appropriately to be utilized

  3. Adam
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'll definitely follow the instructions on the Podcast page for outputting the link.

    I use the Advanced Custom Fields plugin. Do these custom fields work the same as WP's native Custom Fields? I want to make sure I don't have to do something extra to get the MP3 link to work.

    Would it be necessary for me to use a function to place the custom field in my RSS Feed? E.g. look at Tip #3 on this page:

    http://wp.tutsplus.com/tutorials/creative-coding/tips-to-customize-and-optimize-your-blogs-feed/

    Thanks for a super fast response!

  4. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Outputting the link with regards to the custom field is the main thing.

    I have no experience with the plugin you mentioned, so I cannot be much help there.

    But, you plop your mp3 (or whatever) URL into a custom field ... but now what? By default that doesn't get displayed anywhere - so you would need to output the custom field somewhere to be useable by your reader.

    And then moving on to your RSS feed - a custom field wouldn't be spit out in the feed - you need a way to get it out there. YOu could probably call the custom field meta data, and display it in your feed using a function.

    Basically - putting the URL into a custom field is only half the battle - you need to manipulate that data to be used.

    Incidentally, this would probably be why many people use a podcasting plugin - I use mine so I just put in a URL and be done. I get an audio player in my post, I get a podcast only RSS feed, I get auto pings to iTunes, etc. Admittedly, these plugin are often way more than many people need, but they do offer benefits!

  5. Adam
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'll do some experimenting. Thanks so much for your help and advice, Rev. Voodoo!

  6. Adam
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Using #3 from the TutsPlus tutorial (http://wp.tutsplus.com/tutorials/creative-coding/tips-to-customize-and-optimize-your-blogs-feed/), was part of the solution. The other part was using Feedburner to format my feed for Podcasting. Everything's working. Thanks for your help, Rev. Voodoo!

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