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Podcast Enclosures... (8 posts)

  1. Matt Moran
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Here is my dilemma. I have a few different blogs and websites that I will be setting up soon. I wanted to have a hosted service that did what I wanted – which included:

    Domain Mapping
    Ability to add menu items – not blog post
    Support for podcast (audio & video) enclosures.

    I have been checking out hosted blog solutions. Typepad, meets my needs minus the menu items.

    I setup a free wordpress.com account and loved it – the menu items (pages) and the templates were perfect. Alas, no domain mapping (yet) and my audio file links did not have the proper rss enclosure tags. I’ve read that it supports them but did not get a response to my support email.

    Now I am looking at installing wordpress on the domains in question – which, unfortunately puts me in the position of fixing problems and managing the hosted product.

    I still don’t have a clear understanding of how enclosures work – or if they do.

    Also, are the templates available for the free wordpress.com account available when you install the product on your own server?

    Finally, while I am technical – mostly in the .NET world, I have no desire (read, none whatsoever) of managing this new technical empire. How time consuming is it? I am more interested in content and it is where I am making my income these days. How/where do I find a good web guy to manage minor changes for me – WordPress related.

    Thanks,
    Matthew Moran
    http://www.cbtoolkit.com

  2. yosemite
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I found a question mark!
    Also, are the templates available for the free wordpress.com account available when you install the product on your own server?

    There are hundreds available, I'm sure there are duplicates in there... http://themes.wordpress.net/

    Seriously; Try wittling down that post to some more specifics and you'll get some more specific answers...

  3. Matt Moran
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Sorry about that - too much going on...

    Does WordPress create/support audio/video enclosures? If so, are they it automatic?

    Is it easy to maintain once it is setup?

    Are there folks who just setup, manage, and troubleshoot WordPress issues? If so, where do I find one?

    How difficult are upgrades?

    Lots of question marks, I hope that helps.

    Matt

  4. mickemus
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    with audio/video enclosures i'm assuming you'd like to embed them into your posts??? There are plenty of plugins availabe out there... I use vPip and theres WP ExtremeVideo for vids... i don't enclose audio (plugins available though) but if its your own stuf upload them in the write post upload box and then include it as a link in you post .

  5. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Does WordPress create/support audio/video enclosures? If so, are they it automatic?

    Yes and yes.

    If you link to an audio or video file in a post, and use the FULL url of the file (http and everything), then eventually that file will appear in your RSS feed as an enclosure. Few caveats to this:

    1. It doesn't happen instantly, in much the same way that the pingbacks don't happen right after the post is made. It takes some time for the system to notice these and react properly.

    2. Whatever server you have these audio or video files hosted on must be set up to return the correct MIME types for it to work automatically. In other words, if you link to an MP3 file, the webserver hosting that file must report that the MIME type of the file is audio/mp3 (or audio/whatever, really).

    Failing that, you can manually include the enclosure information in a post's custom fields, but generally it "just works" without any intervention.

  6. yosemite
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Is it easy to maintain once it is setup?
    Can be subjective... Most find it simple. Factors include just how many 'services' (bells and whistles, plugins), etc.

    Are there folks who just setup, manage, and troubleshoot WordPress issues? If so, where do I find one?
    Yes, you can post here, leaving a method of contact and the mod will close the thread to prevent bidding 'wars'.

    How difficult are upgrades?
    When following instructions directly, very simple. But be careful regarding the plugins/themes you use. Don't use something that doesn't look supported by the author (unless you're willing to take the onus for when it breaks).

  7. Matt Moran
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    If I am running wordpress on my hosted account, I would be hosting the files myself. However, I may need to link on files on another host at times.

    I would include the full path to the audio and video files.

    How long does it take to make them enclosures?

    Why the latency? (time delay) and how long is it typically?

  8. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 7 years ago #

    How long does it take to make them enclosures?
    Why the latency? (time delay) and how long is it typically?

    Pingbacks, trackbacks, and enclosures are not processed in real time. That would take too long. Instead, they get queued up. The queue runs whenever you are looking at the admin page (any admin page). There's a hidden iframe that loads a process on the blog which performs stuff from the queue. This sometimes makes it look like your admin page takes a long time to load. Usually this is because it's having trouble pinging another site or getting the information for your enclosures.

    Patience pays off in these cases. If the site hosting the files are responsive, and you don't have any problems with your host letting your blog get outside material from other sites, then it's fairly quick.

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