New Podcast Plugin! (PodPress Replacement) (41 posts)

  1. raymer
    Posted 6 years ago #

    The OP also said "My main idea is to build something that can function as an entire podcasting website." That's why I started thinking CMS instead of plugin (which is how Loudblog approaches things). After re-reading the (getting long now) thread I see that he is talking about a plugin. But I still don't have any interest in buying a paid service for podcasting.

    In my opinion podpress added some big conveniences; the 1pixel-out player, automatic enclosures for iTunes, support for MANY media types including streaming from Youtube, et. al., and even the ability to set a dir as the upload dir and select the media from a drop down (although that is still buggy - it shows an error on the admin page that the path is invalid even when it is correct and works well).

    It also has many rough edges, stats are buggy, IE crashes often (many WP blog sites are run by people who prefer IE and don't know PHP or HTML), etc, etc., and the biggest source of this buggyness is probably from the author trying to cram the functionality of his plugin into paid sites like Podtrac or Blubrry. In my opinion simple is best - especially when complexity adds bugs!

    Podpress has a great following - I have 4 sites runnning it now held together with patches to the code. But Dan lost a lot of credibility when he promised to release an update for 2.6 by a certain date last summer and then disappeared. He lost even more when his whole support forum went down months ago. Even if he released a version for 2.7 there is no longer a support forum. I will evaluate carefully before jumping back on with any more sites. I may switch to the Podcasting plugin soon since that is under steady development/support and may eventually be rolled into WP core (or not).

    By the way, since I mistook what sheda was talking about the first time, let me say it this way - There are already paid solutions for podcasting *plugins* for WordPress. Try http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/powerpress/


  2. Anthony Acosta
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Podpress has been great. I would love to know if anyone has had any trouble making it work with 2.7? I'm running it on 2.6.3 right now and I'm not experiencing any problems. However these are live sites, and I don't want to mess them up with an upgrade that will break it.

  3. megaperls
    Posted 6 years ago #

    PodPress seems to interfere with media handling in 2.7


  4. Saberj
    Posted 6 years ago #

    It had media issues in 2.6 as well, but that was fixed when I patched revisions. The only thing I've seen in 2.7, is that it makes Quick Edit given an error message when editing entries. But it still seems to work fine.

  5. Anthony Acosta
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I've successfully updated 2 sites to WP2.7 with Podpress and have not had any issues with it.

    I'm very happy with this combo, and for now I'm sticking with podpress

  6. Mykall
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Use Podcasting, it's updated regularly:


    PodPress support is dead.

  7. bluebird2
    Posted 6 years ago #

    What about adding Right-to-Left support for the plugin and the Player?
    Right-to-Left languages were supported by PodPress (it had a ".pot" language file that could be translated) but the player didn't look good on a right-to-left page (for Arabic, Hebrew, Persian) because it was designed to be shown on a left to right page.

    "Podcasting" plugin (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/podcasting/) does not have a language file.

  8. handyguyspodcast
    Posted 6 years ago #


    If you are serious about doing a PodPress replacement, might I suggest you do the following:

    Create a web page describing your initiative
    Ask for donations now, in exchange for beta/preview releases and a discount or free V1.0 release.
    Create or implement a features request tracking system
    Document your intentions/features for a v1.0 release
    allow for email subscriptions for those interested to be able to stay informed of your progress
    post a timeline and stick to it.
    Don't forget the 80/20 rule. You cant get every wish in R1.0, hit what people want/use the most first, you can get the rest later (or with additional plugins as suggested)

    Good luck
    The Handyguys Podcast

  9. feastoffools
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I'd love to see:

    1- Podpress that works with current version of WordPress

    2- Full stats supported, hosted by user, not remote (this is why I haven't switched to blubrry's podcasting plugin.)

    3- Keep all the exsisting functionality of podpress

    4- Support for podcast advertising (podtrac stats, blubrry)

    5- Would it be impossible to insert ads into the mp3 file automatically?

  10. feastoffools
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Would be also wonderful to see audio links appear in facebook:

    Check this out

    Also have the iTunes subscribe link right next to the play button, as well as a YouTube style embed code button:

    Hide Player | Play in Popup | Download | Subscribe in iTunes | Embed

  11. differencetone
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I just wish I knew if he ever plans to update podpress. I have not seen anything nearly as complete. If there will be no more development fine but he should say what he is going to do.

  12. Angelo Mandato
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Have you seen PowerPress 1.0? It took just over a year but PowerPress now includes all of the core features found in PodPress, plus a lot of other new features.

    Some features that may interest the thread:

    • Actually Pings (Notifies) iTunes (PodPress iTunes ping stopped working sometime in 6.x versions)
    • Category Podcasting as well as support for multiple channels/media formats
    • Up to date media player with 5 different mp3 players to pick from
    • Fast media size and duration detection (wait only seconds to detect very large media files)
    • Migration Tools, quickly migrate from PodPress, Blogger or MoveableType

    Most importantly, PowerPress stores podcast episodes in the same 'enclosure' custom fields format as WordPress does. So if you were previously podcasting by just putting the link to your media in your post content, then there's no migrating necessary. Just enable PowerPress and start enjoying the podcast specific enhancements it adds.

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