Support » Plugin: podPress » [Plugin: podPress] iTunes feed broken – stumped!

  • OK, I give up …. I’ve been googling for days, trying various things I found on this and other forums .. my son – a pro web developer – has tried too, and even he’s stumped!

    We recently redesigned my several years old website with WP. This involved moving my existing podcast data across. (same domain, same host). We used PP for this, and it worked – and iTunes picked up the feed too.

    Now a few months later … I’m having a break from podcasting so no new episodes since 2 months ago. Noticed that iTunes is returning an error trying to access my feed.

    feed URL could not be found on server

    feed URL is the same one I set up with back when we migrated to the new site. Back then feedvalidator said it was good. Now it gives a 404 error repeatedly. (But then below the 404 error message it successfully loads the channel data from the feed!!)

    I’ve tried enabling – disabling – reenabling the iTunes:new-feed-url thingy (with several days between). I’ve tried various feed formats (default – /feed/podcast .. /?feed=podcast .. /<page-permalink>/feed/ .. /<category-permalink>/feed/). All of them produce the same result in the validator.

    I also note that dropping the feed url into the address bar in Safari (mac) takes me to Mail (my default RSS reader), and then Mail gives me an error:

    Error No associated application could be found.

    I’ve even tried adding a 301 redirect from the old (pre-migration) .rss feed URL to the new one. (No idea whether that will achieve anything anyway … )

    Totally stumped. btw – despite knowing some of the geekspeak (extended self-learning … ) I’m actually a noob in this stuff. So please answer in normal speak, slowly.

    Thanks.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/podpress/

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  • iEnlive

    (@ienlivemedia)

    We have about many files/podcast episodes and counting in our FTP system that we would like to be posted/submitted to iTunes when our podcast is up and live. Would we just go ahead and tag those with the links of the episodes on the bottom of each post (adding an episode to the RSS feed)?

    Thank you!

    Plugin Author ntm

    (@ntm)

    The feed
    http://music.ienlive.com/feed/podcast/
    is working and it is valid.
    This feed is created by podPress and with the default settings it will only show posts with podPress attachments (which would mean that you would need attach the episode to each post which should in the feed.).
    But you may add the episodes with the method you have used so far and change some settings of this feed.
    Organize all posts which should be in the feed in a certain category. Use the category filter of the this feed to limit the posts in the feed to the ones of this category and un-check the option “Include only posts with podPress attachments in this Feed”.
    If you do this then the feed will contain only podcast posts and you don’t have to add the episodes with podPres. You may set a link somewhere in the post instead.

    Another possibility would be to use a different feed:
    http://music.ienlive.com/tag/Live-the-Mix/feed/
    This feed contains all posts with the tag Live-the-Mix. You can alter the RSS and iTunes image with the settings for the default feeds of WP on the podPress Feed/iTunes Settings page. But you will have less customisation options.

    Thank you for your reply.

    So you are suggesting we go with the strict “Live the Mix” feed in order to filter the podcast episodes we already have set and published on the site? We’re planning to send all the published episodes thus far to the iTunes feed including newly uploaded ones weekly. The manual adding of the link should be fine and not a problem as it is just a click in the post.

    Since the feed is working now, what is the next step to get it to iTunes? Just submit and add the rest of the episodes?

    Thank you!

    Ok, yes – filtering podcast posts with the tag “Live-the-Mix” would be much more streamlined (or even creating another post category within WordPress and selecting that in the podPress settings where it says “Category Filter”), however, would we have to manually insert the link into the post each time, or would it be automated per episode?

    Thanks!

    Plugin Author ntm

    (@ntm)

    Since the feed is working now, what is the next step to get it to iTunes? Just submit and add the rest of the episodes?

    Basically I would say yes to both questions. But I suggest that you make all changes and submit the feed when it is absolutely ready. The iTunes Store page updates itself only once every 24 hrs and changes might only be visible after such a period.
    This is maybe interesting to read: http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/specs.html#submitting

    however, would we have to manually insert the link into the post each time, or would it be automated per episode?

    podPress offers the possibility to customize category feeds individually. But at the moment it does not offer that for tag feeds. I’m working on that and is going to be available in the next version.

    Plugin Author ntm

    (@ntm)

    The current Development Version of podPress (see section Other Versions) does include now the necessary changes that gives one the possibility to customize also tag feeds.
    If you try this version, make a backup before your start.

    Ok thank you.

    So we can either go the route of creating a new category within WordPress and filtering all of our current podcast episodes into the category and selecting that in “Category Filter” or go the route of the tags correct?

    The category-based route may be better since only podcast episodes for “Live the Mix” will be filtered under that category as opposed to normal posts – but tags can appear in any.

    Thank you!

    Plugin Author ntm

    (@ntm)

    Live the Mix is a tag. But tags are not that different compared with categories.

    So we can either go the route of creating a new category within WordPress and filtering all of our current podcast episodes into the category and selecting that in “Category Filter” or go the route of the tags correct?

    with podPress 8.8.10.13 it is only possible to customize tag feeds like the one of the posts with the tag Live the Mix through the general settings for all default feeds. (For instance the main post feed and the tag feeds would have the same additional iTunes and would share the same RSS and iTunes image.) If you would prefer to have different meta data in your podcast feed then you would need to add the podcast posts to a category. This means adding a category to each podcast post. You could do this via Quick Edit in the posts overview. But it would mean a little bit of work.
    Once the posts are in a category you could also choose to use a podPress Feed and select the category as the category filter setting. (Because “Live the Mix” is a tag, it would currently not be possible to select it in the category filter setting.) The advantage of do this is you get a shorter and maybe nicer feed URL.
    A category feed URL would be http://www.example.com/category/mypodcast/feed while the URL of a podPress Feed could be http://www.example.com/feed/mypodcast .

    In conclusion I would say: with 8.8.10.13 it is necessary to add a category to each post and then you may choose to use a category feed or a podPress Feed.
    If you have the time to wait for 8.8.10.14 then adding a category to each post (or vice versa) would unnecessary. But I need to add something else before I release this version. I hope that I will finish that in the next to weeks but I can’t promise anything.

    Hello,

    Thanks.

    This means adding a category to each podcast post. You could do this via Quick Edit in the posts overview.

    Do you mean for every episode we post, we have to create a brand new category within WordPress? Going to Posts > Category then adding a new one every time?

    We’re trying to find a way as we add a new episode each week, to have only those episodes filtered and automatically sent to iTunes. The settings are fine right now but we just want to make sure everything is set.

    If you could get back to us we’d greatly appreciate it. Thank you again.

    Plugin Author ntm

    (@ntm)

    Do you mean for every episode we post, we have to create a brand new category within WordPress? Going to Posts > Category then adding a new one every time?

    No, I tried to say that it would be necessary to put each podcast post into one category. You create one category (or maybe you have already) and check the box of the category while creating a new post (see the sidebar near the post editor box https://codex.wordpress.org/File:write1.png). Or you can of course put existing posts into the category by opening the posts with the default editor (see picture link above) or by using the Quick Edit functionality of WP.
    But you do not need to create a category per post.

    Ok perfect – so we just need to filter the specific podcast posts we want to include for iTunes and specify that category in the podPress Feed Options > Category Filter correct?

    Then we must edit the settings on the bottom section of a post draft before publishing so it is sent to iTunes. We should be good to go then yes?

    Thank you.

    Plugin Author ntm

    (@ntm)

    Then we must edit the settings on the bottom section of a post draft before publishing so it is sent to iTunes.

    You may edit these settings if the general settings for this feed do not apply to a certain post. For instance if the content of an episode does have explicit content while the setting for the feed is “Clean”. Or if an episode should appear in the iTunes podcast repository under a title which should not be equal with the post title. Or if you wish to have a special iTunes version of the summary of the post (and not the automatically generated one).
    But by default you don’t need to edit these settings.

    You can find the settings for a category feed under Posts > Categories > Edit Category > podPress Category Casting.

    Ok. So what we are going with now in the settings tab:

    Feed/iTunes Settings: Category Filter: (the one we created specifically for the podcast_
    Posts > Categories > Edit Category > podPress Category Casting: Checked on

    Now we just have to go to each podcast post and add the category we created, in the sidebar area.

    All set?

    Thanks again.

    Plugin Author ntm

    (@ntm)

    go to each podcast post and add the category we created, in the sidebar area.

    On the screen were you can see the table with all your (recent) posts (Posts Screen) is a option which you can see and use when you move the mouse cursor over a post title. It is called Quick Edit. If you choose this then you can edit/modify some of the post settings right there in the table. You don’t have to open the editor view of each post just to add the post to an existing category. (This method will be faster.)

    Feed/iTunes Settings: Category Filter: (the one we created specifically for the podcast_
    Posts > Categories > Edit Category > podPress Category Casting: Checked on

    Basically, yes. But you should take a look at settings like the RSS and iTunes image or the iTunes summary of the feed. The default is usually to take the settings from the podPress > Feed/iTunes Settings page. If you have already inserted all facts there and they apply to this category feed then you can leave them as they are. Otherwise you should probably adjust them.

    Hi,

    Thank you. One thing is now hitting us – the category we created in Posts > Categories is not showing up in the list of “Category Filters” in the Feed/iTunes Settings page.

    Is there any way to refresh the list? Every other category looks to be there except the one we created. We will use Quick-Edit to add all of our existing posts.

    As far as the files go – from now on, we have a dedicated folder (server) to add the podcasts to. However, the existing episodes are all in another folder. Would we have to re-upload everything to the new folder and replace the URL’s? How would that work?

    And for new episodes, let’s say we upload the podcast audio file to the designated folder on the server. Would iTunes just reference that file and the title of the post to show up in iTunes?

    Thank you again.

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