Podcasting Newbie Faceplants Into Cement
I have been to the Mickey Mouse Podpress forums, and so far no luck. It is as dead as a doornail there.
I promise to be gentle with my questions, as they reveal my ignorance and I don’t want the experts heads to explode.
So, let me begin by handing out some duct tape first. OK, start at the left ear, pull firmly…thats it. Don’t let the noise scare you. OK now, around the bottom of the chin, up around the right side of the head, over the top and back down the left side. Do this over and over to totally wrap your head in duct tape. This will prevent bone shrapnel from getting out of hand. After all, you do not want innocent bystanders to get hit by shards of bone when your head does indeed explode from the clearly stupid newbie questions I am about to ask.
OK, good. Let’s begin, shall we.
I have uploaded and installed the podpress directory into my very cool blogs plugins directory. I have made all the premission changes and activated the plugin to great fanfare. I can hear the cheers even now as they reverberate in the Hall’s of Blogness.
Upon going to options I quickly realized that I am in over my head. At least somewhat.
First, iTunes:FeedID is a formfield I must fill in. Is this suppose to be a link to MY podcast RSS feed or is this a link to iTunes RSS feed? Where can I find both. For I know I will need them. And which of the two will I put in the iTunes:FeedID field. I know – seems self-explanatory to the average human, but I am clearly below average.
Second, and this goes to my first question: The “Podcast Feed URL” – what is this, where is it and how does it differ from my standard RSS feed?
Third, is the common approach to create a directory for your podcasts, upload them, store them there, and link to them from within your entries? What size is typical for, say, a 14 minute audio only podcast? My firsst one, in AAC format, is about 150 mb. I guess I have a big mouth, huh!
Fourth – the installation guide that comes with PodPress have 4 “easy” steps to Podcast heaven, the fourth looking like this :
4. To add a link to itunes on your website, set
the FeedID in the PodPress options page, and
then add this code in your template
<?php podPress_iTunesLink(); ?>
Ummmmm…..OK. Add a link to iTunes on my web site? A link to where at iTunes? Like this – http://www.apple.com/itunes/ ???? And what good does that do?
As far as <?php podPress_iTunesLink(); ?>, what “template page” do I add that too?
Man I feel like such an idiot.
Almost done guys….bare with me.
Fifth – iTunes:Subtitle and iTunes:Keywords – Are these to be different for each podcast I upload. In fact, are all the options to change for each podcast I record and upload, or do I make the settings once for all podcasts?
Rainman appreciates your kind patience.
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