Podpress not changing iTunes (7 posts)

  1. BloodEagle
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have been using Feedburner to post our podcasts to iTunes. For whatever reason, it quit posting any of our episodes. While attempting to figure out what was going on, I came across podpress and installed it, followed all of the instructions, and updated it.

    2 weeks later, my itunes is still showing the same picture, and has not changed in the least, nor is it still showing any podcasts. Can anyone assist me in figuring out what I did wrong so I can get it working.

    Links to everything I can think of:
    The site: http://www.LinkDeadGaming.com

    iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/link-dead-gaming/id508015572

    Direct site feed: http://linkdeadgaming.com/feed/

    Podcast direct feed: http://linkdeadgaming.com/feed/podcast

    I can also give any other information needed, and I did enable the new-feed-url in podpress

    Thank you in advance.


  2. ntm
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    It can't tell whether podPress is activated in your blog. If it is not activated then do it. If it is active then it seems that you have not added the podcast episodes the right way.

    However there is a different issue. When I open the URL of your Podcast direct feed in my browser, I get redirected to the category page of the podcast category (http://www.linkdeadgaming.com/category/podcast/) and not to a valid RSS feed.
    You have registered the URL (http://linkdeadgaming.com/feed/podcast) at the iTunes Store server as your feed URL. But the iTunes Store server can only retrieve the necessary information (the episode URLs and meta information) from a feed. When the server tries to retrieve the information it gets the also the category page instead of the feed. That is why the iTunes page of your podcast does not show any episodes.

    I'm not sure what causes this redirect. But usually it is of two things:
    - additional rules in the .htaccess file or
    - a plugin or the theme which creates this redirect.

    Please try to find out whether your .htaccess file contain more than the default WP lines (see http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks#Creating_and_editing_.28.htaccess.29) and cicle through the settings of your theme and plugins and search for notes regarding redirects.

    Please deactivate the itunes:new-feed-url option. It is not helpful in this case.


  3. andyward
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I am not an expert in the slightest and was having issues with a recent podcast not showing.. when I added a new podcast the episode showed up as well as changes I implemented in the feed info 4 days ago.

    Maybe try adding a new episode?

  4. ntm
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    @andyward: The problem in the blog of BloodEagle is that the feed URL does not lead to a feed at all.

  5. BloodEagle
    Posted 2 years ago #


    I took your advice and went over the whole thing again. Because our WP.org site is setup like an actual website, the pages we have need to be like categories. However, I changed the feed back to http://www.linkdeadgaming.com/feed and disabled the iTunes new feed.

    It updated my picture as well as added > 2 < of our episodes back. I am a bit stumped by that. We have 37 episodes, and it only shows the last 2. I have audience members that want to listen to all of them...is there any way to have iTunes show all of our episodes?

    And thank you very much for the help so far.

  6. ntm
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #


    We have 37 episodes, and it only shows the last 2

    Only some of the podcast posts in the feed have so called enclosures. podPress adds these elements automatically to feed items. But only if you the media files via the podPress form which is usually displayed below the post editor box (when you add new/edit posts).
    Also if you would add a media file URL to a blog post then WordPress would usually add such an enclosure element automatically when you save or update the post. WordPress would in such a case a custom field to the post. (You can display the custom fields box below the post editor (http://codex.wordpress.org/Custom_Fields#Usage) by activating it in the Screen Options (see small grey box in the upper right corner of the WP admin interface)).

    How do you add episode files to a post?

    I looked at the post of Episode 37 an 36. 37 has and 36 has no enclosure. Both pages show an mp3 player and some download links. The player is from the WP Audio Player plugin and not the one which podPress displays and the download elements are also no podPress elements.
    That is why I guess that the episode haven't been added to the posts with podPress.
    A further guess is that the post of episode 37 has and custom field with the name enclosure and episode 36 has not such a field.

    Please, control whether this is the case.

    Add the episodes with podPress or make sure that the posts have at least an custom field with the custom field name enclosure and the regarding custom field values. If you use the WP Audio Player plugin then look into the settings of this plugin. If I remember correctly that plugin has also settings regarding the enclosures.

  7. ntm
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    A further note:
    You may use the category feed
    as your podcast feed. It includes all posts of the category podcast. You may also customize this feed podPress (Posts > Categories > Edit Category > podPress Category Casting).

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