Setting up your Podcast

Seriously Simple Podcasting is designed to be quick and easy to setup, so getting started with your podcast is a very straight forward process. The settings page can be found at Podcast > Settings in your WordPress admin menu. Once you are there you will find the settings available in the following tabs:

General

These are settings that pertain to your podcast configuration and how your episodes are added and viewed.

Podcast post types
By default, Seriously Simple Podcasting adds a new post type called podcast that will be available in your WordPress dashboard. However, if you wish to use other post types (such as your standard blog posts) as your podcast episodes then you can select those post types here. Selecting any post type will enable posts in that type to be used as podcast episodes. If you add a media file to any post in one of those types then that will be considered a podcast episode and it will appear in your podcast feed.

Include podcast in main blog
Selecting this option will add the podcast post type to your main blog archives. However, this will only work if your theme supports this kind of thing. A much better option is to use the post type options above as that will be more reliable and cross-compatible.

Media player locations
Seriously Simple Podcasting uses the media player that is built into WordPress itself. In order to show this media player on your podcast episodes you will need to select the player location here.

  • Full content will add the media player (along with the episode meta data – download link, track length and file size) to anywhere the full content of the episode is displayed – generally the single episode view.
  • Excerpt will add the media player (along with the episode meta data) to anywhere the episode excerpt is displayed – generally the podcast archive page.
  • oEmbed Excerpt will add the media player (along with the episode meta data) to any location where your episodes are embedded on another site. oEmbed was introduced in WordPress 4.4, so this will only work if you are on v4.4 or above of WordPress itself. The embed code can be found on your episode edit screen.

You can select any combination (or none) of these options. The default setting is none.

Media player position
If you select Full content as one of the media player locations then you can specify whether you would like to have the media player (along with the episode meta data) displayed above or below your episode content. This defaults to being placed above your content.

Feed Details

The data you enter in here will be used in the feed for your podcast so your listeners will know more about it before they subscribe. All of the fields are optional, but it is highly recommended that you fill in as many as possible.

Feed Details Settings

Title
This is the title of your podcast as it will appear at the top of your feed and to new subscribers.

Subtitle
This is your podcast subtitle that will appear beneath the title in most podcast readers (such as iTunes).

Author
This is the name of your podcast author that will be listed alongside the podcast in most podcast readers.

Category
Your podcast category will help your listeners find your podcast in their podcast reader. The categories available here are defined by iTunes.

Sub-Category
The sub-category helps to further identify your podcast content – not all categories have sub-categories, so if you don’t find your category in the list then you can leave this option blank.

Description/Summary
The description (or summary) of your podcast will tell people what your content is about before they subscribe.

Cover Image
Your cover image will appear alongside your podcast details in most podcast readers. Images must be at least 1400 x 1400 pixels (either JPEG or PNG) in the RGB colour space – once you have uploaded your image it will appear smaller on the screen, but if the actual image is the correct size then it will appear in podcast readers correctly.

Owner name
Podcast readers require a name of the owner of the podcast – you can set that here.

Owner email address
The owner email address goes along with the owner name and tells podcast readers who to contact if there is an issue with the feed.

Language
Your podcast language is expressed in ISO-639-2 format and defaults to your site’s language settings. It is not case-sensitive.

Copyright
This is the copyright tag line that appears alongside your podcast in most podcast readers – it’s best to keep this short and to the point.

Explicit
If your podcast contains explicit language then you must select this option. If only a few of your episodes are explicit then you can leave this option unselected and specify the explicit option on the individual episodes.

Redirect podcast feed to new URL
Select this option to activate a feed redirect. This will inform all podcasting services that your podcast has moved and 48 hours after you have saved this option it will permanently redirect your feed to the new URL.

New podcast feed URL
This is the new URL for your podcast feed that you would like podcast readers to use from now on.

Security

If you wish to make your podcast feed private so it requires a username and password to view then you can do that here. This will only affect your podcast RSS feed and not the display of your podcast on your actual website.

Security Settings

Password protect your podcast feed
Select this option to enable password protection for your podcast RSS feed – if you select this then must specify the username and password for the feed as well.

Username
This is the username that users will need to enter in order to gain access to your podcast feed.

Password
This is the password that users will need to enter in order to gain access to your podcast feed. Once you have entered a password in here then it is encoded and stored securely in the database so it will not be displayed on the page again. You can change the password later by filling in something new here, but if you leave the field blank then the password will remain the same.

No access message
This is the message that will be displayed to individuals who attempt to access your podcast RSS feed. You are allowed to use basic HTML in this message.

Redirection

If you are moving your podcast to a new location you will need can notify podcast readers by setting the options here.

Redirection Settings

Redirect podcast feed to new URL
Select this option to activate the redirect. This will inform all podcasting services that your podcast has moved and 48 hours after you have saved this option it will permanently redirect your feed to the new URL.

New podcast feed URL
This is the new URL for your podcast feed that you would like podcast readers to use from now on.

Publishing

Here you will find the URLs you can use to share your podcast with the world.

Publishing Settings

External feed URL
If you are syndicating your podcast using a third-party service (like Feedburner) you can insert the URL here, otherwise this must be left blank.

Complete feed
This is the URL for your podcast feed that you will send to podcast readers (such as iTunes).

Feed for a specific series
If you would like to retrieve the RSS feed for a specific podcast series then you can do so using a URL formatted like this.

Podcast page
This is the public facing page on your website where your podcast episodes will be visible.