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In the last post I went over the basics of getting audio on your site. In today’s post I will cover a very popular way people publish audio on the web – podcasting. Now, although podcasting is not just for audio, today I will be going over the basics of podcasting in this manner.
First of all, I want to explain that podcasts are like blogs for audio. So, if you want to create a podcast, make sure you will be updating it often. Podcasts are generally created with mp3 files, because that is what most players support. And, many people submit their podcast to iTunes, since that is where most people get there podcasts from.
Now, to create your own podcast, you will need to generate a code called RSS (XML). This code will tell iTunes (and web browsers) how to read your podcasts. If you want to spend the time learning the code, I would suggest reading this article by Apple.
But, instead of taking the time to learn the code, I suggest finding a podcast creator that will do it for you! This way you don’t have to type out a bunch of frustrating code. I would recommend using one of these two podcast creators:
Once you have generated your code for a podcast, you will need to submit your RSS (XML) podcast link to iTunes. To do this you will first need to download iTunes by clicking here. Then you will need to create an account from the iTunes store. After this, you will simply need to submit your RSS (XML) podcast file to iTunes. That’s it!! Congratulations, you now have a public podcast!
In the last post I briefly went over the many possibilities of getting your video on the web. In today’s post, I will touch on the server-side of adding video to your site.
It’s easy enough to have a progressive download video on your website; almost any server can do that. A progressive download actually downloads the video as it is being played. This is fine for most videos, but if you want viewers to be able to skip ahead to another part in the video, or you will have a lot of viewers at a time, you will need to get a streaming server.
A streaming server is much better than progressive download. It allows users to skip ahead in the video with little or no wait! It illuminates buffer time, allowing people with slow connections to view the video faster. And, hundreds of people can view one video at the same time! Unfortunately, streaming video hosting is not cheap. This is something me, as a web designer, cannot provide you with. You will need to pay for a whole separate server just for streaming your video. Here are a couple streaming media hosting companies I would recommend:
Once you get a plan set up for your streaming media, I will be able to link or embed your media on any website so your viewers can enjoy streaming video!