You achieve this with Podpress, a cool plugin for WordPress that lets you do this:
- Full featured and automatic iTunes feed generation
- Auto-generation of enclosure tag
- Makes adding a podcast to a post very simple
- View MP3 files ID3 tags when you’re posting, and copy ID3 data to the post title and content.
- Control over where the player will display within your post.
- Support for various formats, including video podcasting
- Automatic media player for MP3, MP4, MOV, FLV, and more, with inline and popup window support.
- Preview of what your podcast will look like on iTunes
- Easy way to link to your podcast within iTunes
I’ve just installed the plugin (which I found a bit tricky: more on that in a minute) and writing a Podpress-enabled post just to try it out and see how simple it is to do.
The podcast I’m including below is a short recording I made yesterday. Quite an appropriate one, I think – this recording is some ‘audio thoughts’ I sent to Nicole Simon yesterday to answer her question “Do you think blogging podcasters are more successful than just podcasters?” More (a post) on that later; meanwhile, read Nicole’s post to find out what this is about.
I mentioned that installing the Podpress plugin was a bit tricky. Maybe it was just me, but the installation instructions weren’t too clear and I ended up on my first attempt with weird PHP and 404 errors.
A bit more careful study showed me that the place on my server where I’d uploaded one of the key files to was incorrect. Once I fixed that, no more problems.
So if you’re thinking about installing Podpress into your WordPress blog, let me save you any potential head-scratching with a clear indicator of where the files go:
- podpress.php – this goes into the root of your /plugins directory.
- the folder podpress (and its contents) goes into your /plugins directory.
Note well – podpress.php goes into /plugins and not /plugins/podpress (that’s the error I made).
Once you’ve uploaded the Podpress files, just follow the rest of the installation instructions to enable it in your blog. There’s also a pretty good Camtasia video walk-through by the School of Podcasting that you might find helpful as well.
This really is an awesome plugin for WordPress. What do you think?
[Edit 12/4/06] For a reason I still haven’t solved, the file now won’t play. I upgraded PodPress today to the latest verison 4.71 and now it’s producing errors if you click on the player. Hope to solve that soon.
[Edit2 12/4/06] Fixed. The file now plays. This version of Podpress makes use of an .htaccess file in the podpress directory, which I hadn’t enabled correctly.