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Since there is no documentary yet, I wrote down my learning curve:


A normal podcast offer today consists of

1) Website (in this case a blog with WordPress)
a. Articles published
b. Comment function
c. Feed for articles
d. Feed for comments
e. Trackbacks,….
f. audio files as download
2) Podcast as a feed
a. One or more feeds with the audio / video files
3) Podcast episode as an embedded player
a. Because not all listeners download the episodes, some also listen online on their computers

1. WordPress takes care of the first part.
2. The Podlove WordPress plugin takes care of the second part.
3. The Podlove Player takes care of the third part.

1) Wordpress

Install a normal WordPress. There you can write your articles, create pages, whatever.

Select something under Settings> Permalinks, otherwise the feeds will not work. Everything but the standard is ok. For this you need .htaccess support on your web server, not all web hosts have that (rewrite support is sufficient).

If WordPress has write access to the .htaccess file, it writes the configuration instructions there itself. If the authorizations are missing, it shows the applications and you have to copy them into the .htaccess files yourself.

WordPress creates a feed for the articles and comments, NOT for the audio files.

The whole WordPress media library is not really suitable for podcast episodes, WordPress sorts everything by date etc. It is best to store the episode stuff including cover art outside of WordPress.

2) podcast

WordPress initially has nothing to do with publishing podcast episodes.

The feed for the podcast client software is generated by the Podlove WordPress plugin.

You need a web space to which you upload the episodes (mostly via FTP). Another web server can do that too. Does not use the WordPress media library.

Example: http://media.domain.de

The Podlove plugin needs a ShowSlug. The ShowSlug is an abbreviation of the name. Let's assume that the podcast is called “World's Best Weather Podcast” would be offered by wwp.

The consequences then usually have this name pattern:



Episode names in the file name does not (currently) work.

Stores these files in a folder.

Now you can create a new show in the Podlove plugin. The show is called "World's Best Weather Podcast".

In "Configure Media-File" you choose which file format you use and what the files are called. If you want to offer the podcast in different formats, you have to create several "Configure Media Files".

"Configure Feed" is used to generate the actual feed. This form generates the feed to which pod catchers like iTunes, Downcast, etc. subscribe. For the "internal name" wwp-m4a would be a good choice. If the podcast is offered in several formats, several “configure feeds” are necessary; wwp-oga would then be the second feed.

3) web player

The Podlove Webplayer Plugin has only a few configuration options.
Under "Configure Webplayer" you set which file formats are available to the web player. He then chooses the right format depending on the browser and operating system. In our example we would select M4A and OGA.


When the whole system is set up, we can publish the first podcast episode.

1) record podcast audio files (whatever)
2) Upload audio files in the correct name format (see above)
3) If you have a new podcast issue, write an article about it.
a. Write a WordPress article: announce new episode, describe content, show notes with links, ...
b. Wordpress updates the article feed, but not the podcast feed!
c. Include web player in the article: [podloveaudio mp4 = ”http://media.domain.de/wwp/wwp001.m4a” ogg = ”http://media.domain.de/wwp/wwp001.oga”]
4) Episode - Add New
a. Name: "WWP001 Die NullNummer" or something similar
b. The episode description comes into the large field.
c. With "Show" the ShowSlug comes in with the episode number: wwp001
d. With Duration, the length comes in (minutes: seconds) 1:01
e. Covert-Art is a reference to the graphic, which is best located in http://media.domain.de/wwp.
f. Tick all media files that are available and that are to be published (e.g. m4a and oga)
5) Wait for the visitors.