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Friday, 29 June 2007

Podcasting: Beyond the Basics Pt. I - Autolink from your Website

Well, we should have a working podcast by now, and perhaps you've even got it listed in the iTunes directory, along with a couple of others. From now on I'm going to show you my own little experimentations with podcasting - stuff that I've learnt just by having an idea and working out how to do it myself, rather than it being widely known about, or available in any other podcasting guides.

The first thing I'm going to show you is how to turn on Autodiscovery of your Podcast from your website. It may sound complicated and technical, but all it does is put the little orange button in the address line of your browser so that people know there is a podcast or XML feed available to subscribe to along with the page. Clicking this symbol takes a reader straight to a page where they can preview the XML and subscribe to it if they wish.

To implement this on your website is pretty simple, and only requires one line of code to be added to your HTML. Put this in the <head> section of your web page code:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Jim's Scottish Podcast" href="" />

And that's it! Change the blue sections for the title of your podcast, and the URL of the XML file, and you're good to go! This is a simple trick that's often overlooked, but really improves the usability experience.

1 comment:

  1. Dammit, Rufus, publish the next one -- that's the stuff I want to learn! Your needs, your needs -- what about MY needs, huh?