Yes, this is a more advanced course. But if you are patient and pay careful attention to every detail of the RSS file, you can do this successfully. If this is too overwhelming for you today, get a friend who likes to write web pages to help you. If you can write a web page and successfully post it to the internet, you can figure this out. If your RSS file does not validate, go get something to drink (perhaps with caffeine), and come back and check every single character in your file--literally!
You must know how to FTP up to a web server in order to complete this successfully. Knowledge of HTML is very helpful but not required. Knowledge of XML would also be helpful but is not required. I do not pretend to know XML at all and was able to do this successfully.
Welcome to Podcasting 502, a mini-course in how to create an RSS file, containing the metatags required by the iTunes store, for your podcast.
To complete this mini-course you will need:
- A Text Editor (such as Text Edit which is already on your Mac, or BBedit or SKedit)
- About 60 minutes
- Some patience with detail work
- An internet connection
- A server hosting account
- An FTP program (such as Transmit for the Mac)
These materials are available for download to help you accomplish our purpose:
- Podcasting 502 pdf (This file contains your step by step directions as well as links to additional resources. The file contains the actual XML code from the index.xml file used for Podcast Central at MabryOnline. This code is presented in such a way as to serve as a template for your own file. You can study the code, compare it to what you see at Podcast Central both on MabryOnline.org and the iTunes store. Reverse engineering is a very effective way to learn!)
Podcasting 502 pdf