How to make a podcast in WordPress and other software.

As a creative project I recently completed making a series of 8 podcasts.

There are many different ways to create a podcast. In this short video I explain the process I took.

I’ve used a handful of programs to create the content for my podcast which you can hear at bringabrickpodcast.com ;

The microphone is a Snowball Ice.

Audacity is used for editing the audio files. Also the Free Music archive offers creative commons licencing  for use of it’s music for beds and stings. A word of warning, it’s almost too easy to get lost for hours trying to find the right kind of music. Consequently, having a clear idea first,  before you start surfing.

Skype and MP3 recorder.
Most people already know Skype. MP3 recorder for Skype is a handy tool that records the audio via your microphone and complies them on two separate tracks. It only records outgoing calls, not incoming, which I found out the hard way.

The website.
WordPress does a great job of managing the content and creating a detailed RSS feed that podcasting repositories can pick on on. Using scheduled posts I was able to focus on recording a few 4 podcasts and, and then holding off, in order to set a regular schedule to release content. MP3tag was also a great tool for making the MP3 file itself look professional, with the ability to add a cover image which show up on podcasting feeds.

The feed,  stitcher & itunes
I’ve submitted my podcast to both itunes and stitcher, where listeners can to these apps to access the show on their devices. Wordpress has a great built in RSS feed facility.

A note on content.
Niche is good, as I’ve discovered from the research I’ve carried out. Why a podcast on applied improvisation? Podcasts are a saturated market, so creating content in niche markets is beneficial.

Finally as I mention in the video, this is just one way to create a podcast, and is only an overview of the process I have used.

WordPress Training. 5 top tips for working with this powerful website platform.

WordPress now powers 20% of the web. While it’s not the only platform out there for maintaining a website it’s become one of the most powerful and accessible content management systems available. JCU have been using wordpress for over six years and offer wordpress training to clients.  It’s highly customisable nature and design friendly UI help focus the design process and enable clients to take real control of their online identity. wordpress training.

Here are 5 of top tips for make your wordpress experience comfortable and effective;

1. Keep your website active with scheduled posts.

Updating your website regularly is one of the best ways to increase activity to your website. This doesn’t mean you have to be on it every day, or every week. By using the option to schedule posts, you can create content when time allows, to publish in the future. Timing the release of new content is a great way to maintain engagement. 

Wordpress publish settings. WordPress training.

 

2. Resize your images.

By resizing your images within wordpress you can keep the loading time on your page down. Slow website page loading times are an achilles heel for any website which leads to visitors clicking away from your site. An image doesn’t need to be massive to be clear.

Wordpress training. Resizing images.

 

3. SEO as you go.

Search Engines Optimisation for websites is big business, and constantly shifts as the search engines companies themselves alter their search criteria for better results. Take time to get your head around the SEO tools on your website is a good start to understanding how SEO works. A good app like Yoast will help you write better content as you go, optimizing your ability to be seen search based on the kind of content you create.

4. Use good images.

Sourcing good images takes time. This is partly one of the reasons include illustration as part of the design service. That way I can create new content which is specific to the project. With photography a mindful client will allow some of the budget to be covered by royalty free images, as misleadingly the term royalty free doesn’t mean ‘free’. This is where creative commons licenced images are invaluable, allowing use of professional quality images with just and credit to the author, or simply free for any purpose. Some great CC license sites include unsplash.com, pexels.com and kaboompics.com. There is of course google image search, but that’s the fast track to breaking copyright law. As I say, sourcing good images takes time.

5. Don’t loose your password.

This comes up again and again. Get a good solid password and attribute it with the same level of security as your would with bank details. Using the forgotten password link is a quick and easy way to get a new one, but over time can get messy very quickly, especially if you have more  than one person updating your website with different admin roles. Aha. If I was doing a top 6 wordpress tips, admin and editors roles would be it. 

Want to know more? JCU offer wordpress training to help you make the most of your website. Face to face, via video or skype, communication is key to what we do. For more information email or call using the contact info at the bottom of this page.

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