The WordPress Podlove Podcast Publisher is a workflow-oriented solution for serious podcasters that want to save time and get full control over their Podcast publishing process, their feeds and the integrity of their publication.
You need WordPress running on your web server. Download the Podlove Podcast Publisher plugin, unzip it, put it into the WordPress plugin directory, and activate it. If you are new to WordPress, you may find the Installing Plugins instructions helpful.
A Podlove entry appears in the menu. Go to
Podlove → Podcast Settings to start the setup. Fill in the Description fields (title, subtitle and summary) for your podcast. Then scroll down to the Media section. Here you are asked for an Upload Location. What is the upload location?
Publishing episodes and serving files are not necessarily connected. The Publisher focuses on the former while you are still responsible for uploading your media files to a server (which may or may not be identical to the server running WordPress). The Publisher has expectations concerning your files:
Expectation 1: Assets for an episode share the same file name. Files related to your episodes are called Assets. The Publisher needs to keep track of them, so it introduces the convention that all files for one episode must share the same file name. Let's say you publish an episode using mp3, m4a and a cover image. Your files may look like this:
ep001 is your file slug. Its format is up to you. It may be numeric (
001), text (
my-first-episode) or mixed (
ep001). The only requirement is that it is the same for all assets.
Expectation 2: All files are in the same directory. If your first episode is available at
http://www.example.com/ep001.mp3 then your second episode should be available at
http://www.example.com/ep002.mp3 and not at
This directory is your Upload Location. Using the example above, it would be
http://www.example.com/. Enter it in the settings form and make sure that your files are there. You can fill out the rest of the form but you don't have to. You can always come back later.
Go to the next menu entry,
Podlove → Episode Assets. As mentioned above, assets are all files related to your episodes. Here you define what kind of files you want to publish. That way the Publisher knows about your files and can ensure their existence and validity. Click on Add New to create one.
Select the audio asset type and one of the file formats you are publishing in, like mp3. You can leave the rest of the form and Save Changes. If you have more formats, please add them likewise.
The last step of preparation is setting up a feed for your listeners to subscribe. Go to the next menu entry,
Podlove → Podcast Feeds and click on Add New. Select one of the media file assets you just created, assign a title (example: "MP3 Feed") and an url slug (example: "mp3"). You can ignore the rest and Save Changes. If you created multiple formats, you may add the other feeds likewise. You are now ready to publish your first episode!
Publishing the first Episode
You may have noticed already: There is an Episodes menu entry below Posts. This is where you manage your episodes. Go to
Episodes → Add New. Enter a title and copy&paste the following two shortcodes into the content field below:
Scroll down to the Podcast Episode box. Find the Episode Media File Slug field. Remember this? In the example above, the slug was
ep001. If you already have files on your upload location, enter your slug.
The table below contains all your assets. If you setup everything correctly, the Publisher will now have found the correct assets and indicate its satisfaction with one or more green checkmarks. Press Publish — Congratulations! You have published your first episode using the Podlove Publisher!