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Podcasts

A podcast is a series of original audios regarding a specific topic. Most commercial-grade podcasts include a header, footer, episode, reader comments, advertisements, and a feature for adding links to episodes on social media.

The following diagrams illustrate the relationship between a podcast and individual episodes.

Layout for podcast
Figure 48. Layout for podcast


Layout for episode
Figure 49. Layout for episode


A podcast (illustration on left) is a landing page that lists individual episodes (illustration on right).

Setting up a podcast

This section provides an example for setting up a podcast.

Step 1: Create a new site

Follow the directions in Creating a new site.

Step 2: Configure ad sizes

Step 3: Set up the page layout

In this step, you create layouts for your header, footer, and main section. The main section's layout includes an ad above the episode and an ad wrapped within the episode.

  1. Continuing in the Edit Site widget, define the header and footer as described in Adding a header and footer.

  2. Under Page Defaults, under Layout, add a placeholder for the large advertisement above the episode:

    1. From the Above list, select Replace. A list box appears.

    2. Click |mi-add_circle_outline| and select Ad. A form appears with a selection field.

    3. Select the ad associated with the 800×200 size, and close the content picker. Your form looks similar to the following:

      blog-module-above.png
  3. Add a placeholder for the small advertisement:

    1. From the Aside list, select Replace. A list box appears.

    2. Click |mi-add_circle_outline| and select Ad. A form appears with a selection field.

    3. Select the ad associated with the 100×100 size, and close the content picker.

  4. For the remaining fields, keep the defaults.

  5. Click Save.

  6. Add a form for visitors to submit comments to episodes. Under Front-End, under Community, from the Commentable Types list, select Podcast Episode.

  7. Click Save.

Step 4: Add an action bar

Follow the directions in Adding an action bar.

Step 5: Add a podcast

Now you begin the hard work of developing and publishing content.

  1. In the header, click in the search field. The search panel appears.

  2. Under Create, select Podcast, and then click New. The content edit page appears.

  3. Set up your podcast in the content edit page.

  4. Complete your site's workflow and publish the podcast.

Step 6: Add an initial episode

  1. Record your episode as an audio, and add the file to Brightspot. For details, see Audios.

  2. In the header, click in the search field. The search panel appears.

  3. Under Create, select Podcast Episode, and then click New. The content edit page appears.

  4. In the Name field, enter a name for the episode.

  5. From the Audio selection field, select the audio you uploaded in step 1.

  6. From the Podcast list, select the podcast that you created in Step 5.

  7. Fill out other fields as necessary.

  8. Complete your site's workflow and publish the episode.