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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 93. Layout for podcast


Layout for episode
Figure 94. 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.

Note

In order to set up a podcast, you must have the Express: Podcast plugin enabled.

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 hat, navigation, 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 hat, navigation, and footer as described in Setting the site layout.

  2. Under Front End > 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 |mi-add|.

  2. On the Content Edit page, complete the following fields, as necessary:

    Table 22. New Podcast Fields

    Field

    Description

    Name

    Enter the name of the podcast that displays to the viewers of the site and is used in the URL structure, the SEO Title field, and the Promo Title in internal modules. This field is the only required field.

    Short Description

    Enter a short description for the podcast. This description is used in the Promo Description and SEO Description.

    Full Description

    Enter the full length description for the podcast . This field is passed through to the Brightspot front-end and is displayed on the podcast landing page.

    Lead

    Specify the lead module to be placed on your podcast. If you specify a lead, it replaces the dynamic results.

    Contents

    Specify which content modules you want placed on your podcast. If specified, these replace the dynamic results.

    Parent

    Specify a franchise or a section to be the parent of this podcast. Specifying a parent allows you to inherit settings from the parent for the podcast.

    Cover Art

    Specify an image to be associated to the podcast. This can be a one-off or a shared image.

    Default RSS Subscribe URL

    Enter the URL where your viewers can subscribe to this podcast.

    Default iTunes Subscribe URL

    Enter the Apple URL where your viewers can subscribe to this podcast.

    Default Google Play Subscribe URL

    Enter the Google URL where your viewers can subscribe to this podcast.

    Tags

    Enter tags for this podcast using a flat, single tag structure.



  3. 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 |mi-add|.

  3. Complete the following fields, as necessary:

    Table 23. Podcast Episode Fields

    Field

    Description

    Name

    Enter the name of the podcast that displays to the viewers of the site and is used in the URL structure, the SEO Title field, and the Promo Title in internal modules. This field is required.

    Audio

    Associate the audio asset you created for this episode. This field is required.

    Podcast

    Select the podcast that this podcast episode is associated with. This field is required.

    Short Description

    Enter a short description for the podcast episode. This description is used in the Promo Description and SEO Description.

    Full Description

    Enter the full length description for the podcast episode .

    Preview

    Select the preview image for the podcast.

    Episode Number

    Enter the number of the episode for this podcast.

    Upload Date

    Shows the date and time the audio asset was uploaded to Brightspot Capture.

    Tags

    Enter tags for this podcast episode using a flat, single tag structure.



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