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A podcast is a series of 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
Layout for podcast

Layout for episode
Layout for episode

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


Creating a podcast

To create a podcast:

Step 1: Create a new site

Follow the directions in Creating a site.

Step 2: Configure ad sizes

In this step you specify the ads and their sizes.

  1. Click menu > Admin > Sites & Settings.
  2. In the Sites widget, click the site you created in Step 1. The Edit Site widget appears.
  3. Under Front-End, expand Ads.
  4. To disable ads on the podcast, enter your secret code in the Disable Ads Parameter Value field in the following format: http://www.yourdomain.com?disableAds=.
  5. Under Ad Sizes, click add_circle_outline. An Ad Size form appears.
  6. In the Width and Height fields, enter 100.
  7. Click add_circle_outline to add a second ad size.
  8. In the Width field enter 800, and in the Height field enter 200. Your form looks similar to the following:

    Setting the podcast ad sizes

  9. Click Save.
  10. Returning to Front End > Ads, in CMS Preview Disabled Ad Sizes, specify the ad sizes you defined in steps 5–8. Brightspot hides these ad sizes the preview pane.
  11. Under Ad Modules, click add_circle_outline, and select an ad service. A form appears.
  12. Fill out the form for an ad to be sized at 100×100, then repeat for an ad to be sized at 800×200. Your form looks similar to the following:
    Blog ad sizes
  13. Click Save.

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 add_circle_outline and select Ad. A form appears with a selection field.
    3. Select the ad associated with the 800×200 size. Your form looks similar to the following:

      Setting the podcast layout with ads

  3. Add a placeholder for the small advertisement:
    1. From the Aside list, select Replace. A list box appears.
    2. Click add_circle_outline and select Ad. A form appears with a selection field.
    3. Select the ad associated with the 100×100 size.
  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 add.
  2. From the Create list, select Podcast. A content edit page appears.
  3. Complete the following fields as necessary:

    Table 1. New Podcast Fields:

    Field
    Description
    NameName 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 DescriptionShort description for the podcast. This description is used in the Promo Description and SEO Description.
    Full DescriptionFull description for the podcast. This field is passed through to the Brightspot front-end and is displayed on the podcast landing page.
    LeadLead module to be placed on your podcast's page. If you specify a lead, it replaces the dynamic results.
    ContentsContent modules placed on your podcast's page. If specified, these replace the dynamic results.
    ParentFranchise or section to which the podcast belongs. The podcast inherits any settings from the parent (unless otherwise specified in the podcast itself).
    Cover ArtImage associated to the podcast.
    Default RSS Subscribe URLURL where visitors can subscribe to this podcast.
    Default iTunes Subscribe URLApple URL where visitors can subscribe to this podcast.
    Default Google Play Subscribe URLGoogle URL where visitors can subscribe to this podcast.
    TagsTags for this podcast.
  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 add.
  3. From the Create list, select Podcast Episode. A content edit page appears.
  4. Complete the following fields as necessary:

    Table 2. Podcast Episode Fields:

    Field
    Description
    Name
    Name of the episode.
    Audio
    Episode's audio file.
    Podcast
    Podcast associated with the episode.
    Short Description
    Short description for the episode. This description is used in the Promo Description and SEO Description.
    Full Description
    Full description for the episode.
    Preview
    Preview image for the episode.
    Episode Number
    Number of the episode for this podcast.
    Upload Date
    Date and time the audio was added to Brightspot.
    Tags
    Tags for this episode.
  5. Complete your site's workflow and publish the episode.
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