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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.


Creating a podcast

To create a podcast:
This section provides an example for setting up 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 the your secret code to the Disable Ads Parameter Value field in the following format: http://www.yourdomain.com?disableAds=<yoursecretcode>.
  5. Under Ad Sizes, click add_circle_outline. A 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. In CMS Preview Disabled Ad Sizes, you can specify ad sizes to not display if the CMS detects them during preview by using the selection field. To specify more than one ad size, click add_circle_outline and select the additional ad sizes you want preview to suppress.
  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 the ad to be sized at 800×200. Your form looks similar to the following:
    Specify the ad sizes for the podcast
  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, and close the content picker. 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, 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 add.
  2. From the Create list, select Podcast. A content edit page appears.
  3. On the Content Edit page, complete the following fields, as necessary:

    Table 1. 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.
  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. Complete the following fields, as necessary:

    Table 2. 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.
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