Podcasting with Squarespace 5

You can add a podcast directly to a journal entry, which will be automatically embedded in your journal's RSS feed.

Step 1 - Edit Entry

In the entry edit window, click the more options button at the lower right of the edit window.

Step 2 - Add File

Click the file button to the right of the Enclosure File field.

Step 3 - Select Enclosure

Click the browse button to locate a file on your computer and upload this to your site.

Note: Make sure the podcast's filename does NOT contain spaces. Replace the spaces with dashes or remove them altogether.

Click the Your Files link to select a file already located on your site.
 

Note: The Enclosure Url field allows you to upload and display one podcast file. If you need to include multiple podcasts in your entries you can use the enclosure option for the first file, and create direct links to other files you want to include — see: this guide.

Step 4 - Save & Close

The enclosure will display at the end of your journal entry.  Site visitors can click the link to download the file from your site, and the enclosure will be automatically added to your RSS feed.

Submitting your podcast to iTunes

To learn more about adding a podcast to your site see this guide. Also, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes.

Step 1 - Enable RSS and iTunes XML Tags

Within your Journal's configuration settings under XML Syndication / iTunes Options make sure the two checkboxes for Syndicate as RSS/ATOM/RDF and Enable iTunes XML Tags are checked.

After enabling iTunes XML Tags, you can add your information to the optional tag fields that iTunes uses to display information about your podcast. 

Step 2 - Copy RSS feed URL

At the top of your Journal's configuration window, click the Feeds tab, then click the link to view your RSS feed URL.

The default view is set to ATOM which will not work for podcasting as iTunes requires an RSS feed.

Click the copy URL link for the Main Feed to display a selectable URL for you to select and copy.

Step 3 - Test Your Feed

Launch iTunes and in the Advanced menu, select Subscribe to Podcast.

 

Enter the RSS feed URL you copied in the text box and click OK.

You should see an orange circle indicating that the podcast is downloading. Once it's done, double-click the episode to play it in iTunes. If it plays you are ready to submit your podcast to iTunes.

Step 4 - Submit your podcast to the iTunes Store

Launch iTunes and click on the iTunes Store on the left side of your iTunes window. Once the store loads, click on the Podcasts button at the top of the store.

On the right side of the window, click on Submit a Podcast.
 

Follow the instructions on the Submit a Podcast page. Paste your RSS feed URL into the text field and click continue.

Step 5 - Linking to your podcast on iTunes

Right-click on your podcast's album art within the iTunes Store to copy the link. You can then use this guide to add this link to your site.

For more specific information about podcasting, check out Apple's Podcasting Resource: Making a Podcast.

Adding artwork to your podcast for iTunes

You can add album artwork to your podcast within your journal configuration.  In the configuration screen, navigate to XML Syndication / iTunes Options and click the option at the bottom of this section to Enable iTunes XML Tags.

Then add the full URL for the image you want to use in the (optional) Image (URL) field.

Images can be in JPG or PNG format at least 300 x 300 pixels, but 600 x 600 pixels seems to be a common standard by most podcasters.

Can I create a podcast subscription link on my site?

Yes. The XML feed (i.e. RSS, Atom) for the podcast journal or journal podcast category can be used as a subscription link for people to subscribe to your podcast.

How do I redirect my podcast feed?

Apple has instructions on their Making a Podcast page about changing your podcast feed.

There are two methods:

  1. use the iTunes tag for redirecting**
  2. create a 301 redirect from the old feed URL to the new one.

To set this up within Squarespace you will use option 2, and create a 301 redirect. You will need use the URL shortcut feature within [Website Management > Structure > URL Shortcuts].

Create a redirect from your old feed to your new feed by only using the site-relative URL (more information on this is available in the URL shortcut guide here). The screenshot below illustrates the setup:

Keep in mind, that the old Journal RSS feed can not be in use. The old Journal page should be removed as you don't want iTunes to see the old RSS feed as an active feed on the site. See the guide here for help with removing a page.

Note: If you need to redirect your podcast feed to an external source URL, you can use the 301 or 302 redirect option and insert the external feed URL in the Existing URL field within the URL Shortcuts area. See our guide here for more information on using URL Shortcuts. You can also review this guide for more information on the difference between a 301 and 302 redirect.


**Method #1 requires you to place the iTunes Redirect Tag, <itunes:new-feed-url>  , within the channel of the RSS feed. Currently, Squarespace does not allow you to modify the channel of feeds generated by Journal pages.

I have a Journal entry that has a podcast that was not uploaded via Squarespace

Squarespace will interpret special tags within your journal entry body and insert them as iTunes tags in your RSS feed. An example of the tags that Squarespace understands:

<!-- RSS-ITUNES-AUTHOR: Someone -->
<!-- RSS-ITUNES-SUBTITLE: Podcast -->
<!-- RSS-ITUNES-SUMMARY: A Summary -->
<!-- RSS-ITUNES-ENCLOSURE-URL: http://somewhere.com/somefile -->
<!-- RSS-ITUNES-ENCLOSURE-LENGTH: 1024 -->
<!-- RSS-ITUNES-ENCLOSURE-TYPE: audio/mpeg -->
<!-- RSS-ITUNES-DURATION: 00:00:30 -->
<!-- RSS-ITUNES-EXPLICIT: yes -->
<!-- RSS-ITUNES-EXPLICIT: no -->
<!-- RSS-ITUNES-EXPLICIT: clean -->
Note: iTunes tags cannot be added and left empty. You must include an actual tag as in the above examples — otherwise your feed will return error and not validate.
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Podcasting with Squarespace 5