Using The Podcast Channel Feature

One of the most powerful features of the PowerPress Podcast Plugin for WordPress is the ability to make custom podcast channels. I find the channels life savers, as I have 2 other host that have their own shows on my site.

Doing 2 separate shows myself in both Audio and Video, requires that I have a total of 4 rss feeds for just my two shows. 1 Audio and 1 Video feed for each show.

I found that my audience would subscribe to either the Audio or the Video feed of my show, but not both feeds more often than not. So ultimately you are giving your listeners and viewers a choice of content formats.

But here are the three things you really need to know about creating more podcast channels.

Example 1: You want to distribute both an mp3 and an mp4 version of your podcast. Use the default podcast channel for your mp3 media and create a custom channel for your mp4 media.

Example 2: You have a video podcast with multiple file formats. Use the default podcast channel for the main media that you want to appear on your blog (e.g. m4v). Create additional channels for the remaining formats and sizes (e.g. wmv, mov, mpeg).

Example 3: You create two versions of your podcast, a 20 minute summary and a full 2 hour episode. Use the default channel for your 20 minute summary episodes and create a new custom channel for your full length episodes.

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