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Anyone looking for a fast and easy way to build a great web site can use iWeb to bring together and post photos and videos that were created using other iLife '09 applications. Instructor Garrick Chow demonstrates the basic functions and the new features of this application in iWeb '09 Essential Training. Garrick shows how to create and publish everything from basic web pages containing text and images to more involved pages with video. He also demonstrates how to create blogs and podcast pages. Exercise file accompany the course.
In this movie I'm going to show you how to submit your podcast to the iTunes Store. You do this if you want your podcast to be found by total strangers out there browsing the list of podcast on the iTunes Store. It's a really simple process. People who create podcasts without iWeb actually have to go to the iTunes Store in iTunes. Click on Podcasts. I'm already here, and then click on Submit a Podcast, and from here they have to paste in their feed, and then follow through several other screens of adding information. I'm not going to do that now, because I'm using iWeb, so I don't need to go through this process.
If you are using iWeb, submitting your podcast to the iTunes Store is super easy. Let me close the iTunes for a moment, and hide my browser. With your podcast selected in iWeb, open the Inspector, go to the RSS Inspector, make sure podcast is selected, and then just make sure Allow Podcast in iTunes Store is checked. Now actually I disabled this before I started recording this movie or watching, because I don't want people thinking this is a real podcast, but you will want to keep this checked, if you want to make it easier for people to find your podcast. Now I'm going to unchecked mine, but again you leave yours checked.
And then you just have to fill out the rest of the information here. For Series Artist, you can put your name or the name of your show. You can put an email address in here. Now the email address you enter here is not seen on the iTunes Store, it's just use d by the iTunes Administrators if they need to contact you about your podcast. So be sure to add your email address here, so they can get in touch with you if need be. Personally, if you are serious about podcasting, I suggest setting up a dedicated email address just for handling podcast correspondence. Next, if your podcast is a little blue or not for people of all ages, you might want to select Explicit under the Parental Advisory menu. The people of iTunes take this very seriously and if they find that you haven't marked an explicit podcast as such, they might kick your listing off the store. So you can choose between Clean, Explicit or None. Just make sure whichever you choose is accurate.
Now this section under Podcast Episode, these are the items that pertain to the specific episodes of your podcast. Notice that they are currently grayed out right now, because they don't have any specific episode selected. If I go to Entries and I select one, notice that as I click back and forth among the different entries, the duration is changing, so you can see these are specific to each episode. All you really have to do here is fill out the Episode Artist, which can be the same as the Series Artist in most cases, but if you have, say, a special guest host or something like that, you can add his or her name here. And again you want to choose the Parental Advisory selection, if necessary. Allow Podcast in iTunes Store is grayed out right now, because they don't have a lot of podcasts in iTunes Store checked up here, but if I do check that, you can see that it appears down here as well.
But if you'll allow the podcast on the store as a whole, and you want to dis-clude a particular episode, you do have the option to uncheck that option here, and this one episode will not appear on the store. Again, I'm going to keep those all off in my case. Now you want to fill all the stuff out before you publish your podcast for the first time, but if you forget or if the information changes, you can always make your changes, and then republish your podcast. iTunes does periodically check your RSS feed for changes, including whether or not you want to allow your podcast in the iTunes Store, but sometimes it takes several hours or even a day or two before your changes show up. So it's best to have things the way you want them before you publish your podcast.
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