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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 the previous movie, we looked at how to create a podcast in GarageBand and import it into iWeb. Now let's see what a podcast looks like from your visitor's point of view. You can see by the red icons on my sidebar that I haven't yet published my podcast pages. Now before I do so, I suggest changing the name of your podcast from podcast to whatever your podcast happens to be called. So I'm going to change mine to Travelcast. That's just to distinguish it from just a generic podcast. All right, so now we are going to publish the site by choosing Publish Site, and now we'll visit the site and I'll click my Travelcast link in the navigation bar. And here is the main podcast page, which if you recall from the earlier movies looks a lot like a blog, and from here I can click on the various entries to read them and to view the podcast, or listen to the podcast, depending on what the case might be. So I can listen right here on the website, go back to the main podcast page, and maybe check out a couple more of them.
Do you get the idea? But again the real appeal of a podcast is that you can subscribe to it. So how do we do that? Let's go back to the main podcast page and here's where we find that Subscribe button. Now if I roll my mouse over this button, you can see that this is linking to the RSS feed that iWeb automatically generated. You can see it in the little pop-up there, or if you look down in the status bar area when I roll over it, you can see that it ends with rss.xml.
This is just like the RSS feed we were looking at earlier in the movie on blogs, and like before, Safari to text, up there is an RSS feed associated with this, and it displays an RSS button in the address bar. If I click the RSS button here, I can see the RSS feed just like I could with my blog. So here are the three episodes in this particular feed. Now for people who don't have iTunes installed on their computers, you'd tell them to subscribe to this address. So at the address bar, address starts with feed:// and then the address of the feed. That's how you know this is an RSS feed, because it has feed://, but for people who do have iTunes installed, and that's pretty much all Mac users and even lots of Windows users have iTunes have these days.
iTunes users should click the Subscribe button, but even though the link looks like it takes to the RSS feed, the computer of the person clicking this button will actually open iTunes and automatically subscribe to your podcast. That's the beginning of this address. It's not feed://, but itpc://. itpc stands for iTunes Podcast. Click Subscribe. So notice iTunes open automatically and podcast is now selected in my library, and here is my podcast. If I toggle that open, I can see all three episodes.
Now iTunes by default is only downloading the most recent episode, in this case, Made in Taiwan. If I wanted to download any of the other ones, I would simply click the Get button, and I could download that episode. Notice also the Description column, which displays the text from the description on my iWeb page. So I have Greetings from Taipei, Taiwan in this episode. I have the placeholder text in this one, which is why it's always a good idea to replace the placeholder text with their own text. And then in my first episode I have the text that I typed there. Clicking the I for Info button, watch. That will give you the entire description. But now I'm subscribed to this podcast in iTunes, and depending on how each users of iTunes preferences are set, iTunes will periodically check for new episodes of your podcast and download them when they appear, without these having to do that manually him or herself.
For people who don't use iTunes, will have to copy and paste the address of the RSS feed in their podcasting programs. So for example, if I hide iTunes and go back to my website and click the RSS button, again this gives me the address of the feed in my address bar. I can select that and copy it and then open the software of my choice for downloading podcast. And I'll just show you how to manually add feed addresses to iTunes as an example, because not all podcast you might want to subscribe to, use that iTunes podcast link. Many podcasts only provide you with this feed address, so it's important to know how to manually subscribe to a podcast in iTunes.
So with that address copied, I'm going to back to iTunes, and first I'm going to delete this podcast out of iTunes. I'm going to say Unsubscribe, and then Delete, by hitting the Delete key on my keyboard, and I'll say Remove, Move to trash and they are gone. So now it's manually subscribed to the podcast. Each program is going to work a little differently, but they all need you to provide the RSS address. Now in iTunes, we go to Advanced > Subscribe to Podcast. And all you do here is paste in that feed that we copied from the browser, there it is feed:// and then the address. We'll click OK. I have now subscribed to the Travelcast podcast and it's currently downloading, and has now downloaded the most recent episode.
So that's how someone would manually subscribe to your podcast. All you have to worry about is producing new episodes of your podcast and posting them to your website. Anyone subscribe to your podcast will automatically get the episodes when iTunes or whatever program they happen to be using, notices that they've been posted. So that's how to publish and subscribe the podcasts, but in order for people to be able to find your podcast, you also have to announce it to the world by submitting it to the iTunes store, and we'll take a look at how to do that in the very next movie.
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