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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.
Now let's talk about podcasts. You have probably heard the term already and we could go into great detail about the ins and outs of podcasts. In fact, you will find a couple of tutorials on just podcasting on the lynda.com Online Training Library. But for the purposes of this movie on iWeb, let's just go over the basics. And the most basic definition of a podcast is that it's an audio or video file comparable to a radio or TV show that you can download over the Internet and listen to or watch on your computer. What makes the podcast different from a regular audio or video file is that you can subscribe to a podcast, just like you can subscribe to a blog.
When you subscribe to a podcast, you don't have to worry about visiting the website on your own to see if a new episode has been published. Special software, sometimes called podcatching software, automatically checks it for you. And when it sees that a new episode has been published, it downloads it for you. And whether you know it or not, you already have great podcatching software on your computer in the form of iTunes. The iTunes Store offers thousands of free podcast listings, which you will find under the iTunes Store menu > Podcasts.
So you can browse through the different podcast that are available here, check out some of the top podcasts, and essentially just search around and find some of the ones that you like. And then you can subscribe to the podcast and have iTunes automatically download each episode. Now again, I'm not going to get into all the details about making and subscribing to podcast here. You can't actually record a podcast with iWeb but you can record a podcast with GarageBand, which comes as part of the iLife '09 package. So if you have iWeb, you have GarageBand, and you can find out more about using GarageBand and creating podcasts on the lynda.com Online Training Library.
But recording the podcast is just the first part of podcasting. After you have your audio or video file, the next thing you need to do is post it online in a form that people can subscribe to. In many cases, this requires you to sign up with a web hosting company to host your website and related files, and to create that RSS feed we were looking at in the previous movies on blogging. Fortunately for you, you have iWeb, which makes it super easy to publish your podcast. iWeb is your one-stop podcast publishing shop, and in the very next movie, we'll take a look at how it's done.
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