The Technical Side of Podcasting – PCI 245
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As a podcast hosting company, we know the finer details of how podcasting works and the importance of the technical side of podcasting, first and foremost the RSS feed. That's why this episode we brought in Angelo Mandato, Blubrry's CIO, for a Meet the Team segment, where he and Mike dive into the ways in which even those not technically advanced can help keep their podcast in tip top shape. Thanks for joining us on this episode of Podcast Insider. Looking to be a guest on the show? Let us know. No live recording included this episode. News: Apple's new podcast subscription service is available (latest iOS). Apple has changed out 'following' (formerly subscribing) works. It no longer updates directly from the RSS feed to the user’s phone. The feed has to update in Apple’s directory before a new episode will be downloaded to the user. A fundamental change! This can cause several hour delays after publishing. We will do some testing to see exactly how this works and what it means for the podcaster. PodPing, a new project to help apps update podcast episodes quicker. Watch live updates here: Google Podcasts gets some UX updates. Podcast Index has launched a project to list private feeds in a blocklist. Welcome To The Machine: Are Synthetic Voices The Next Frontier For Podcasting? Best Practice: Keep your site up-to-date and free of extras. Always update your plugins and themes And, always update WordPress Remove any unused plugins Brass tacks, keep everything up-to-date and remove any unused plugins and themes to keep everything clean on your site. There is no need to bog it down with additional plugins, etc. Staying up-to-date also keeps you from being hacked by a known flaw in outdated plugins or themes. Blubrry News: Join us for two webinars on June 2nd Category Podcasting at 1pm EST - register here Podcast Channels at 2pm EST - register here Four Easy (and Mostly Free) Ways to Spice Up Your Podcast by Meryl Klemow If you want to write for Podcast Insider Blog, like Meryl does, contact Interview: Angelo Mandato Meet the team - Angelo Mandato, CIO Blubrry Question(s) of the Week Question: I’m using Cloudflare on my website. CastFeed Validator tells me that Cloudflare may cause issues with podcasting. Why is that? Answer: Web Application Firewall services (WAF) can inadvertently block podcasting apps and should be avoided for podcast websites. CastFeedValdiator, a free podcast validation service by Blubrry Podcasting, identifies these potential issues that can cause harm to podcasts’ distribution and prevent users from playing episodes. ______________ Be sure to subscribe to the unofficial companion show to this one, Podcast Help Desk where Mike goes a little deeper into the geeky and techy side of podcasting. ______________ If you have a question you would like us to answer on the show, drop an email to  (Audio or text or even video if you want) and we may use it on the show. The best place for support with any Blubrry products/services is our ticket system ( Sending a ticket gives the whole team access to the question rather than direct emails or direct phone calls. ______________ Promo code INSIDER for a free month at Coming at you this week from Blubrry Studios in northern and southern Michigan. Produced by the Blubrry Pro-Production team. Schedule a one-on-one with Todd (hosting customers only). Email Schedule a tech checkup with Mike (hosting customers only). Email Send us your podcast sticker and a self-address stamped envelope (SASE) and we will send you a Blubrry care package. Our mailing address is: Blubrry – MacKenzie 150 E. Campus View Blvd. #180 Columbus, Ohio 43235