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  1. First of all, I have purchased the space upgrade and so I've uploaded the mp3 files of my podcast to my media library. I have the page http://thoseonboard.com/podcast where I have the individual episodes listed and available for download. How do I add a button that people can click on and it will subscribe them to my podcast?

    Thanks for your help.

    The blog I need help with is thoseonboard.com.

  2. Pages do not have RSS feeds.

    What you need to do is create a category and then make all your podcasts into separate posts and then people can subscribe to the feed for the podcast category which would look something like this:

    http://ThoseOnBoard.com/category/podcasts/feed/

  3. Sorry if this is a noob question, but how do i create a category and then make all the podcasts into separate posts?

  4. You have to do it the other way around. For each podcast, make a Post. Not a Page, a Post. When you're writing it, on the right-hand side you'll see a place to add Categories; just type Podcast in there. For all subsequent Posts (and you need to do one for each) you can just tick the category that'll be displayed.

  5. Categories are created at posts > post categories in your dashboard.

    Then you create a new post for each podcast and put that podcast into that post just as you are putting them into a page. If you wanted, and if it would work out for you, you could group two or three per post, but I would suggest against adding anything to a post after it is published as that will end up making a mess of the feed.

  6. But is it possible to have two separate feeds: one for my blog posts, and one for my podcast mp3 files?

  7. Well, sort of. Your main feed will include everything including the podcasts. The category feed for the podcasts would include only the podcasts.

    You could instead of putting a link to the main feed in your sidebar, put a link to a separate "posts" feed and then assign the "posts" category to all non-podcast posts.

    There is no way, even with a self-hosted blog as far as I know to exclude a certain category from that feed. I expect you could take a hammer, chisel and grinder to the core wordpress files and hack things up to do that, but then the first core update that came along would wipe out your hacking.

    What about setting up a second blog just for the podcasts and then tying the two together by using the same theme and putting links to each in the navigation of the other?

  8. I think I like your idea of making a category for all the posts and then a category for the podcasts and having a feed for each one.

    Let me just see if I have this right: I put all my posts under the category of "posts", then have a feed that just gets the posts. How do I make that feed?

    And then the same thing with the category of "podcasts." How do i make a feed that will have only the podcast mp3 files?

    Thanks for your help

  9. The feed for the posts category would be
    http://ThoseOnBoard.com/category/posts/feed/

    The feed for the podcast category would be http://ThoseOnBoard.com/category/podcasts/feed/

    You will have to create your own RSS feed widget using a text widget instead of the built-in RSS links widget. Find an RSS icon or two (possibly different colors) and then use those for the two along with a text link for each identifying the feeds. The easiest way to do that is to create a draft post, upload and insert the images and put in the identifying text and make them links to the respective feeds and then when happy with them, switch to the HTML editor and copy the code out and paste it into the text widget.

  10. First, let me just say thank you. I appreciate your help with this.

    Now, you said :

    "The feed for the posts category would be
    http://ThoseOnBoard.com/category/posts/feed/

    The feed for the podcast category would be http://ThoseOnBoard.com/category/podcasts/feed/

    You will have to create your own RSS feed widget using a text widget instead of the built-in RSS links widget. Find an RSS icon or two (possibly different colors)"

    I understand everything up to that point. Then you said:

    "then use those for the two along with a text link for each identifying the feeds. The easiest way to do that is to create a draft post, upload and insert the images and put in the identifying text and make them links to the respective feeds and then when happy with them, switch to the HTML editor and copy the code out and paste it into the text widget. "

    That is where I get lost. Is there any way you could explain that more? Sorry for my n00bishness.

  11. Not a problem, we were all new at one time and we are all always learning.

    Take a look at this support document which explains things and even has a video you can watch on how to use the editor to make the HTML for a text widget.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/links/text-widget-links/

  12. @thesacredpath and jayaarobe,

    Pages do not have RSS feeds.

    This is just for records, I am not suggesting this for this particular podcast feed project...

    It is possible to create RSS feeds of single posts and pages, so that readers can collect a single post/page in their RSS reader (useful for those who are not particularly interested in getting regular updates but just a few selected entries).
    See here:

    How to enable your readers to collect a single blog post in their RSS reader

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