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create-a-podcast-for-free Podcasters who are using the podpress plugin (or any other podcast plugins) in WordPress to manage their podcasts will know that there is always a tendency for the plugin to break when a newer version of WordPress is released. For those who just want a simple solution to manage their podcasts and are frustrated by the constant breaking of the plugin whenever you upgrade your WordPress, then Podcast generator could be the best solution for you.

Podcast Generator is an open-source Web-based podcast CMS that you can use to manage your podcasts. With Podcast Generator, you can easily upload your podcasts (be it audio or video), enter your episode information, publish it in your home page and have it automatically create podcast w3c-compliant feed, including iTunes specific tags.

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Podcast Generator doesn’t require any database to work. As long as your Web server supports PHP, you will be able to run it.

The installation is extremely easy. Once you have uploaded the whole Podcast Generator folder to your web server, navigate to the Web URL in your browser and follow a simple 5-steps procedure to set up the software. The whole process will not take you more than 5 minutes.

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Once you have set up the software and login to the Admin screen, you will be prompted to configure the details for  your podcast.

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Uploading your podcast

When you upload a new episode of your podcast, you are required to fill in the podcast title and its description. Same as WordPress, you can categorize your podcast and sort them according to their category. Extra information that you can provide include podcast image, iTunes keywords/tags, Author’s name and email address.

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As soon as your podcast is uploaded, the software will auto generate the podcast RSS feed and iTunes feed to allow your readers to subscribe.

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Other features

Some of the other useful features found in Podcast Generator include:

Creating Categories

This is where you can manage your podcast categories.

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Themes

At the moment, there are only two themes for you to choose from, buit you can easily create your own themes as long as you have some html and CSS knowledge. Unlike WordPress that have a complicated themes structure, Podcast Generator uses only an index.html and a stylesheet, so it is easy to customize it, or even create your own.

iTunes Settings

What good does it do if you run a podcast site that doesn’t support iTunes? In Podcast Generator, you will find lots of support for iTunes and plenty of options that you can configure.

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Selecting the iTunes categories for your podcast. You can choose up to three different categories.

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Using WordPress and Podcast Generator

Most of you could still be using WordPress and have no wish to migrate to another software. In this case, you can still install Podcast Generator in a separate folder (such as http://www.yoursite.com/podcast). Use it to manage your podcast, then promote the RSS/iTunes feeds in your WordPress blog. In this way, you won’t have to worry that the podcast plugin will break everytime you upgrade your blog.

Conclusion

If you are comparing Podcast Generator to WordPress, Podcast Generator is definitely not up to the marks, but if you are looking for a software to better manage your podcast and serves as an addon functionality to your existing site, then I am sure Podcast generator will easily do the job well.

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  1. satrap
    November 11, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    thanks for the info. i have been looking for a while for a simple "podcaster" to use. i think this will do it. thanks

  2. Alberto
    April 18, 2009 at 4:40 am

    Thanks for your article :-)

    In my opinion you got the point: Podcast Generator was not developed in order to "compete" with mainstream blog platforms such as WordPress, but to offer a simple alternative (asking for minimum system requirements - that's why it doesn't need MySQL) in order to publish a podcast.
    It was developed in an academic context and originally conceived mainly for teachers who wish to create an educational podcast for their students. We also wrote some publications about this in case u are interested: http://podcastgen.sourceforge.net/bibliography.php

  3. Ibrahim | ZenCollegeLife.com
    April 17, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    This is great. I think it might be time for me to make the plunge into podcasting. thanks for this great resource.

    • Damien Oh
      April 18, 2009 at 12:53 am

      You are welcome!

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