An alternative solution is to use a low-cost feed/file host combination, such as libsyn.
Today I’ll only be discussing self-hosting both the files themselves and the website used to make the podcast feed, but if you have a particular bandwidth-limited webhost then you may need to consider placing your files on a low-cost host such as Amazon s3.
Either will function the same, but you will need to consider this beforehand.
While the bandwidth required to access the feed will be no more than a regular blog, the bandwidth needed for 1,000 people downloading your 100MB podcast every week can rapidly escalate.
I recently had the opportunity to become part of a podcast which I’m sure you’ll hear about soon enough – and it’s all fairly new ground for me.
As the only one with enough bandwidth to host, and clearly the most experienced of the group in Word Press ninja-ship, I also took it upon myself to setup the necessary protocols that make an actual podcast, as opposed to being just audio files posted on a blog.
Thankfully, there’s a fantastic, free plugin for Word Press that handles the difficult bits, and I was able to get the show on the road within an hour of buying a domain.A podcast is a special extended form of RSS, or really simple syndication.Regular RSS just provides HTML content, as well as some additional meta-data such as preview image, a title, a date etc.A podcast feed on the other hand also includes links to the audio/video files in a way that special podcast clients – such as i Tunes – can understand.When a podcast feed is updated, the client will prompt you or automatically download the associated media.i Tunes also specifies some additional meta-data fields such as , which it uses to populate the information in the i Tunes podcast directory.