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Importing Your Podcast Episodes into Podcast Websites

Podcast Websites

Before you get started, make sure you have:

  • A Podcast Websites account
  • Created your first site on the account

Importing Your Podcast into Your Website

Want to put your podcast episodes on your website? Use our Pair Podcast Importer plugin! It comes on all websites created through a Podcast Websites account. This plugin makes the import process simple and quick.

Plus, the plugin comes with some extra benefits: 

  • Automatic post creation for new episodes
  • Easy episode post customization
  • Subscriptions links to different platforms included in each new post

Ready to start importing your podcast? We'll walk you through the set up below. 

Step 1: Find Your Podcast RSS Feed

Linking your podcast to your website requires the podcast RSS feed URL. If you're using Libsyn as your podcast host, we've provided the steps below. If you use another podcast host, refer to their documentation on how to find your RSS feed URL.

Finding Your RSS Feed on Libsyn

To find your podcast RSS feed on a Libsyn account, you must first determine what interface you are using. To do so, follow these steps: 

  1. Log in to your Libsyn account
  2. Look at your interface. The Libsyn 4 interface logo will say, "Libsyn 4," while Libsyn 5 will show no logoLibsyn 4 vs Libsyn 5 image
  3. Once you have determined which interface you are using, follow the instructions specific to that interface: 
Libsyn 4: Finding Your RSS Feed URL

If you are using the Libsyn 4 interface, follow these steps to find your RSS feed URL:

  1. In the top navigation bar, click the Destinations tab
  2. In the Quick Links section, find Libsyn Classic Feed. Your RSS feed URL will be listed underneath.Libsyn classic feed image

Once you have the RSS feed URL, skip to Step 2: Configure the Podcast Importer Plugin.

Libsyn 5: Finding Your RSS Feed URL

If you are using the Libsyn 5 interface, follow these steps to find your RSS feed URL:

  1. In the bottom right corner, click Settings
  2. In the second row of options, click RSS feed settings
  3. Next to Libsyn Classic Feed, click Edit
  4. Your RSS feed URL is listed next to Feed Extension

Once you have the RSS feed URL, go to Step 2: Configure the Podcast Importer Plugin.

Step 2: Configure the Podcast Importer Plugin

After you have retrieved your RSS URL, you can link your podcast to your website. To do so, follow these steps: 

  1. Log in to your WordPress admin interface.

    For help logging in to your WordPress admin interface, see this article:  Logging in to your WordPress Admin Interface
  2. In the left sidebar, click the Podcast Import tabpodcast import image
  3. Next to URL of Your Podcast Feed, enter the RSS URL you retrieved from Libsyn
  4. If you would like the website to automatically create new posts for each podcast episode, check the box next to Automatically Import.

    If you do not want each podcast episode to be added as a post, make sure this box is unchecked. 
  5. Fill out the rest of the section:
Category for PostsSelect a category from the drop-down. Newly created episode posts will be placed in this category.
Note that this is a drop-down list of already created categories. If you would like to create a new category, go to Posts > Categories
Author for PostsSelect an author from the drop-down. Newly created episode posts will be attributed to this author. You can add new authors by adding new users in Users > Add New.
Note: keep in mind that some themes vary and may not show the author at all. 
Status of new postsSelect either Publish or Draft from the drop-down. This will determine whether the new episodes posts are published immediately or stored in drafts until you choose to publish them manually. 
Comments on new postsSelect either Open or Closed from the drop-down. The Open option ensures that all new episode posts will have an open comment section. The Closed option turns off commenting for new episode posts. 
  1. Once you have entered the information, click the Save Settings button

Once saved, the importer plugin will create posts for any existing episodes. Whenever you add a new podcast episode on the Libsyn side, your website will automatically add a new post for it. 

Manually Importing Podcast Episodes

If you chose not to check the Automatically Import box, you can still import your podcast episodes manually. This process still creates posts for each episode, but will not automatically pull the episodes as soon as they're published. 

To import podcast episodes manually, return to the Podcast Import interface and find the Manually Import Your Podcast Feed section. Once there, click the Import Podcasts button. This will start the process of importing your podcast episodes. When finished, a banner will appear at the top of the page and tell you the results. 

Customizing Episode Posts

The Podcast Importer plugin also offers customization options for your episode posts. You can find customization options by following these steps:

  1. In the WordPress admin interface, hover over the Podcast Import tab in the left sidebar
  2. In the drop-down, click Advanced Settings

This will open the Advanced Settings page where you can set your customizations. 

Player Settings Customizations

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Player Settings is the first section on the Advanced Settings page. Player Settings refers to the audio player that plays your podcast episode. You can make the following changes: 

Player SkinThis option changes the look of the audio player.
Player ColorsThis option changes the color of the audio player. You may choose a main color, secondary color, and tertiary color.
Display Share ButtonThis option allows you to add or remove a "Share" button on your audio player.
Display Podcast DurationThis option allows you to display or hide the length of the podcast episode on the audio player.

Be sure to click the Save Settings button to save your changes. 

Episode Layout Options

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The Episode Layout Options section allows you to adjust your player position.

You can select between positioning the audio player at the top or bottom of the post. When finished, be sure to click the Save Settings button to save your changes. 

Subscription Settings

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The Subscription Settings section allows you to easily set up subscription links to other podcasting platforms, like Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

Subscription Call To ActionThe blurb in this textbox will serve as "Call to Action" for the rest of your subscription links. 
Spotify/ Apple Podcast/ Google Podcast/ Stitcher LinkEnter links to your podcast on these platforms into their respective text boxes. Doing so will include a link on each of your episode posts for that platform. 
Raw RSS FeedThis option allows you to Display or Hide your raw RSS feed. 

Be sure to click the Save Settings button to save your changes. 

When Making Changes to Your Podcast

If you make changes to a podcast episode at your podcast host, you need to re-sync your podcast website. This keeps your website up-to-date with the most recent version of your podcast’s RSS feed. 

How do I know if I need to re-sync an episode? 

Not sure if you need to re-sync an episode or not? Some podcast changes that may require re-syncing include: 

  • Artwork 
  • Media file 
  • Description 
  • Title 

Re-syncing Your Podcast Website

If you need to re-sync your podcast episode, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress admin interface
  2. In the left sidebar, click the Podcast Episodes tab. This will open your Posts page, where all your episode posts are locatedpodcast episodes image
  3. Under your podcast episode, click the Resync buttonresync image

This will resync your episode post to contain the newest details from your podcast.

Updated on May 3, 2022

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