PowerPress settings explained

Let us walk you through each tab of PowerPress 8.3+.

Feeds

The Feeds tab in PowerPress is where you’ll begin to add necessary information and tags for your podcast’s RSS feed. You’ll also find additional settings to optimize its speed and functionality.

Enhance Feeds

These settings tell PowerPress which feeds should have podcasting capabilities. While we recommend the default setup, there are additional options:

Enhance All Feeds (Recommended)

This is the default setting, which adds podcasting support to all feeds on your website.

Enhance Main Feed Only

Adds podcasting support to the default feed on your website.

Do Not Enhance Feeds

Feed settings below will only apply to your podcast channel feeds.

Podcast Feeds

These are podcast-only feeds suitable for submission podcast directories such as Apple Podcasts. You will only see the default podcast feed unless you have advanced settings enabled (Podcast Channels, Category Podcasting, Post Type Podcasting, Taxonomy Podcasting).

Note: We do not recommend submitting your main site feed to podcast directories such as Apple Podcasts. Podcast directories work best with feeds that do not have regular blog posts mixed in.

Do not allow other plugins to modify podcast feeds

Due to all of the moving parts that make a WordPress website work, we suggest turning on this option to keep plugins from breaking your feed or modifying it in ways that would keep it from validating.

Accelerate feeds

Feed Discovery

Include podcast feed links in HTML headers

Adds “feed discovery” links to your web site’s headers allowing web browsers and feed readers to auto-detect your podcast feeds.

RSS2 Image

Include RSS Image in feeds

Adds your artwork image to your RSS feed to ensure it is used in all podcast apps and directories.

Emoji

Include Emoji in feeds

Adds emoji support to podcast feeds. Emoji entered into blog post content will now appear within the content:encoded portion of your RSS podcast feeds. Content:encoded is displayed as the primary show notes when viewing episode notes in the iOS Podcasts app by Apple as well as the Google Podcasts app for Android. It requires WordPress 4.2 or newer with a database character set upgraded to utf8mb4.

When this option is off, WordPress replaces emoji characters with images. Images are not displayed in show notes in most podcast applications. With this option on emoji characters are included unmodified within the content:encoded field.

Confirmed podcasting applications that support Emoji:

  • Apple Podcasts (iOS)
  • Google Podcasts (Android)
  • Downcast (Android)
  • Overcast (iOS)

Please see the Full Emoji List hosted on unicode.org for a full list of emoji characters available.

When editing your blog posts from a mobile device, the emoji characters are built into your mobile device’s keyboard. For macOS, press ⌘-control-space. For Windows 10, right-click on the taskbar and then select the option “Show touch keyboard button.” A new icon will appear in the lower right corner of the taskbar near the date and time. Click the keyboard icon to open the onscreen keyboard to select emoji characters.

More information about emoji in WordPress is available on the WordPress Emoji page.

Feed Settings

More fine-tuned settings for your default podcast feed.

Your podcast RSS feed:

We’ve added your default podcast RSS feed at the top of this section for easy reference. This is the feed URL you will use when submitting your podcast to any platform.

Feed Title

Set your podcast’s title here. Be sure to only add the title of your podcast and do not include the author/host name or any keywords. Podcast directories consider extraneous information as spam and can remove your show listing.

Feed Description

Give potential listeners a peek at what your podcast is about. It’s best to keep the description short, maybe two or three descriptive sentences.

PodcastMirror Feed URL

Use this option to mirror your podcast feed to provide fast, scalable subscriptions to your show using our free PodcastMirror service. This option is not required. Service is FeedBurner compatible. Learn more at https://podcastmirror.com

Show the most recent

Note: Please enable the Feed Episode Maximizer option to optimize your feed for more than 10 episodes.

By default, WordPress limits RSS feeds to 10 items in an RSS feed. In addition to enabling Feed Episode Maximizer (below), you can increase the number of items shown by increasing the number in the field available.

Apple Podcasts and many other platforms will limit the total number of items to 300, so we advise you to not go beyond that with this setting. Setting the field to over 100, you run the risk of your feed becoming too large for directories to pull. 512kb is the typical maximum size for feeds used in this way. Any episodes not included in your feed can still be accessed via your website.

Feed Episode Maximizer

Maximize the number of episodes while maintaining an optimal feed size. This option allows you to put a much larger number into the episodes/posts per feed setting while keeping the feed byte size down. Only the latest 10 episodes will have all of the blog post meta information. Eleven or more older episodes will be trimmed down to the bare essential tags required for some services.

Feed Language

Set the language for your podcast. If you don’t find a particular language available in the list, we encourage you to help us translate PowerPress. More information can be found here. [https://create.blubrry.com/resources/powerpress/powerpress-language/translate-powerpress/]

Copyright

Specify your copyright information.

Caching Debug Comments

Allow WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache to add HTML Comments to the bottom of your feeds. (Recommended unchecked)

There are known issues with feeds that have HTML comments at the bottom. NOTE: This setting should only be enabled for debugging purposes. If you’re not sure what this can do to your feed, please do not enable this setting.

Podcast Artwork

Apple Podcast Artwork

While it’s called Apple Podcast Artwork, this image is what will be used across all podcast platforms and directories that have your RSS feed.

The image dimensions must be at least 1400 x 1400 pixels in .JPG or .PNG format. It must not exceed 3000 x 3000 pixels, must use RGB color space, and the file size must be 0.5MB or smaller.

Apple Episode Image

Use the program Apple podcast image above as your Apple episode image

More and more podcasts are simply using the Apple image tag, but this allows the image you added above to be used on all platforms by ensuring the proper tags are used within your RSS feed.

RSS2 Image

This does the exact same thing as the option above, but adds the image to another image tag in your feed, just in case a platform does not use any of the Apple-created image tags.

Podcast SEO

Enable features to help with podcasting search engine optimization (SEO). The following options can assist your web and podcasting SEO strategies.

Episode Titles

Specify custom episode titles for podcast feeds. Enabling this will automatically prepend or append your podcast title to your episode titles. Keep in mind, some platforms like Apple Podcasts, will remove titles added with this option.

AudioObjects

More information coming soon.

VideoObjects

More information coming soon.

Basic Show Information

Location

Let listeners know where you host and produce your podcast.

Episode Frequency

Let listeners know how often you release episodes.

Donate Link

If you’re looking to monetize your podcast, you can use this area to provide a link for faithful listeners to donate. You can use the service of your choice.

Donate Link

Syndicate a donate link with your podcast. Create your own crowdfunding page with PayPal donate buttons, or link to a service such as Patreon. If you’re looking to monetize your podcast, you can use this area to provide a link for faithful listeners to donate. You can use the service of your choice.

Rating Settings

A parental rating is used to display your content on Blubrry applications available on Internet connected TV’s. The TV Parental Rating applies to both audio and video media.

If you plan on having your podcast distributed this way, be sure to update these settings appropriately.

Apple Settings

The following settings will affect the display of your podcast’s listing on Apple Podcasts, or when/how your podcast appears in Apple Search results. Some fields are used on other platforms as well, so it’s wise to fill out all fields.

Program Subtitle

This is a short description of your podcast or even a tagline you associate with the show. This should be no longer than one or two sentences.

Program Summary

Give a full-length description of your podcast. This can be a paragraph or two, if needed. Your summary cannot exceed 4,000 characters in length and should not include HTML, except for hyperlinks.

Episode Summary

Optimize iTunes Summary from Blog Posts

Creates a friendlier view of your post/episode content.

Category/Category 2/Category 3

All podcasting platforms require category selection. The first category chosen will be the main one used when listing your podcast in most directories. The second and third categories will be additional categories where your podcast can be listed.

Author Name

This must be your name, your host’s name (if not you), or even the company that produces the show if it is a company-related podcast. Do not include keywords or any other text that could be considered as SPAM. Podcast platforms can remove your podcast listing for this.

Author Email

Be sure the email you use here is one you check often. It is how you will be contacted by platforms you submit your RSS feed to for acceptance responses or to notify you about service problems or issues with your listing on their platform.

Explicit

It is required that your podcast has a specified “Explicit” or “Clean” tag. Use the “Explicit” option if your content contains strong language and/or subject matter that would not appeal to all audiences. The “Clean” option would be used if your content can be listened to by anyone. One way to determine which option is right for your show is to ask yourself, “Can a family with young children listen to this podcast together?”

New Feed URL

This option works primarily for the Apple Podcasts directory only and should only be used if you are unable to implement an HTTP 301 redirect. A 301 redirect will route all podcast clients including Apple Podcasts to your new feed address.

Advanced Options

SETTINGS BELOW HAVE PERMANENT CONSEQUENCES.

Block

Prevent the entire podcast from appearing in the Apple Podcasts directory.

Complete

Indicate the completion of a podcast. Apple will no longer update your listing in the Apple Podcast directory.

Website

Enable PowerPress Media Players and Links

This is turned on by default. Select this option if you would like your selected player to show up with the links under it.

Disable PowerPress Media Players and Links

Select this option if you would like to disable it, then your media file will only be available in your RSS feed unless you manually put a player or link into the post.

Permalinks

When configured to Match Feed Name to Page/Category, yourdomain.com/podcast is matched to the page/category named ‘podcast’. Otherwise, the site will use the WordPress default behavior.

Episode Box Appearance

Check this box to display all episode settings before the media is verified.

If this is selected, you risk losing all your entered data if you try to publish an episode that has no media attached. This setting should only be enabled by very experienced PowerPress users.

Blog Posts and Pages

Display Media & Links

In this section, you can place your player and links above or below, or disable them and put them in manually using the PowerPress shortcode.

Player Settings

Decide whether you’d like to display your player and links in excerpts, hide the player and links altogether. There is also a setting to put the Media Player and links in the WordPress Excerpts.

Display player/links

This setting …

Hide player/links

This setting …

Display Player

Detected mobile and tablet devices use an HTML5 player with a fallback link to download the media.

Media Links

Display Play in new Window Link

Opens the media file in a new window or tab to be played even if a user should leave your website. They would need to return to your website to play additional content.

Display Download Link

Links directly to your media file. Depending on browser settings, users may have to right-click (or command click) to download the file. You can include file size and duration of the file with additional options.

Display Player Embed Link

This allows users to embed your media player in their own websites.

Subscribe Links Under Player

Enable or disable the subscribe links such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Android, Email, and RSS displayed below the player and media links. These can be managed in the Destinations settings [link to Destinations page].

Subscribe Page

Add a link to a page on your site explaining to your audience how to subscribe to your podcast. The drop down allows you to choose a pre-existing page on your website or you can create a new subscription page using a template provided by PowerPress.

Subscribe Widget

Select the styling options and change the appearance of the subscribe buttons used on your subscribe page. We provide two different style and shape options, but there are options available for custom styling via CSS.

More information can be found here [https://create.blubrry.com/resources/powerpress/advanced-tools-and-options/powerpress-subscribe-shortcode/]

PowerPress Shortcodes

This section explains how to use the shortcodes available from PowerPress. More information is provided within PowerPress itself on how to implement each of these shortcodes, but you can use the links below for additional documentation.

Player Shortcode

https://create.blubrry.com/resources/powerpress/advanced-tools-and-options/shortcode/

Playlist Shortcode

https://create.blubrry.com/resources/powerpress/advanced-tools-and-options/powerpress-playlist-shortcode/

Subscribe Shortcode

https://create.blubrry.com/resources/powerpress/advanced-tools-and-options/powerpress-subscribe-shortcode/

Skip-to-Position in Player Shortcode

https://create.blubrry.com/resources/powerpress/advanced-tools-and-options/skip-to-position-in-player/

Having Issues?

Use this option if you are having problems with the players not appearing on some or all of your pages. Some plugins and themes can conflict with PowerPress and using this tool may be helpful. If you still find yourself having issues, refer to this document for more information [http://create.blubrry.com/resources/powerpress/powerpress-settings/media-appearance/resolving-plugin-theme-conflict-issues/].

Play In New Window

With this section, you can specify a custom width and height of the window your content plays in if a listener clicks the Play In New Window link. By default, PowerPress adds to the width and height above to compensate for possible vertical and horizontal scroll bars. There is an option to ignore scroll bars if you do not want PowerPress to compensate for browser scroll bars.

Destinations

We’ve added information in this settings tab for some of the top podcast directories to make it easier to submit your show and to manage the subscription buttons and links shown with your player and in the PowerPress subscribe shortcodes and widgets.

Each platform listed here also includes additional options for where the link is displayed on your site.

Summary

We’ve provided a quick reference at the top of this area so you know what your podcast RSS feed is. That’s what you’ll submit to podcast directories in order to syndicate your show.

Apple

Follow the steps to submit your podcast to Apple then come back here and enter the Subscription URL. Apple will email your Subscription URL to your Apple Email when your podcast is accepted into the Apple Podcasts Directory.

Google

How to submit a podcast to Google

Google Podcasts directory is available through Google search, Google Home smart speakers, and the new Google Podcasts app for Android. As long as your podcast website is discoverable by Google search, your podcast will be included in this directory.

Stitcher

How to submit a podcast to Stitcher

TuneIn

How to submit a podcast to TuneIn

Spotify

How to submit a podcast to Spotify

Blubrry Directory

How to submit a podcast to Blubrry Directory

iHeartRadio

How to submit a podcast to iHeartRadio

Deezer

How to submit a podcast to Deezer

Pandora

How to submit a podcast to Pandora

Android

The subscription link for Android is auto-populated by PowerPress and utilizes our Subscribe on Android service. There’s no need to submit your feed, but you can manage where the link is displayed.

Email

The subscription link for email is auto-populated by PowerPress and utilizes our Subscribe on Email service. There’s no need to submit your feed, but you can manage where the link is displayed.

Advanced

These features should only be used for experienced PowerPress users. If you have additional questions regarding them, please refer to the documentation provided and/or contact the Blubrry Support team so we can help.

Import Podcast

Import podcast feed from SoundCloud, LibSyn, PodBean or other podcast services.

Migrate Media

Migrate media files to Blubrry Podcast Media Hosting with only a few clicks.

Podcasting SEO

Search engine optimization (SEO) features have been incorporated to help improve discovery of your podcast on search engines such as Google and Apple podcast directories.

Audio Player Options

Select from 3 different web-based audio players.

Video Player Options

Select from 3 different web-based video players.

Custom Podcast Channels

Manage multiple media files and/or formats to one blog post.

If you’re planning on having multiple podcasts on one site, but already have an existing show, this would be the best option to use.

Category Podcasting

Manage podcasting for specific categories.

If you’re planning on having multiple podcasts on one site, but haven’t started any of this, use this feature to set up individual feeds for them.

Taxonomy Podcasting

Manage podcasting for specific taxonomies.

This is an advanced podcasting option and isn’t recommended unless you know what you’re doing for sure.

Post Type Podcasting

Manage multiple media files and/or formats to specific post types.

This is an advanced podcasting option and isn’t recommended unless you know what you’re doing for sure.

PowerPress Playlist Player

Create playlists for your podcasts.

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