Helpcast – Posting Media Players On Facebook

Our podcast pages now allow users to easy post media-players directly to your Facebook wall. Note: You can’t currently post media that isn’t in a podcast to Facebook. You must also be logged in to Facebook to post on your wall.

Step 1: Open your Podcast List.

Log in to Hipcast and open up the podcast section in your sidebar menu.

Step 2: Select Your Podcast.

Pick out the podcast that you want to post an episode from.

Step 3: Navigate to the Podcast Pages tab.

The Podcast Pages tab is the right-most tab in your podcast section.

Step 4: Pick an Episode.

These are for your first or last podcast episodes. You can pick a different episode when you’re in the directory.

Step 5: Share it on Facebook.

Click the Facebook button in the share section under the Hipcast media player. We’ve also added support for sharing on Google Plus and Twitter.

Step 6: Select a Page and Confirm.

Your personal Facebook page is selected by default, but if you have a podcast set up as a page on Facebook, you can select that as well.

Once you post, your episode should show up like this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the link is clicked you will be directed to the podcast page for the podcast. Your listeners can listen to the episode you just linked to, and also access all your other episodes, and download and share on social media.

That’s all for Helpcast. If you want to post your episodes on the Hipcast Facebook Page and show them off, feel free! If you need help with anything described above, leave us a comment or contact support.

Podcast Directory (beta)

Now your podcasts are automatically fed to the Hipcast Podcast Directory when you chose automatic syndication for your podcast. We still syndicate to other popular podcast feeds as well. The podcast directory makes your podcast more visible on the web and to Search Engines like Google.

With our on demand streaming, when someone finds your podcast in our Podcast Directory, they can instantly be listening to or viewing your podcast using our players.

The podcast directory is search optimized, so you can start getting more traffic and feedback from your fans. The directory page also shows Featured Podcasts, if you’re an Advanced or Corporate Podcaster you can have the option of Featuring your Podcast at the top of our Podcast directory.

Check it out here: Podcast Directory (beta)

Comments or Suggestions?

How are you currently using Hipcast? Are you a blogger, or a podcaster? Do you do both?  What are your favorite features, and how can we improve our service?  Our developers are constantly working on improving and expanding Hipcast. We’d love to have your input.

Leave a comment on this post or take our quick 5 question survey here: Hipcast Customer Feedback Survey

Helpcast – Podcast Pages (beta)

We’ve set up a new way to deliver your podcast episodes to your subscribers and potential fans without depending on iTunes or podcast directories.

How to set up your podcast page:

The first thing you need to do if you want to have control over your podcast comments section is link your Facebook account with us. You can do that in the “My Account” tab depicted to the left.First of all, if you don’t have a Facebook account, I strongly recommend you create one since Facebook is an excellent asset for building a following. Also, you will not be able to moderate your comments if you don’t have a Facebook page.

Navigate to the section labeled “Facebook Account” and click the “Link Facebook Account” button depicted below. This will take you to a secure Facebook page that asks permission for us to access your account information for our application. If this was successful, you will see your Facebook User ID above the button. You now have moderation privileges for your podcast comments section!

Now that your comments section is set up you can go to your “Podcasts” section depicted left. This will bring up a list of the podcasts you’ve made.

Select the podcast that you want to make a podcast page for and navigate to the “Podcast Page (BETA)” tab depicted below.

You will see a link to the first and last podcast episode on this page. We didn’t include a link to all your podcast episodes because some of your podcasts number in the thousands. You can, however, navigate to any of those individual episode pages through your podcast page, so check it out!

If you ever want to remove the comments section from your podcast, you can click the radio button at the bottom of the page.

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve fully optimized the URLs for your individual podcast episode pages for posting to Facebook, so go out there and post your audio and video on Facebook! Also, feel free to post your podcast to our Facebook page!

Blogger Issues (Resolved)

Google has changed the way that they authorize Blogger (blogspot) accounts. We hope to have a fix for this working today.

We apologize for any inconvenience to Blogger users.

UPDATE: Posting to Blogger should be working now. You may need to update your Blog Settings in Hipcast with a username and password. If you are still having issues, please contact support so we can get this resolved as quickly as possible.

WordPress.com Update

The folks at WordPress.com have decided (after much deliberation) that they will not be allowing the Hipcast player on their servers.

Our players will continue to work on WordPress blogs not hosted through WordPress.com. We’ve decided to entertain the idea of hosting user blogs on Hipcast to provide an alternative for our customers who fall in this category.

Who wants a Hipcast blog?

Helpcast – Customizing Hipcast Media Players

Even though our media player looks awesome, it may not fit in with everyone’s blog. That is why we have customization for our players on a per-blog basis. Set up your theme once on a blog and all published players thereafter will reflect your new look!

If you didn’t see the post on uploading multimedia, it is called Helpcast – Blogging with Audio and Video.

This tutorial also assumes that you have a blog set up. If you don’t, read this tutorial first: Helpcast Setting up my first blog.

Start by logging into Hipcast and navigating to Show Blogs in the Blogs tab.

Then navigate to the blog item you wish to edit and click Blog Preferences.

Select the Audio Player Style tab and you should be presented with a series of color and style options. (NOTE: You will only see the Audio and Video Player style tabs if you have uploaded or recorded Audio or Video Files)

As you make changes you can click the Preview Preferences button to refresh the player. Notice how I made the bar slightly longer and changed the background color to match with my blog’s theme. You can experiment to see what you like! If you want people to be able to download your file, or you want iPhone users to be able to listen to it, click the Publish MP3 Link radio button. Then click save changes. (NOTE: The colors are all in hexadecimal format. If you don’t know hexadecimal, click the palette and select the colors manually.)

You’re done. All that is left is for you to go back to your audio or video file and publish it to your blog. Here is what mine looked like:

Pretty neat. As usual, comment if you have any questions or comments, and let me know what tutorial you’d like to see next!

Helpcast – Blogging with Audio and Video

Once you have your blog set up with Hipcast it is a very simple matter to publish your audio and video files in updates. I’ll be starting from where I left off with my last post: Helpcast – Setting up my first blog. I’m currently ignoring the player theme and advanced blog options for simplicities sake, but I will be posting a tutorial on that later.

In this example, I will be uploading an audio file and publishing it to the Blogger blog that I used in the last tutorial. It looks like this:

Pretty bland, but Blogger has a huge array of tools to spice it up. Start by logging into Hipcast and selecting Upload Audio under the Audio tab.

Complete the form by selecting the file (mp3, wav, etc) and giving it a title and description for organizational purposes.

Then select the file quality (I usually pick the highest since most users can stream it easily) :

Then select the blog or feed that you set up earlier if you do not need to customize your player and click Upload. (UPDATE: Customization Instructions)

Once the file is uploaded, it will take a moment (depending on file size) to convert it to a usable web format and post it to your blog. You may want to go edit the post on your blog once it completes to fine tune and relocate the player. Unless you have modified any of the posting options, you should end up with something like this:

The next tutorial will cover the advanced blog features and customizing your media player.

Helpcast – Setting up my first blog

One of the coolest features that Hipcast has is blog integration, so we’re going to be setting up a blog for video and audio posts. I will be using Blogger (formally blogspot) since the setup for it is mostly automated. If you already have a google account, creating a blog with blogger is just a few clicks.

Once you’re set up with blogger and signed in, you should see a screen something like this:

After your blog is set up, simply navigate to the Blogs section of the Hipcast site, and select Add New Blog.

Then type in an identifier for you blog, select Blogger or your blog type, then Save and Update. (NOTE: Some blog types like WordPress require you to enable XML-RPC publishing. You can google the instructions on how to do that if you’re unfamiliar.)

If you are logged into your google account, you will be prompted that Hipcast is attempting to access your Blogger account. Simply click, Grant Access, and you’re done.

You now have a fully featured Audio or Video Blog! In the next update we will be uploading a multimedia file and posting it to our blog.