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?

WordPress.com Issues

The guys at WordPress.com decided to disallow the method that hipcast uses to publish multimedia to blogs. We’re working on a resolution, and will update as soon as we find one.

This should only affect the blogs hosted on WordPress.com. If you’re having other issues contact our support staff.

DNS Issue (RESOLVED)

Hipcast has been experiencing a DNS issue where some visitors are being redirected to another site.

We fixed the original issue within 30 minutes of it occurring, but DNS is pretty slow with ancillary updates, so we expect that within an hour or two, the new DNS information should be distributed properly across the Internet.

Based on bandwidth usage and logs, this appears to be affecting about 5% of users. We apologize for this issue and we’re doing everything we can to correct it.

Please be aware that if you cannot get to your podcast, or the audios and videos on your blog are not playing for you, it does not mean that others can’t get to them. Only 5% of the network requests are being mis-routed, which means that 95% are being handled properly.

The Hipcast Team

Tumblr Support Added

If you haven’t seen it, you should check out Tumblr.com.

It’s a very basic blogging system with promise, and it’s now supported in Hipcast as a blog service you can post to.

By default, HTML support is off in Tumblr, so you’ll have to disable the “Filter HTML” option on the Settings tab (see pic below). Once you’ve done that, you may post your audio and video directly via Hipcast.

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Now, Tumblr is cool, but it is no WordPress.

Not that it’s not powerful, but the author’s focus is clearly on simplicity. However, in our opinion, there is no faster, easier way to get a blog up and running.

Now, there’s no easier way to get an audio or video blog up and running…. Hipcast + Tumblr.

Enjoy!

Update on Blogger Beta compatibility

We’ve had a few questions about Hipcast’s incompatibility with Blogger’s beta system, and posts not appearing in a new blogspot blog.

Currently, our audio/video-to-blog system does NOT work Blogger’s new beta service (this doesn’t affect audio/video-to-podcast feeds, which do not rely on blog systems).

We are working on supporting the new Blogger, even though it’s still an invitation-based beta release.

Blogger’s new version of their service (which is still in beta, technically) requires that we connect to Google’s Account login system instead of Blogger, which means that we must recreate or overhaul our code just for them (Google).

Note: Blogger’s new beta system does not seem to be available to all users who use the old Blogger system. Contact Google for assistance with your Blogspot account.

We’ll post an update when Hipcast is updated to work with the new Blogger.

The migration Audioblog/Hipcast continues…

We’ve been moving things around to continue our re-naming from Audioblog.com to Hipcast.com… Your old URLs will still work (such as http://username.audioblog.com/rss/……..), as they will with the domain audioblog.com replaced with hipcast.com.

We recommend updating listings in various directories at your convenience. If you have any questions, then please contact us!