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I believe anyone can share a message to change the world, and podcasting is the BEST way to spread that message! I'm Daniel J. Lewis and this is where I give you the guts and teach you the tools to launch or improve your own podcast for sharing your passions and finding success! I cover all things podcasting: audio gear, video equipment, editing software, WordPress and plugins, social media promotion tools, marketing, and more with understandable in-depth information and easy-to-follow steps. If you want to know how to podcast or grow the show you already have, this show is for you! Have a podcasting question or suggestion? Email Feedback@TheAudacitytoPodcast.com or call (903) 231-2221. Please subscribe and I will give you THE AUDACITY to podcast!

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I believe anyone can share a message to change the world, and podcasting is the BEST way to spread that message! I'm Daniel J. Lewis and this is where I give you the guts and teach you the tools to launch or improve your own podcast for sharing your passions and finding success! I cover all things podcasting: audio gear, video equipment, editing software, WordPress and plugins, social media promotion tools, marketing, and more with understandable in-depth information and easy-to-follow steps. If you want to know how to podcast or grow the show you already have, this show is for you! Have a podcasting question or suggestion? Email Feedback@TheAudacitytoPodcast.com or call (903) 231-2221. Please subscribe and I will give you THE AUDACITY to podcast!

    There Are Now More than 800,000 Podcasts, and More Industry Stats – TAP339

    There Are Now More than 800,000 Podcasts, and More Industry Stats – TAP339

    On December 10, 2019, Apple Podcasts surpassed 800,000 valid podcasts! Here's some more information and statistics on the podcast industry, with data from My Podcast Reviews.

    • 39 min
    Should You Use the Gutenberg Editor on Your WordPress Website? – TAP338

    Should You Use the Gutenberg Editor on Your WordPress Website? – TAP338

    Switching to the Gutenberg Editor was probably the most controversial change in WordPress's history. I'll help you decide whether you should start using Gutenberg for your podcast's WordPress website.



    What is the Gutenberg Editor?



    Gutenberg's benefits

    1 - Make repeatable content and templates with reusable blocks

    2 - Unlock more content-formatting options

    3 - Replace many separate plugins with Gutenberg features

    4 - Use high-quality themes and plugins to get more Gutenberg blocks and options

    5 - Paste formatted text without so many worries

    6 - Edit faster and without page-refreshes

    7 - Navigate your post quickly with an outline

    8 - Access advanced options more easily

    9 - Edit a block in HTML for advanced needs



    Gutenberg's disadvantages

    1 - It's a drastic change

    2 - There are still some compatibility issues with other plugins

    3 - It may slow down some editing functionality

    4 - Managing reusable blocks is a little weird right now

    5 - Many features may be more simplistic than you want



    Tips for using Gutenberg

    1 - Install the plugin version if you want the latest version

    2 - Install the "Classic Editor" plugin

    3 - Don't worry about your past content

    • 44 min
    How to Conquer Your WordPress Design with a Page-Builder – TAP337

    How to Conquer Your WordPress Design with a Page-Builder – TAP337

    If you're frustrated by your WordPress theme's limitations, you don't know to or don't want to write custom code, or you want a lot more flexibility in your website, you might want to consider a page-builder plugin for WordPress.



    1. You don’t have to know HTML, CSS, PHP, or JavaScript to design your own webpages

    2. A page-builder makes web-design fast with WYSIWYG drag-and-drop editing

    3. A good page-builder can be used anywhere on your site

    4. A page-builder lets you build sections and pages “in your own image”

    5. Page-builders will probably someday integrate directly into the Gutenberg editor



    Tips for using a WordPress page-builder

    1. Ensure your theme is compatible

    2. Use a page-builder only when you need more than Gutenberg can offer

    3. Avoid page-builders for full post content

    4. Use global styles over single styles whenever possible

    5. Look for free or premium add-ons to extend your chosen builder



    Our favorite WordPress page-builders

    1. Elementor Pro

    2. Divi Builder

    3. Beaver Builder

    4. Themify Builder

    • 49 min
    These Are the New Best WordPress Themes for Podcasters – TAP336

    These Are the New Best WordPress Themes for Podcasters – TAP336

    Podcasters need a WordPress theme designed with features and flexibility to support podcasting. Here's why I think SecondLine Themes are your new best choice!



    1. Integration with PowerPress

    2. Support for other podcasting plugins for WordPress

    3. A versatile embed field for more player options

    4. Beautiful design

    5. Podcast-focused features

    6. Easy setup

    7. Friendly Elementor page builder

    8. Extensive customization options

    9. Fantastic support and updates

    10. Plus: free podcast-importer plugin

    11. For me, Tusant already did about 90% of what I wanted!



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    • 30 min
    Who Offers the Fastest Podcast Hosting? – TAP335

    Who Offers the Fastest Podcast Hosting? – TAP335

    Podcast media (whether audio or video) must live somewhere on the Internet so it can be downloaded via RSS feeds. This hosting needs to be powerful enough to deliver the media files quickly and handle the load of hundreds or thousands of simultaneous downloads when new episodes are released. Here are the performance results from the most popular podcast hosting companies.







    Does podcast hosting speed even matter?







    The short answer is yes, but only to a point.







    I started this project curious about feed-hosting performance between separate web hosting providers (shared, managed, and VPS), different caching options, and mirroring tools (FeedBurner and Podcast Mirror). Aside from two specific exceptions (more on that below), feed performance from numerous providers was acceptably fast. While one host might be faster than another, it was faster by less than a second on feeds that were already loading in under 1 second.







    So as long as a feed loads within 1 or 2 seconds, exact speeds become a moot point. If, however, a feed takes several seconds or longer to load, that increases the possibility of timeouts, which can result in a podcast app’s failure to refresh podcast RSS feeds to even see what new episodes are available to download. I’ve seen this happen before where one podcast app could download all the episode, but another app wouldn’t refresh the feed.







    And then, I realized my test could be easily adapted to measure and compare file-hosting speeds. So I turned my attention to media files, which were easier to compare and possibly more important to measure.







    But as with feeds, media hosting across most of the providers was fast enough that it wouldn’t cause any noticeable difference.







    A feed and media host is fast enough when someone can press a button and start listening with little to no delay.







    (Podcasters can make the mistake of attaching large images to ID3 tags, which can cause playback delays because the ID3 information must download before audio data.)







    It’s also important to remember most podcast apps will check feeds and download new episodes automatically in the background. So even if it took five minutes for an episode to download, most of the audience might not be affected because the episode will be there waiting for them when they open their podcast app.







    This audience-helping benefit is a big reason we need to keep downloading possible in podcasting, instead of catering to money-focused advertisers who want to kill the download and switch to streaming. But that’s a different discussion.







    Testing methodology







    You’re free to skip this part if you don’t want the technical details.







    I wrote a program in Node to measure the time it takes to download a feed or media file from a given URL. I included options to test feeds with Gzip compression or HTTP/2. You can view my Podcast Speed Test source code and try it on your own computer or server.







    Each feed or media URL was tested 10 consecutive times and then combined into average and median results. If there was a significantly different average from median, I would re-run the test, except in the case of Podiant. Every first one or two tests of Podiant resulted in very slow download times. I suspect Podiant doesn’t propagate a media file to local servers until it is first requested from that location, and thus the first download is slow. Because this was predictable and repeatable,

    • 51 min
    Kicked from Apple Podcasts? What Happens When You Keyword-Stuff Podcast Tags – TAP334

    Kicked from Apple Podcasts? What Happens When You Keyword-Stuff Podcast Tags – TAP334

    In the middle of 2018, Apple started cracking down on keyword-stuffing in podcast tags. My own show, The Audacity to Podcast, was even affected, and I've been tracking and testing other podcasts. Here's what I found!

    • 40 min

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Helped me Launch!!

Daniel's podcast helped give me the tips and tricks needed to finally break through a months long holding pattern and finally launch my own show! I was nervous about all of the new learning curves, software, and other tech, but the step-by-step directions and reviews helped get me out there. I now have an up-and-coming medical show for educating students on accelerated learning, the Medical Mnemonist Podcast.

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