178 PAM – A New Thesis Design For GSPN – GoDaddy Sites Hacked – iOS Compatible Chat Room – And So Much More!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on September 20, 2010

in Podcast Answer Man

In this week's episode, I share several updates about things that have been going on with my own podcasting journey. I hope the experiences I've had over the past few weeks provide you with some insights and give you things to consider in your own podcasting efforts.

Please do call in your questions for future episodes of Podcast Answer Man as my current plans are to get back to the format of answering your questions in my next episode. The voicemail feedback hotline is 859-795-4067.

Here are the topics that I cover in this 178th episode of Podcast Answer Man.

gspn.tv website re-design
It has been a long time coming, but I have finally realized my dream for the layout of gspn.tv. For years now, I've hosted a large number of individual podcasts off a single installation of WordPress. This is made possible due to the fact that each category in WordPress has it's own rss feed.

For example, when you type in SocialMediaSerenity.com into your browser, it would simply point you to https://gspn.tv/category/technology/sms. Until now, this would simply display the most recent episodes from newest to oldest, but would not offer that “About Page” functionality as if it were it's own site.

Thesis Theme Update
You may remember that I had recently had concerns about the status of the relationship of Chris Pearson, the creator of the Thesis Theme and the overall WordPress community due to the very public battle between him and the creator of WordPress, Mark Mullenweg, over open source licensing of themes. I'm happy to announce that Chris Pearson will now be working under GPL. It is worthy to note, however, that Thesis is now licensed under a GPL split license which supposedly allows you to maintain ownership of your own product while staying in line with the legal requirements of the GPL license. It's more complicated than that. My only point is that I'm back to fully endorsing the Thesis theme and I finally took action to implement it on the gspn.tv website.

Because of the change to Thesis, I was able to incorporate an “About This Podcast” text, complete with images and hyperlinks just above the listing of most recent episodes. In my mind, this gives a greater sense of branding and if you take a look at the SocialMediaSerenity.com portion of the site, you'll see that it also has the added benefit of cross promoting my other shows at the same time. I'm very excited about this.

A Return To Blogging
I was a blogger long before I was a podcaster. One of the things you hear me say on Podcast Answer Man all the time is that I believe that audio podcasters should include both written and video blogs on their sites between episodes. It always frustrates me when I give such valuable advice that I believe in so much, yet struggle to do this myself as much as I would like. Hopefully, this is about to change. If you want to read more about how and why, Please click here for my blog post all about it.

I the episode, I shared that if you go to https://gspn.tv/kindle3review, you will see an example of how you can make use of both written and YouTube videos in your blog posts.

I Killed A Website In The Progress
With the redesign of the gspn.tv site, I decided that I wanted to focus a majority of my blogging efferts on the gspn.tv community blog. One of the things that kept me from blogging as much as I wanted to was never knowing which site I wanted to put it on. My Pursuing A Balanced Life Podcast had always had its own website because I had considered that podcast my personal, daily audio journal, podcast. I had also considered that to be the best place to do my personal blogging.

So my idea was that I would do my personal blogging on PursuingABalancedLife.com and my business and tech blogging on PodcastAnswerMan.com. Here's the deal, the gspn.tv site receives thousands of visitors each day and my Pursuing A Balanced Life site was averaging approximately 300 to 500 unique visitors per month. Of course, I hadn't done a great deal of blogging to drive traffic to that site. It just made sense to me to actually kill the separate site for “PABL” and just point that to the appropriate podcast category on gspn.tv and focus all my personal and GSPN blogging on the gspn.tv site which certainly would get a great deal more exposure.

Hmm.. What Should I Do About This? & GoDaddy Sites Hacked!
So recently, I did, what I consider to be, an amazing blog post about how all my sites that are still hosted on GoDaddy.com were hacked. You can read all about it at https://gspn.tv/godaddymalwareattack.

There are two important things to note here. First, there was the story of the GoDaddy sites being hacked. Did I ever tell you how much I love Blue Host Web Hosting For Podcasters? Honestly, what happened there could happen anywhere. Seriously, click that link to learn all about what happened. Did you know that GoDaddy.com is up for sale?

The other important thing to note is the fact that I put that blog post on my gspn.tv website. This would have been a perfect blog post for this Podcast Answer Man site. I'm wondering if I should have syndicated, or copied, this exact blog post and put it on PodcastAnswerMan.com as well. The only thing is that I hate the idea of running to simultaneous threads of conversations in the comments section on both blog entries. Also, I want to avoid duplicating too much info, if any at all, as I don't want people to think that it is okay to subscribe to one and not the other.

I believe in the future, I will be posting any blog posts related to podcasting and new media on the PodcastAnswerMan.com site and if I feel it's important enough to the gspn.tv community as a whole, I'll simply create a very short description of the blog post on the gspn.tv blog, linking back to the full blog post on PodcastAnswerMan.com.

Comments Issues With DisQus
I've been using the DIsQus comments plugin for my sites for quite some time now. However, I'm experiencing an issue where, on my gspn.tv site, it's not syncing the comments back into my WordPress. This means that when you see a listing of my entries and it displays the number of comments, it simply says there are no comments, even when there is a very active conversation happening. I'm thinking of switching to Intense Debate based upon some recommendations that I had from folks on Twitter.

New iOs Compatible Chat Room
I had been using a flash embedded chat room from Chatango for my live, interactive, podcasts. I had been receiving reports from more and more people that the chatango service was being blocked by their company's firewall. Of course ever since the release of the iPhone and iPad, people have desired to be able to interact with our community on the go with their iOS devices.

I am happy to announce that I have decided to pay for a premium chat room service from ChatRoll. I went with their $19/mo plan that allows up to 100 people in the chat room. I love that I can now view the chat room on my iPad and iPhone. Heck, it even works on the Kindle 3 device. I've just contacted the company to see if they have an affiliate program. Regardless, I am very pleased with their service and highly recommend it.

Adobe Audition On The Mac?
Steve H. emailed me saying… “As a new listener I may be wrong, but is sounds like you are a Mac user ( as I am ). I noticed you recommended Audition, which appears to be a Windows only program. While I have both Windows 7 and Macs, I prefer to do my Audio work with my Mac. Appreciate it if you can clarify this. Thanks again for all your podcasts and advice.”

I simply responded to Steve's email saying… “I am a Mac Only User. However, I had been using Parallels to run Audition to process my podcasts. It's worth the extra effort. You may want to look at this: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/audition.” The Adobe Labs website clearly indicates that Adobe Audition for the Mac is coming in a future release.

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