The options found under Show Settings give you the ability to set your overall show settings and defaults. Here, we will go over some of the most important settings surrounding the overall setup of your show. To get started, hit the show settings button found along your main menu bar across the top of your Dashboard.
Your show title will appear on your feed, in iTunes, on your Libsyn blog page, in your media player, everywhere you syndicate your show – your show title will appear. This can be changed at any time.
The show slug is a unique name that is associated with your show and makes up your show URL’s. For example, if your slug is “mycoolslug”, then your feed URL will be:
Your file download URL would look like this:
Your show slug is also used to identify your show by our support team. As it must be unique, the slug is set at the time you create your show in our system.
If you feel you need to change your slug, consider these consequences first:
- Any podcast directory submissions, such as to iTunes, will break. There is a lengthy resubmission process necessary to set the show back up in most podcast directories after arbitrarily changing the feed URL.
- All URLs to your show, including feed, blog, and file URLs will change.
- You will lose all subscribers.
If you still wish to change your show slug, contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org who can make this change for you.
This description may appear on your Libsyn blog page, or in the Libsyn Podcast Directory. Important note – this description does not affect your iTunes summary, this should get edited on your Feed destination.
The above three, show title, show slug, and show description, are required fields within Libsyn. However, there are other recommended settings that should be looked at as well.
At one time, iTunes would accept up to 12 individual keywords to help improve search within the iTunes store. This feed would utilize iTunes specification to input your keywords into your RSS feed and those keywords would help search of your show inside the store.
In late spring of 2013, iTunes ceased support for keywords. We have maintained the field for legacy purposes, but these keywords will no longer affect your show inside the iTunes store.
The website address field will default to your Libsyn blog page when your show is created. You can modify this to your own website URL if you have one hosted elsewhere. This gets sent to your RSS feed which iTunes picks up on:
Public Contact E-Mail
If you have designated an e-mail address for listeners to contact your show through, this would be the place to enter it. This will appear in the media player, in the feed, even the Libsyn blog page.
Default Show Feed
This setting only applies to our Libsyn Pro networks, as Pro networks gain the ability to generate multiple RSS feeds per show. This setting allows Pro producers to select which feed destination is the default. In most cases, this option can be left as is, as you will only have one RSS feed so the default will be selected already for you.
If you or your organization has specifically added a copyright your content, enter your copyright notice here. If you are using a CC (Creative Commons) license, you can enter that here as well. This will syndicate to your feed, and will appear in iTunes:
This check box allows you to tell the system not to allow any comments to post on your blog pages automatically, allowing – instead – for you the producer to review those comments. This is on by default as one of many internal measures to help control comment spam.
The show artwork that gets added here is one of the most important images you will work with throughout your show. This show image gets syndicated to your feed and will appear in the iTunes store:
Even if you don’t push your show to iTunes, we recommend making sure to adhere to the specifications iTunes pushes regardless. The reason is since iTunes is the largest and most influential podcast directory available, many other podcast directories will follow the same specifications. If you follow these requirements, you can’t go wrong. If you don’t, however, you risk the show image being rejected by the podcast directory.
- The image should be 1400×1400 pixels in size.
- The image should be a jpg, jpeg, or a png file.
- The image needs to use RGB color space.
- The image should be under 500KB in storage size.
- The image should still look good when sized down to 50×50 pixels in size.
Be sure to check out our video tutorial that walks through these specifications, uploading the image, and the differences between the show image, album artwork, and episode images. Watch now!
Have more questions? Contact our support team anytime at email@example.com.
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