Overview

This is the documentation file for Podcaster. Read through before and while installing and setting up your theme. If you have any further questions that aren't covered here, please use support@themestation.net to contact us.

Podcaster is made with publishing and managing multimedia files using WordPress in mind. It supports WordPress native audio and video players as well as oEmbed. Set up a small or large podcasting platform in a matter of minutes. We love mobile devices, that's why Podcaster is completely responsive and retina-ready. Let your users view your website whether they are at their desk or out and about. It comes with a lot of features made to enhance your podcasting experience as well as allow you to customize to your hearts delight. In the theme options choose between dark or light themplates and custom colors to match your personal taste and content of your blog. Podcaster supports all post formats including audio, video, images, galleries, chats and more.

 

Updates in 1.3.5

  • New: Retina logos now supported
  • New: Podcast archive can be displayed as list
  • New: Layout options for blog page: sidebar left, sidebar right, full width
  • New: Subscribe buttons have been added to the single post pages
  • New: Image header on front page can be set by featured image on page
  • New: Embed code can now be used in audio and video posts (inculding old SoundCloud player)
  • New: Excerpts can now be activated to appear below audio player on the front page
  • New: Embed code can now be used in audio and video posts (inculding old SoundCloud player)
  • Bug fix: controls.svg deactivated

Installation

Installing Podcaster is just as simple and quick as any other WordPress theme. Make sure you are running WordPress version 3.8 or higher. If you have never installed a WordPress theme before, take a look at the following link: Using WordPress Themes. Otherwise there are two ways to install Podcaster.

Installing via Dashboard

  • Go to Appearance → Themes
  • Go to Install Themes → Upload Theme
  • Choose file (podcaster.zip) → Select Install now
  • Activate
  • Make sure you upload on the theme file called podcaster.zip and not the entire package downloaded from Themeforest.
  • You can find the theme under wp-content/themes/podcaster

Installing via FTP

If you want to use FTP to install your theme make sure you unzip it beforehand. Then upload it to wp-content/themes. Head to the WordPress dashboard to activate it and you’re ready. Read more about installing with FTP here: Adding New Themes Manually (FTP)

 

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Plugins & Website Settings

After sucessfully installing Podcaster, please install the following plugins:

  • Redux Framework
  • Theme Station Shortcodes

They are both included in your theme download and are necessary to use Podcaster properly.

After activating Redux Framework, you will find a link to your Theme Options in the navigation sidebar of your dashboard. Click on Website Settings to get started.

Before you do anything, please click on the Reset All button to get all the default values. Then you will be able to make following settings:

  • Set your header to sticky or not
  • Upload a custom logo
  • Select your template
  • Select a highlight color
  • Select your type
  • Type text that will be displayed in the footer

Save and you are done with this section

Header Size

Regardless of whether you are uploading them for your podcast archive, front page, blog page or other pages: Set the size of your header graphics at 1920px*450px to get the best results. You can play with the height, but 1920px in width gets the best results.

Logo Size

When uploading your logo, make sure it is not larger than 260px*110px.

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Front Page Settings

[Watch on Vimeo] Podcaster - How To Set Up Your Front Page from Theme Station on Vimeo.

Now you can set up your front page. If you don't know how to do this, please visit this page: Creating a Static Front Page. After that head to Theme OptionsFront Page Settings and set up your front page.

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Post Formats

Podcaster supports all post formats: standard, gallery, image, link, video, audio, quote, aside, status and chat. Most of them are self-explainatory, so I’ll only get into the ones that need to be uniquely set. Always remember to select the right post format before publishing, to make sure your post is displayed properly.

Audio

If you select the audio post format when creating your post a box will appear below the main editing window named "Featured Audio". You can either paste an embed code or upload a file. The first field is for embed codes only. The second field is for uploads or URLs to a file. You can also add a short caption and allow your users to download. Any text in the main editing window will appear below the audio player.

This post format will be used to display your podcast entries. Select one unique category into which you file all your podcast entries.

Video

If you select the video post format when creating your post a box will appear below the main editing window named "Featured Video". You can either paste an embed code or upload a file. The first field is for embed codes only. The second field is for uploads or URLs to a file. You can also add a short caption and allow your users to download. Any text in the main editing window will appear below the video.

This post format will be used to display your screencast entries. Select one unique category into which you file all your screencast entries.

Gallery

The gallery post format allows you to set featured collection of images in your post. When you select the gallery post format, a box will appear at the bottom of the main textarea. Use the uploader to add images you would like to see in your gallery. You can also add a caption for your gallery.

Link

If you want to make a link post, make the first paragraph of your post the link. If you would like to add a description you can do so by writing it in a new paragraph.

Image

Upload an image or select one from your Media Library and set it as featured image. If you add further text in your post, it will appear below the image. You can also set captions in the Media Library.

Quote

Simply write the quote you would like to post into the entry box. If you would like your quote to have a source write this one blow, wrapping it in <cite></cite> tags.

 

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Pages

Podcaster comes with Four template styles which you can select on each page. In the page attributes select between the default template (sidebar right), Full Width (no sidebar), Podcast Archive (used to display your podcast or screencast) and Sidebar Left (sidebar left).

You can also set a featured image for your pages. This will add a header graphic above your page.

Podcast Archive Page

To set up the podcast archive page, select Podcast Archive Page in the Page Attributes. You don't have to add any other content, your posts will be displayed automatically. After that you will have to go to theme options to( Podcaster Theme > Podcast ) to set the way you want to display your entries and which category to feature.

Archive Page

To set up an archive page, select Archive Page in the Page Attributes. You don't have to add any other content, your archives will be displayed automatically according to months.

404 Page

This theme also has a custom 404 page.

 

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Set Up Podcast Archive

To create your podcast archive page, please take the following steps.

  1. Create a page and choose the template Podcast Archive
  2. Go to the Theme Options > Podcast Settings and make sure you have set the category for your podcast.
  3. Add your Podcast Archive page to your menu.

Find out how to get your own iTunes compatible RSS feed below.

 

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Podcast Feed Plugin

The functionality to create an iTunes compatible RSS feed has been moved into a plugin. You will be prompted to install the plugin then you activate the theme. In any way, you can download it from here http://themestation.co/plugins/thst-feed.zip.

Settings

After installation and activation you will be able to provide the settings for your RSS feed.

Podcast Category

Pick the category you have filed your podcast entries into.

Feed name

Give your feed a name. Your feed URL will be http://www.example.com/yourfeednamehere.

iTunes User Image

Upload an image that will be displayed on your iTunes podcast page.

iTunes Podcast Description

Give a description for your podcast. It will be displayed on your iTunes podcast page.

iTunes Category

Give the category of your podcast which will be used for iTunes.

iTunes Subcategory

Give the subcategory of your podcast which will be used for iTunes.

iTunes Explicit Material

Does your podcast contain explicit material? If yes please change the setting. Default is no.

That's it! After setting the feed up, you will have your very own valid RSS feed that can be submitted to iTunes.

 

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Widgets

Widget Areas

Set your widgets by going to AppearanceWidgets. Click and drag elements to each widget area. More about widgets can be found here: WordPress Widgets

Custom Widgets

Podcaster has custom widgets that are used to display recent comments and recent posts tab.

Highlight category

Feature posts in the sidebar or footer.

Recent comments

Podcaster provides a more aesthetic version of the “recent comments” widget with avatars of the commentators.

Recent posts

Three tabs that show your most recent posts, popular posts and most commented posts.

 

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Theme Updates

Podcaster now comes with automatic updates. Each time a new version is released, you can simply update it directly from the WordPress backend. Great, no? All you need to do is give your Themforest username and an API key. To find out where to get your Envato Marketplace API key, go to: What is the Envato Marketplace API?

Username

Your Themeforest username.

Envato Marketplace API Key

An Envato API key. Find out how to make one here What is the Envato Marketplace API?.

 

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Support

In case you need support beyond what is contained in this documentary, please contact support: support@themestation.net or visit the ThemeForest page.

 

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Credits

Podcaster was built with the use of:

  • HTML5, CSS3, JQuery, JqueryUI
  • Lightbox v2.51 by Lokesh Dhakar
  • jQuery Easing v1.1.2 by George Smith
  • jQuery FlexSlider v2.1 by WooThemes
  • FitVids 1.0 by Chris Coyier

 

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Changelog

  • Version 1.3.5 (25th September 2014)
    • New: Retina logos now supported
    • New: Podcast archive can be displayed as list
    • New: Layout options for blog page: sidebar left, sidebar right, full width
    • New: Subscribe buttons have been added to the single post pages
    • New: Image header on front page can be set by featured image on page
    • New: Embed code can now be used in audio and video posts (inculding old SoundCloud player)
    • New: Excerpts can now be activated to appear below audio player on the front page
    • New: Embed code can now be used in audio and video posts (inculding old SoundCloud player)
    • Bug fix: controls.svg deactivated
  • Version 1.3.4 (29th August 2014)
    • Bug fix: Auto-update bug fixed
    • Minor bug fix: Main page gap on player fixed
    • Minor bug fix: Buttons on main page aligned properly
    • Minor bug fix: Turned off comments on pages do not display message anymore.
  • Version 1.3.3 (27th June 2014)
    • Podcasting feed has now been moved into seperate plugin. Please read documentation for more information
    • New Feature: Automatic Theme Updates
  • Version 1.3.2 (18th June 2014)
    • Minor Bug Fix: Image post format
  • Version 1.3.1 (16th June 2014)
    • Minor Fix: Buttons in breakpoints
    • Podcasting RSS Feed function can now be found in the Theme Station Podcasting Feed Plugin. Download at http://www.themestation.co
  • Version 1.3 (30th April 2014)
    • New feature: Audio Playlist Support
    • New feature: Video Playlist Support
    • New feature: Switch between static excerpts and post excerpts
    • New Feature: Switch off/on podcast RSS feed
    • Fix: Seriously Simple Podcasting front page support
  • Version 1.2 (9th April 2014)
    • New feature: iTunes compatible feed added!
    • New feature: New loading graphics
    • New feature: Language files added
    • Bug fix: download button for videos
  • Version 1.1 (21st March 2014)
    • New feature: Seriously Simple Podcasting Plugin Support added!
    • New feature: Social Icons
    • Bug fix: oEmbed is now working
  • Version 1.01 (21st February 2014)
    • minor fix to the front page header image
  • Version 1.0 (7th february 2014)
    • Initial Release!

 

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