This is a page with internal instructions (for church staff or volunteers) for maintaining the audio portion of the website. Feel free to add anything here that you want to remember or think will be useful for others in the future.

To add a new podcast category:

  • Create a new Posts category (Posts->Categories) as a subcategory of “Audio Library”. Please note the existing naming conventions. When you create it, the slug is VERY IMPORTANT – for example if you are creating a “Sermons 2021” category, copy the format of the previous similar categories (i.e. “sermons-2020” etc). If you need to get creative, remember this slug will get copied and pasted and edited in future steps below, and you’ll make your life harder if you have to remember how to adjust it every time.
  • Go to PowerPress->Category Podcasting
  • To prepare for what you’re about to do, find a similar previous category (or a dissimilar one is fine if your new category is different), hover over the name, right-mouse on “Edit” and “Open in New Tab”. (Your browser may do this differently, especially if you are on a Mac, that’s fine. Basically you want to open the editing dialog in a different browser tab so it’s easy to copy things from it).
  • On the top left, in the “Category” pulldown where it says “Select a Category”, select your new category.
  • Click “Add Podcast Settings to Category Feed”.
  • In the settings dialog, you’ll want to copy a number of settings from the other category tab that you opened up a minute ago. There are settings in the “Feed” section of the dialog and in the “Artwork” section that you will want to copy over. When you copy, adjust as appropriate (for example if you copy the title as “Sermons 2019” and your new category is “Sermons 2021”, change 2019 to 2021 of course).
  • Save your settings.
  • Go to Pages->All Pages, find “Audio Library” and click on it.
  • Find the block (Sermons on the left, Events on the right) where you’re going to add your category (this organization is going to change in the future), and click on the “Icon List” block under it.
  • In the icon list block, click on one of the previous elements that’s similar to what you’re about to add.
  • In the middle section (the text editor), click the “Text” tab on the top right.
  • You’ll see the HTML for this element; copy it (i.e. select it all and control-C, or whatever works for you).
  • Exit out of editing that element without saving anything (click the X on the top right).
  • Scroll to the bottom of the icon list and click the “Add” button, which opens up an empty version of that same dialog.
  • Enter the title of your new category.
  • In the middle text editor section, click the “Text” tab at the top right and paste in the text you copied from the other list item. Then adjust it – even if you don’t know HTML you should be able to see what to change. This is where the slug you created before is going to be important because it’s part of both of the URLs that you’re modifying.
  • Pick an icon to use – this isn’t that important but you can see which ones we’ve previously used.
  • Save.
  • Test it – in the frontend go to the Audio Library, find your new category, and make sure it looks right. Click on it and make sure it shows the list of episodes properly (assuming you’ve added some new episodes in that category – if not you’ll need to do that before you can really test this). Click on the RSS feed link and make sure the XML has what looks like a list of the right episodes. (Even if you don’t know how to read XML, you should be able to see recognizable episode titles and dates).
  • That’s it! Whew.