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October 25, 2014 | 1st Cheshvan 5775

Adding Audio with Podbean

(Please note that the Union does not endorse podbean.com or any other third party service. This article is for informational purposes only.)

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Podbean allows you to store audio files for free, and embed them into your website with a player.  Here are the steps to getting started:

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  1. On the upper right-hand corner of Podbean’s homepage, go to “Sign Up.”

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  2. The free “Basic” plan on the left should be suitable for your congregation.  With 100MB of storage, you’ll able to add at least 25 audio files, if not more.  Under “Basic,” go to “Sign Up Now.”

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  3. Fill in the information required.  For the e-mail address, it’s best to use a general temple address instead of a personal one, in case your temple changes webmasters in the future.

    Please Note: the audio files you add will also be available to the general public at __________.podbean.com, where the blank area will be your temple’s username.

    After you submit the information, you’ll have a password sent to the e-mail address you indicated in the form.  Once you receive it, enter your member name and password, and then a screen should appear like the one below:

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  4. Under Dashboard, go to “Publish a new show.”

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  5. You’ll be asked to give your “episode” a title and tags.  While it’s required that you add a title and tags, what you put here is really inconsequential.  The names won’t appear when you embed the audio into your website.

    You don’t need to add any text into the “Post” portion.

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  6. Under “Podcasting” go to “Browse,” and add the audio file that you’d ultimately like to embed into your website.

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  7. Once you add the audio file, the File Type will automatically select itself.

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  8. Now at the bottom of the page, go to “Publish.”

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  9. While the audio file is uploading, you should see a progress bar on the screen like this:

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  10. Once the upload is finished, you should see a message that says “Post saved.  View site.”  Go to the “view site” link.

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  11. You should now be at a blog-like page.  This is the _________.podbean.com site that was mentioned earlier.  Towards the top you should see the audio file that you just uploaded.  There is an icon of a little speaker, and a play button next to it.  If you click the play button, you’ll be able to listen to your audio file.

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  12. Of course, you want to be able to embed the audio into your congregation’s site, not have people go to this Podbean page.  To do this, first go to “Embeddable Player” under “Listen Now.”

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  13. You’ll be given the choice of embedding a white player or black player.  Copy the code of the player you want to use, and paste it into your website.

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  14. To remove “Powered by Podbean.com” from below the player, delete the code below, highlighted in blue:

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  15. That’s it!  You should now have the audio player embedded into your site.  Each player can only play one audio file, so for any subsequent audio, you’ll need to add another player.  Also, for each new audio file you add, you’ll need to “Publish a new show,” like you did for the first one.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at web@urj.org.  We also invite you to leave comments about your experience with Podbean below.

Update: Generally speaking, it's best to add no more than twelve Podbean players to a page.  Having more than that can really slow down the page's loading time.  If you have more than twelve audio files you want to add, as many congregations do, try to split up the files onto different pages.  A good example can be found here.

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