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With MobileMe’s date with death drawing closer near, we've been getting a lot of questions about whether or not your iWeb podcasts and websites hosted on MobileMe will disappear into thin air on June 30. Since it's better to be safe than sorry, we'll show you how to move over all of your data to a dedicated hosting site.
>> 3rd party hosting account with FTP support
>> (Optional) Google/FeedBurner account (free)
Before switching to your dedicated hosting solution, you will want to let your podcast subscribers know that the podcast feed URL will change. Doing this in advance will give your subscribers enough notice to be able to re-subscribe once you've switched over to the dedicated hosting solution.
The first step to hosting your podcast without MobileMe is to move your iWeb site to a third-party host. Follow our guide on moving your iWeb site to a dedicated host before continuing with this guide.
After you’ve uploaded your site through FTP, you can either stop here, if you just want your podcast feed to be hosted on your site, Similarly, you can continue with the optional step to set up an advanced iTunes-compatible feed that’s ready to publish to iTunes.
This is an optional step, but once you've moved over your website to another host, it might be a good idea to set up a FeedBurner to make it easier for people to find you and to attract new subscribers. FeedBurner is an excellent tool offered by Google that will give you a dedicated podcast feed to track analytics, like how many subscribers listen on a regular basis, and how your audio file uploads to iTunes. If you plan to push your podcast to iTunes, then FeedBurner is an excellent choice to track your subscribers.
To begin, sign in with your Google account at FeedBurner.com. Once it's finished, type in the URL to your iWeb podcast feed in the “Burn a feed right this instant” box. This can be found by loading your site in Safari on your Mac and clicking the “RSS” button in the address field.
You will now be given a FeedBurner URL. This will be the URL that you can submit to iTunes. Copy down the address for later, and then click Next.
In step two, ensure that “Include iTunes podcasting elements” is checked. Select a category, subcategory, and specify the podcast image location and subtitle. You will also need to let FeedBurner have a summary of the podcast, keywords, and the podcast author email address. All of this information will be used to display your podcast in iTunes. Click Next to continue.
On the final page, you will be able to see all of the stats that FeedBurner tracks, as well as be able to enable extra stats, such as how many times a podcast is downloaded. Once you have selected the options you want to enable, click Next.
Your FeedBurner account has now been enabled.
To submit your FeedBurner podcast to iTunes, go to the Submit a Podcast page in iTunes and paste in the URL that you jotted down from FeedBurner. Click continue, and then authenticate with your iTunes Store credentials.
In the Review Podcast section, you will be able to see the information you specified in FeedBurner automatically filled in for you, along with the podcast artwork. When you are ready to submit your podcast for review, click the Submit button.
Cory Bohon is a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer. Follow this article's author, Cory Bohon on Twitter.