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Adding a Podcast to your Church’s Website

Posted on 25. Nov, 2010 by in Strategy, The Blog

podcasting for churches

In a previous post, I mentioned the 10 ways to make your church’s website more magnetic. One of the ways I mentioned was including a podcast to the website. I thought I’d include a post that explained how you can do this.

If a member was not able to get to church on Sunday, or if the message was especially meaningful to someone you know, or if you wanted to invite someone to church, wouldn’t it be great to have your message available for download on your church’s website?

Welcome to the world of podcasting.

Podcasting is sending audio or video digitally via the Internet. That’s a simple definition, but basically, you’re posting video or audio on your website for people to download. They can either download it from the page and hear it right then, or they can download the file to their mp3 player.

If you are already recording your sermons, then adding the recordings to your church’s website is easy.

How can I do that, Sam?

I’m glad you asked. Here is what you do:

1. Make sure your recordings in the proper format. If you are producing just audio, then you should save your recordings as .mp3 files. If you are creating a video to show on your website, you should save it as an .avi or a .mov file. You will want to prepare your recording to include an intro and an outro. That is, the beginning of the recording should have a musical introduction that introduces the message, and then there should be a section at the end of the recording that closes out the podcast. It should include the same music that you started the recording with. It’s also a good place to make any pertinent announcements, invitations to the services, and even a request for financial support. These are just suggestions. How you want to prepare your podcast is totally up to you. I would listen to a few to see what they do.

2. Next you have to find a site that will host your files and then convert it into code that you can embed into your website’s pages. The place that I’ve used in the past for my audio podcasts is Podbean. They made it really easy for me, and the best part of it is that they are free. There is a limit to the amount of podcasts that you can have for free, but if you need more space to host your files, the monthly fee is reasonable. There are other places to host your files, but I haven’t used them, so I can’t speak to their reliability or performance.

3. Once you subscribe to your hosting service, all you have to do is upload your files to their servers. They will give you a code that you can add to your website. That code will create a link that your visitors can click on to either listen to your message or download it to their computer to listen to it later on their mp3 player (iPod, etc).

        It really is pretty easy. Most of the work will be in creating the recording. If you don’t have a program for recording or combining the audio files, there is a free program called Audacity.

        You should be able to get started with the information I’ve provided here, but if you need more information, please feel free to leave a question in the comment section. Also, if you know of another site that can host podcasts, please let me know, and I’ll add it to the post.

        Blessed!

        Sam

        About Sam

        My name is Sam Rangel, and I've been creating web sites for over 10 years now. My main site - UponThisRock.com offers the coolest Christian graphics on the web. Let me show you how to get your web site to the Next Level! Blessed!

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