To publish your show's episodes to WordPress, you need to connect your show to your WordPress account. After you do so, episodes you publish from Libsyn will automatically appear as blog posts in your WordPress website, letting you easily advertise and distribute your content to a wider audience.
Note that you can only publish to WordPress if you have a self-hosted WordPress site. However, because of the way certain web hosts operate, some WordPress websites won't allow integration with Libsyn. If you're unsure about whether your WordPress site works with Libsyn, contact our Support team.
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Prepare Your WordPress Site to Connect to Libsyn
For your WordPress site to correctly accept posts from Libsyn, you need to ensure your web host uses XML-RPC, and you need to install the iFrame plugin.
What is XML-RPC?
XML-RPC is a common protocol that many blogging software products use to correctly exchange information with other services. This protocol is necessary to make sure that the information Libsyn sends when you publish an episode appears correctly on your WordPress site.
Some web hosts don't allow XML-RPC for security reasons. In those cases, WordPress can't connect to Libsyn. If you're not sure whether your web host uses XML-RPC, check with our Support team.
The iFrame Plugin
iFrame is a WordPress plugin that ensures that the media player that plays your podcast episodes will work correctly in your WordPress posts. To install the iFrame plugin in WordPress:
- Log in to your WordPress administrative dashboard.
- In the pane on the left, click Plugins and then select Add New.
- In the Search plugins field in the upper, right-hand corner of the page, enter iFrame and press Enter on your keyboard. The iFrame plugin appears in the search results.
- Click Install Now. When the download is complete, the Install Now button changes to Activate.
- Click Activate.
Connect Your Show to WordPress
After you've confirmed that your web host uses XML-RPC, and you've installed the WordPress plugin, you can connect your Libsyn account to your WordPress account. To do so, log in to your Libsyn account and follow the steps below.
|Note||If you have more than one show, make sure you select the show you want to connect to WordPress before you start.|
- Click the icon on the bottom, left-hand side of your Libsyn account. The Settings menu opens.
- In the Settings menu, click Website Based Destination Settings.
- In the Add New table, click Add on the right side of the WordPress row. The WordPress form opens.
- Enter the information for each field to connect your account and to specify how you want episodes to appear in WordPress. For more information about each field, see the "Set up the Information for Your WordPress Connection" section below.
- Click Save.
- Optionally, if you have more than one WordPress site, repeat these steps to connect to your other sites.
Congratulations! Your WordPress account is now connected to Libsyn, and the episodes you publish in Libsyn will automatically appear as blog posts in your WordPress site.
|Note||Is WordPress one of your preferred tools? If so, Libsyn gives you the option of publishing directly from WordPress without having to log in to your Libsyn account. For more information about how to set up this feature, see Set up Your Account to Publish Directly from WordPress.|
Set up the Information for Your WordPress Connection
The WordPress form asks for information to connect your Libsyn account to your WordPress account. The following sections explain the information you should enter for each field.
Enter the username you use to log in to your WordPress account.
Enter the password you use to log in to your WordPress account.
Blog Web Address
Enter the final URL to your site in this field. In other words, do not enter the URL to your WordPress administrative dashboard or to a specific category or page on your site.
The final URL is the URL that appears in your browser's address bar when you navigate to your site. For example, if entering myawesomeshow.com in your browser's address bar takes you to https://www.myawesomeshow.com, then enter the latter in this field. Make sure the address appears exactly as it does in the address bar. For example, take note of small details, like whether the address appears as http or https.
The Test Connection button in this section tests whether the login information you entered enables Libsyn to connect to your WordPress account.
If the test says that the connection failed, check to make sure that you entered your username and password correctly. If they are correct and the test still fails, save the information and reach out to our Support team to help you figure out why the system is unable to connect to your website.
Enter the text that you want to appear in the link that listeners can use to download your episode. For example, you can enter Download this episode!
Enter a category from your site that you want to use to house the posts that contain your podcast episodes.
WordPress organizes posts by categories. Your connection to Libsyn creates posts whenever you publish an episode. Linking your posts to one of the categories you've defined on your site makes it easier for your listeners to find your episodes.
Publish As Draft
This setting is automatically set so that any episodes you publish from Libsyn appear as drafts in your WordPress account. After you publish in Libsyn, you can log in to WordPress, review the post, and publish it at your convenience. This setting is useful because it lets you make changes to your posts before you publish them in WordPress.
If you'd rather have episodes that you publish in Libsyn bypass the draft stage and appear automatically as finished posts for your listeners to see immediately, click the icon to deselect it. When you deselect the icon, it changes to .
This setting is automatically set so that your listeners can post comments in the blog post that contains your episode.
If you'd rather not let listeners post comments, click the icon to deselect it. When you deselect the icon, it changes to .
This setting is automatically set to allow trackbacks.
If you'd rather not allow them, click the icon to deselect it. When you deselect the icon, it changes to .
Use this field to specify which link you want to use to give your listeners access to your episode.