You can set up a media player for your podcast that lists all of your episodes or a subset of them by category. When you set up the player, you can customize its size, color, which links to make available for your listeners, and more. When you're done customizing the player, you can embed it on a webpage, blog post, or anywhere you want to make it available to your listeners.
|Note||You can also customize and embed a player that is specific to only a single episode. For more information about the episode player, see Customize and Share a Media Player for a Specific Episode.|
To customize and share your podcast player:
- Click the icon on the bottom, left hand side of your Libsyn account. The Settings menu opens.
- Click Player Settings.
Note Clicking Player Settings might take you to a Player Select Settings table or directly to the Player Settings page. If the Player Select Settings table opens, click Edit in the row that contains the player you want to customize to open the Player Settings page. If you are already at the Player Settings page with all of the customizable fields, continue to step 3.
- Customize the podcast player by updating the information in the player fields. For more information about your options, see the Customize Your Podcast Player section below.
- At the bottom of the page, click Save to save your changes.
- At the top, right-hand side of the page, click Copy Embed. The URL for embedding the player is now copied to the clipboard.
- Paste the URL you copied where you want the player to appear, such as on a web page or a blog post.
Customize Your Podcast Player
The fields on the Player Settings page give you many options for customizing the look and function of your podcast player. As you change the settings, the preview on the right side of the page updates automatically to show you what your player will look like when you embed it. If you change the height of the player, you can see the exact measurement in pixels on the right-hand side of the preview, as shown in the image below. The measurement is useful so you can decide whether the player will fit where you want to embed it.
The following sections provide some guidance on your options for customizing the player.
You can choose Large or Extra Large depending on your preference. However, you must choose Extra Large if your podcast includes video.
The Category field is located above the preview on the right. You can choose any category that you created when you published your episodes. The player will only play the episodes in the category you select. Or, if you want to include all of your episodes, select No Category.
For more information on categories, review the "Category" section in About Your Episode Details.
Use this feature to choose the color you want for your player. To do so, click the color swatch to the right of the Player Color field to open the color selector. The box at the top of the color selector shows the current player color and its hex code for easy reference. Here are your options for selecting a different color:
|a.||Click one of the color options below the the box that shows the currently selected color.|
|b.||If you know the hex code of the color you want to use, enter it in the box below the color options.|
|c.||Push the slider to the right or left to change the selected color.|
|d.||Click Auto to use the color that the system identifies as the main color element in your podcast artwork.|
Select Display Art to show your podcast artwork on the left side of the player, or select Hide Art if you don't want your podcast artwork to appear in the player.
Select Show to have the title of your podcast appear above the episode title that's currently playing, or select Hide if you don't want the title of your podcast to appear in the player.
Select Show to include a link in the player that your listeners can use to follow your show. When they click the FOLLOW link, a window appears with options for following your show on the different social media sites where you are active. If you don't want to show the FOLLOW link, select Hide.
The FOLLOW link appears as shown in the image below.
Select Show to include a link in the player that your listeners can use to share your episodes on social media. When they click the SHARE link, a window appears with options for sharing your show. If you don't want to show the SHARE link, select Hide.
The SHARE link appears as shown in the image below.
Select Display Media Download to include a link in the player that your listeners can use to download the episode they're listening to in your player. If you don't want listeners to be able to download your episodes, select Hide Media Download.
The download link appears as shown in the image below.
Select Show Playlist to show a playlist of your episodes on the bottom of the player that your listeners can scroll through. Listeners can then select which episode they want to listen to. When you select Show Playlist, new options appear to customize your playlist. See the sections below for more information about those options.
If you don't want to show a playlist of your episodes, select Hide Playlist. Without a playlist, listeners will have to listen to episodes one at a time, or click through them by using the arrow icons in the player.
In this section, you can expand or shorten the height of the playlist to make more or fewer episodes visible at a time. You have the following two options:
|a.||In the Playlist Height field, enter the number of pixels you want the height of the playlist to be.|
|b.||In the Episodes field, enter the number of episodes you want visible at all times. For example, if you enter 3, there will always be enough room for your listeners to view three episodes in the playlist as they scroll through it. The number of pixels in the Playlist Height field automatically updates to accommodate your choice.|
Select Last to First to make your most recent episode appear at the top of the playlist and your oldest episode appear last. To make your oldest episode first and your most recent episode last in the playlist, select First to Last.