XSLT Styling and Widget Heaven

XSLT Styling and Widget Heaven

It’s weekly update time!!

As always, we’ve worked hard to listen to what you’d love to see in Captivate and have put together the latest release as follows…

  • XSLT stylesheets: RSS feeds are dull as dishwater. But, they power podcasting and sometimes, you pop your RSS feed into the browser and see the feed is all its gargantuan glory – code and all. That’s ok, it’s how it’s supposed to be, but we wanted to make it easier for anyone stumbling across your feed in a browser window to know exactly what to do with it and to be able to listen to your show directly from the feed. So we sexy styled it up. Look: https://feeds.captivate.fm/podcastaccelerator
  • Behind the scenes service tech: We spent a day or two building a new backend area for us to link your Captivate account to Intercom via a secure Intercom widget. Sounds boring, and it is a little bit, but it means that we can support you even faster by seeing right there in the support chat with you which show you’re working on and quickly launch that show in Captivate’s dashboard for us to take a look at. I love it! 

Stay safe! 

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Web page URL convenience updates and a little Anchor thing

It’s weekly update time!!

As always, we’ve worked hard to listen to what you’d love to see in Captivate and have put together the latest release as follows…

  • Speed up cache flushing on the embeddable player after editing an episode, show or player style: When you edit an episode title or content, Captivate will now clear the cache for that specific episode on the web player. Also, when you update your player style it will clear all cached episodes from the player too, so that you can see the changes much quicker.
  • Quick view episode web pages from the episode sharing screen: We added a nice little “View” button next to the “Copy” button within the episode sharing screen that will open the episode web page URL in a shiny new tab for you to quickly take a peek.
  • URL preview on publishing an episode: When using Captivate Sync™ or Captivate Sites for your podcast website, you will now see a preview of the full URL that will be created for any given episode within the episode publishing or editing screen. Lovely job.
  • Anchor import issue: When importing an RSS feed from Anchor and when the podcaster has the dynamic ad system setup on Anchor, Anchor splits files and rejoins them, making them an M4A with a mime-type of MP4 instead of MP3. This causes import problems. Well, it did. Not anymore 🙂
  • Live Q&A over in the Facebook Group: Come and join us, on Wednesday 1st April, 5pm UK, 12pm Eastern, 9am Pacific, over in our exclusive Rebel Base Media Podcaster Support & Experience Facebook group, where Mark and the team will be answering all of your podcasting questions. Sweet! 

​Your Podcast Analytics, In Your Timezone!

Today we’re pushing out a release that will display your podcast download analytics in your own timezone, as set in your show settings.

This means that you can view data in a time local to you rather than the standard UTC timezone, plus the timezone will also carry through to CSV exports and the one-click sponsor kit generation.

Set within your show settings, the timezone already controls the default publishing time and is always set at show level, not user level.

Error checking and support updates

It’s weekly update time!! 

As always, we’ve worked hard to listen to what you’d love to see in Captivate and have put together the latest release as follows…

  • Error checking upgrades: There are so many times where we need to give you a pointer or a heads-up about something you’re doing on Captivate so this week we’ve gone through many of our error messages around podcast artwork, player settings and more to make those errors even more descriptive and useful to you. Boring, we know but important, too!
  • Admin tools for our team: We have a lot of background admin tools that our team uses to help you out via support. This week we added a couple more around imagery and social sharing that you won’t see, but that you’ll experience thanks to our support being even faster!
  • New private Facebook group: We love working with you and our community. We wanted a way to bring all of our Rebel Base Media paying podcasters together into a safe community to discuss anything that you need at all. So, separate from our public-facing community, we just created the private Rebel Base Media Podcaster Support & Experience Facebook group – make sure you’re a part of it!

One-click sponsor kit generation from your Captivate dashboard!

It’s weekly update time!! 

One-click sponsor kits now available for free to all Captivate podcasters!

This feature is something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time! 

Being growth focussed means that our goal is to make it easier for you to achieve your own version of success as a podcaster. Knowing exactly how to work with sponsors is something that so many indie podcasters are concerned about and one of the vital, early-stage conversations with potential sponsors is around whether you’re both a fit for each other. 

Today, we’ve made it easier than ever to start that conversation by introducing the initial version of our one-click sponsor kits! Inside the marketing section of your Captivate dashboard, you’ll now see a “Sponsor Kit” tab and space to enter your listener avatar. 

Once done, hit the generation button and a beautiful PDF will download itself ready to send to sponsors, not bad, right?! Hey also, this is only the first version of this tool – lookout for more and more as we develop it.

Hey, we also just launched a private Rebel Base Media support & experience group on Facebook – don’t miss out on the podcasting conversation over there – come join us!

Export analytics to CSV for Excel or Google Sheets!

It’s weekly update time!!

As always, we’ve worked hard to listen to what you’d love to see in Captivate and we’ve just added one of the most requested features by podcasters using Captivate sites to generate their stunning podcast website – single episode pages 🙂

We had to take our time with this so that we could make sure to get Captivate Sync™ (our WordPress plugin) perfectly set, first. But, now that is all done we’ve been able to bring you the single episode pages that you’ve been asking for, plus customisable SEO titles, descriptions & URLs and auto-generated social images. Whoop!!

SEO Friendly Single Episode Pages with Captivate Sites

It’s weekly update time!!

As always, we’ve worked hard to listen to what you’d love to see in Captivate and we’ve just added one of the most requested features by podcasters using Captivate sites to generate their stunning podcast website – single episode pages 🙂

We had to take our time with this so that we could make sure to get Captivate Sync™ (our WordPress plugin) perfectly set, first. But, now that is all done we’ve been able to bring you the single episode pages that you’ve been asking for, plus customisable SEO titles, descriptions & URLs and auto-generated social images. Whoop!!

All relevant help articles have been updated to reflect these changes.

Introducing the podcast playlist player and latest episode players!

Introducing the podcast playlist player and latest episode players!

We just released the outstanding embeddable playlist players and the simple, powerful latest episode embeddable player to all Captivate podcasters! 

As of today, you can embed a beautiful player that showcases all episodes of your podcast into any website or, you can embed a player that always shows and plays the most recent episode of your show.

Of course, we couldn’t leave the main player out of the action so we’ve also released a new build that makes it even easier for listeners to access your calls to action, your subscribe options and show notes, plus a big upgrade to how listeners can share your podcast player. 

All fully responsive on all devices too, of course! 

Check it out LIVE on MarkAsquith.com/podcasts right now and head to your Distribution area in Captivate to use the brand new players for your own shows!

Drag & drop team members on your podcast website and some advanced WordPress functionality for the geeks like us

It’s weekly update time!! As always, we’ve worked hard to listen to what you’d love to see in Captivate and have put together the latest release as follows…

  • Drag & drop team member ordering on your Captivate podcast website: This is a nice one – you can now drag and drop your team members into your desired order for display on your Captivate podcast website. This makes it even easier to customize the display of your team online.
  • Single subscription link custom domain bug: In certain circumstances, the single subscription link wasn’t respecting your use of a custom domain name. It is now 🙂
  • Advanced WordPress options for Captivate Sync™: Users can now use a captivate.php file in their theme for a custom layout for the episode list page (for example, you can base this on the index.php page that comes with WordPress and then you can customize sections of it so it’s a different layout to the blog.) You can also, if you want to, edit single.php for single episodes by uploading a single_captivate_podcast.php page which you can edit. This is for advanced WordPress users only.

All relevant help articles have been updated to reflect these changes.

Request your perfect Captivate feature, any time!

It’s weekly update time!! As always, we’ve worked hard to listen to what you’d love to see in Captivate and have put together the latest release as follows…

  • Request a Captivate feature!: We love working with you and we love making things that work for you. So, we’ve added a “request a feature” link to the Captivate dashboard footer so that all Captivate podcasters can let us know the features that they’d like to see released. This links directly to our project management platform and we’ll be able to let you know when your feature has been greenlit for build!
  • Even simpler cancellation process: Even though we hate to see you go, we understand that, for various reasons, you may want to cancel your Captivate account. It’s our job to make sure that you never need to, but that if you do, that the process should be clear and easy. So, we’ve redesigned the cancellation process from the ground up to make it even simpler! That’s nice, isn’t it!