Your podcast RSS feed is the source of information that each and every podcast app in the world contacts to gather information and episodes of your podcast from.
Your podcast show settings are what tells your show's RSS feed what to do and how to behave in the podcast apps.
When you create a podcast using Captivate you are guided through these settings - rad!
If you import a podcast into Captivate from another podcast host, your podcast show settings are pulled in from your current feed so all is as you'd expect it.
How to edit or view your podcast show settings
- From My Shows, choose the podcast that you'd like to work on (if you have multiple shows).
- Click Edit Show Settings from the header, right next to your podcast cover art up there next to our logo.
You're now inside the Edit Show Settings area of Captivate where you can edit the settings for the show you're working on right now.
You can hit Cancel to discard any changes that you make or click Update Show Settings to save any changes that you make.
A list of each and every show setting found within the Show Settings section. Let's start from the left hand side:
- Podcast cover art - a square image shown in podcast directories that should be less than 512kb in file size with minimum dimensions of 1,400 pixels wide and 1,400 pixels high and maximum dimensions of 3,000 pixels x 3,000 pixels. JPEG and PNG files are fine.
- Author name - the name of the podcast creator. Don't spam this with the names of other people or you could be removed from Apple Podcasts. Seriously.
- Author email address - the email address of the podcast creator. This appears in the public RSS feed, FYI.
- Copyright - you can use the default copyright for who owns your podcast, or change it to a more customized one.
- Default publish time - a neat little feature within Captivate that is used to set a default time in the time-picker during episode publishing for when you publish shows at the same time, every time. Not used in your RSS feed but cool as a cucumber.
- Is this a private show - as it suggests, this is where you choose if your podcast will appear on the various podcast apps, or is a private one. Learn more about using private podcasts here.
Once you've filled out this section, it's time to move on to the right hand side, and complete the more specific details about your podcast.
- Podcast name - the name of your podcast.
- Subtitle/short description - a short description that is used in some podcast search results.
- Show summary/long description - a longer, more descriptive version that can be a maximum of 4,000 characters long and can include hyperlinks. Use this to really share what your podcast is about - topics, frequency, where to connect with you online, how to subscribe, etc.
- Categories x 3 - the categories within the podcast apps that your show will appear in. The first one is the main one and you can change these at any time.
- Is your podcast released in seasons? - choose whether to group your podcast into seasons or not within podcast listening apps. The default is episodic.
- Does your podcast include explicit language? - if your podcast is going to include adult language, it is vital to set this to "Yes" to avoid being removed from the podcast directories. If you only use adult language in some episodes, you can mark each episode as explicit individually when publishing that episode. Default is "No".
- In Apple Podcasts and other directories, show this number of episodes - tell the podcast directories how many episodes of this show to display in their listings. Sometimes, podcast feeds can be a bit on the big side so this is set to 200 by default and we recommend leaving it at that, for now.
- Sort my episodes in this order - the podcast directories will display your shows in this order. You can choose from Episodic (the default format with episodes displayed newest-to-oldest), Episodic with seasons (episodes displayed newest to oldest, but grouped in seasons), and Serial (episodes are displayed oldest-to-newest, and grouped in the seasons they're set).
- What timezone is this show in? - you have the flexibility to publish your episodes within your own timezone. Default is "(UTC -5:00) Eastern Time, (US & Canada)". Note. your analytics are set to the UTC time zone. This is standard across the Captivate platform along with many of the other podcast hosts. This time zone cannot be changed at this time.
The choice of Episodic or Seasons comes down to the type of podcast you're producing:
- Episodic (the default format with episodes displayed newest-to-oldest)
- Episodic with seasons (still displayed newest to oldest, but grouped in seasons)
- Serial (now the episodes are displayed oldest-to-newest, and grouped in the seasons they're set)
Episodic is the default for most podcasters, since they release new episodes as an ongoing process, and each episode can be a standalone listen.
Episodic with seasons is similar, but breaks the show into seasons. Think of a TV show that has a break during the fall, for example. Again, episodes can be listened to in any order.
Serial is more for a storytelling format, or where the listener needs to start from the very first episode to know what's going on in the latter episodes.
- Website - the link for your website. This is important for Google Podcasts so make sure to use the URL of your podcast's website. This can either be your Captivate Site, if you use it, or your self-hosted site.
- Language - choose what language your show is in, so podcast apps like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc, can help display you more prominently in that country, as well as their global audience.
- Third-party prefixes - Captivate integrates with several third-party options, like Chartable, Podcorn, Podsights, AdBarker, and more. Use these to track your podcast's chart position, audience demographics, dynamic ads, and more.
- Full transparency more - this only comes into effect is you use a third-party prefix, and automatically lets your listeners know what tools you use, and where they can find their privacy policies.
- Feed URL - a custom vanity URL for your podcast RSS feed, this is the feed that you will submit to Apple Podcasts, Spotify etc within the Distribution section of your Captivate dashboard. You can copy this to your clipboard by clicking Copy or clicking Copy Feed URL in the header of Captivate, right next to Edit Show Settings.
Recommended reading: How to upload and publish your podcast episodes on Captivate