Update: The change has come. TANcast is now using the Blubrry Powerpress plugin to run our podcast. The feeds seem to be working, but shit always seems to happen right when I think everything is copacetic. I’ll do more on this tomorrow (like removing all the crap) but if you have any problems please let us know ASAP.
The end of TANcast using the PodPress plugin for WordPress is rapidly approaching.
Blubrry has just released version 0.7.1 of their Powerpress plugin with a ton of new features, including PodPress migration.
As we’ve said before, PodPress has essentially stood still for 15 months, breaking features in recent revisions of WordPress. Someone else patched this major issue about a month ago, but it’s too little, too late. Powerpress now has better features and cleaner code, and is actively being maintained and improved, not patched by 3rd parties to fix defects more than 8 months after the signs of breakage are demonstrated.
On top of everything else to date, PodPress is now saving our “include this file in our Podcast RSS feed” settings for each post, but not reading that setting back out of the database when we re-open the same post to update something. As such, the checkboxes in our editor interface that control whether the audio file gets included (i.e. whether this post will register as an episode in iTunes, etc.) load as un-checked. If we forget to re-check them and save (or the editor auto-saves), the post stops publishing an audio file and we look like we lost an episode. Awesome!
The only question now is: When?
The answer: Tick Tock…
I always seem to break TANcast in some unexpected way when I upgrade things (including every WordPress upgrade), so I wanted to toss out this heads-up at least 2 days before I throw the switch. When it happens, this post will be updated again to note that fact. At that point, if you see any breakage, please leave a comment on this post and/or send a message to @Mysterious_Andy on Twitter.
We’ll try to fix any issues before the heat death of the universe.