Q&A Panel: Web tools

Liveblog of panel session with Brent Morris, Jay Moonah, Steve “Snowball” Saylor, Michael Bailey, Julien Smith, Bob Goyetche

Brent Morris:

  • WordPress for his website and his blog; all his show notes are in WordPress
  • took little work to set it up
  • used by a lot of people, so large community so there are a lot of themes you can choose or you can edit it on your own
  • archives material automatically
  • plug-in architecture e.g. AudioPlayer – puts a flash player automatically into his blog post; he never has to do anything extra to turn this on.
  • Feedburner: easy to configure; no extra work to set up RSS feed
  • Myspace
  • Facebook

Jay Moonah

  • Other ways to create blogs: Blogger, Drupal
  • You don’t have to have a blog to put out a podcast, but it is a “best practice”
  • Blogger lowest barrier to entry
  • WordPress installed is easy compared to other installs, but can be challenging (wordpress.com is hosted; wordpress.org is the version that needs installing)
  • There is now automatic install for WordPress on many web hosts – one-click install
  • Overall, WordPress is probably the ideal solution
  • website domain name – no matter what web tool you are using, you can map it to your own domain.
  • web hosts Go Daddy
  • a lot of bands are only using MySpace account – can be pre-empted by bigger corporations if they have something else to promote
  • he has one URL that links to the website, blog, podcast, and all other web presence – don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Steve “Snowball” Saylor

  • likes to store everything in one place so he can customize
  • get your domain name as quickly as possible Go Daddy, Dreamhost $10 per month or less – massive amounts of storage and it increases over time as storage becomes cheaper
  • Drupal – high end of CMS tools – more complicated than Blogger, WordPress – as you learn it inside out, learn CSS, move up to something like Drupal
  • Feedburner for his feeds –
  • Feeder – reinventedsoftware.com/feeder – can have multiple feeds, can see what feed it going to look like in iTunes
  • w.bloggar -ability to connect to any kind of blog

Michael Bailey

  • getting audience comments –
    • case comments dial-in service [blogger note: Does anyone have a link to this??]
    • K7 service and J2 service – paid service for your own area code
    • Skype voicemail
    • BabyTel (woo hoo! one of our sponsors!)
    • Vonage
    • MyChingo from Mobasoft (woo hoo! Michael’s company!) – all podcasters have microphones, and should be leaving comments on this blog.

Julien Smith

Bob Goyetche

  • it has gone out of style, but he likes Frappr – allows your listeners to pinpoint themselves on a map
  • social networking plug-ins – Ultimate Tag Warrior – make it easy for people to interact with you and about you

Questions: has anyone ever used digg? del.icio.us? Technorati? stumbleupon? Most hands went up for Technorati

Vanity checks – Google alerts – every time your show shows up on a directory.

Jay Moonah checks these for his band “vanity checks”:

Snowball works with CommandN.

Use the ego surfing to return comments when people have commented on you; a great way to build your community. You can take this back to the community who is creating the content and help build them up, energize the community who are putting out content.

Use stumbleupon to find people for interviews.

Moving from Blogger to WordPress – can export and import back into WordPress. There is info how to do it on WordPress.org . It can affect your search ranking if you do not have your own domain. You could set it up inside the template inside Blogger to redirect to your site.

Audience comment: Podcasters for WordPress called Podpress

mightyseek.com has a link to it

Getting started? Just use WordPress and starting hacking/customizing. Worse case, hire someone to style the site for you initially, set it up so you can maintain it.

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2 thoughts on “Q&A Panel: Web tools

  1. Check out Goombah.com for social networking based on music taste. The matches are increadibly on target. It gives you the 20 people closest to you in musical taste based on a scan of your iTunes library. You can view their entire collection,

  2. Interesting. Sounds a lot like iLike, although that one gives you fewer people with similar musical tastes. It also allows you to send recommendations to those people.

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