This article is not for podcasters who are migrating their podcasts to Alitu from another host. This is for podcasts that have never been hosted anywhere before.
New to podcast hosting? No worries, in this article we're going to walk you through the steps to set up your podcast with Alitu hosting.
Before you begin:
Locate a 3000 x 3000 .jpeg or .png file for your podcast artwork
Setting Up Podcast Hosting in Alitu:
In your Alitu dashboard, navigate to Settings >> Manage Hosting and select Alitu as your podcast host:
Once connected with Alitu hosting, click on 'Your Podcast Details'
Fill in your podcast name and description. With the text editor, you can add links, bullet-pointed lists, bold, italics, etc to your Podcast Description.
Upload your podcast artwork in either .jpg or .png format, no larger than 5MB.
Once your artwork has uploaded, then select up to 3 categories for your podcast, beginning with the best fit category and then expanding to other categories. We use the official Apple podcast categories to make sure your podcast will be accepted into as many podcast directories as possible.
Fill in the rest of your podcast details including the language, creator's name and email, time zone, etc.
Once you've finished adding your details, click 'Save settings'.
Next, if you want to use the free Alitu podcast website, visit the 'Podcast Website' settings.
Turn on the website feature by checking the box in front of 'Show my Alitu podcast website
Then enter a subdomain for your show. This subdomain will be followed by alitu.com so it will look something like this, https://subdomain.alitu.com where your actual subdomain will show in place of the word, subdomain.
It will take about 24 hours for your subdomain to become active, so please don't make any changes to this subdomain once you have set it or you will reset the clock.
Then, add your Copyright text which is usually your name or the name of your company, and click, 'Save settings'.
You won't have links to your Apple, Google, and Spotify pages yet, so skip these for now.
You can continue filling in the social media links, as well as a link to your personal website if you like and then click to 'Save settings'.
Note: Before you move on to setting up your distribution, make sure you publish at lease one episode of your podcast to your new Alitu hosting account so that your Alitu RSS feed will have one episode in it. Simply visit your episodes page in Alitu and click Publish on the episode you want to go live. This can be a trailer or a full episode.
Navigate to the 'Distribution' section of your settings so you can start sharing your podcast with the world.
You will find your Podcast RSS feed here in this section. You can easily copy the RSS feed anytime you need it.
Now you can copy your Podcast RSS Feed URL and submit your podcast to both Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Clicking either button takes you directly to the website where you submit your podcast to the directories.
Here is a guide on distributing your podcast to other directories
Note: You will only use the 'Redirect Podcast RSS Feed' if you are moving your podcast AWAY from Alitu. Otherwise, you can ignore this setting.
That's it! You have successfully set up your podcast hosting here at Alitu.
After you hear back from Apple and Spotify, you can return to the Podcast Website Settings page to add direct links to your podcast on those directories.
We have lots of great articles on managing your Hosting with Alitu on our help desk. You can check these tutorials if you need any help, or just reach out to the support team using the chat button in the lower right corner of this screen.