Once-and-done uploading of sermon podcasts and notes to your Sermon Player, Mobile Web App and Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes) Page.
For the last several years my office used another service for our web site. To me it was always clunky and less than fun to work with. For several months I had looked at several options for changing service but always was disappointed with the pricing or user interface. I recently received an email from Mark at Online Church Solutions. On a whim I clicked on the link. Boy, I'm glad I did!
Since 2005, our personally created podcast software, customized user interface and sermon player has grown into a powerful, once-and-done uploading tool with no knowledge of podcasting or RSS feeds necessary. It seamlessly integrates into your website with the Sermon Player, Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes) Page, Recent Messages Plugin and Mobile Web App that all come with your Online Church Solutions website package. Our online software maintains your podcast feed for you. Just have your sermon MP3 and sermon notes PDF ready to upload, enter Title, Speaker, etc., and you're done! Because of the bandwidth-heavy nature of streaming MP3s, we do have to charge an extra $100 per year if you wish to add this service to your Online Church Services Account. What you get:
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You receive online hosting with us (Apple Podcasts [formerly iTunes] does not host podcasts or feeds) for a year’s worth of MP3 audio sermons (in other words, 52) and the unmetered bandwidth to share them online. Not sure how to create an MP3 file? We’ll provide video tutorials, necessary software and step-by-step instructions to get you on your way. Need more storage for sermons? Contact us for pricing.
An HTML5 Sermon Player is provided for your website in several formats and allows users to sort by All Messages, Speaker, Series, or just search all the messages. A pop-up player means people can listen while still looking at your church's website. While listening, they can also "Like" it on Facebook, automatically creating a player on their Facebook Wall with the message they are listening to, spreading the reach of your church. View the Sermon Player live on one of our client's websites.
For Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes) users, your message will also appear on your church or ministry's very own Apple Podcasts page. Because Apple Podcasts is essentially a searchable directory of podcasts, Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes) does not host podcasts or feeds. Our software takes care of sending this to the Apple Podcasts directory for you, so no need to update in several places. We can even help you set up your Apple Podcasts page.
Podcasts require an XML RSS Feed in order to update Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes) and other subscribers that you have a new podcast sermon. Our system automatically generates that for you, and we haven't had a broken feed since our system was originally written in 2005.
After the message is uploaded, it automatically and instantly appears in our recent messages plugin, allowing you to have up to three of your most recent messages on the front of your website. This will also show attached PDF notes to each message, and the audio can either be played right from your website, or downloaded for later.
Interested in video podcasting? We can provide that, too. Please contact us for more details and pricing.