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Chapter 9. Public Syndication > Thinking About Your Server

Thinking About Your Server

There’s really good news when it comes to thinking about your server for RSS. The good news is that you don’t really have to think about your server very much when it comes to an RSS feed. The XML technology that underlies RSS doesn’t require anything special on the server side; from the server’s point of view it’s just another text file. The MP3 files that contain the podcast itself are similarly easy on the server, at least from the perspective of additional services or applications required to deliver the files to the listener. So with nothing new required, this can be a really short section, right? Well, kinda. While you don’t have to run out and buy (or download, or develop) lots of new stuff for the server, there are some things that you need to keep in mind if you’re going to build or populate a server for your podcasts.

The first thing to keep in mind is storage. You might have noticed that MP3 files can get rather large, especially if your podcast tends to the lengthy side. Let’s say that each podcast you produce is an MP3 file that clocks in at 12 megabytes. Let’s also say that you do one podcast a week. That makes 624 megabytes a year, which isn’t a huge number by today’s standards. If you change your assumptions to create a podcast each business day then your storage requirement for a year goes over three gigabytes. That’s beginning to hit a point that becomes interesting to the people who run hosting services, especially if you’re trying to run your podcast on one of the introductory or entry-level service packages.


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