Building a Podcast Website with 11ty Plugins and Custom Outputs
Not every website is built from just HTML. While HTML is the workhorse of the web, sometimes we need other formats.
In this chapter, we’ll dive into the wonderful world of RSS to create a website for a podcast. RSS has been around since 1999 and stands for “Really Simple Syndication.” In other words, it’s the proper format to provide data to other platforms. In fact, podcasting as we understand it today would never have happened without RSS.
While audio files weren’t new to the web, the mixture of audio files with the syndication options allowed with RSS created the first wave of podcasts and podcast directories. When Apple created functionality in iPods to play podcasts, they fully went with RSS for the format of how podcasts would be shared — going as far as to add custom RSS tags that would augment podcast display in their directories.
To build out a full podcast website...