So far in the Church Website Podcasting Series we have discussed Why You Should Podcast and the steps to Recording Sermons and Resizing Sermons for the web. Once you have sized your mp3 so that it's web-ready, you will want to upload the file to the internet. There are a handful of ways to do this but in my opinion, there is one that stand out as the best option for most church websites - that is DropBox.com.
Go to dropbox.com and set up a free account in just minutes. You'll start with 2GB of FREE Storage. By sharing your love for DropBox on Facebook and Twitter as well as inviting some friends via email, you can quickly boost your free space up over 10GB. If you have sized your sermon files well, this free space will be enough for you to host over over 1000 sermons. That's over 20 years of your preaching available on your church website for free.
Once you have signed up for DropBox, you will download a desktop app that will basically just be a folder on your hard drive. You can put the same folder on all of your computers and your mobile devices and anytime you add a file (such as a sermon mp3 file) to the DropBox folder, it will be accessible to you on any of your synched devices. You will also be provided a direct url to the file - something that looks like - http://dl.dropbox.com/u/########/SermonTitle.mp3. This direct link will be what will be used to play sermons on church websites. You will be able to embed or play this file with almost any website hosting provider. If you have a SnapShot Website, you can play the mp3 with the new Flow Podcast Feature.
More on embedding or playing the sermon on your Church Website in part 4. For now, sign up for a DropBox account and get started uploading your sermons. If you have questions about setting up or using the service, let us know. We love to help.