This article was originally published on CodeCast.
We are thrilled to announce that our new feature, Series, is now available for everyone on CodeCast. We’ve been working on Series behind the scenes for some time, and as one of the devs who worked on it I’m very excited to see it come to life.
I will preface this article by saying that some features within Series will be coming in later versions, but the core of what Series is now ready for everyone to use.
As many of us began creating Casts and content on CodeCast, we started to realize we were often creating Casts that were broken up into parts. Suddenly, we wished we had a way to add all of these parts together into a larger playlist where people could watch them easily without having to jump around or search for them. Thus, Series was born.
Series is the course-style content you’ve come to love. It allows Creators to combine Casts into a single series, broken up by chapters to help separate the Casts. In this article, I’m going to go through exactly how to create your first Series.
Creating A New Series
Once you have created an account and are logged in to CodeCast, navigate to your profile. Under the bio portion of your profile, you will see a row of tabs. Click on the tab titled Series.
On the right-hand side, underneath the tabs, you will see a New Series button. Go ahead and click that. Now we can get started building out our Series!
Fill out the form with as much information as you wish. We recommend you provide:
- A clear and concise title that quickly explains what the content of your Series includes.
- A description containing all the detailed information regarding what your Series is about. It’s also a great place to provide any external links mentioned within the Series or any relevant pieces of information. The description supports markdown format and we highly recommend you take advantage of that. If you’re not familiar with markdown, I’ve created a quick beginners tutorial!
- A Promo Banner. While this is optional, it's highly recommended. You want to capture people's attention, and images are a fantastic way to do that. A simple way to create a cover is to find a photo on a free website like Unsplash, then use a free application to add text over the top of the image! Note the aspect ratio you should use is 3:1.
- Any promo text you provide will go right above the purchase series button. While this also supports markdown, you want this to be concise and simple, while drawing attention. We recommend using bullet points to highlight the main topics you will touch on during the series (example shown below).
Now, hit Create Series. Congrats! You’ve created your first Series. Now we just need to add some content to it.
Once you hit Create Series, the page will re-route to the Edit Series section, placing you on the Playlist page. This is where you add the Casts that will be included in your Series.
This means that you will need to have Casts published, of course. If you haven’t made your first Cast yet, you should do that first. We have several guides that can help you create your first Cast:
- Take a Deep Dive into the Studio
- Watch our Studio tutorial video
- Read our How To Make Your First Cast blog
The first step to adding Casts will be to add a Chapter. Chapters are used to break up sections of the Series into natural chunks as shown below!
Hit Add Chapter and name the Chapter according to what the section will contain. A dropdown menu will appear within the Chapter section that will allow you to add as many Casts to that Chapter as you’d like!
Once you’ve added all the Casts you’d like to the Series, there is one last step before you publish it, and that is setting a price! Navigate to the Pricing tab on the side. By default, the price will be set to free, but you can adjust it to what you want. Once that’s done, give everything a look over on the Series Info page, and once you’re happy with it, go ahead and hit Publish in the upper-righthand corner.
You’ve officially published your first Series! 🎉
Public Vs. Private
You will have the option to add public and private Casts alike to a Series. We recommend that if a Series is free, you keep all the Casts public anyways! However, if a Series is going to be priced for a dollar amount, you’ll want to make most of the Casts private, so that only people who have purchased the Series can watch them.
We recommend keeping one or two Casts public so people can view it as a demo and get a feel for what the Series is like!
Now all that’s left is sharing your Series with the world! Here are a few of our favourite Series that are currently on CodeCast for free:
- Learn Api's by Building A Trivia Game by Amy Oulton
- Intro to Elixir by Tam Kbeili
- Create A Portfolio Website by Amy Oulton
More features are coming to Series soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for those!
If you have any questions on Series or CodeCast, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment below!
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