Fix iPad or iPhone App Stuck on Waiting During Download & Install

This is not a common problem, but if you’re trying to install an iOS app and it gets stuck “Waiting…” without any of the progress bars moving, downloading, or installing, you can fix this fairly easily.

Here are a few options to fix this problem …

  1. Tap the app icon so that it says “Paused” and then tap that app icon again to see if it starts downloading.
  2. Reestablish your Internet connection. Go to Settings and turn Airplane mode on and then off.
  3. Do you have enough space on your device to install the new app? You’ll typically get a warning if this is the case, but it’s worth checking. Go to Settings > General > About to see how much space you have left. To free up space, delete some unused apps or remove some pictures or videos from your Photo Library.
  4. You may also try to reboot the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch by holding down the power button for 3 seconds and then swiping to turn off your device. Most of us don’t power down very often, so a reboot might do the trick.
  5. Try deleting the app by holding your finger on the icon for a couple seconds and click the “x”. Then try to install again from the App Store.
  6. It could be that Apple’s servers are just overloaded with downloads from the App Store. Wait a few hours and hopefully the app will actually install.

Personally, I’ve never had an app fail to install altogether, so have some patience and hopefully one of the options above helped resolve your issue.

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How to Increase the Maximum File Upload Size in WordPress for Longer Audio Podcast Recordings

Depending on the web hosting company you choose and the package you select, each of you will see maximum file upload limit on your Media Uploader page in WordPress. For some it is as low as 2MB which is clearly not enough for longer podcast episode recordings. In this article, we will show you how to increase the maximum file upload size in WordPress.

wordpress maximum upload file size

1. Theme Functions File

There are cases where we have seen that just by adding the following code in the theme function’s file, you can increase the upload size:

@ini_set( 'upload_max_size' , '64M' );<br />
@ini_set( 'post_max_size', '64M');<br />
@ini_set( 'max_execution_time', '300' );<br />

2. Create or Edit an existing PHP.INI file

In most cases if you are on a shared host, you will not see a php.ini file in your directory, so make sure to get a solid wordpress site hosting. If you do not see one, then create a file called php.ini and upload it in the root folder and the wp-admin folder. In that file add the following code:

upload_max_filesize = 64M<br />
post_max_size = 64M<br />
max_execution_time = 300

This method is reported to work for many users. Remember if 64 doesn’t work, try something more reasonable, such as 10MB.

3. htaccess Method

Some people have tried using the htaccess method whereby modifying the .htaccess file in the root directory, you can increase the maximum upload size in WordPress. Open or create the .htaccess file in the root folder and add the following code:

php_value upload_max_filesize 64M<br />
php_value post_max_size 64M<br />
php_value max_execution_time 300<br />
php_value max_input_time 300

Again, it is important that we emphasize that if you are on a shared hosting package, these techniques may not work. In that case, you would have to contact your web hosting provider to increase the limit for you. Some hosts completely turn down their users. I recommend that you use Bluehost. Their support folks are very helpful in these situations.

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How to Enable XML-RPC in WordPress

In older versions of WordPress.org sites, XML-RPC is not enabled (XML-RPC is enabled by default on WordPress.com sites).

In order for your WordPress installation to be able to serve XML-RPC requests you have to enable this feature on you website. To enable this feature, login to your WordPress site and go to the admin section. There, under Settings -> Writing you will have to Enable the XML-RPC option as shown below. Put a check next to this option and you’re all set.

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Episode 8: How to map out topics for a podcast series

It’s important that if you podcast on a regular basis to do some preplanning work and map out the topics that you want to discuss over the course of your podcast. This really helps you in terms of knowing what’s coming so that you don’t have to do so much work on the fly. It also helps for your listeners because they have some expectation and anticipation of what’s ahead.

I like to map out a series of subjects I can blog about over the course of the next few weeks or months. It helps keep me organized and energized. There’s nothing worse than sitting down in front of the keyboard with nothing to say. Do yourself a favor and get organized first. For example, here’s a quick mindmap I just put together that I’m going to use over the next 10 blog posts on mobile advertising. It took me about 5 minutes to create this in MindNode and now I have a plan.

mobile-marketing-mindmap

This podcast episode was recorded on my iPhone and automatically uploaded to this website and iTunes using the Mobile Podcaster iPhone App.  For more information visit http://www.mobilepodcaster.com

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Mobile Podcaster Version 1.2 for iPad Now Available

mobile podcaster ipad iphone app to podcast with wordpressWe are pleased to announce the release of Mobile Podcaster for iPad. Mobile Podcaster (v1.2) lets you record podcast episodes from your iPad and publish directly to WordPress.

This approach saves you significant time vs. traditional forms to podcasting because there is no need to manually edit and move audio files. Mobile Podcaster uploads the audio from your iOS device directly to your WordPress site, eliminating the need for manual FTP transfer or other forms of uploads to your server.

And because the files are on your WordPress site, you can now use a plugin, such as BluBrry Powerpress to display the media player and publish your podcast to iTunes. No other iOS podcasting apps let you do this because the audio resides on their server. This is very important if you want people to find and listen to your podcast – you really need to find on iTunes and this is the way to do it from your iPad or iPhone.

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Using Mobile Podcaster is easy to use:

Step 1: If you’re using WordPress.com, purchase the Space Upgrade for $20
Step 2: Record your podcast and give it a name, description, category and more
Step 3: Click Upload to instantly create a new blog post and upload the audio.

In no time, you can podcast from anywhere and anytime without the hassle.

And Mobile Podcaster let’s you load a ton of default settings, so you each time you record, you just give your episode a new name and description. Everything is automated, yet fully customizable when you need to make adjustments.

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How to Create a Podcast on Your iPad with Mobile Podcaster

There are several ways to podcast on your iPad but only one that let’s you actually upload your recording to your website in a format that is suitable for submission to iTunes. Mobile Podcaster is that app.

In this video I show you how to record and publish your podcast episode to your WordPress site. WordPress is so important because it serves as the home for your podcast on the Internet. You see, a podcast is nothing more than a collection of audio files on the Internet and WordPress is the perfect place to host those files.

WordPress is one of the most widely used blogging platofrms and content management systems used today. It is extremely popular. Not only does is allow you to blog, but with the right plugins you can do amazing things, like host and play podcast audio files. In this examples I’m demonstrating the use of the Blubrry Powerpress plugin.

Here are some helpful resources:

  • WordPress.com – setup your own free blog to host your podcast. If you choose this route, you’ll need to purchase the WordPress Space Updgrade for an annual fee of $20. It’s a no brainer if you ask me and Mobile Podcaster supports this approach 100%
  • WordPress.org – you may also download WordPress and install it on your own domain hosting platform. For example, you could register a domain and get hosting at Bluehost (~$150 total for 2 years) and then install WordPress. Bluehost makes it even easier becuase they have a 1-click install option.
  • BluBrry PowerPress Podcasting Plugin – if you use WordPress.org, you’ll need this plugin to display your podcast media player and manage the podcast feed to iTunes. It’s a fantastic, very well supported podcasting plugin (I’m using it on this site).
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iOS Podcast Publishing with Mobile Podcaster v1.1

The latest version of Mobile Podcaster is now available in the iTunes App Store. This version includes a mix of user interface and functionality enhancements to make it easier to record you podcast on your iPhone or iPad and publish directly to WordPress.

1. Stop and Pause Button with Recording and Playback

The audio recording and playback control panel has been improved.You can now stop or pause while recording and playback. This is great should you get interrupted or lose your train of thought while recording.

stop and pause while recording and playing audio

2. Playback Scrollbar

The scrollbar intuitively appears when playing back a recording and disappears otherwise. You can use your finger to scrub the audio or move the slider to a specific location.

new audio playback scrollbar for mobile podcaster

3. WordPress.com Audio Enclosure

The enclosure options now include the standard enclosure required to playback audio on a WordPress.com site. Reminder: You still need to purchase the WordPress.com Space Upgrade to upload audio to your WordPress.com site.

wordpress audio enclosure default option

4. Post Status

Two addition options for post status are now available: Private and Pending. This is useful if you have several users contributing to a single site or would like to keep your podcasts private until you’re ready to make public.

Wordpress post status with private and pending

5. Share via Email

The option to Send your recording via email is now an available in addition to the ability to Upload to WordPress.

Share audio podcast podcast via email on iPhone

We’re already working on the next update, including Mobile Podcaster for iPad. What other features would you like to see in Mobile Podcaster?

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Episode 7: Why podcasting is such a valuable marketing channel

Podcasting is a wonderful marketing channel that is widely misunderstood. I love the fact that for free you can basically have your message heard by potentially tens and even hundreds of millions of people.

I think most people shy away from podcasting because they don’t understand the potential reach. The tools are not as well understood as blogging, so that is probably another reason that it’s not as widely used by marketers.

This podcast episode was recorded on my iPhone and automatically uploaded to this website and iTunes using the Mobile Podcaster iPhone App.  For more information visit http://www.mobilepodcaster.com

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