The Host Migration feature was released as part of Version 2.10 of the Fusebox Player in May 2020.
What is the Host Migration feature?
IMPORTANT: This feature has been designed to assist podcasters who are moving their podcast rss feed from one podcast host to a new podcast host. If you aren't migrating, this isn't for you.
The Host Migration feature has been designed to remove the hassle and human-error risk factor from moving a podcast feed from one host to another. For example, let’s say you started your podcast on Soundcloud, but after two years, you decided you would prefer to be on Buzzsprout. Without this feature, after you migrated to Buzzsprout, you would need to navigate through your show notes pages or everywhere on your WordPress site where you have a track player and update the .MP3 link. That’s a big pain!
Avoid that pain by using the Host Migration feature. When you do, the Fusebox Track Player will automatically match the appropriate new host’s URL with the old, then insert the replacement URL into the player so that it’s used any time someone clicks “Play” or “Download”. The replacement happens automatically with no lag in performance, like magic!
When should I use the Host Migration feature?
Only use this if you are switching from one podcast host to another. The vast majority of Fusebox users will not need this feature. To enable Host Migration (and only enable if you absolutely need it), go to Fusebox Player > Settings > Advanced > Host migration feature > ON. This will open up a new Host Migration tab in your Fusebox
Does this feature update Apple Podcasts and podcasts apps too?
No. This is very important: These changes only apply to your website. The changes you make here will not affect Apple Podcasts or any other podcasting apps. To successfully switch feeds with these services, please consult migration instructions with your podcast hosts. If you have questions about permanently redirecting your feed, contact your podcast host. Our support will be able to assist you with using this feature to update your Fusebox Track Players on your WordPress site; we will not be able to assist you with updating Apple Podcasts. Those features live inside your podcast host.
When in the migration process should I use this feature?
The best time to initiate this feature is after you've set up your new podcast host (in the example above, that would be Buzzsprout) but before you've put your 301 permanent redirect in place with your old host. That will allow you to use the easier method of URL replacement.
Again, allow us to repeat that. You should use this feature after you've set up your new podcast host but BEFORE you've put your 301 redirects (done via your podcast host) in place.
First, click over to the Host Migration tab and click on the first tab, Host Migration Overview. Here's what that looks like:
Once you have read the Host Migration Overview, click over to Match URLs via RSS feed (best method). This is the best method, and we'll explain why below.
Preferred Method for Host Migration:
Step 1: Enter RSS feed URLs
Here you want to add your old RSS feed URL in the box on top, and your new RSS feed URL in the box on bottom. Like so:
Then click load feeds and compare. You should see a list of potential replacements, as in your episodes from your new feed replacing the episodes from your old feed. If the replacements look good, click on the Add results button.
After you click on the button, you'll see results successfully added. Now navigate to Current replacements tab and you'll see all of your replacements there.
Before clicking “Remove all replacements,” if you feel unsure about using the feature, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. We’re happy to help.
Fallback Method for Host Migration:
This migration method is less precise than the “Match URLs” method. Please use that method if you’re able. If you don’t have access to your old RSS feed (if you’ve already put the 301 redirect in place with your podcast host), then use this method.
In this method, in Step 1 we’ll search your website for all theTrack Players we can find, and then we’ll list all the .MP3 files links we can find here in the left-hand column below. They will be sorted by publication date.
In Step 2, you’ll put in your new feed. This will get listed in the right-hand column below.
To set your replacements, use the controls on the left-hand list to line up the URLs with their replacement on the right. This method is less elegant, but it will work in the event that you no longer have access to your old podcast RSS feed.
As always, if you have any questions, please let us know by emailing us email@example.com.