Something isn't working!
Let us know! We want to hear from you. Email us. Please understand that you are looking at a beta version of Big Contact. We hope to be polishing things here and there and adding many more features as time goes on.
How to add podcasts to iTunes
Starting with version 4.9, iTunes downloads podcasts.
Depending on your computer, you can click and drag the Feed link on the Big Contact channel detail page (see red arrow in the image below) and drop it into iTunes and it will automatically susbscribe you to the podcast.
I think you should...
Do you have thoughts about how we can make this operation better? Like we said above, keep in mind this is a beta and have a handful of features and improvements on the docket... That said please feel free to let us know what you're thinking. We need your feedback.
I want to add my music to the Big Contact network
Are you a musician who wants to promote your music? The best way to do this is to add your song to the Big Contact Open Channel which goes out to all kinds of podcasters, mp3 bloggers and others looking for great music.
You have to have an mp3 hosted somewhere on your or your label's website. And make sure you fill out all your mp3's metadata. How do you do this? Try this: play your mp3 in iTunes or another music player. Right click (or Crtl click) the track and "Get Info." This will show you all of your track's metadata. Fill it out acurately including Artist Name, Song Title, Album Title, and in the comments section make sure you add your website address.
I want to add my podcast or mp3 blog to the Big Contact directlory
If you have an RSS or Atom feed with a goodly amount of mp3s add your chanel to the Big Contact Directory.
Help me change my mp3 blog design
To edit your mp3 blog, log into www.bigcontact.com, and on the left nav go to your 'My Settings' and click 'Blog Style.' Or go directly to the page here.
You can edit the html, css style sheet, and where the Big Contact scripts display their database information (seen as %something%) and much more on this page.
We highly suggest that you copy the text in the form field and paste to a text file on your local computer so that you can edit locally and so that you have a local copy for safe keeping. Name it template.html and you can drag it into a browser like FireFox and get a good idea what your design will look like. This is helpful during testing. You can also edit this file in html applications like Dreamweaver.
The default Big Contact templates that your blog starts with use table-less, css design. If you are not familiar with this type of design it may take a little while to get a hang of, but it is very powerfull. Roughly speaking the html part of the design is where the data resides, structured, but without style. All style then comes from the css - including where the data is positioned on the screen.
That said, you do not have to design the blog using strict, table-less css design. You could do a traditional table design if you like. It's up to you. Table-less design is considered the next phase of design because it makes it easy for other devices to read your blog like cell phones and pdas etc... But as long you have the %code% that you see in the template, just about whatever you put around it is fine. You'll have to do some trial and error I'm sure.
When you're done testing locally on your computer you can go back to bigcontact.com and the Blog Style page, copy the text from your local file into the form field and hit 'update' to view your changes.
We look forward to hearing any comments you have about our service or about custom features you'd like to have developed. We respond as quickly as we are able.