ShopTalk 248: AMP

AMP is wildly polarizing.

Huge tech companies evangelize for it. It has loads of tech partners and loads of publishers using it. Well-respected companies are building things for it.

There is also a ton of backlash. It's too easy to break. It gives Google far too much control. It's not entirely progressive enhancement friendly. Offline development is harder. The caching layer means clicking a link from Google search results shows the site without ever leaving google.com, which is concerning for any number of reasons, a small one being that it makes sharing the URL weird. That's just a few. I've heard quite the laundry list of complaints.

On this episode of ShopTalk we discuss all things AMP with someone on the AMP team (and who's own blog is entirely AMP) and an entrepreneur building a service around AMP. Do they wonder if AMP is helping or hurting the web? They do.

How to Roll Your Own Simple WordPress Podcast Plugin

Let's say you plan to get into podcasting. You have the recording equipment, an interesting topic, and a good voice that other people want to hear. You seem well on your way to filling earbuds everywhere.

Then there's the issue of hosting your podcast. iTunes requires an RSS feed so it can distribute your episodes to subscribers when they're available, but how do you do that? The good news is that there are plenty of ways to host a podcast. For example, you could use a hosting service that provides you storage and distribution in one tidy place, usually for a fee. If you use WordPress and have looked into podcasting, you may have seen all the powerful podcasting plugins that are available there as well.

We're going to skip over those options in this post and see how we can host our own podcast using nothing more than a WordPress site and two additional files. (more…)