Important: Hipcast announce shutdown - Be sure to migrate your podcasts before December 31st 2022.
301 redirect from Hipcast

After importing your Hipcast RSS feed into Transistor, you’ll then need to redirect your old Hipcast feed so that it points to your new Transistor feed.

Important: If you haven't imported your show yet, you should follow our Import Guide first.
Export your Analytics

It’s a good idea to export your analytics from Hipcast at this point. Analytics do not transfer between hosts so it’s good to take a copy now for your own records.

How to redirect your feed from Hipcast to Transistor?

In your Transistor account, go to the Overview tab and copy your new RSS feed. You'll need this as part of the redirect process.

Here are the steps to redirect your feed in Hipcast:

Sign into your Hipcast account.
On the left navigation bar, click on Podcasts
Pick the podcast that you want to redirect
Click on Edit Podcast
Scroll down to the Podcast Redirection section
Paste your Transistor RSS feed into the field
Click Save

Alternatively you can reach out to their support directly and ask for them to enable a 301 redirect for you. If you no longer have an account with Hipcast you can still contact their support directly and ask for them to enable a 301 redirect for you.

Hipcast Support Email: support@hipcast.com

You can use the following email template and add in your own podcast feed details:

I have moved my podcast to Transistor.fm. Please redirect my podcast called (insert podcast name) using (insert old Hipcast RSS feed) to my new host Transistor (insert new Transistor RSS feed). Please let me know once the redirect is active.

Hipcast Support Details

Hipcast Support email: support@hipcast.com
Hipcast Contact page: https://hipcast.com/home/contact.htm
Hipcast Support docs: https://www.hipcast.com/features.htm

What does a 301 redirect do?

A 301 redirect for your podcast RSS feed is very useful when you move to a new podcast host. It ensures that any subscriber or podcast platform still using your Hipcast feed won’t be faced with a broken link. Enabling a redirect means that your existing subscribers will stay subscribed and podcast directories can continue to pick up your new episodes.

A redirect is like leaving a forwarding address. It lets anyone using your old feed know where you have moved to.

How long does a 301 redirect last?

Most podcast platforms provide a permanent redirect, however with Hipcast closing down the redirect is likely to only last until their final day of operation December 31st 2022.

How long does it take to enable a 301 redirect?

A redirect should be active within a couple of minutes of it being applied to your Hipcast feed. Podcast directories will then be able to pick up your new episodes from Transistor the next time they check your feed. That’s usually within 24 hours of your redirect being active.

How to test if a 301 redirect is working?

If you visit your Hipcast feed link in a browser, it should automatically redirect to your Transistor RSS feed.

What happens if I don’t forward my old feed from Hipcast?

If your previous podcast host stops offering a forwarding service, or if you choose not to redirect your podcast, you may need to complete a few extra steps.

Without a redirect, any existing subscribers won’t know where you have moved to. They will need to manually re-subscribe to your new Transistor podcast feed. So be prepared to share your new feed out manually to regain your subscribers back.

Without a redirect, podcast directories like Apple and Spotify will still be using your old Hipcast feed. To fix that without a redirect you’ll need to manually go to those platforms and update the feed they are using for your podcast.

Here’s how update your RSS feed on Spotify:
https://support.transistor.fm/en/article/how-can-i-change-my-rss-feed-on-spotify-1ttzvm4/

Here’s how to update your RSS feed on Apple Podcasts:
https://support.transistor.fm/en/article/how-can-i-update-my-rss-feed-on-apple-podcasts-1sql0ga/
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