How To Set Up A Podcast Website4 min read
Hosting your podcast makes sure that your audio episodes have a place to be stored and distributed across all the podcast platforms. However, having a podcast website is a good central place to ensure that your listeners have a place to go to find our more about you, your podcast or maybe even reach out to you.
Some podcast hosts provide you with your own podcast website. Which is great!
However, sometimes they can be a little bit limiting in features.
If you are looking for something a little bit more professional and feature-rich, then you have a wealth of options in which to choose from.
Wix or SquareSpace
These platforms are great because they give you the best of all worlds.
Firstly, you don’t have to be a web developer to get the podcast website that you have dreamed of. Get the look and functionality that you want by using a quite simple building tool.
You will have a to pay a monthly subscription for either of these options, however in comparison to hiring a web developer or agency to build you a website for you, these is a cost-effective option.
The only downside is that sometimes the podcast audio players can lack the customization that you might want.
Plus, in terms of hosting your website, you don’t have to worry about servers or downtime.
Some of you will have decided to gone down the path of self-hosting your podcast through WordPress. Which, if you are starting out and have the knowledge the do this kind of thing, is not a bad place to start.
In terms of a podcast website therefore you have one at your fingertips with WordPress.
You will be using a podcast plugin like Seriously Simple Podcasting, which is a great WordPress plugin to get your podcast self-hosted on WordPress.
Then, you’ll need a nice podcast friendly WordPress theme, if you are struggling to find one, just search “podcast” on somewhere like, Themeforest. This is my one stop shop for all my WordPress themes.
If you’ve got all the knowledge to set up a WordPress site, then this should be your choice for your podcast website.
If you want to save time, effort but still get a great podcast website, then there is only one correct option, PodcastPage.
PodcastPage is purpose built to get you the easiest and most effective podcast website, which look great.
They provide a series of really nice looking templates which will suit most people’s tastes and themes.
They provide a fully customizable podcast audio player, which is a limitation of a platform like Wix or SquareSpace.
Importing a podcast is really simple and seamless, I didn’t need any technical knowledge to get started here.
Then there is the really exciting stuff which can take the heavy lifting out of your podcasting website; get features like an voice mailbox, so you can use listeners voices on your podcast.
Or you can add time stamps to each episode and get automated soundbites.
It’s features like these which really give this podcast website option the edge. Even if you are building your own WordPress podcast website, you’d be hard pushed to recreate a feature like the voice mailbox.
On top of all this, we have some of the essentials features like social integration and also the possibility to hook up your Google Analytic account (which is essential).
However, this does come at a subscription cost, just like Wix or Squarespace. However, starting at $12 a month (paid annually) when you think about the number of useful features you get and how much time you’d save. It’s a bit of a no brainer.