Searching for the best WordPress podcast plugins?
It seems like everyone and their mother has their own podcast these days. Seriously, I’m just waiting for my mom to send me the subscribe link to her podcast.
Perhaps that’s because podcasting has grown up as an industry and people (*cough* Spotify *cough*) are now throwing big money around. Now, Spotify might not be willing to give you $100 million for your podcast, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own audience and maybe make a little money.
If you want to create a website and grow your podcast, WordPress makes a great choice. And in this post, I’m going to share 7+ great plugins that can help you build your WordPress podcast site.
Some of these are full-service plugins that help with everything from creating RSS feeds to displaying podcast players. Others are just feature-rich podcast players. And still, others are niche plugins that I think might be useful for podcasters, like a widget that you can add to your site to accept voice messages from your listeners.
Let’s dig in!
7+ Best WordPress Podcast Plugins
1. Seriously Simple Podcasting
Seriously Simple Podcasting is a free WordPress podcast plugin from Castos, an affordable podcast hosting service that’s specifically built for WordPress users. It works with both audio and video podcasts.
However, you do not need to pay for the Castos service just to use Seriously Simple Podcasting. The plugin itself is standalone and free – you can use it to host the files on WordPress and create the RSS feeds that you need to submit to services like Apple Podcasts. However, the plugin does seamlessly integrate with the Castos service if you do want to use Castos.
You can add your podcasts to any post type. Even if you use a custom post type, Seriously Simple Podcasting includes a feature to still inject your podcast episodes into your main blog feed, which is pretty cool.
You’ll also be able to manage your podcast RSS feed from WordPress. You can also create multiple separate RSS feeds (like for separate shows).
The responsive podcast player itself is clean and looks great. You can feature individual episodes in the player or create playlists that feature all episodes from a season or just your own custom collection. There are also free add-ons to enhance it with things like speaker lists or transcripts.
You can also view listen counts and see detailed stats with the free Seriously Simple Stats add-on plugin.
Overall, Seriously Simple Podcasting has definitely evolved over the past few years to become one of the best WordPress podcast plugins.
Examples of Seriously Simple Podcasting in Action
The Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin is 100% free.
You’ll only need to pay if you want to use the Castos podcast hosting service which, again, is 100% optional. The Castos service starts at $19 per month for unlimited podcasts,
This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on Learn WordPress with WPLift.