So maybe you’ve already recorded a few episodes of your podcast and want somewhere to put it, or maybe you’re really organised and want to get ahead of the game? Either way, we’re going to give you a guide on how to get started creating a website for your podcast to sit on.
First off, you’ll need to host your podcast somewhere. The Web Host you choose will store the files that make up your website and podcast for you and make sure that they are available to any site visitors. We gave some examples in our article, 5 Best Places for Podcast Hosting, but here are a couple that we recommend:
Soundcloud: First, to one place that a lot of you will probably have heard of already. It’s completely free, and you can use the RSS Feed Integration to get your podcast submitted to different podcast directories. However, there is an upload limitation, so this is good for those just testing the waters but isn’t necessarily a long term solution.
Libsyn: Libsyn has been around pretty much since podcasting began. They’ve had a reliable reputation since 2004 and continue to maintain that. Pricing starts at $5 p/m, higher plans include things like custom mobile apps, advanced stats and more storage.
The most popular option for creating a podcast website is Wordpress. It’s very customisable as you can install plugins from the community of users to make your site look amazing and to give it even more functionality. To give you an idea of what you can achieve by creating your podcast website using Wordpress, here are a couple of huge organisations that run on Wordpress; NHS (National Health Service, UK), and TIME Magazine.
As soon as you start the process with Wordpress, you get asked for all the basic information, such as your website name and what your site will be about.
You’re then asked to pick a domain name. If you already have one, you can click “Already own a domain?” at the bottom. If you don’t already have a domain, you can get a free “.wordpress.com” domain or select from a bunch of paid options.
You can then pick which plan you want your website to be on. This all depends on what you think would suit your podcast best, how much customisation you want and also whether or not your want Google Analytics.
Finally, you fill in your account details so you can log in and out of your website, and that’s it! You’re all set up and ready to create your website.
Once you’ve got your account and basic site set up, you can start adding content. First let me explain the difference between Pages and Posts. Pages are what we call static content, meaning that they don’t really change. They are there every time a user goes to your website and pretty much always look the same. These would be your Homepage or About page for example. Posts are changeable content, so these would be blog posts, and they are generally time sensitive.
So from here, you can easily set up your Homepage, as well as other static pages if you wish. You might want to have an About page, to give your listeners a little more information on what the podcast is actually about. Or you might want to have a Contact Us page, so that your listeners (or potential sponsors/advertisers!) can get in touch with you. This is your site so it’s completely up to you how you want to design it, and what you want the aesthetic of your podcast to be.
There are plenty of Podcast plugins to get you up and running on Wordpress, so we’ll look at a few of those here:
Simple Podcast Press: This one is for those of you that might already have your podcast on iTunes or Soundcloud. You simply pop your iTunes/Soundcloud URL in and the plugin does the rest of the work for you. Still extremely effective and useful for those who feel like they need a helping hand with setting up.
Seriously Simple Podcasting: Another that is perfect for beginners, it offers a quick and simple setup, so you can get your podcast up on your website with no fuss. It supports both audio and video podcasts, and gives you the ability to run more than one podcast from your website.
Podlove Podcast Publisher: A slightly more difficult one to use, this plugin also gives you access to all the backend coding. This means you can customise everything about your podcast to suit your needs. You can actually adjust every single bit of code, tailoring it specifically.
And that’s all there is to it! You should now have a basic website up and running with your Podcast present on it. From here, you can design and customise your website however you want to get the look just right. If you need any more help or have any more questions about setting up your podcasting website, feel free to contact us by using the chat in the bottom right of the website, or by emailing [email protected]
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