Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past couple of years, you must’ve noticed an out of the ordinary rise in the popularity of podcasting.
You should know that in 2013, the number of podcast subscribers exceeded a record one billion, which means 1 out of 7 people are subscribed to one podcast or another. If you’re serious about growing your business, you should surely be ready to wade into the popularity and grab the chance that to host your own podcasts.
As an active WordPress user and owner, you’d be glad to know that podcasting and WordPress go hand in hand. To save you the effort of hosting podcasts on your WordPress website or blog, we’ve rounded up 7 most popular podcasting plugins to consider.
By the end of this blog post, you will surely get to know the solution that suits your needs.
But before we go deep into the list, here’s a bit of history!
A Brief Introduction of Podcasting
The history of podcasting goes back further than blogging. Albeit, its roots lie in the year of 1980, the contemporary format become popular in the year 2004 through platforms like Odeo.
Developers, as well as radio enthusiasts, were on the lookout for a particular way to quickly and easily stream their programs to devices. Along with this Apple’s 2005 dominant integration of podcasts in iTunes created a wave in the podcasting space. Since then, podcasts have been built by each and every conceivable media outlet, to metaphorically give a voice to many people.
Including your podcast on a WordPress website is a smart way of promoting as well as sharing your voice, opinion or services.
Let’s move on now to look at some of the most dependable WordPress plugins for podcasting.
This is one of the best plugins for WordPress podcasting, which enables you to post the latest podcast episodes to your Libsyn account, directly from WordPress. Your RSS feed on WordPress would automatically up-to-date as well as post your files to the Libsyn servers along with your website.
This plugin is ideal for podcasters using Libsyn looking to extend to other audience through WordPress.
This plugin not only helps you generate the podcast feed needed to subscribe but also generates RSS2, iTunes, ATOM as well as Bit Torrent RSS versions at the same time. It is a multi-dimensional plugin, that is to say, it supports many platforms. This plugin hence proves to be a major time saver.
You can also integrate the HTML5 Media Player, which not only allows listeners to enjoy your episodes directly but also from your WordPress website at the same time. The differentiating factor for this plugin is the SEO fields that are included, to help make your podcasts search ready.
For people, who are not comfortable managing advanced podcast settings or just need basic features and functions, this plugin is the way to go. It’s perfect for beginners and offers simple settings.
The setup is short and quick, and the interface is simple to understand.
Smart Podcast Player aka SPP is a premium solution, rather the best premium solution, when it comes to podcasting plugins on WordPress. This plugin is suitable for large and professional podcasts. It gives you an amazing full-featured player that is good to display on your WordPress website sans much effort and time.
The highlight of this plugin is the premium features included – library display settings, playback slowing, direct downloads, and more. Also, the numerous design customization options give it a boost above the rest.
Along with the really good plugins we’ve mentioned above or the ones you must’ve explored on your own, Podlove is one of the best no doubt. It offers a simple solution to add each and every podcast episode to your WordPress blog as well.
A differentiating factor Podlove offers is detailed customization. You can access every piece of code related to your podcast data, and modify it as needed.
This plugin is a best for enterprises or bloggers with occasional audio and or video posts. It equips your website with a subscription RSS feed for your visitors without being a hindrance, and without the need to manage additional features. Cincopa is not merely a podcasting plugin, it also allows for the creation of videos, slideshows, images, which gives it an added advantage over other plugins.
Simple Podcast Press is a simple to configure podcasting plugin. It’s quick to setup, offering you sync with iTunes or SoundCloud URL. The plugin creates a unique page for each episode you create. What’s even better is that it adds a mobile-friendly player on to your WordPress website.
In the world of WordPress, specifically WordPress plugins, you’re spoilt for choice. But don’t be overwhelmed; we hope we’ve simplified your search a bit using our top 7 list. For you, the difficult part should be creating engaging episodes for your listeners. So, what’re you waiting for- pick a plugin and record away! The stage – albeit virtual – is yours! 🙂
About the Author
Sunny Chawla is a Marketing Manager at AIS Technolabs– a web-design and development company that helps global businesses grow online. In his free time, Sunny likes to share thoughts on WordPress development and digital marketing.