How to Podcast with WordPress - dummies

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

WordPress has a few tricks up its sleeve for podcasters. When you provide regular episodes of an audio show that visitors can download to a computer and listen to on an audio player, you’re podcasting. Think of a podcast as a weekly radio show that you tune into, except that it’s hosted on the Internet rather than on a radio station.

With a little searching, you can find a few plugins that allow you to easily insert audio files in your WordPress posts and pages. The plugins that are dedicated to podcasting provide features that go beyond embedding audio files in a website. Some of the most important of these features include

  • Archives: You can create an archive of your audio podcast files so that your listeners can catch up on your show by listening to past episodes.
  • RSS Feed: An RSS feed of your podcast show gives visitors the opportunity to subscribe to your syndicated content so that they can be notified when you publish future episodes.
  • Promotion: A podcast isn’t successful without listeners, right? You can upload your podcast to iTunes so that when people search iTunes for podcasts by subject, they find your podcast.

These plugins go beyond just audio-file management. They’re dedicated to podcasting and all the features you need:

  • PowerPress: PowerPress includes full iTunes support; audio players; multiple file-format support (.mp3, .m4a, .ogg, .wma, .ra, .mp4a, .m4v, .mp4v, .mpg, .asf, .avi, .wmv, .flv, .swf, .mov, .divx, .3gp, .midi, .wav, .aa, .pdf, .torrent, .m4b, .m4r, .epub, .mp4, .oga, .ogv); statistics to track the popularity of your different podcast offerings; and tagging, categorizing, and archiving of podcast files.
  • Seriously Simple Podcasts: This plugin uses the native WordPress interface with minimal settings to make it as easy as possible to podcast with WordPress. You can run multiple podcasts; obtain stats on who’s listening; do both audio- and videocasting; and publish to popular services such as iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.

If you’re a podcaster who intends to store audio files in your web hosting account, you may need to increase the storage and bandwidth for your account so that you don’t run out of space or incur higher fees from your web hosting provider. Discuss these issues with your web hosting provider to find out up front what you have to pay for increased disk space and bandwidth needs.