Podcasts are one of the hottest trends in media today. Personally, they make doing my chores much less boring (I've actually started looking forward to washing my car because that gives me a chance to listen to my podcasts!). A hit podcast like Serial can be as big of a cultural phenomenon as any blockbuster movie or HBO prestige TV series.
Have you started a podcast of your own? Do you publish it on your WordPress site? If so, check out 9 WordPress plugins below - they'll allow you to improve the experience for your listeners.
As the name implies, this plugin makes it very easy to publish and manage a podcast on your WordPress site.
Seriously Simple Podcasting allows you to run multiple podcasts (both audio and video) from a single site and have a unique RSS feed for each. It supports a highly configurable RSS feed that adapts to all major podcast subscription software.
Seriously Simple Podcasting also provides you with shortcodes and widgets, so you can put your podcasts exactly where you want on your site.
This is one of the most popular plugins amongst podcasters. It allows you to separate blog and podcast content using a custom post type. It also gives you a quick overview of your podcast status from its dashboard, which comes quite in handy.
Podlove supports multiple media files per episode to adapt to listener bandwidth requirements or support different viewing resolutions.
If your business requires you to add multiple media files to your website, Cincopa would be an excellent addition to your site. It streamlines your podcasting process and makes it incredibly easy to post and play your files.
It offers you a number of pre-designed podcast player skins to choose from. You just need to upload your files to their servers and use their generated code to embed them onto your WordPress site.
Use Simple Mode to start publishing your podcasts in three easy steps. You can quickly set up your podcast using the essential settings, create your first episode, and submit it to iTunes.
Even though this is called the Simple Mode, it's not short on powerful features. This model has full iTunes and Google Play support and is integrated with HTML5 media players.
It's SEO-friendly as well, so you can make your podcast visible on search engines and on the iTunes podcast directory. It even allows you to import your podcast from other podcast RSS feeds like SoundCloud, LibSyn, PodBean, and Squarespace.
With its multi-podcast support, you can create separate podcasts by category (Category Podcasting) or by media format (Podcast Channels).
There's also a subscription tool, which can help you convert web visitors into podcast subscribers.
And that's just Simple Mode - imagine what Advanced Mode can do! You'll fall in love with this plugin, trust me.
Libsyn is one of the most powerful and popular podcast hosting platforms.
With Libsyn Podcast Plugin, you can post new podcast episodes to your Libsyn account directly from your WordPress site. All you need to do is create your post in WordPress, upload your media to Libsyn from the WordPress post editor, and then Libsyn uses the meta information in your post for the Libsyn podcast RSS feed.
When you publish a podcast with this plugin, a Libsyn player will be automatically embedded in your post. It also includes a basic playlist player widget.
This plugin allows for seamless integration with an established iTunes podcast. Simply install the plugin, enter your iTunes URL, and then your podcast posts will be automatically published on your site.
This free WordPress plugin gives you the ability to convert text into audio for a podcast. It can also translate your content into different languages, so you'll get a chance to reach out to people who were never able to understand your podcast before.