So… what is a Podcast? In layman’s terms…
A Podcast is a series of episodes that include audio files that the users can choose to subscribe for downloading and listening.
To make your Podcast work, you must have an RSS Feed and one audio file at the least.
You can also choose to connect your Podcasting website with platforms like iTunes and more.
Through this step by step guide you will learn about a perfect Podcast setup in no time.
Here are the steps to set up your own Podcast with WordPress:
Step 1: Domain name and WordPress Hosting
You must choose the correct platform while building your website. You can use WordPress.org for your work.
Although the platform is available for free but you will need to buy a hosting to host your podcast website.
Using this platform you can definitely build your WordPress website with ease.
With the various free plugins available on this platform, you can customize the design and do almost anything you want with your website; even you can use it for earning money.
WordPress is completely free but you will have to get your domain name first and a hosting account in order to host your website.
Now you can install WordPress and start building your website on the platform.
Your domain name will be the address of your website and hosting will work as the house of all the website files that will keep it going.
Web hosting and domain name will cost you a fixed amount for 1 year and you can certainly compare prices from different service providers to get the best price.
Step 2: Hosting service for the Media Files
This is really important to choose a different hosting server to host your audio files.
In case you use the same hosting, it might get heavy on the server and might crash, or run a bit slower while users try to stream the audio files.
To make sure you get the best result, try and choose a hosting server specific for the media files and you will have the following benefits:
- You will get plugins for better management.
- You will get to use different tools that will surely turn out to be handy.
Step 3: Select the right podcasting equipment
With the growth of your podcast, you will eventually learn about latest tools to use for producing high-quality podcasts.
It is suggested that you should not be using the in- built microphone available in your computer while recording your podcast, but choose from one of the popular and affordable microphones among podcasters like Samson C01U, Rode Podcaster or Heil PR-40, etc.
Apart from a mic, you will also require equipments like a shock mount, mic arm, pop filter, and a good headphone.
Step 4: record your Podcast
For recording you will certainly need a software for audio recording. This will also come handy while editing the audio files.
You can easily get various free, open source software’s that can offer you quality podcast recordings.
Once the software is installed you can start creating a new record and start recording.
You might need to edit them to make them perfect. Adding background music might be a good idea as well.
Step 5: Publishing your Podcast using your WordPress
Once you are done creating your podcast and satisfied with the quality, you need to learn to publish it through your podcast website.
First, you must log in to your dashboard. Now install the PowerPress plugin. Once it is activated, you will notice PowerPress menu inside your dashboard.
Click on it to go to the plugin settings page and fill up all the necessary information like adding a title and more before you publish your podcast on the website.
Step 6: Upload your audio file
Before you publish podcast on your website, make sure you upload the audio file on your media file server.
Login to server and upload your audio file using the Upload option. Once the upload is complete proceed to the next step.
Step 7: set up your player for audio files
Well, certainly there are many free plugins that you can use to play your podcast audio files, but that will certainly hamper the experience of your podcast user.
So, to make sure you do not play hard on this, it will be wise to use a podcast Player.
This will not only enhance the user experience but also will allow the users to share, download, and play the audio files at will.
Step 8: Add your podcast in WordPress
Now that you are all set to publish your podcast on your website, you will have to start with creating a new page.
To maintain an organized website, it will be really wise to keep your podcasts in a different category, separating it from other contents of the website.
Scroll down a bit and go to ‘Podcast Episode’ box and paste the URL to your audio file there. Provide the post with a fitting title and a nice description.
Two buttons will be visible after that in the visual, labeled as STP and SPP which gets added by the smart player plugin itself.
Click the STP while creating a post to choose a specific episode and select the episode you wish to play.
Do not forget to provide the URL of your media file. Build a shortcode and you are done.
Step 9: Preview your Podcast
After setting up your website on WordPress platform you need to put it on iTunes.
To have a preview, open iTunes, and select your file and enter your podcast URL there.
This will enable you to view your podcast on your iTunes. Once you are satisfied with it, you can post it iTunes and you are done.
Step 10: Submit the Podcast
To publish your podcast on iTunes, you will need a PC. You will have to have iTunes installed in it.
Now go to store, and then under the podcast menu, find the link to submit your podcast.
Click on it, follow the steps and you are done.