Would you like to host a podcast using WordPress? If this is a resounding yes, you will love this article. Today, we’re going to show you how to create a successful podcast on your WordPress site using a nifty plugin called PowerPress. Why choose PowerPress? Well, the plugin comes with a million and one features to help you host your podcast like a boss.

Additionally, PowerPress helps you distribute podcasts to other places like Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes Podcasts), Spotify, and Google Podcasts. So this plugin allows you to reach millions of listeners without bending backwards.The best part is that the plugin is free And very easy to set up and use.

With that said, grab yourself a hot cup of coffee and let’s get started. Oh, and please don’t hesitate to ask questions and share your thoughts in the comments section at the end of this article.

Download PowerPress from WordPress.org

How to Host a Podcast with WordPress Using PowerPress

Don’t waste another second, let’s set up PowerPress to create and host podcasts with WordPress. Don’t worry at all; you can configure the plugin even if you’re a perfect beginner without any coding knowledge. Let’s turn to work.

Install PowerPress

PowerPress is available in the WordPress.org plugin repository, which means you can install it directly from the WordPress admin dashboard. how?On your WordPress admin menu, navigate to Plugins > Add New As follows.

Install a new wordpress plugin

Next, enter Power Press In the search box, after finding the plugin, click install now button, which we highlighted in the image below.

Install powerpress wordpress plugin

After that, click enable button.

Activate the powerpress plugin

Activate PowerPress to add new items to your WordPress admin menu.click here Power Press The menu item we highlighted in the screenshot below.

powerpress podcast plugin on wordpress admin menu

Configure PowerPress

On the next screen, configure your podcast basic settings. You can add settings such as your podcast title, set up Apple Podcasts, integrate with Blubrry services (media hosting and statistics), link your blurry.com account (if you have one), and more.

Powerpress setup for hosting podcasts with WordPress

Configure your settings (I promise it’s as easy as A, B, C), scroll down to the bottom of the page and click save Changes button.

Save power settings

Create your first podcast

Once you have the basic setup ready, you can start creating your podcast.click Create blog posts with episodes The link is shown in the image below.

Create a podcast with powerpress

Clicking this link will redirect you to the familiar WordPress post editor. Look? Didn’t I tell you that PowerPress makes it easy to host podcasts with WordPress?

powerpress wordpress podcast plugin

What’s next? Enter your podcast title and content the same way you create a blog post. But the audio/video file of the podcast is not complete. how do you add it? It’s easy, scroll to the bottom of the page until you see the following section.

Add powerpress podcast media files in wordpress post editor

At this point, you should have your podcast file ready. The best part is that you can host your files on any media hosting site.

Uploading large files to the same server as your WordPress site can result in slower pages depending on your host of course.

However, for the purpose of this tutorial, I uploaded a music file to my WordPress media library. Then I pasted the file URL as shown in the screenshot below.

At this point, copy-paste your file URL into the section above, check that everything is ok, then click release button. Let’s see what we’ve achieved so far.

Not bad at all. what do you think? Is that easy or what?

Submit your podcast to the podcast directory

Now that you’ve got your podcast ready, it’s time for more people to follow it. Obviously, you need to develop a marketing plan for your podcast, just like promoting any other content.

Additionally, you can submit it to podcast directories. PowerPress now makes it very easy to submit your podcast to various directories. How do you do it?

Navigate back Power Press Admin Dashboard and click Submit your podcast to iTunes and other podcast directories The links we have highlighted below.

Submit podcasts to the podcast directory using the powerpress plugin

You will be redirected to the Blubrry website. If you don’t already have an account, you’ll be prompted to create one. If you already have an account, you will be redirected to the following page.

On the page above, you can submit your podcast to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, TuneIn, and Stitcher Podcast Radio.All the links needed to submit podcasts to these directories can be found at navigation menu on the right (see image above).

That’s not all, there are more things you can do in the Blubrry Podcasting Dashboard, so don’t hesitate to explore.

more importantly?

PowerPress has more features that make podcasting not only a reality, but a lot of fun. For example, you can import podcasts from SoundCloud, LibSyn, PodBean, Squarespace, Anchor.fm, and RSS feeds.Additionally, you can import settings and episodes from the podcast plugin podcast and Podcast plugin for TSG.

Additionally, you can import podcast episodes from other blogging platforms like Blogger, Joomla, Movable Type, and TypePad. Since Blubrry offers media hosting, you can migrate media files to their service with just a few clicks.

Worried about SEO? PowerPress SEO is a new feature that helps you optimize your podcast episodes for search engines without breaking a sweat. Best of all, you can fully customize the PowerPress audio and video player to suit your theme.

Most importantly, you can define the MP3 ID3 tags (title, album, artist, year, etc.) that appear with your podcast episodes. PowerPress comes with many other tools that make the plugin the go-to podcasting solution for over 60,000 WordPress users at the time of writing.

in conclusion

Having a website that allows you to host and publish podcasts to multiple podcast directories is essential. Not only does the site give your audience a chance to listen and subscribe, but it also provides a platform for your community to discuss each episode.

You can use each post linked to a podcast episode as an area for detailed show descriptions or more information. You can use the comments section of each article to get feedback from listeners on each episode. Best of all, the site gives you an archive of all your podcast episodes without relying on third-party services.

Hosting a podcast with WordPress using a powerful plugin like PowerPress will yield tangible results. why? This bad boy does a lot of the heavy lifting for free WordPress plugins. Honestly, I don’t think you can get a better podcast plugin for WordPress.

Do you use WordPress to host podcasts? We’d love to hear how you did it and what you think of the whole process in the comments.