Did you know that over 67 million Americans listens to a podcast monthly? These numbers are huge and the popularity of podcasts is only growing. With a podcast, you can add a personal touch to your brand and connect with your listeners on a deeper level, whilst adding a diversity of content to your website. In this article, we will be taking you through what the we think the best podcast plugins are and their pros and cons so you can make an informed decision about which one will be best for you.
The first podcast plugin that we want to mention is PowerPress. This plugin was developed by Blubrry and is free for you to use. It is super easy to use and while it is packed with cool features, you can choose whether you want to use it in simple or advanced mode. This plugin is perfect for beginners as it will show you how to publish an episode in just three easy steps. Once you have played around with it and know better how to work it, you can then make the switch to Advanced mode and use the rest of the great features.
So, what are the pros to using PowerPress? This plugin is supported by both iTunes and Google Play Music, comes in a beginner and advanced mode, supports a variety of RSS and media formats, has SEO features and provides easy migration and imports. However, there are some cons which include having to be on a paid plan to access some statistics and not being able to style the players without using CSS.
Seriously Simple Podcasting
Next up, we have Seriously Simple Podcasting. This is an easy to use plugin that is perfect for beginners as it provides you with the basics that you need to publish your podcast. With this plugin, the only thing you need to do is tell the plugin which posts you want the plugin to appear in, where the player has to be and pop in your podcast feed link.
The advantages to using this plugin are that you can run multiple podcasts, there are free add-ons and there is password protection for private podcasts. It is worth remembering that there is no subscribe link with this plugin.
Podlove Podcast Publisher
Finally, we have the Podlove Podcast Publisher which will deliver a cutting-edge experience for publishers and allows you to create compatible podcast feeds that give you access to the settings and audio player.
The best features about Podlove Podcast Publisher are that it supports both video and audio podcasts, it provides chapter support and there is an integrated subscribe button under the player. However, with this plugin you do have to upload files individually and you cannot fetch episodes from a podcast feed.