Podcasting is a powerful alternative for blogging, or it can be used side by side. There are two sorts of podcasts, audio or video. It is a fact that nowadays people prefer watching videos to reading. By making videos and audios from your content, you can serve the needs of those people, too. This way you can have a wider audience. On top of that, in my point of view, in many cases it is much easier to tell thoughts about a topic via podcasting.
Another, advantage of podcasting is that we can submit them to different directories, which may bring us even more audience and visitors.
Podcasting with WordPress is extremely easy as it fully supports the general audio and video files. In addition, there are many notable plugins.
How to Podcast with WordPress
Of course, the first step is to make your audio or video file. It is not hard to find recording software for both. For audio, the best file format is .mp3 and for the videos is mp4. During the recording keep in mind that size of the file must not be too large (may be 10-20MB) as many people does not have fast internet connection.
The next step is to upload your file to a server. You can use the upload feature of WordPress for this or there are services like iTunes which allow you to publish your podcasts.
Uploading is exceptionally easy to WordPress. Just start a post as usual, and in the top of the editing screen you can find the “Add Media” button which allows you to upload files. After uploading your file, you will see information about it.
The next step is to insert your file within your post. There are many ways. A straightforward method is to make a link to your podcast or insert it, but I think it is a rather out of date solution. Instead, you should use plugins which help to offer better user experience such audio or video player. Below you can find some information on the best ones.
The next step to get the most from your podcasts is to submit the RSS of your website to podcast directories such as iTunes, but there are many others.
Tip: If you publish only podcasts in your posts, it is better to make a category for them. Moreover, you can make your text posts more valuable if you add audios and videos to them.
WordPress Podcasting Plugins
This is one one of the mostly used plugin that helps podcasting with WordPress. It comes with all the necessary features which are needed, and it is really easy to use. It supports iTunes, web audio/video media players and more.
- HTML5 video support.
- Full iTunes Support
- Integrated audio and video players with embedding support.
- Media Modifiers: Easily add, modify and remove podcasts form blog posts and pages.
- Migration tools to get your podcasts from other platforms.
- You can make separate podcasts by category or by media format.
- Supported Media Formats: mp3, m4a, mp4, m4v, webm, ogg, oga, ogv, wma, ra, mp4a, m4v, mp4v, mpg, asf, avi, wmv, flv, swf, mov, divx, 3gp, midi, wav, aa, pdf, torrent, m4b, m4r, epub.
Watch How to Use it
This is another plugin made for podcasters, though it not as powerful as Powerpress. However, I like the feature which enable to add the mp3 file at the en of the post creation page.
- Full featured and automatic feed generation (RSS2, iTunes and ATOM and XSPF playlist)
- Podcast Download stats, with graphs.
- View MP3 files ID3 tags when your Posting
- Control over where the player will display within your post and what it will look like.
- Support for various formats, including Video Podcasting
- Supports unlimited number of media files.
- Automatic Media player for MP3, OGG, OGV, MP4, M4A, M4V, MOV, QT, FLV, ASF, WMA, WMV, AVI, RM, and more, with inline and Popup Window support.
- Supports also PDF and EPUB files
- Preview image for videos
- Support for seperate Category podcasts
- Support for Premium Content (Pay Only)
Here is How to Use it
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