Podcasting is a powerful alternative for blogging or it can go together to build more audience. There are two types of podcasts, audio or video.
It is a fact that nowadays people prefer watching videos than 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 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 ?
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 it is better to make file size shorter preferable between 10 mega bytes to 20 mega bytes. This help people whose internet connection is slow.
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 in 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 A straightforward method is to make a link to your podcast or insert it, but I think it is a rather out of date solution.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.
It is better to have a separate podcast category in case you have only podcast in a post .
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 required it is 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.
- 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.
Seriously Simple Podcasting
It is a simple podcasting plugin for WordPress .It has an interface interface which is native and required settings are minimal.
- Simple and easy to set up
- Media player which can be customized .
- Able to run multiple podcast
- Supports Audio And Video
- Supports all post types
Even though a variety of plugins are available for podcasting with WordPress this article covered only 2 of it. Hopefully in future let us look in to other plugins which makes it easy to podcast with WordPress.