In today’s world, people have grown detached from each other. In this situation, there arises the need for a powerful tool to help the connection with others. Podcasting is one such tool. An audio clip or video clip captures the listeners’ attention more effectively. A text has less power on a person’s attention than an interesting picture or even a song.
As such, publishers or even ordinary bloggers take the help of podcasting to increase their website’s traffic. Below, we have a list of 10 of the best WordPress podcast plugins that are the must-have for your publishing platform.
Blubrry PowerPress Podcasting
This plugin has all the features essential for podcasting. It offers a full support for iTunes and other audio/video media players as well as media formats. It comes with integrated HTML5. If you want the simplest of settings, then use the default mode.
For a more power-packed performance, the advanced mode is more suited. This plugin makes it easy to add, edit and delete podcasts from the pages of your website. All you have to do is to enter the URL of your media file, and PowerPress automatically detects all the properties of the file.
The migration tools help you to migrate from PodPress, Blogger or Movable Type. You don’t lose any episodes in the process. It also offers the support for multi-podcast. It is compatible with WordPress MultiSite. The plugin supports English, Danish, French, Simplified Chinese and Italian.
Podlove Podcast Publisher
This podcast plugin is for serious podcasters. It helps you save time and gives you full control over the podcasting process. It comes integrated with the Podlove Web Player plugin. It is fully compatible with HTML5 as well as touch-screen devices. If you are into multi-format publishing, then this is a plugin for that job.
Using this plugin, you can create highly efficient and compatible podcast feeds and control client behavior as well. Its development is a continuous process, and a new version is available from time to time. As such, it is always improving its existing features as well as adding new ones in the process.
Seriously Simple Podcasting
As the name suggests, this plugin makes the task of podcast publishing a very simple affair. It has built-in templates, widgets and shortcodes to help you publish your podcast the way you want it. The native WordPress interface and minimal settings prevent you from getting distracted from your main task.
It offers easy subscribe links for iTunes listeners and also standard RSS subscribers. It has a built-in media player where the podcast episodes can be played directly in WordPress 3.6 and above. You can fully translate the plugin using WPML.
Podcasting Plugin by TSG
This plugin gives podcasting support to WordPress. It firstly takes a file from anywhere on the web. The file can be from your website or any other website. It then adds this file to iTunes based feed.
The player also allows the visitors to see where the file comes from on the web. Based on the file format and other factors, you can also have multiple podcasting feeds. It has a migration tool for those using PodPress.
This is a secure and reliable plugin to publish a podcast online. It is easy to install and works well with self-hosted accounts. It provides an optimum environment for podcasting with its secure hosting.
The plugin provides full iTunes support. If you want to migrate WordPress to another hosting server, then this problem is solved by the podcast migration tool. You can have control over you RSS feed by running it through the FeedBurner.
Three different HTML5 and Flash audio players are available for embedding into you site. They are updated automatically each time you publish an episode. You can easily track your play count using this plugin.
Featured Podcast Widget
This widget uses the default player of Blubrry PowerPress plugin to display your latest or featured podcast from any category. The excerpt is taken from your post and displayed along with the link of the post.
Below the excerpt, a media player is embedded linked to the podcast’s MP3 file. As a result, a visitor can directly be taken to your latest podcast without going through everything else. This widget is functional only if you have also installed the Blubrry PowerPress plugin.
The job of this plugin is quiet simple. It creates a widget to display a list of the last five episodes of CPCAST. This plugin is for the people who like CPCAST. If you want this in your WordPress site, then all you have to do is to download the plugin and activate it.
The features of podPress allow you to make your WordPress site an ideal platform for podcast hosting. It has the feature of automatic feed generation. You have control over where your player can be placed on your web page. It supports various audio and video formats, and also PDF and EPUB files.
You preview your video images before publishing them. It also allows you to separate your podcasts into different categories. The plugin allows you to view the download stats of your podcast along with their graphs. It is available in English and German.
This plugin lets you put your podcasts in different categories and broadcast them in different channels. It helps you by letting you specify the metadata for the different feeds. You can easily change the settings as per your need or use the default settings.
“FeedMovingTo” feature is used to tell the users that the channel is moving to a new URL. “Feedburner URL” is used to redirect users to collect their stats. This plugin adds image and copyright information to all your publishing.
PowerPress Posts from MySQL
Suppose that you have a database created of all your media files that you want to podcast, and they are too many for you to individually create a post for each one of them. In that case, this plugin can be of great help. It automatically creates your posts for you using the informaticqon in your MySQL database. It works along with the Blubrry PowerPress plugin, and offers you the options of creating drafts or directly publishing. You can also delete your posts using this plugin.