How to Create a Podcast Website with Anchor and WordPress
So you’re using Anchor to host your podcast. That’s great! If you wish to display your episodes on a beautiful podcast website, you’ve reached the right article. If you’re about to start a new podcast or you’ve already been busy publishing episodes, it’s highly recommended that you create a dedicated podcast website to accompany your show and increase engagement with your listeners.
Doing so has many benefits, including increasing the chances of your podcast being found and giving you more opportunities to connect with your audience.
In this guide on how to create a podcast website with Anchor and WordPress. We’ll walk you through the process of getting up and running with these two platforms. By the end of this guide, you’ll be ready to start recording your podcast and publishing your episodes on your very own website.
Start Your Podcast
If you’ve already started your podcast and are happy with your current process for creating and publishing your episodes, then feel free to skip this step.
But if not, one good podcasting platform that’s both free and easy to use is Anchor.fm. Once you’ve been to their website and created a free account, you can start recording your first episode right away. If you’re not quite ready to hit the record button, creating a short podcast trailer is a great way to get the ball rolling without the pressure of publishing your inaugural episode.
Thanks to the functionality of Anchor, you can record your episodes right from within your web browser, using your computer’s microphone. There are also free official iOS and Android apps for Anchor that let you record your podcast episodes directly from your smartphone or tablet, using the built-in mic. Chances are you already have everything needed to create your first episode!
Setting up a “Show” profile
Once you’ve created a trailer or produced the first episode, you can start crafting the profile for your podcast that will help your target audience find your content.
As well as being super easy to use, Anchor also has some pretty cool features that can make your podcast more interactive, and hopefully, a hit with your listeners.
One of these features allows listeners to send in voice messages that you can then insert into future episodes, all via the intuitive Anchor interface. Also, if you want to have a co-host for your podcast or feature guests, then you can easily record together via the Anchor website or app, no matter if they’re located on the other side of the world.
Although there are many great podcast hosting services out there, if you do want to switch to Anchor or start using this platform, you’ll get access to the essentials like free podcast hosting, an episode editor with the ability to add sound effects and background music to your shows, one-click distribution to every major podcasting platform such as Apple and Google, and help with finding sponsors that will pay to advertise on your podcast.
Create Your Podcast Website
Once you’ve taken care of how you’re going to record and publish your episodes, it’s time to create a website for your podcast. Although not essential, your own website can be an invaluable tool when it comes to promoting your podcast, interacting with your listeners, and growing your empire.
While podcast publishing and hosting platforms like Anchor can help you get your episodes out there, they don’t give you that one-to-one connection with your listeners that a good website can.
So if you can persuade your listeners to visit your website – maybe by mentioning it on your podcast, publishing your show notes there, or making other content you reference in your episodes available on your site – you’ll have an opportunity to forge a stronger connection with your audience.
By letting your listeners leave comments on the episode pages of your website, join your email newsletter, or send you a message via your online forms, you’ll find it easier to keep in touch with your listeners in a world where there are currently 660,000 podcasts vying for the attention of your audience.
Choose a WordPress Theme for Your Podcast Website
Although creating a website isn’t quite as easy as recording and publishing a podcast episode, free software like WordPress makes the process pretty straightforward. In fact, if you want to know more about why this software is such a good choice, check out our guide to the benefits of using WordPress for your podcasting site.
If you decide WordPress is right for you, you’ll need to choose a web host who will get your site online, as well as carrying out a few other steps, but again, we’ve also written a guide to setting up your podcast website using WordPress to help you get started.
Find a Good Podcast-Friendly WordPress Theme
Once your WordPress website is up and running, it’s time to choose a suitable podcasting theme. Although any good theme should work for a podcast website, choosing a dedicated podcast WordPress theme has many benefits. This includes access to templates for publishing episode guides and show notes, built-in support for the best podcast platforms, and buttons that let your audience quickly subscribe to your show.
One great example of a purpose-built podcast WordPress theme is Tusant. Available from our collection of podcasting themes, Tusant combines a stylish design with a wealth of useful features. Perhaps most useful of all its features – especially for new WordPress users – is the Tusant setup guide makes it very easy to launch your new podcast website.
Thanks to this, it now only takes a few clicks to lay the foundations for a successful podcast website with Anchor and WordPress. After you’ve imported the demo content and replaced the stock images and text with your own photos and words, all you really have to do is start adding your shows and episodes to the site.
Useful features like an online contact form, social media integration, and buttons that allow your visitors to subscribe to your content on their preferred platform to ensure they never miss another episode are all included with Tusant.
If you want, you can also create a mailing list for your podcast and connect it to the pre-made optin forms of the theme so that your listeners can sign up and receive notifications and other content of your choice in their inbox.
Personalize Your New Website
Although you might love the default style and appearance of your chosen podcasting WordPress theme, at the very least you’re probably going to want to replace the logo and possibly make a few changes to the layout and other settings. Thankfully, good podcasting themes like Tusant make this very straightforward, regardless of your website building experience.
Through the WordPress Customizer interface, you can carry out lots of tasks like changing the site logo, choosing which social media icons to display, and adjusting the appearance of the media player, to name just a few. If you really want to get hands-on with the design of your podcast site, then you’re either going to have to delve into the underlying code of the theme or install a WordPress page builder plugin.
However, as the Tusant theme includes — and has been built around — the powerful Elementor page builder plugin, that’s one less thing for you to worry about if you choose Tusant for your podcast website.
Integrate Your Podcast WordPress Website with Anchor
Now that your website is up and running and looking how you want, you can start publishing the podcasts you create in Anchor on your site. Depending on which theme you’ve chosen, one way to do this is to create a new podcast episode in your WordPress Dashboard, and then copy the embed code from Anchor or your chosen podcast platform and paste it into the relevant field in WordPress.
Then when you publish the episode on your website, your visitors should be able to listen via the podcast player.
As we’ve just seen, there are some powerful, yet easy to use tools and platforms that make it very easy to start your podcast and create a website for your show.
A free service like Anchor should provide you with everything needed to start your podcast while creating your own website allows you to connect more deeply with your audience while also providing them with extra content to enhance your episodes.
Whether you’re totally new to web design or an experienced site builder, choosing WordPress and a podcast-focused theme is the way to go.
With a theme like Tusant, everything you’ll need to quickly launch an effective podcast website is included, such as the ability to publish show notes and episode guides, let your visitors listen to your podcast directly on your website, and display buttons that allow your audience to quickly subscribe via the main podcast platforms and become a regular listener.
Thanks to this, you’ll be ready to record your first episode and make it available to the world.
If you have any questions about creating a podcast website with Anchor and WordPress, please get in touch.