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How to Import Your Podcast to WordPress

As your podcast builds an audience, you may be wondering how to create a more engaging experience for them with a dedicated WordPress site. A website for your podcast can help solidify your brand and gives listeners a consistent home base where they can enjoy your content.

However, hosting large podcast files on the same server as your website is not always recommended. Using plugins can help bring all your content into one place without dragging down your website performance. Listeners have a seamless experience, and you can also submit your podcast to various third-party sites directly from within WordPress.

In this post, we’ll go over why you might want to consider importing your podcast, plugins that work best with podcast-friendly themes, and what steps will get you on the path to podcast glory. Grab your mic and we’ll get started!

Why You Might Want to Consider Importing Your Podcast to WordPress

Importing your podcast to WordPress simply means creating a partnership between your podcast hosting platform and your website. As we said, hosting files directly can hit performance negatively. “Importing” in this sense means keeping your podcast files offsite and providing access through your own site, without bogging down its page load times.

When you use two WordPress-related elements like podcast-friendly WordPress themes and plugins like Seriously Simple Podcasting (in addition to their podcast hosting partner, Castos), you’re set up for success. The more options and opportunities your listeners have to engage with your content, the less likely they are to miss an episode. Making it easier for listeners to find your podcast will always pay off.

6 WordPress-Friendly Plugins For Importing Your Podcast

There are two basic approaches to importing your podcast to your WordPress website: plugins or RSS feed aggregators. We’ll take a look at several plugins in each of these two categories, all of which should integrate beautifully with your chosen podcast-friendly theme.

1. Podcast Importer by SecondLineThemes

We (SecondLineThemes) created the “Podcast Importer” plugin in late 2019 to allow podcasters to seamlessly import their podcast episodes to WordPress without worrying about doing all the manual labor themselves. Many podcasters host their podcast episodes via an external host, yet many still want to have a fully featured website. With that being said, creating every episode twice isn’t such a good idea. Our free plugin can help you import your podcast into WordPress within minutes.

The plugin can help you create continuous import processes for importing all your future episodes automatically, and supports multiple podcasts too!

Key features:

  • Fully integrated with the SecondLineThemes WordPress Podcast Themes
  • Supports any source of RSS feed (from any podcast host or site)
  • Continuous/Future episodes imported automatically
  • Import multiple podcasts into a single website
  • Add custom categories
  • Import podcast images
  • Append episode number in title
  • Save posts as draft or publish immediately

 

Price: Free | More information

 

2. Seriously Simple Podcasting

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Seriously Simple Podcasting offers a fast setup so you can get your podcast imported quickly. Its advanced features offer instant Castos integration while also leaving you the flexibility to import podcasts from nearly any host.

Key features:

  • A stylish in-page player
  • Support for both video and audio podcasts
  • The ability to create single podcasts or series with custom taxonomies
  • Manage multiple podcasts from one site

Price: Free | More information

3. PowerPress

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PowerPress is a plugin produced by podcast hosting service Blubrry. The plugin supports both Apple and Google Podcast directories, and Blubrry users will also be able to submit their podcasts to Spotify from their WordPress dashboard.

Key Features: 

  • Simple and Advanced dashboard options
  • Built-in SEO tools
  • Subscriber tools
  • Supports multiple podcasts on one site

Price: Free | More information

4. Simple Podcast Press

Simple Podcast Press

Simple Podcast Press is a plugin that offers multiple podcasting-related features. It offers a few audio player styles, with subscription and sharing buttons included. However, one of the most important features of the plugin is the continuous import process – once you insert a podcast feed URL, the plugin will automatically load any new podcast episodes when they’re released. This will be very handy for automating your podcast publishing schedule.

Key Features:

  • Multiple audio player layouts.
  • Subscribe and Share buttons.
  • Continuous import of existing podcast episodes to your WordPress website.

Price: From $69 | More information

5. WP RSS Aggregator

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WP RSS Aggregator is not strictly a podcast-related plugin. However, it’s great for curating interesting content without having to create it. Of course, we think it’s great for importing your podcast, but you can also use the wealth of features to curate an archive of other content for your audience.

Key Features:

  • No limit on imports
  • Manage all your imports from one page
  • Customizable templates
  • Supports YouTube importing

Price: Freemium | More information

6. WP All Import

Like WP RSS Aggregator, WP All Import is more ideal for curating content, whether that’s your own or your favorites. This is great for sharing topical content with your audience. Also, you could utilize the plugin elsewhere, such as importing dummy data or spreadsheet information into your site.

Key Features:

  • Import data to custom fields and utilize custom post types
  • Import images to the media gallery
  • Supports importing to WooCommerce with add-ons
  • Import from a URL

Price: Freemium |  More information

How to Import Your Podcast to WordPress

Now you have some options for importing your podcast into WordPress, let’s focus on one – the Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin – and walk you through how to do it.

Firstly, download and install the plugin, then click the Activate button when finished. At this point, you’ll be able to navigate to your new Podcast settings panel in WordPress:

Seriously Simple Podcasting general settings menu

If you navigate to Podcast > Settings, you’ll see a General settings tab. This is where you will select how your podcast posts will integrate with your blog and theme. The Feed details tab contains a number of optional descriptive fields about your podcast, and filling out as many as possible will help your listeners learn more about your podcast:

Seriously Simple Podcasting Feed Details menu settings page.

The Security tab offers a way to password protect your podcast’s RSS feed and create an explanatory message for visitors, while the Redirection tab is to specify the location of your podcast RSS feed if you decide to move it from the default location:

Seriously Simple Podcasting Redirection settings page.

Moving on, the Publishing tab gives you a number of custom links to share and drive traffic through your site or to a specific podcast series. If you have a Castos hosting account, the Hosting tab lets you link it here.

However, the most important tab for our purposes is Import. Here, you can pull in an RSS feed of your episodes from other podcast hosting platforms. Almost any existing podcast that is hosted elsewhere could be imported via this tab, so you could quickly duplicate everything onto your WordPress site:

Seriously Simple Podcasting Import settings page.

Once you have the episodes imported they display instantly, and according to the styles you’ve set using your theme. In fact, you could have your podcast imported within a matter of minutes – perfect if you nee to get up and running quickly.

Conclusion

Deciding the best way to deliver your podcast content to listeners might seem overwhelming at first. However, there are a lot of great options to consider for importing your podcast to WordPress.

Once you choose, getting set up is easy if you remember the following steps:

  1. Download, install and activate your chosen plugin.
  2. Visit your site’s Settings panel and find your new plugin’s settings menu.
  3. Customize your Feed settings along with Security, Redirects, and Publishing options for your podcast.
  4. Keep your plugin up-to-date and start creating content!

Another important element is to keep your WordPress theme in mind. All of the plugins we’ve discussed work seamlessly with our WordPress podcast themes. So, whether you’re looking to display your content in a stylish player on your WordPress site or curate topical content for your audience, combining the right plugin with a compatible theme can set you up for success!



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