The Top 8 WordPress Podcast Plugins in 2018
If you are running a WordPress podcast website, or planning to create one, you are probably worried about how to create, upload, distribute or publish your podcast episodes into the world.
WordPress podcast plugins can help with all of the above and keep you out of manually the dirty work. Most plugins can offer a custom audio player, handle RSS feeds, and publish your podcast automatically into your favorite podcast aggregators.
If you are in need for a WordPress Podcast Theme, make sure to check our premium WordPress themes beautifully built for Podcasters.
Now, let’s cover the top 8 WordPress podcast plugins!
1. Castos / Seriously Simple Podcasting (Free)
The plugin can integrate with the premium podcast hosting plans available on Castos, but can also work for free if you are uploading the MP3 files to a server on your own.
SSP offers a beautiful HTML5 player you can display on any post. Seriously Simple Podcasting also handles RSS feeds and publishing for you. You can link the feed create by Seriously Simple Podcasting directly to iTunes or any other podcast aggregator and publish your new episodes directly from WordPress.
2. Blubrry PowerPress (Free)
PowerPress, just like Seriously Simple Podcasting, is a “do it all” plugin that handles everything you need for your Podcast within WordPress. It connects to the premium Blubrry podcast hosting plans if needed, so you can either use locally hosted MP3 files for free or connect your premium Blubrry account so your WordPress server isn’t inflated with audio files and traffic.
PowerPress can also handle publishing for you and creates feeds for your podcast that can be shared with iTunes and the likes.
3. Simple Podcast Press (Paid)
Simple Podcast Press, a premium WordPress podcast plugin brought to you by Hani Mourra is one of the best WordPress podcast plugins out there.
Not only it offers a really powerful import tool that would automatically create posts from existing podcast feeds, Simple Podcast Press is also built to improve conversions of your podcast. That means downloads, subscribers, and engagement rate are a heavy focus of this plugin.
Simple Podcast Press offers a complete audio player full of features, which is also working beautifully within our WordPress podcast themes. SPP can integrate with both the Smart Podcast Player plugin and with Blubrry’s PowerPress plugin and display SPP’s player while still using either one of the other plugins.
4. BuzzSprout (Free)
Buzzsprout Podcasting is a free WordPress podcast plugin offered by a premium Podcast Hosting service. (therefore fees may apply if you are signing up as a customer on their website.)
The plugin offers a custom audio player, integration with iTunes and other aggregators, statistics etc.
5. Smart Podcast Player (Paid)
Smart Podcast Player enables you to use a custom designed HTML5 audio player that is dedicated for podcasting.
You can create a playlist or display shownotes within the audio player. It is also responsive so it should look great on any device and can be easily customized in terms of colors and layouts.
Smart Podcast Player is a paid plugin, to read more about their monthly fee please check their website.
6. Podlove Podcast Publisher (Free)
Podlove Podcast Publisher helps creating podcast feeds and display episodes in a audio player. The plugin supports the Podlove Web Player and you can easily create audio or video podcast episodes with it.
7. Libsyn Podcast Plugin (Free)
Libsyn is among the most poplar Podcast Hosting services. They offer multiple plans for Podcasters who wish to host their MP3/audio files with them.
While this plugin is free, you may need to have a paid subscription for Libsyn’s service in order to properly enjoy all of the features. This plugin connects your WordPress website with your account on Libsyn and allows you to display episodes published on your Libsyn account into your WordPress website. It also allows you to upload new episodes directly via WordPress, so the link can go both ways.
Libsyn also have an Embedded audio player which you can display on your WordPress website, without any plugin or additional configuration.
8. [Bonus] Podcast Subscribe Buttons (Free)
The Podcast Subscribe Buttons plugin, developed by SecondLineThemes (Yeah – that’s us!), is a completely free plugin that allows you to easily create different subscribe buttons for your podcast and display them with a shortcode on any page or post in your WordPress podcast website.
Additionally, it works in multiple layouts and can display a pop-up modal, a list that can fit your sidebar or a simple row of subscribe buttons for your favorite platforms.
With so many options, the ultimate WordPress podcast plugin for each user heavily depends on the user’s needs and workflow. Some of the above plugins are already connected to some specific Podcast Hosting services (Libsyn, PowerPress, Castos, BuzzSprout) so if you are already a user of one of those platforms, it would make sense to their respective plugin. If you simply want to import an existing podcast into your site, Simple Podcast Press would be our top recommendation, as they are specialized in importing podcasts from existing RSS feeds.
Lastly, but nonetheless a very important note to keep in mind is – all of our WordPress podcast themes are fully compatible with all the plugins above. Whether you just want to display a list of your existing that are hosted elsewhere, import an existing podcast into a new website, or host your own podcast on a WordPress website, our themes work simply great with all of the above solutions!