When I discovered there was an easier way to build a podcast website other than WordPress, I leaned in, curious to hear more. I started travel blogging in 2015 and at that time, creating a website through WordPress came highly recommended. However, I didn’t realize how long it would take to learn how to use the platform, pick and customize a theme, add plugins, and maintain a website. While I am now proficient (seven years later), I would not suggest busy or non-techy podcasters create a podcast website through WordPress. Instead, I recommend Podpage.
What is Podpage?
A website is the best way to build a direct relationship with your audience.
Podpage is a website builder designed specifically for podcasters.
Pulling information from your RSS feed like your podcast cover art, episode artwork, reviews, and individual episode details, with Podpage, you can create a podcast website within minutes.
Customize the look and feel of your site with 15+ professionally designed mobile-ready website templates that encourage visitors to listen and follow your show on their favorite podcast player.
With no coding skills required, you can easily manage your website by designing the homepage, creating new pages, adding transcripts to your show notes, and even starting a blog.
Speaking of show notes, whenever you publish a new episode, Podpage automatically creates a customizable, search engine optimized page on your website.
Other cool features we love include the built-in guest-intake form and the ability to create guest profiles.
With Podpage’s guest-intake and release form, onboard guests by asking them to upload their photos and bios.
Create guest profiles, a dedicated search engine optimized page on your website with information about each guest, and share links to all the episodes they’ve been on.
Wondering what Podpage websites look like?
Why are websites important for podcasters?
Instead of bringing people to podcast players, drive them to engage with you on your branded website, where they can sign up for your newsletter, support through donations, and leave comments and voice messages. Having a website also improves discoverability since it may appear in search results.
Podpage’s founder Brenden Mulligan used to work at Google and has worked with creatives for over 15 years. He noticed although podcasts have incredible distribution platforms, podcasters have difficulty connecting with their audience outside of Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc. Inspired, Brenden created a website builder that allowed podcasters to build direct relationships with their listeners.
Since launching in 2020, it’s been a big hit.
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How Podpage Saves You Time
With Website Creation
If you have an already existing podcast, Podpage saves you time with automation.
Create a professional-looking website without hiring a website designer and automatically add new episodes to your site every time you publish.
Also, since Podpage’s plug-and-play templates are mobile-friendly, you don’t have to worry about your site looking dramatically different on mobile devices.
With Show Notes Creation
While podcast show notes are beneficial for providing resources to your existing audience and improving discoverability in search engines like Google, they take time to create. Learn how to create podcast show notes here.
Does this sound familiar?
You publish an episode on Libsyn and then go to your WordPress site, where you create a new post adding text, transcripts, a featured image, and more. Before publishing, you may also conduct keyword research to ensure your show notes page is search engine optimized.
Creating podcast show notes on my WordPress site takes at least an hour, with the text already finalized. So, I can imagine how much time this saves podcasters.
Now here’s the show notes creation process with Podpage.
While you still have to create show notes for each episode and manually add them to your podcast hosting platform, Podpage saves you time by creating a dedicated web page for each episode and fully optimizing it for search. Podpage then automatically adds it to the front page of your site.
How to build a podcast website with Podpage
Step 1: Visit www.podpage.com
Step 2: Click on the button “preview your podcast for free”
Step 3: Type in the name of your podcast in the Apple Podcasts search box (assuming you’re listed on Apple Podcasts) or enter your podcast RSS feed link
Step 4: Click on the button “generate my website”
Here’s what happens next.
Podpage grabs all the content from your RSS feed.
It pulls in your artwork, episode details, and metadata and generates a listener-friendly website. This process takes a few seconds. Next, pick the design template that fits your brand.
Ready to give Podpage a try?
Try Podpage for free. No sign-up or credit card is required.
With the free plan, you can create a website that updates when you publish new episodes and try all the design options.
However, if you’re looking for more robust features like building an email list and search functionality to browse through your archive, the Basic plan for $9 per month (annually) or Pro plan for $15 per month billed annually would be better options.
Both plans are much more affordable than running a WordPress-hosted website with costly plugins that can run you hundreds of dollars a year.
Now, if you’re wondering, here’s who Podpage is probably not for:
- You launched your podcast years ago on WordPress, Wix, or Squarespace and don’t want to transfer platforms.
- You want endless customization options and layouts, Podpage may feel limited.
- Running ads through website ad networks like Mediavine and Ezoic may not be easy.
Whether you’re launching a new podcast and looking to create an accompanying podcast page, or you’ve been podcasting for a while and haven’t made a podcast website yet, Podpage offers a simple solution.
Podpage is simple to use, cost-effective, and if you have any questions, speak to a real person in the chat. Plus, the team continues to roll out improvements and new features.
Spend less time worrying about if your site looks good and works well and more on what you love, creating great content and engaging with your community.
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Danielle Desir Corbett is a podcast marketing coach, founder of WOC Podcasters, and host of The Thought Card, an award-winning, 4x grant-funded personal finance, and travel podcast empowering financially savvy travelers to travel more and build wealth. Go here to learn Danielle’s incredible story — how following her creative passion led to her becoming a six-figure creative entrepreneur. If you want to reach out to Danielle, contact: info (at) danielledesir (dot) com.