Podcasting with WordPress and the PowerPress Plugin

Overview

In these few pages, I share some of my experience so far as a new podcaster and as what I call a “basic user” of WordPress. I would suggest looking at these pages in order. You’ll see them listed under Podcasting with WordPress in the menu on the right or below if you’re on a mobile device. But of course, do as you like.

Here’s what we’ll cover.

Reading vs. Listening

What the recorded voice can tell us.

Telling Stories

Recording stories and finding an interview format that worked for me.

Podcasting Equipment and Software

People usually want to know about equipment. While not an expert, I tell you what I use and what others have mentioned.

Sample Podcasting WordPress Sites

What should you promote? Your site or your iTunes listing?

Web Hosts & Media Hosts

What are they?

Publishing a Podcast Episode

It’s as easy as making a WordPress blog post. It is a blog post!

RSS Feeds

This is partly how I’ve gotten my head around RSS feeds. I started with looking at the built-in RSS feeds of WordPress, applied them to podcasts and then ended up at a better understanding of how the PowerPress plugin creates a dedicated podcast RSS feed that will comply with the requirements of the various podcast directories. It’s a roundabout way of getting there, but it worked for me.

Setting up PowerPress

A few tips and links to Blubrry’s excellent tutorials.

Getting Your Podcast Listed in Directories

Now that you have a podcast, tell people about it.

Make Subscribing Easy

Some nice features of the PowerPress plugin help you put your podcast forward on your website.

PowerPress Short Code Examples

I love the way a basic WordPress user like me can make use of plugins and shortcodes to do some cool stuff that would have otherwise been inaccessible.

ID3 Tags

Some links to things you need to know about podcast ID3 tags.

Beyond PowerPress

Artwork

A link to free software that I used.

Recording and Producing a Podcast

I don’t cover this here. But there are links to some software tutorials on the page about equipment.