So you’re ready to host your podcast? Or maybe you’re looking for a better place to host your podcast episodes?
Well, this is the right place.
We’ve put together the top podcast hosts, along with some other useful services to take your podcast to the next level!
Looking for some gear? Check out the podcast starter kit guide.
Best Podcast Hosting Companies
All the podcast hosting sites will provide an iTunes-optimized RSS feed.
We’ll start with my top 3 recommended podcast hosting platforms, beginning with #1:
Buzzsprout was designed to make podcasting simple, but not limited. They have one of the best-designed dashboards I’ve seen, which lets you spend more time creating content than messing around with uploads. They give you great statistics and a mobile-friendly podcast site.
There’s a free plan for 90 days so you can try it out, then their plans start at $12/month. Great value!
Use this link: Buzzsprout will give you a $20 Amazon gift card if you stay with one of their paid plans for 2 months!
Podbean has great pricing and plans for new podcasters. There is a 100MB limited upload plan for $3/month with basic stats. They also have an unlimited upload plan starting at $9/month (when paid annually) that includes advanced stats, a website, custom domains, and more.
Podbean also has their own podcast app for iOS and Android and an Alexa skill so you can use your voice to listen to your favorite podcasts.
Get a free month with this link when you sign up for an unlimited plan.
I did a lot of research before choosing a podcast host and Blubrry came out on top, even though more “big” names recommended or used other podcast hosts. The main reasons were:
- the easy integration with their PowerPress plugin for WordPress
- advanced industry-leading statistics included free with your hosting plan
- “no-fault” overage – you can upload more than your monthly limit without being charged extra
You can find a more in-depth look at Blubrry in this review.
Plans start at $12/month for 100MB storage upload per month. Depending on the episode length and quality, that should be enough for at least 1 episode per week.
More Podcast Hosting Companies
Libsyn is a host that has been around since the early days of podcasting. They are very popular and trustworthy, although their website could use an update to make them feel more trustworthy.
Plans start at $5/month with an upload limit of 50MB, although the $15/month plan bumps you up to 250MB of upload per month and basic statistics.
BlogTalkRadio has an impressive list of features, one being the ability to monetize smaller podcasts (under 5k downloads per episode) with their ad network. They have live broadcast features, a built-in guest recording system and more.
Plans start at $39/month for the Studio sessions and unlimited uploads, but they also have a $12/month Lite plan without the Studio.
Fireside was created by Dan Benjamin of the 5by5 network. He and his peers create a lot of podcasts and know the industry well. Fireside is an all-in-one platform in that you get podcast hosting, a nice looking website, and podcast statistics.
The websites are well designed, but it appears there is currently one theme.
They keep things simple: there is 1 plan for $19/month – unlimited everything.
Even More Podcast Hosts
Here’s a few more you might want to check out. I’ll be expanding more on these companies over time.
- Podcast Blastoff
Recommended Complimentary Services
Here’s a handful of useful services that I recommend for podcasters. You can also check out the full list of podcasting resources.
You really should have your own website. You want a place to send your listeners that you own. Some of the podcast hosting companies will provide a basic free website, which is great when starting out, but if you want more flexibility and customization you’ll need to go with your own web host.
I’m a big fan of WordPress (just use the PowerPress plugin to get your podcast feed set up). Here are my recommended web hosting companies:
DreamHost is my “go to” for smaller (under 50K visits/month) sites. I use one of their VPS servers to host several websites and get great performance.
Here’s a special deal for Podcast Insights readers… You can get $25 off a shared hosting package if you use this link. Let me know if you have any questions.
WPEngine is dedicated to hosting fast and stable WordPress sites. They have an impressive client list and really useful features. If you never want to worry about your site going down when you get mentioned on that big news site, go with these guys.
The web hosts above might give you a free domain name when you sign up, but if you’re like me and want an easy way to register a domain name the second something comes to you, I recommend buying from a dedicated domain name seller…
Namecheap gives you free Whois Privacy when you purchase a domain name. That will prevent people from spamming you because your contact info is public. They also offer SSL certificates, hosting and more. Grab your .com now!
Name.com is based in Colorado (the state I live in) and I like to support local companies. They make it really easy to search for and purchase domains.
Sure you can always find a free theme, but I find they are either too limiting or too bloated with stuff and slow your site down. And who knows when or if they will be updated – it’s just a recipe for trouble. I used to work for a company that designed websites and we always used a company that focused on speed, stability, and great design…
All the themes on StudioPress are built on the Genesis Framework, which means they are SEO-friendly, stable, fast, and always up-to-date. They also have detailed setup tutorials to help you get your site looking like the demos as well.
If you want an even easier approach, they recently came out with StudioPress Sites that includes hosting, backups, security, and more starting at $24/mo when paid annually.
Leveling (and more)
The main purpose of Auphonic is to compress and level your audio so you don’t have really loud and really soft parts. But it does a lot more:
I have it automatically send my podcast episodes to SoundCloud and YouTube, and it also saves a copy of the compressed file in Dropbox – all after my .mp3 file is properly tagged with my episode info and cover art.
Feeling generous? You can donate credits 🙂
Scribie is a transcription and caption service that uses people to transcribe your audio and videos. It starts at $0.75 / minute and goes up depending on how fast you need it back. They have options for different dialects of English (UK, Australian, American, Canadian) and an easy to use dashboard. Try it out!
AudioDime is a transcription service that costs 10¢ / minute. It’s software-based and isn’t perfect, but it’s much better than some of the free services out there.
Kyle developed PodHero to solve a number of problems. This is your Swiss Army Knife for podcasting. You get:
- iTunes SEO & keyword tracking
- Media Kits
- Automatic publishing to YouTube
- Global review monitoring (every country has its own version of iTunes)
- Review widget
- Audio compression
.. and probably a lot more!
Smart Podcast Player
Several of the podcast hosts have their own player you can embed on your website, but if you want the best-looking player out there, Smart Podcast Player is your answer. It was developed by Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income and is used by some of the largest podcasts out there. Check it out!
After you get your hosting all set up, here are some additional places to distribute your podcast (besides iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and TuneIn). If you use Auphonic (look in the complimentary services section), you can connect these and have your episodes automatically uploaded. Some of the podcast hosting sites will do this for you too.
I connect Auphonic to YouTube and have my episodes automatically pushed as ‘unlisted’ so I can go in and add a great description and tags before making it public. Your cover art is used as the visual for the video.