Picking a Website Platform
There are many website platforms to pick from, including WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, MovableType, DotNetNuke, etc… Luckily, the decision is easy, use WordPress.
WordPress and the WordPress.org community has evolved in a way that universally makes it the most popular blogging and content management system (CMS). Being free, open source and exceptionally popular, it can be found in about every Web hosting provider’s easy-to-install menu.
Because podcasting is nothing more than an extension to blogging, using WordPress also comes natural for the podcast publishing process.
Picking a Web Host
Picking a Web hosting provider appropriate for WordPress and podcasting is not so easy. We recommend consulting with your friends, colleagues or your server administrator about who they recommend for WordPress hosting. So as long as the Web hosting has a good track record and allows for installing any plugin and theme hosted on WordPress.org, you should be OK.
We do not recommend hosting your podcast at WordPress.com (note the dot com). Even though this WordPress hosting is top notch, it severely limits the number of plugins you can install which limits your podcast to pre-2005 standards. You cannot install the Blubrry PowerPress podcasting plugin on WordPress.com.
You may find that you can purchase your domain name along with your media hosting. Though this makes setting up your website easy, we recommend that you manage your domain name through a separate account from a reputable domain service such as GoDaddy.
Install WordPress on Web Hosting
Consult with the Web hosting provider you selected to learn how to install WordPress on your website.
Configure WordPress for Podcasting
Provided below is an outline that will help you get started. This is not an all-inclusive list, there are more than 24,000 plugins available on WordPress.org to setup your website exactly how you want.
- Pick a WordPress theme (we recommend themes hosted on http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/)
- Install and configure the Blubrry PowerPress podcasting plugin
- Install a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) plugin
- Install other WordPress plugins that suit your needs (we recommend plugins hosted on http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/)
We recommend viewing the star rating and comments for the plugins and themes you are considering for your website.