Seriously Simple Podcasting: A PowerPress Alternative

Looking for a WordPress plugin for your podcast? Do you want to learn exactly how Seriously Simple Podcasting and PowerPress stack up? Here you’ll find a straight-forward look at the differences between Seriously Simple Podcasting and PowerPress.

Looking For A PowerPress Alternative? Meet Seriously Simple Podcasting

At first, it seems like Seriously Simple Podcasting and PowerPress are similar podcasting plugins. But when you dive in, you’ll see some key differences between the two tools. If you aren’t sure which plugin is right for you, keep reading. We’re going to compare both tools feature-by-feature to help you decide which is best for your needs.

Seriously Simple Podcasting Features Compared To PowerPress

WordPress Podcast Management

Castos

Use Seriously Simple Podcasting to upload media files through WordPress and publish pages with an audio player.

Blubrry

Use PowerPress to upload media files through WordPress and publish pages with an audio player.

Upload & Bandwidth Limits

Castos

Plugin does not limit upload time or bandwidth. You also get unlimited upload time and bandwidth if you use Castos as your host.

Blubrry

Plugin does not limit upload time or bandwidth, but there are upload restrictions for every plan with unlimited bandwidth if you use Blubrry as your host.

Manage Multiple Podcasts From One Account

Castos

Unique RSS feeds created for every new podcast series.

Blubrry

Unique RSS feeds created for every new podcast series.

One Click Import

Castos

Easily bring all of your podcast content into your WordPress site for free.

Blubrry

Easily bring all of your podcast content into your WordPress site for free.

Premium Audio Player

Castos

Modern podcast player with customization options (appearance and location).

Blubrry

Functional audio player, but the style is clunky and outdated.

Data & Analytics

Castos

Install the free add on (Seriously Simple Stats) to gain advanced analytics. Track listens and view stats (overview and detailed views) per episode and in general. It also detects crawlers/bots to prevent false stats. Data appears in your WordPress dashboard.

Blubrry

Only basic analytics available for free. If you want advanced analytics, you have to open a Blubrry hosting account and list your podcast with them.

Use Your Own Domain Name For RSS Feed Link

Castos

RSS feed URL can be based on your current domain name for free.

Blubrry

RSS feed URL can be based on your current domain name for free.

No Credit Card Required

There are no upload or bandwidth limits with Seriously Simple Podcasting, but there could be with PowerPress.

It all depends on your host. If you purchase hosting from Castos (that’s us, the makers of Seriously Simple Podcasting), there are no upload or bandwidth limits of any kind. That’s a big deal, when you think about it. It means you can publish as much podcast content as you like and attract as many listeners as possible without paying extra.

But that isn’t the case for most podcast hosting platforms. Blubrry – the makers of PowerPress – imposes limits for every plan. Their least expensive plan only allows 100MB worth of storage. If you want to publish longer episodes or publish more frequently, you may have to purchase additional upload hours or bump yourself up to a more expensive plan.

Why don’t we have limits? Because we don’t believe in limiting your creative process. Upload as many hours as you want. Rest easy knowing your audience will always be able to download your latest content. This gives you the freedom to experiment with new ideas and formats, host multiple podcasts, and grow your show without worrying about the cost.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to use Castos with Seriously Simple Podcasting just like you don’t have to use Blubrry with PowerPress. So even if you choose PowerPress for your podcast, you can still use the much cheaper Castos for your hosting.

Seriously Simple Podcasting comes with free analytics about your show, including breakdowns per episode. You need a Blubrry account to get that kind of data with PowerPress.

In order to grow a podcast, you need to know how people engage with it. Which episodes did they love the most? How long do they listen before abandoning an episode? Is your show more popular During certain parts of the year? These questions – and many others – are critical parts of your marketing and day-to-day operations.

If you use Seriously Simple Podcasting, you can install our free add-on WordPress plugin to expand the functionality of the base plugin. This add-on gives you access to all the information you’ll need about how people interact with your show. It’s a one-stop-shop for analytics.

You can dive into each episode to learn how it performed individually. This granular data will help you plan new episodes, track promotions, and learn how to create content your listeners love.

With PowerPress, however, you only have access to a small selection of basic analytics. It doesn’t offer nearly enough information to help you make good decisions about how to grow your show. If you want Advanced Analytics, you have to.

On top of that, you can only access PowerPress’s basic analytics through your Blubrry account on Blubrry.com. You can’t view your analytics through the WordPress dashboard like you can with Seriously Simple Podcasting.

Seamless integration between Seriously Simple Podcasting and Castos means a smoother, simpler, and faster workflow for you.

Seriously Simple Podcasting and Castos are designed to work together. Neither tool is an after thought. After adjusting a few settings to your preferences, you don’t have to spend much time in the Castos dashboard. Your day-to-day podcasting work takes place right in your WordPress dashboard.

This makes your workflow efficient in a few ways:

  • There’s one support team that knows the ins and outs of both tools. If you have a question or problem, our team can identify and solve it, no matter where it appears in your workflow.
  • You can find answers to common questions in a single resources – our Help Center.
  • Castos and Seriously Simple Podcasting integrate with one click. There are no complex instructions or confusing APIs to navigate.
  • There’s never a conflict between the two tools. If we update one, we make sure it doesn’t break the other so your workflow is never interrupted.

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