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What To Look For When Choosing A WordPress Podcasting Theme

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Appearance matters when setting up your podcast website. In this post, we’ll walk you through the process of finding the perfect theme for your podcasting website. While your quality content will keep your audience hooked, your site’s design is what will get their attention – something you can achieve with a dedicated podcasting theme.

As a WordPress user, you can give your site with the style and features it needs by installing the right theme. There are a lot of options, so all you need to do is find one that meets your requirements. For best results, make sure your theme is fully compatible with the Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin to manage your show right from your WordPress dashboard.

Why Your Podcast Website Matters

These days, there are many ways to build a website. For example, you’ll find lots of drag-and-drop website builders out there. While easy to use, however, they don’t typically offer much flexibility or functionality.

WordPress, however, is highly customizable and offers plenty of tools to help you style your site. If this is your first website building experience, the platform is also accessible to newcomers with a relatively easy learning curve. Plus, its active community offers a range of add-ons designed specifically for podcasters.

To get your website off the ground, you’ll need to choose a domain name for your site and install WordPress on your web host. When it comes to the third step, many web hosts offer easy one-click tools for setting up your site. If not, installing WordPress manually is (famously) only a five-minute process.

After familiarizing yourself with the basics of WordPress, you’ll be ready to start adding some choose your site’s theme.

How To Choose A Podcasting Theme For Your Website

After completing the steps listed above, you’ll have a functional but basic WordPress site. To turn it into a quality home for your podcast, you’ll want to augment it with a theme and some plugins.

A WordPress theme modifies the appearance and layout of your site. There are lots of themes available, both free and premium. While you can use any theme you like, you’re best off choosing one designed with podcasting in mind. This way, getting your site ready to go will take a lot less work.

When looking for a podcasting theme, you’ll want to keep a few key criteria in mind. The right theme will:

  • Provide your site with a layout and style appropriate for a podcast
  • Offer plenty of customization options, so you can tweak its look and add your own branding
  • Include functionality that enables you to embed your podcasts on your site
  • Give you options for organizing and displaying your episodes in a user-friendly way
  • Ensure compatibility with the best podcasting plugins

All of these characteristics are important, but let’s elaborate on the last point specifically. Since WordPress doesn’t offer podcast-specific features out of the box, you’ll likely want to install at least one podcasting plugin. Seriously Simple Podcasting is a perfect example. It’s a powerful tool for enhancing your podcasting site, and makes your job a lot easier. Plus, it adds handy features like hosting for your podcast files and a customizable media player.

All you need to get the most out of Seriously Simple Podcasting is a compatible theme. Fortunately, there are several quality options to choose from.

3 Excellent Podcasting Themes For WordPress Users

Now we know why it’s important to find the right podcasting theme for your WordPress site, and what to look for so all that’s left is to do some research!

To kick-start your search, let’s look at three WordPress themes that are designed from the ground up for podcasters. Each one is also compatible with Seriously Simple Podcasting, which means you can add just about everything you’ll need to your site with only two tools.

1. Tusant

Any successful podcast site will need to support easy listening. Tusant does this by making it simple for visitors to stream any episode of your podcast. You can add unlimited episodes to your site, and display media players wherever you like.

This theme is also very customizable, and supports the Elementor page builder plugin. This means you can add your own imagery and branding quickly.

2. Satchmo

If you want a theme to help you showcase your podcast in the best possible light, Satchmo is well worth a look. This theme is fully customizable, responsive, and comes with plenty of page styles and custom elements to get you started.

Satchmo also supports both locally and externally hosted podcast files. Alternatively, you can embed your episodes from sites such as SoundCloud and Spotify.

3. Dixie

Last but not least, Dixie offers a modern look that’s perfect for a professional podcast site. Like the previous two themes, it offers a lot of customization options, including colors, fonts, and imagery.

This theme also includes an audio player that can be embedded nearly anywhere on your site, which can even offer visitors the option to download episodes. Plus, there are plenty of layout and grid options for displaying your podcast stylishly.

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Craig Hewitt
Craig is the founder of Castos. When he's not busy podcasting, talking about podcasting, or helping others get started in this awesome medium he's hanging out with his wife, two children, and likely planning their next travel adventure.

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