Podcasts are hot right now, and I totally understand why. More and more people are looking for on demand, educational entertainment to squeeze into the mundane tasks of their lives (dishes, driving, etc). Podcasts offer just that.
And as the industry grows, so does the need for fresh content and new perspectives.
Many of my web design clients want to know how they can integrate their podcast into their website. Finding a podcast hosting platform is definitely one of the first steps.
But when you are new to the industry, or haven’t really considered your options, the choices can be quite overwhelming (There are so many options).
As a web developer, here are my top picks for free podcast hosting platforms in 2021.
Anchor by Spotify: Top Pick for Podcast Hosting
Anchor, owned by Spotify, is hard to beat when it comes to free podcast hosting. They offer unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, built in uploading, recording and editing tools, and allow easy distrutbation to all of the major podcast apps including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts. They also make it really easy to accept listener donations and sponsorships, which is great for actually monetizing your podcast, and they provide analytics and insights to help you identify what is working and grow your audience. Anchor also offers an embeddable player, as well as WordPress plugin compability in order to display your podcasts seamlessly on your website.
PodBean: Runner Up for Podcast Hosting
PodBean is our runner up, because while it’s free, it does limit you to 5 hours of storage and 100GB of bandwidth each month. Depending on the length of your episodes and how often you publish, that may be plenty for you to get started. It also offers analytics, monetization options, scheduled publishing, mobile podcast publishing and an embeddable player to integrate it with your website.
SoundCloud: Honorable Mention for Podcast Hosting
SoundCloud is our honorable mention because they do offer a free podcast hosting platform with 3 hours of storage, basic analytics and the ability to embed your podcast into your website easily. Our recommendation is that if you plan to upgrade to a paid program at some point, check out the paid plans available, including SoundClouds and see which one offers the best options later.
Regardless of which podcast hosting platform you choose, all three of these platforms have the ability to integrate nicely with your website.
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I just wanted to let you know that everything written here is my personal (or professional) opinion and was not influenced by that. I would NEVER recommend a program, plugin or service that I haven’t personally used and absolutely love. Thank you!