What is a podcast host

Podcast host or podcast hosting is the place where your podcast lives. Like the house where it lives every day and where the people, that would like to visit your podcast, can come and find it every time.

Why do I need a podcast hosting

Generally, a podcast is an audio file. MP3’s are the most known and used and a podcast is nothing else than a series of MP3 files that are published on the internet.

And you can of course do whatever you want with your audio files. You can upload them to Facebook and share them with your friends. But by now you have a lot of audio files, you don’t have a podcast yet.

You need to allow people to subscribe and listen to your files in a given order to make it a podcast. This is why you need podcast hosting.

People subscribe to podcasts in one of the podcasting apps that they use. This is the place that they open when they want to listen to podcasts. And you need to be there if you want them to listen to you.

So you need to get a RSS feed that will allow you to be in iTunes. A RSS feed is just a file that has all the information about all your podcast episodes in the right format.

So now you go and find a podcast hosting service. This is a website that will allow you to upload all your mp3 files and will give you the RSS feed (a .xml file) that you will then publish on iTunes and everyone will be able to subscribe to your podcast and listen to it.

I already have a couple of blogposts on podcast hostings, I’ve compared two in this article so that you can find the best podcasting service. Read it here.

Free podcast hosting services

Some of the podcasting services are free and for some you need to pay. Most of them have a, what we call, a fremium model. This means that you can use the service for free until you hit a specific limit. And then you have to start paying. 

This means that you can go and try out almost all the podcast hosting services without paying any money. But you will probably have to (and want to) start paying for your hosting. Having a reliable hosting service is extremely important, you don’t want your hosting to be unavailable or shut down because their business model was not good enough.

Paid podcast hosting

As mentioned, there are several different paid podcast hostings out there and you can go and read all about them in my article.

The one that won and I am also using for my podcasts is podbean. The service has been around for a long time and it is really reliable. I never had any problems.

But what is also important is the way how you can create your podcast website with your hosting. And I feel that podbean has a lot of great templates that you can use to generate your website. My podcast website looks great and it is easy to change it.

Also, it is easy to set up your webpage and to link it to your own domain so that you can have a podcast on your domain, without it showing the podbean link.

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