There’s three things I would consider when choosing a hosting platform: your budget, how tech savvy you are, and what features you want. Below is a quick summary of some of the pros and cons of the various podcast hosting platforms I’ve used to help you decide which one is right for you.
Pricing: from $5 a month (we recommend the $20 plan)
Biggest pros: Libsyn is designed to be integrated with a number of different platforms and pages – for example, you can upload episodes straight from Dropbox, and auto-publish your posts to WordPress. In theory, you could set Libsyn up on your computer and then manage your entire podcast from your phone or iPad (minus audio editing).
Biggest cons: There’s a huge number of settings and forms you need to attend to in order to get everything set up properly – for example, the fact that the podcast settings have to be entered twice (once for Libsyn, once for iTunes) is a common stumbling block for newbie podcasters. If you miss a payment and don’t get the email, your whole podcast will be deleted from their platform.
Biggest pros: Incredibly easy to use; ideal for someone who isn’t hugely tech savvy. You can monetise your podcast without having to source your own sponsors; you can embed a player straight into your Facebook page (I am reluctant to list this as a pro as we’re not sure whether this actually works as a marketing strategy yet, my instinct is no unless your eps were super, super short – but it is really cool).
Biggest cons: as the platform is still new, you have to apply to use it (you can’t just sign straight up).
Pricing: starts at $9 per month
Biggest pros: Easy to set up, neat add-ons like a built-for-you app for your podcast (additional charges apply), an in-program basic audio editor (cut, join and trim), and the ability to insert Omny-facilitated ads and monetise your episodes.
Biggest cons: The navigation could be a little clearer – it has a lot of fantastic features, but finding them can be a little curly (you have to contact support to activate a few of them).