What's the Aim of this Podcast Website Guide?
This guide is primed to help you with one thing: creating a home for your content on the web.
I'll cover creating a podcast website with WordPress, and it'll work for your podcast, your blog, your videos and your brand. Then, I'll go into detail about turning it into a podcast delivery machine, encouraging subscriptions, conversions and engagement.
Colin Gray, Founder of thePodcastHost.com & Alitu.com
1: HOW TO SET UP YOUR WEBSITE HOSTING
What is Web Hosting?
Web hosting is nothing more, really, than a place on the web to store your own website.
Your “Web Host” stores the files that make up your site and makes them available to anyone who wants to find you.
When a visitor types in your web address, your Host sends those files to the viewer's browser, and they can have a look at what you've got to offer.
Let's have a look at how we set up hosting in the video below. My preferred web hosting provider is Bluehost.
To me, they offer a great mix of value and reliability, and they're super easy to use. They help you set up a WordPress website during signup which makes things really simple.
To sign up for your hosting you can find them here:
Watch the video for a full explanation of web hosting.
Set Up Your Web Hosting with Bluehost
Here's What to Do:
Today the aim is to set up hosting and a domain name. If you have both already, that's great – jump to the next unit.
- Go to bluehost here, and sign up for hosting. You can use the video earlier in this lesson to help.
- If you already have a domain name, enter it into the bluehost shopping cart. Otherwise, choose a new domain and buy it during the hosting purchase process.
- That's it, you now have a working home for your podcasting website!
Do You Need to Know More About Domains?
Normally you’ll just buy a domain along with your web hosting, as I showed above. But sometimes you’ll already own a domain, or want to buy one elsewhere. If you want to know more about this have a look at our tutorial on web domains.
2: INSTALLING WORDPRESS ON YOUR WEBSITE
Creating Your First Content
WordPress is the content management system (CMS) that we're using to manage your website. It's the most widely used CMS in the world, thanks to it's amazing combination of simplicity and power.
It can start off very simple, but grow into a fully functioning professional website. In this section, we're going to learn how to use it.
To start us off in setting up your Podcasting website, we'll create a few bits of content. This will introduce people to your Podcast and help you to create more elements of the site in future.
How to Use WordPress
As well as being the web host I normally work with, Bluehost also provide some great WordPress tutorials, and that's what we're going to work with in this section.
I'm afraid the cheese-level on these videos is off the scale, so forgive the presenter. The content is great though. They cover every aspect of working with your WordPress website.
I've included all the essential ones below, and you can find the full playlist here: Working with WordPress by Bluehost.
4: SETTING UP WEBSITE NAVIGATION
5: HOW TO INSTALL A WORDPRESS PLUGIN
Next Section: Design, Themes & Customisation.
The next section covers the look and feel of your website.
Now that we’ve got our website set up and have the basic tools in place, how do we really make it our own?
How do we make it look good, and reflect our brand?
That comes down to choosing the right theme for you, and customising it with your own logo, your colours and some great images. It also comes down to finding the right plugins and widgets to showcase the people behind the website – you! – including things like social media, email newsletters and more.
Move on to Part 2: Themes, Design & Customisation to continue creating your own great podcast website!