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How to make your podcast look good on your website | PodSchool Podcast

Is there anything worse than an ugly podcast player?

There are plenty of them around and a lot of the older podcast hosts like Libsyn and Blubrry have pretty underwhelming podcast players to embed on your site.

But as the technology is getting better and better and more designers and businesses are seeing the potential in podcasts there are plenty of platforms springing up that allow you to put an awesome player on your website without paying a designer.

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If you already have a podcast host and you’re not a fan of their players I’d suggest the Smart Podcast Player by Pat Flynn.  It’s designed to work with any podcast host and it looks really good on your website.

Podcast players

It’s much flashier than other options out there and you might look at it and think “that’s a bit too many bells and whistles for me” but all of these choices come down to personal preference and if you like the look of it, it’s a great option.

Alternatively, if you haven’t started your podcast yet and you’re looking at options for podcast hosts I’d recommend going with one who’s put some thought into the design of their player.

My top recommendation would be Whooshkaa.  This is the platform I use and their player is great, as you can see…

They also work really hard to make sure their tech integrates well with all the social platforms so people can play your episodes natively in Facebook and Twitter which is a great bonus.

The other option I’ve used that’s good is Omny…

Podcast Players

Again they’ve got great player design BUT at the moment you can’t get the code to embed your player on your website until your show is live, which is a pain in the butt if you want to get ahead of yourself and schedule your show notes pages.  They’ve assured me this is on their development to do list but at the moment it’s not available.

With Whooshkaa, you can get an embed code as soon as you schedule your episode which is really handy.

Omny also doesn’t have as great sharing capabilities on social e.g. if you share your episode on Facebook it doesn’t play in the feed which is a bit of a bummer.

So, while looks aren’t everything having a good lookin’ podcast player on your website can make your show look more professional and that’s always a good thing!

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Hello and welcome to the show. Is there anything worse than an ugly podcast player? There are plenty around. And in fact, in some of the older podcast hosts like libsyn and blubrry they're a little nondescript and a little not fun but as the technology is getting better and better there are plenty of platforms that are creating really lovely players that look awesome on your website and you don't need to go and hire a designer to do this. There are some plug and play options that can make your podcast player really fit in to the style of your website.

If you already have a podcast host like Blubrry or Libsyn and you think that their players are damn ugly. Then I would suggest a podcast player called smart podcast player by Pat Flynn of smart passive income. He is a delightful guy. He knows a lot about online business and he has created a player that looks really nice that you can embed onto your website and it doesn't matter where you host your podcast you can just link it up with the podcast player and it looks really lovely. So, I'll leave links to all of these suggestions at podschoolpodcast.com. You can find the show notes page there.

If you haven’t got a podcast host yet, I would suggest either Omny or Whooshka. Both of these platforms have really great design when it comes to their player. I use Whooshka for this podcast and my other podcast “You Gotta Start Somewhere”. So, if you head to the show notes page you can see what my podcast player looks like on the website. And the great thing about Whooshka is that the way that the podcast plays natively in twitter and facebook is really great as well. So, those are some options if you think to yourself these players that I’ve been seeing are really ugly. If you’ve already got a podcast host and you don’t wanna shift it, then that’s fine. You can go with something like the smart podcast player or if you just google for podcast players. If that one doesn't tickle your fancy design wise there are others out there that you can find. Or alternatively if you're just starting out then go with the platform like Whooshka or Omny where they have thought about the design of the player that goes on your website and then that’s just one less thing you have to additionally buy because it comes with your hosting account. There is no reason to have an ugly podcast player on your website. It’s a small thing, I get it. And it’s not all about appearance but you just wanted to look nice and professional. If you poured a lot of effort in your website particularly, then It helps if your podcast player suits that style. That's all for this episode. Please head to iTunes if you are enjoying the shows. To leave a little review there and you can head to podschoolpodcast.com to send me an email if you would like it if you would like a question answered on this show. I am always happy to hear from you. I'll see you next week. And until then. Happy podcasting.

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