Deciding where to host your media
With Seriously Simple Podcasting, you have the freedom to host your podcast media files anywhere you like, no matter whether you are using audio or video for your content. There are, however, some things to take into consideration when deciding where to host your content, and that decision will be different for everyone. So here are a few options that are available to you so you can make an informed decision and work out what the best platform is for you.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of your choices, but it does cover some of the more popular hosting options.
Cost: Depends entirely on your host.
This is the easiest option as it means that you simply need to upload your media files in your WordPress dashboard, which you can do directly on the episode edit screen. The downside, however, is that your server may not be powerful enough to support this kind of hosting and media streaming. Most hosts will limit the amount of data that can stream and then charge you per MB that you go over that limit, so before you settle on this option make sure you contact your host and ask them about how they handle bandwidth usage for your hosting plan.
Cost: Starting at $19 per month, unlimited podcasts, storage, bandwidth, and episodes
We may be biased, but this is the best of both worlds. With Castos Hosting you get the benefit of a dedicated media host, but with the convenience and control of managing your content through your WordPress site. As Seriously Simple hosting is integrated directly into Seriously Simple Podcasting it gives you a seamless experience of publishing your podcast content (just like you would any other WordPress post), but your files are hosted on a dedicated media host which will do 2 things:
- Remove strain from your website host resulting in a faster, more stable website
- Offer a better, smoother streaming and download experience for your listeners
Cost: $5 – $75 per month (depending on your storage needs)
Libsyn is a popular choice for podcast file hosting as they have been around for years and provide a number of useful add-on services (such as transcoding and stats). That being said, if you are using Libsyn along with Seriously Simple Podcasting, then you won’t actually have much use for any of the add-on services as they are (mostly) all provided for inside the plugin itself. The service is usually very reliable, so it is a generally safe option for your hosting needs, but Libsyn themselves do not recommend that you use them for video podcasting.
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Cost: You pay for the amount of space you use – details here.
Amazon S3 is a very flexible option for hosting your media files that allows you to have complete ownership over your content and pay for what you actually use instead of paying a flat rate no matter how much of the space you actually fill up. Bear in mind, however, that S3 is a service that is mostly catered towards developers and it is much more than a simple file storage server. This does make it seem a little more complex than necessary for many users, so it’s best to only use S3 if you understand the interface and are aware of how the pricing will affect you as your content library grows.
There are plenty more options available to you than the ones listed here, but these are some of the more popular avenues for media hosting and these recommendations are simply intended as a guide to help you make an informed decision. None of the links in this article are affiliate links – this article is purely here to assist you, a Seriously Simple Podcasting user, to make the best decisions for managing your content.