The Best WordPress Themes for Podcasts 2017

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In our free podcasting ebook, we strongly recommend you create a standalone website for your podcast, even if your media host provides a landing page. Besides having more creative control, there are practical reasons to have an online presence for your podcast that is separate from where your audio content is actually hosted. Specifically, this protects you against having a single point of failure for your show. In other words, if your podcast feed were to go down, you can still use your website to update your followers, and vice versa. Posting each episode to a website also improves your SEO, making you more discoverable by search engines, not to mention good ol’ fashioned humans with ears.

Without wasting too much space here, we’ll just quickly state that we highly suggest using WordPress for your podcast website. It’s easy to use, developed with many podcasting needs in mind, and continuously improves upon itself as web technologies progress.

Identifying Your Needs

Before we jump into our list of the best WordPress themes for podcasts, it’s important to note that all WordPress themes are usable for podcasts. No matter the layout and design, any WordPress site has the required functionality for a podcast. Namely, embeddable audio and an automated RSS feed. Some themes are just customized by designers to emphasize features that are important to podcasters or anticipate the kind of visual layout they might want.

Before choosing the best theme for your podcast website, you need to identify your needs, which in turn are based on your objectives. Obviously, your own objectives may vary, but they should usually include:

  • Listen : make it as easy and immediate as possible for visitors to listen to episodes.
  • Subscribe : provide clear and prominent links for people to find you on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, etc.
  • Share : include social sharing links with integrated open graph tags, so users can spread your content across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

If your podcast is part of a larger content marketing strategy, your objectives would also include:

  • Lead capture : email list sign up forms
  • Sales conversion : integration with your e-commerce product

Again, any WordPress theme has the backbone to implement features in support of any of these objectives. But the trick for you is to find a theme that is designed out-of-the-box to support and emphasize these goals, with as little customization as possible, so you don’t have to climb under the hood and customize code, install plugins, integrate with APIs, etc. (Unless, of course, you think that’s as much fun as we do.)

Did we mention it should look good, too?

In fact, our opinion is that so many podcast websites get bogged down with lead capture forms, banner ads, affiliate links, social follow CTAs, comment forms, send us your feedback buttons, blah blah blah, that they lead to three major problems:

  1. The focus on your main objective is lost, and users’ attention is all over the place.
  2. Maintaining your website becomes a burden and a distraction from your main purpose: publishing a good podcast.
  3. It’s just plain ugly, and it feels to visitors like your ulterior motive is just to drive page views for your ads.

So, with all that in mind, let’s get to the fun stuff.

Recommended WordPress Themes

There are an absolute ton of WordPress themes to choose from, and giving you a list of 20 themes doesn’t seem helpful to us. So if you’re looking for a good place to start, you can’t go wrong with one of these that we consider to be the best WordPress themes for podcasts in 2017.

Podcaster

Podcaster WordPress Theme
The Podcaster theme from Themestation puts your episodes font and center with a minimalistic aesthetic. Design customizations are somewhat limited (without advanced customization), but you can choose your color palette, light vs. dark templates, etc. By default, the home page will show a preview of recent episodes, plus any episode you choose to feature in the header. This theme is entirely focused on presenting your episodes so visitors can listen and subscribe.
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Soundbyte

Soundbyte WordPress theme
The Soundbyte theme from ProgressionStudios brings some more theme options, like advanced typography settings and unlimited colors, as well as built-in e-commerce support, so you can sell your podcast t-shirts and mugs. It also includes design elements specific to podcasts, such as a pre-formatted show notes template, and a demo importer so you can choose one of their pre-designed demos as your website’s template.
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X: The Theme

X WordPress theme X from Themeco is a fairly big step up from the previous recommendations, with respect to customization. It’s almost mind-boggling how much you can customize X without messing with any code, thanks to Themeco’s Cornerstone page builder. [We use the X theme for our site, and love it.] At last count, there were more than 30 pre-designed demos to use as templates for your site, and each is integrated with other services you’ll likely want to use, such as Contact Form, MailChimp, WooCommerce and more. If you’d like our help customizing X for your podcast, just give us a ring.
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