Simple Podcasting

A simple podcasting solution for WordPress.

Easily set up multiple podcast feeds using built-in WordPress posts. Includes a podcast block and podcast transcript block for the WordPress block editor (aka Gutenberg).

Podcasting is a method to distribute audio and video episodes through a feed to which listeners can subscribe. You can publish podcasts on your WordPress site and make them available for listeners in Apple Podcasts and through direct feed links for other podcasting apps by following these steps:

Create your podcast

From the WordPress Admin, go to Podcasts.
To create a podcast, complete all of the “Add New Podcast” fields and click “Add New Podcast”.

  • Name: this title appears in Apple Podcasts and any other podcast apps.
  • Slug: this is the URL-friendly version of the Name field.
  • Subtitle: the subtitle also appears in Apple Podcasts and any other podcast apps.
  • Artist / Author name: the artist or producer of the work.
  • Podcast email: a contact email address for your podcast.
  • Summary: Apple Podcasts displays this summary when browsing through podcasts.
  • Copyright / License information: copyright information viewable in Apple Podcasts or other podcast apps.
  • Mark as explicit: mark Yes if podcast contains adult language or adult themes.
  • Language: the main language spoken in the podcast.
  • Cover image: add the URL for the cover art to appear in Apple Podcasts and other podcast apps. Click “Select Image” and choose an image from the Media Library. Note that podcast cover images must be between 1400 x 1400 and 3000 x 3000 pixels in JPG or PNG formats to work on Apple Podcasts.
  • Keywords: add terms to help your podcast show up in search results on Apple Podcasts and other podcast apps.
  • Categories: these allow your podcast to show up for those browsing Apple Podcasts or other podcast apps by category.

Repeat for each podcast you would like to create.

Add content to your podcast

  • Create a new post and assign it to one or more Podcasts using the panel labeled Podcasts.
  • Upload or embed an audio file into this post using any of the usual WordPress methods. If using the new block-based WordPress editor (sometimes referred to as Gutenberg), insert a Podcast block. Only one Podcast block can be inserted per post.
  • For more advanced settings, use the Podcasting meta box to mark explicit content or closed captioning available, season number, episode number, episode type, add a transcript and to optionally specify one media item in the post if you have more than one in your post. In the block-based editor, these are the block settings that appear in the sidebar when the podcast block is selected.
  • Transcript: If desired, an optional transcript can be added from the settings of the Podcast block. This will add a Podcast Transcript block, allowing you to add a transcript consisting of time codes, citations, and paragrah text that can be embedded in the post, linked to an external plain HTML file, or linked in a special <podcast:transcript> XML element.

Submit your podcast feed to Apple Podcasts

  • Each podcast has a unique feed URL you can find on the Podcasts page. This is the URL you will submit to Apple.
  • Ensure you test feeds before submitting them, see Apple’s “Test a Podcast page” for more information.
  • Once the validator passes, submit your podcast. Podcasts submitted to Apple Podcasts do not become immediately available for subscription by others. They are submitted for review by Apple staff, see Apple’s “Submit a podcast” page for more information.

Submit your podcast feed to Pocket Casts

  • Validate your feeds at [ Cast Feed Validator] before submitting them.
  • Submit the podcast feed to

How do I get my podcast featured on Pocket Casts?

The Featured section of Pocket Casts is human-curated. To ensure that all podcasts have an equal opportunity at being featured, selections are made on the basis of merit.

If you’d like to suggest your podcast for a featured spot, reach out to [email protected]

For more information, [ read more].

How do I submit private and paid podcast feeds?

Follow this documentation to submit [ private and paid podcast feeds]

Control how many episodes are listed on the feed

If you want to adjust the default number of episodes included in a podcast RSS feed, then utilize the following to do so…


add_filter( 'simple_podcasting_episodes_per_page', 'podcasting_feed_episodes_per_page' );

 * Filter how many items are displayed on the feed
 * Default is 250
 * @param int $qty Items count.
 * @return string
function podcasting_feed_episodes_per_page( $qty ) {
    return 300;

Customize RSS feed

If you want to modify RSS feed items output, there is a filter for that:

function podcasting_feed_item_filter( $feed_item = array(), $post_id = null, $term_id = null ) {
    if ( 42 === $post_id ) {
        $feed_item['keywords'] = 'one,two,three';
    return $feed_item;
add_filter( 'simple_podcasting_feed_item', 'podcasting_feed_item_filter', 10, 3 );

Technical Notes

  • Requires PHP 5.3+.
  • RSS feeds must not be disabled.

Podcast in classic editor

Podcast block in the WordPress block editor (aka Gutenberg)

Creating a podcast

Podcast feed

  • Requires 5.7+
  • Downloads 14,378
  • Updated 2024-04-08
  1. I love Simple Podcasting. It’s exactly the plugin I was looking for to enable my blog to power my podcast. And it just works! So great.

    If you ever have a moment to check these comments– is there a way to prevent the site title from being included in the element?

    Thanks again,


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