If you are doing a regularly scheduled podcast with the shows as posts on your WordPress site, you must host the files somewhere else. What I mean by this is that it’s best not to upload them to your media file, or even a folder on your host, only because if they do start to get popular you host will ask for more money for the bandwidth. And until then, you could be bogging down the speed of your site. In either case, you don’t want that to happen.
Now for those of you who aren’t aware, there are hosting sites that allow you to either have you entire podcast on that host, or stream in your podcasts from there onto your WordPress site. For me, the latter is what I have done since the beginning.
But instead, in the past, I used Amazon S3 which was very affordable and reliable. But as costs started to rise for that, and I was paying a separate cost to someone for stats, I decided to make the move. There are several options and I am choosing not to get into what they are, but instead share why I chose Blubryy hosting and how the process went.
Blubrry Hosting for Your Podcast
When I started my first podcast 3 years ago, I used the PowerPress plugin by Blubrry. And have used it ever since. I’m impressed with the features and have never had any problems with it.
So when I decided to move my files from Amazon S3 using Blubrry hosting over some of the other podcast hosts was a no-brainer.
Why Did I Choose Blubrry Hosting?
The biggest reason probably was because I had been using the plugin and paying for stats via their service. It just made the most sense.
Their support is awesome. As a paying customer they truly treat you like gold. Every question I have had has been answered thoroughly and some of the more difficult ones were taken care of with a one-on-one with someone on support. Amazing stuff.
Although the pricing might have been a little higher than some of the others, both of those reasons were good enough for me to find value in it.
The Migration Was Seamless
Moving any kind of files is a pain in the butt. And I also knew that each episode was linked using PowerPress and all I could think of was changing all those links. No worries, in either case. Their hosting offers free migration of your files from all the popular Podcast hosing platforms, your WordPress site (if you have started to host it there, but need to change because of my previous warning) or yes, even from Amazon S3. All you do it connect and let it do its thing. Now depending on how many files you have and the size, will depend how long this takes. For me it was about 4 hours, but I didn’t have to raiser a finger. It finished and I was good to go.
So again, there are other options out there but I wanted to share my personal experience with Blubrry hosting specifically for our post today. If you are interested in learning more, check them out there and you will also get one month free hosting.
Till next week. Happy podcasting.