You need a place to be your home for the podcast. This is a hosting service, true this word may of just scared the crud out of you. Finding a good hosting plan can be a truly scary ordeal. You may not think you are technical enough, or spending your scarice hard earned dough is a rather stressful thought. I understand, I was in your shoes, 4 years ago, when I first tried to podcast. I chickened out for a long time because I could not see spending money on something that was just a virtual hobbie. Just remember there is more than one way to de-fur a feline.
You have to have some sort of home for your podcast. This home is important and you really need to pay for webhosting, if for any reason it allows you the ability to control more of your site. There are a few different types of hosting these are
- Shared Hosting – This is the economy class of hosting. Which means you are packed in to one server with hundred if not thousands of other websites. Your site performance is effected by other people’s sites and your site can affect your neighbors. This is good for starting out for the price and probably the only time you will celebrate that you have to spend more money because you are getting more popular. A good hosting service is Site5 and BlueHost both of these site will help you get set up and going out the gate with very little effort.
- Dedicated Hosting – This is the where your site is the only kid on the block you have a whole server your your self. If you get so popular that you crash this server then that means you are Amazon. You have pretty much full control but you are still some what limited. The prices on this vary on your Bandwidth. Other words if you get popular your fees will increase because of how much data you are using.
- Private Server – You make the server you install the operating system, the web server, the database, You have full control. This also means you are in charge if your own security on that server. You have a problem you will have to higher somebody. many times private server are charged by bandwidth also and a fee to connect your server to the network not cheap at all. There is a reason that only the big corporations have their own private server.
- Virtual Private Server – These are cheaper than a dedicated private server but again the price is not for the beginner unless you are starting out with the funds.
So, Why not any Free hosting servers?
This is because if you have ever played around with free hosting servers the big problem is that they are fly by night. Here one minute and gone the next day usually with out any warning. Which means your podcast is gone daddy gone. Another problem with Free is they have to make money somewhere and that is usually in the form of ads and guess where these adds appear. Oh you are the smart one… That is right on your web page! you dont want that.
Ok so no free hosting how about free blogging sites?
These dont give you the control you really want either many times you are restricted by your themes and plugins you can use. The wordpress.com site you cant place the Power press plunin on your blog. So again very limited. It is do able I helped a young lady out on getting her podcast set up on tumblr she does have RSS and I recommend that she go through Feedburner till Google closes it. That way she doesn’t have to worry about changing domains and the problems it causes to your feed.
Be kind to your media
Media hosting is the one item that is required. A person can go free but you do not, I repeat DO NOT, want to do that you loose much if not all of your control of your control over many important items. Speed of the download for your listeners and fans. Many Free Media Hosts take over your RSS feed and so when you leave you loose many of your listeners because they are not willing or do not know how to move their feed to your new location. You can do a 301 redirect but you have to have access to your RSS feed and you dont get that for free. But if you go with Libsyn or BluBrry their hosting is very reasonable in price and created with podcasters in mind
Let me make one change on the previous statement because there is one media host that is free and will work as a means of hosting because it has byte range requests for iTunes yet you can not remove a file if you find that you messed something up and need to take it down. This media host is Archive.org, Very good host but you can be subjected to slow downloads. but it is a work around.
Tip of the Week
Plan for the future, What happens when you stop paying for your site or you pass away? normally your site will fade just as fact as you. So, protecct your site and media from that no pay delition and Move your media to archive.org and throw up a mirror site of your information on a free blog site.