Seriously Simple Podcasting


Seriously Simple Podcasting is a top-rated podcasting plugin for WordPress, built by Castos. Using the onboarding wizard to start a podcast, multiple player options to display your podcast on your site, and multiple free extension modules to supercharge your content, Seriously Simple Podcasting powers over 30K+ podcasts.

The plugin is, and will always remain, free to use. The only costs associated with using Seriously Simple Podcasting is if you choose to host your audio and video files with a dedicated podcast hosting provider, such as Castos. Similar to using a website hosting provider to keep your WordPress site fast and running smoothly, we recommend hosting podcast files with a dedicated provider. But remember, this isn’t required!

Every plugin feature is fully functional, no matter who you choose as your podcast hosting provider. Seriously Simple Podcasting gives you maximum control over your content so you can start podcasting without limits.

However, Castos is specifically designed to sync with Seriously Simple Podcasting to save you time in your publishing workflow. This means anytime you update your podcast’s information or upload a new episode file, the changes automatically sync with your Castos hosting account. You only have to do the action once, saving hours each week. Read more about how Castos and Seriously Simple Podcasting work together.

With other podcast providers, you’ll need to make updates to your podcast’s RSS feed via your hosting provider account and again on WordPress to manually sync the information.


Getting started with Seriously Simple Podcasting is a seriously simple process. In just four steps, you’ll go from installing the plugin to your WordPress site to submitting a functioning RSS feed to every podcast directory.

  1. Install the Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin to your WordPress site.
  2. Begin the onboarding wizard, and create your first podcast. Here you’ll give details like the Podcast Title, Description, and upload your cover image.
  3. Then you can connect Seriously Simple Podcasting to your Castos account, if you’re hosting with Castos. This offloads all of the file storage and delivery from your WordPress site and host.
  4. Last, it’s time to create your first podcast episode. You can do this either in the dedicated Podcasting section of your WordPress site, or in the regular Post area.
  5. Once your podcast is live it’s time to distribute it to podcasting directories like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other destinations.


Seriously Simple Podcasting offers all of our advanced features through our free plugin. You’re not required to pay for additional add-ons or use a specific podcast hosting provider.


Seriously Simple Podcasting generates an RSS feed that’s fully compliant with Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, and every other listening platform.

  • Set your podcast’s title, subtitle, description, category, cover art, explicit rating, and copyright information from WordPress.
  • Manage all updates to your podcast’s RSS feed from WordPress and changes automatically sync with your podcast hosting provider.
  • Turbo-charge RSS feeds to increase the number of episodes displayed on podcasting apps and speed up the feed’s load time.
  • Utilize one of several private podcasting integrations to enable private podcast functionality on your WordPress site.
  • With Castos, use the one-click submission feature to easily submit your podcast to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, and more.


Create unique RSS feeds for multiple podcasts and feature them on the same website.

  • Save unique settings per podcast for easy management.
  • Create custom subscribe buttons for each podcast you create
  • Optional “catch-all” feed for podcast networks that want to aggregate all of their shows into a single feed.
  • With Castos, pay one price to host multiple podcasts under one account. Each plan features unlimited uploads and bandwidth so you’ll never hit a limit when managing more than one show.


Choose between a standard compact player or feature-rich HTML5 media player that displays your cover art or episode-specific images. Change the settings to display your podcast exactly how you want it.

  • Display customizable subscribe links to Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, and Pocketcasts. Also include links to download the content or play it in a new window.
  • Display episode meta data like episode durations and date published beneath the player.
  • Customize the background and player progress bar colors to match your brand.
  • Select the player’s position either above or below the post content.
  • Media player is mobile-responsive so podcast posts look great across desktop browsers and mobile devices.
  • Use the Castos Player block to feature the player anywhere on your website.


Curate custom playlists with embeddable widgets then display them anywhere on your website.

  • Feature single episodes anywhere on your website with the Podcast Episode shortcode.
  • Insert episode player anywhere with the Castos Player block.
  • Create playlists featuring all episodes from specific podcast with the Episode List block.
  • Curate custom playlists with specific episodes with the Playlist Player block.


You have full control over how podcast episodes appear on your website by picking which post type to apply the plugin settings.

  • Choose which post type (from posts, the Podcast post type that SSP creates, or any other custom post type on your site) to enable podcast functions. This adds all podcast posts from the specific type to your feed.


Feature embedded video players within any podcast post.

  • Embed video players from Vimeo, VideoPress, or the common video block.
  • Display the embedded video player anywhere within your podcast post.
  • With Castos, host your audio and video podcast files with our Pro plan.


Understand how your podcast is performing with our free Seriously Simple Stats add-on.

  • Install Seriously Simple Stats to access listener statistics for free. Track total listens per episode, by date range, and by listening sources.
  • Connect 3rd party analytics platforms like Podtrac or Chartable.
  • With Castos, view advanced analytics by geographic location, device, and listening platform plus total unique subscribers. Also access your Spotify-specific data from your dashboard for a holistic view of your podcast’s performance.


Seriously Simple Podcasting works with any podcast hosting provider. Easily import or migrate your podcast files to the plugin then start managing your show via WordPress.


You can host your podcast with any podcast hosting provider. If you choose to host your podcast with Castos, you’ll access these unique features from your Castos dashboard.

  • Automatic syncing: Seriously Simple Podcasting automatically syncs with any Castos plan. Fully manage your podcast from WordPress while hosting your podcast files on our dedicated servers.
  • Private Podcasting: Castos has several integrations with third-party membership site tools like Paid Memberships Pro, LMS providers like LifterLMS, and payment processors such as Stripe to empower you to offer paid podcasting to your audience.
  • Free episode transcriptions: Pay nothing for on-demand episode transcriptions. Use these transcriptions on your website to make your podcast more accessible.
  • Monetize Your Podcast: You can make money from your podcast either through Castos Commerce by receiving listener donations, or by using Castos Ads to enable programmatic ad insertion on your podcast to get paid from your podcast.
  • Automatic YouTube republishing: Castos supports video file hosting and can automatically publish your podcast to YouTube.
  • Unlimited storage and bandwidth: Every Castos plan includes unlimited uploads and bandwidth. You can also host multiple podcasts under one account for one price.

Where to find help

Seriously Simple Podcasting comes with complete  documentation. Please read this documentation thoroughly before posting on the support forum.

How to contribute

If you want to contribute to Seriously Simple Podcasting, you can fork the GitLab repository – please read the contributor guidelines for more information on how you can do this.

Help translate this plugin

If you would like to contribute translations to this plugin you can do so through a simple web interface. Any and all translations (new languages or updates to existing ones) are always welcome.

Zrzuty ekranu

  • Step 1 to set up Seriously Simple Podcasting is to install the plugin on your WordPress site.
  • Step 2 to set up Seriously Simple Podcasting is to add your first episode. Upload the audio or video file and complete the episode's title, duration, and publish date.
  • Step 3 to set up Seriously Simple Podcasting is to complete the podcast's RSS feed details. This includes things like the podcast's name, category selection, and cover art image. If you host your podcast with Castos, these details will automatically sync with your Castos dashboard.
  • Step 4 to set up Seriously Simple Podcasting is to submit the completed RSS feed URL to podcast listing apps like Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
  • Customize your podcast's RSS feed details from the Settings > Feed Details tab.
  • Upload audio or video episode files directly to WordPress.
  • Customize the embedded media player settings to match your brand colors and pick the preferred location.
  • Example of the HTML5 player within a podcast post from Rolf Pott's podcast, Deviate.
  • Example of HTML5 player with a collection page featuring every episode from Rolf Pott's podcast, Deviate.
  • Example of a styled RSS feed when viewed in a browswer.
  • Automatically sync Castos accounts with Seriously Simple Podcasting in a few clicks.
  • Import RSS feeds from any podcast hosting provider using Seriously Simple Podcasting.
  • Customize on which post type to enable podcasting features.
  • Create password protected podcast RSS feeds from the Settings > Security tag. Use this feature in combination with a membership plugin to restrict access to your podcast.
  • View podcast episodes in the At A Glance widget on the main WordPress dashboard.


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Installing „Seriously Simple Podcasting” can be done either by searching for „Seriously Simple Podcasting” via the „Plugins > Add New” screen in your WordPress dashboard, or by using the following steps:

  1. Download the plugin via
  2. Upload the ZIP file through the 'Plugins > Add New > Upload’ screen in your WordPress dashboard
  3. Aktywuj wtyczkę w WordPressie w menu 'Wtyczki”
  4. Customise the plugin from the 'Podcast > Settings’ page

Where are the FAQs?

You can find complete user and developer documentation (along with the FAQs) on the Seriously Simple Podcasting documentation site.


2024-02-17 3 odpowiedzi
Amazing plugin. Works as expected and fairly intuitive to configure. The only thing you would need to do that is not intuitive is to create a "series" for the podcast, otherwise won't work well. "Series" could be Season 1, or whatever
2024-02-12 1 odpowiedź
Very nice and useful plugin. Everything works simply and smoothly, as the name promise. Seriously recommended!
2024-01-24 3 odpowiedzi
After posting more than 10 EPs, the rss stops updating. I tried all of the troubleshooting options available but still isn't working. Update: WooCommerce plugins were interfering, and I have now disabled them and everything is working fine.
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UPDATE SUMMARY: Elementor and Yoast SEO integration fixes, small improvements
[FIX] Removed the Elementor code showing in RSS feed
[FIX] Removed OnDemandEvent from the Yoast SEO schema graph
[UPDATE] Use the original file name for Castos files when downloading episodes
[UPDATE] Updated the plugin description


UPDATE SUMMARY: Gutenberg block and security improvements, small fixes
[UPDATE] Gutenberg block for playlist player
[UPDATE] Possibility to use multiple player blocks
[UPDATE] Security improvements
[FIX] Yoast SEO integration fixes
[FIX] Fixed PHP errors


UPDATE SUMMARY: Redirect non-existing feed URLs to the default feed
[FIX] Redirect non-existing feed URLs to the default feed
[FIX] Automatically create the default Podcast if it was not created during a previous plugin update
[FIX] Fixed Castos sync for the Bedrock architecture


  • 2024-02-07
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Resolved PHP error in podcast Yoast SEO schema generation
  • [FIX] Resolved PHP error on podcast pages if Yoast SEO plugin is enabled


  • 2024-02-06
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Use Default Podcast term as the default feed and other improvements
  • [UPDATE] Use Default Podcast term as the default feed
  • [UPDATE] Show settings banner for Castos users
  • [UPDATE] Made settings placeholders less visible to avoid confusion with values
  • [UPDATE] Removed Second Line theme extension
  • [UPDATE] Improved synchronization with Castos
  • [UPDATE] Added alt text to the player loader image
  • [UPDATE] 404 page for the not existing podcast feeds
  • [UPDATE] Code refactoring
  • [FIX] Fixed lost description formatting in Classic Editor
  • [FIX] Do not use admin email as the default email in feeds


  • 2023-12-01
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Fixed Seriously Simple Transcripts plugin support
  • [FIX] Fixed a file button, that is used by Seriously Simple Transcripts plugin


  • 2023-11-18
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Fixed missing iTunes Field labels
  • [FIX] Fixed missing iTunes Field labels


  • 2023-11-16
  • [FIX] Castos original filename style fix


  • 2023-11-16
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Save and display original Castos file name, V4V improvements, minor enhancements
  • [UPDATE] Save and display original Castos file name
  • [UPDATE] V4V: custom value and key
  • [UPDATE] Added the date formatting filter
  • [UPDATE] Refactoring: moved metabox fields to separate templates
  • [FIX] Feed: fixed tag


  • 2023-10-24
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Implemented Castos Ads, bug fixes
  • [UPDATE] Implemented Castos Ads
  • [UPDATE] Updated tag on episode level to true or false
  • [FIX] Fixed enclosure not working for some customers from 2.23.0
  • [FIX] Fixed infinite sync attempts for episodes with wrong file ID


  • 2023-10-02
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Improved the Castos sync process
  • [UPDATE] Improved the Castos sync process
  • [UPDATE] Settings style improvements
  • [UPDATE] Delete audio file data when the episode is trashed
  • [UPDATE] Updated tag values
  • [UPDATE] Code refactoring
  • [FIX] Fixed WP assets conflict on widgets page


  • 2023-09-13
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Support new Elementor API
  • [UPDATE] Support new Elementor API ( version 3.16 )


  • 2023-06-28
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Gutenberg Blocks improvements, added PHP filters
  • [UPDATE] Added query and style options for Podcast List block
  • [UPDATE] Changed Podcast List block name to Episode List
  • [UPDATE] Changed max number of episodes in Castos Player settings to 500
  • [UPDATE] Added new PHP filters: „ssp_album_art” and „ssp_no_album_image”.


  • 2023-05-24
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Fixed media prefix regression, improved translation strings, use minified CSS
  • [UPDATE] Improved translation strings
  • [UPDATE] Improved getting remote feed functionality
  • [UPDATE] Minor admin design changes
  • [FIX] Use minified CSS and JS files
  • [FIX] Fixed no media prefix in feed when gist to bypass passthrough URLs is used


  • 2023-03-30
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Updated the supported WordPress version, minor improvements
  • [UPDATE] Updated the supported WordPress version
  • [UPDATE] Feed: removed deprecated keywords tag
  • [UPDATE] Updated plugin description
  • [UPDATE] Renamed Podcast to Episode when creating new episodes
  • [UPDATE] Removed redundant index.scss file
  • [UPDATE] Use local fonts for Onboarding Wizzard
  • [UPDATE] Possibility for custom actions on save episode image event


  • 2023-03-15
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Fix for uncaught PHP error in the dashboard
  • [FIX] Fix for uncaught PHP error in the dashboard


  • 2023-03-10
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Audio file not redirecting fix
  • [FIX] Audio file not redirecting fix


  • 2023-03-06
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Migration for legacy file URLs, improvements and fixes
  • [UPDATE] Migration for legacy file URLs
  • [UPDATE] Post Duplicator plugin compatibility
  • [UPDATE] Do not carry over the media prefix to subsequent podcasts
  • [UPDATE] Added Dynamo Link to Episode Creation page
  • [UPDATE] Improved podcasts listing page (added publishing dates, removed redundant columns)
  • [UPDATE] Identify that NGINX may be an issue and surface instructions
  • [FIX] Fixed duplicating prefix in RSS feed
  • [FIX] Fixed some PHP warnings


  • 2022-12-06
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Player and RSS feed improvements
  • [UPDATE] Use Media File Prefix in player links
  • [UPDATE] Dynamo: prefill podcast and author name
  • [UPDATE] Player: possibility to slow down the episode speed
  • [UPDATE] RSS feed: do not show podcast:locked tag if it’s off
  • [UPDATE] RSS feed: allow h2, h3, h4, h5, label tags
  • [FIX] Player: speed button style fix


  • 2022-11-09
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: WooCommerce Memberships integration, Value 4 Value, minor improvements and fixes
  • [UPDATE] WooCommerce Memberships integration
  • [UPDATE] Feed: Value 4 Value settings
  • [UPDATE] Feed settings: added link to Dynamo tool
  • [UPDATE] Feed speed improvements and cache improvements
  • [UPDATE] Podcast list block: option to show player below excerpt
  • [UPDATE] Feed: updated plugin links
  • [FIX] Fixed possible plugin translation issue
  • [FIX] Fixed mixed up podcast funding values
  • [FIX] Fixed fatal error when $response_object->message is not a string
  • [FIX] Added audible image to Elementor subscribe links block


  • 2022-10-11
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Sync and import improvements
  • [UPDATE] Sync to Castos improvements
  • [UPDATE] Feed import improvements
  • [UPDATE] Possibility to import podcast data (cover art, title, description etc) when importing an RSS
  • [FIX] Fixed file upload problem on Posts Post Type Episodes
  • [FIX] Fixed duplicated player meta fields in shortcode [podcast_episode]
  • [FIX] Fixed updating file metadata when locally hosted file is updated


  • 2022-09-06
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Compatibility improvements and fixes
  • [UPDATE] Updated Elementor compatibility
  • [UPDATE] Podcast List block: added featured image size option
  • [UPDATE] Disabled wrong podcast feed URL meta tag
  • [FIX] Fixed duplicated player meta for Podcast List block


  • 2022-09-02
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Fixed Thrive Apprentice conflict, security improvements
  • [UPDATE] Security improvements
  • [FIX] Fixed Thrive Apprentice conflict


  • 2022-08-25
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: MemberPress Integration, player screen readers accessibility, fixes
  • [UPDATE] MemberPress Integration
  • [UPDATE] Improved player screen readers accessibility
  • [UPDATE] Improved Paid Memberships Pro integration
  • [UPDATE] Improved Lifter LMS integration
  • [UPDATE] Do not import locked RSS feeds
  • [UPDATE] Import episode images when importing RSS feed
  • [FIX] Fixed compact player meta fields
  • [FIX] Fixed duplicated player block in Elementor
  • [FIX] Fixed PHP warnings
  • [FIX] Removed redundant special characters escaping in RSS feed


  • 2022-08-04
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Fixed duplicated player meta data for the shortcode
  • [FIX] Fixed duplicated player meta data for [ss_player] shortcode


  • 2022-08-03
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Fixed the feed redirection bug
  • [FIX] Fixed the feed redirection bug


  • 2022-08-02
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Option to adjust player colors, PMPro sync improvements, player improvements
  • [UPDATE] Option to adjust player colors
  • [UPDATE] PMPro: bulk subscribers synchronization improvements
  • [UPDATE] Show notification for plugin review
  • [UPDATE] Made onboarding steps translatable
  • [UPDATE] Added distribute links to onboarding, step 4
  • [UPDATE] Gutenberg: show meta data underneath player
  • [UPDATE] Elementor: possibility to Enable/Disable Player Metadata
  • [UPDATE] Added option for Audible podcast URL
  • [UPDATE] Settings language improvements: renamed author to host
  • [FIX] Fixed episode image synchronization with Castos
  • [FIX] Fixed canonical feed URL


  • 2022-06-27
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Fixed custom feed template support
  • [FIX] Fixed custom feed template support


  • 2022-06-23
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Fixed radio button settings
  • [FIX] Fixed radio button settings


  • 2022-06-20
  • UPDATE SUMMARY: Renamed Series to Podcasts, improved transcripts features, other improvements
  • [UPDATE] Renamed Series to Podcasts, renamed appropriate menu items
  • [UPDATE] Added settings for changing Podcasts (Series) slug
  • [UPDATE] Improved UX/UI for the Podcast (Series) settings
  • [UPDATE] Filtering by Podcast (Series) for Elementor Recent Episodes widget
  • [UPDATE] Filtering by Podcast (Series) for Elementor Episode List Widget
  • [UPDATE] Podcast 2.0 namespace: added podcast:transcript tag
  • [UPDATE] …