Hosting your podcast with Transistor is not a bad idea. For $19 per month, you can host unlimited podcast shows with unlimited episodes. If you have many podcasts, but not too many listeners per show, it’s a great plan. Transistor charges more if your podcast(s) reaches 15,000 or more per month – you’ll have to pay $49 for 75,000 downloads across all your podcasts, and $99 a month if you surpass 200,000 downloads a month.
Every podcast you create comes with a basic Transistor podcast website at no additional cost.
In this article, we’ll review the process of creating a podcast website with Transistor and Podcastpage.io – the podcast website builder.
The Transistor podcast website
The podcast website that comes with your Transistor plan is pretty simple. The layout is the same for every site – you have the same navigation bar (home and about on the left of the logo, episodes and subscribe on the right). You can play a bit with the colors and text, but you can’t add many other pages or blog posts.
Transistor do enable users to add their episodes automatically, create pages, add subscribe buttons, and even connect your domain, but that’s about it – When you compare it to full scale website builders like Podcastpage.io, it may not make the cut.
If you want to get more from your website, have unlimited design and layout capabilities, import reviews to your site, or add a guest intake form and connect guest, hosts and other participants to your pages, you can easily build it all with Podcastpage for your Transistor hosted podcast. Creating a website for Transistor.fm podcasts is super simple on Podcastpage, you just have to add your podcast feed, select a template and voila – the site is ready!
You don’t have to move your podcast to another hosting service, Podcastpage automatically imports all your episodes, the metadata, and even the Transistor embed audio player if you’d like to use that.
What can you do with a Podcastpage.io website that is not possible with the Transistor sites?
- Customize your site in a visual editor. For instance, you can decide how many episodes will appear on the front page, and in how many columns. Determine what will be displayed in each episode box, change all colors, and much more.
- Get a completely brandable and customizable audio player. Transistor requires $99/month for you to remove the branding on their audio player. With Podcastpage, you don’t have that limitation.
You can use our custom audio player, make it a sticky player that continues to play even if your visitors move other pages across the site, or use the embed audio player from Transistor if you prefer. Our player even supports timestamps!
- Add blog posts – as many as you want, all under one main blog index page.
- Add custom pages – Podcastpage supports unlimited custom pages. You’re not limited to predefined pages or layouts. Create as many pages as you need and modify the layout separately for each one.
- Dynamic pages – With Podcastpage, you can add dynamic pages for your episode categories, seasons, or also search for episodes.
- Integrations to 3rd party solutions – Google Analytics, Mailchimp, Plausible Analytics, Instagram, Twitter, Convertkit, Disqus, HubSpot, and more – Podcastpage is built to work with your favorite tools.
- Automatically post Tweets when you publish new episodes, and link to your website. Transistor does have a relatively new Twitter integration, but it cannot post the URLs of your actual website – only to the Transistor “share” URL and that is obviously not ideal.
- Add collaborators to work on your site with you.
- Add a guest intake form with all of your podcast’s participants (or even blog authors).
- Affiliate links – Podcastpage lets you add shortlinks/redirects on your domain. For example, if you want to send some of your users to buy your books on Amazon, you can simply create a path for that and link it via (for example) “your-domain.com/shortlink”.
Creating a Transistor podcast website with Podcastpage.io
To create a great podcast website you should definitely consider using Podcastpage with your Transistor podcast. Start by creating your free-trial account. Choose a name for your website, and connect your Transistor podcast RSS feed.
Then, just pick a theme and click save. This entire process takes last than a minute. You’ll already have your website published to a staging URL, with the content ready. (podcast description, episodes, show notes, etc.).
Additionally, to make the most out of your podcast website, you can easily create additional pages such as about, contact, or anything else you wish to display, or even start your own blog!
As an example, here’s a website for the same podcast seen in the screenshot above (“Three Men and a Football”), quickly created on Podcastpage.io –
With Podcastpage, you can customize most of the settings. Simply check the “Live Customizer” and start modifying your site to look exactly like you want to.
- Signup to Podcastpage.
- Pick a name for your website.
- Find your podcast
- Choose a theme
- Customize & connect your custom domain
That’s it. You now have a complete website that you can add, edit, and distribute!