Podcast Plus is a powerful WordPress theme that you can use to build a website for your podcast, a podcast network or even a personal blog. By the end of this video you should know if Podcast Plus is a good fit for your new website. Let’s begin.
Embed Media Content
When using this theme, there are multiple ways to embed audio and video content.
You can host the content on your own website, using popular plugins like Seriously Simple Podcasting and PowerPress.
You can also host your content on major platforms like Spotify, SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Castos, Libsyn and others. Then you can simply copy and paste the embed code of your episodes into the post content.
If you want to have these external players directly on archive pages, simply add the embed code to the Post Excerpt box. In that case it is probably best not to add a featured image for your posts, otherwise your posts may end up looking like this… instead of this.
Now let’s look at the homepage.
The latest post or podcast episode can be displayed at the top of the page.
You don’t have to manually update this content, the theme does it for you.
Simply select the category that holds your podcast posts and the most recent one will be displayed here.
As I mentioned earlier, if your post has an embed code for a player in the excerpt box, it will be displayed in this section too.
In the Customize panel, you can enable or disable the right side of this section.
When enabled, it can display the post’s featured image or the contents of a widgetized area.
You can display or hide a call to action button that links to this post.
This short bar is a widgetized area and it is displayed on all pages of the website. You can add anything to it, but it works best with some short text and maybe some social icons. It is up to your imagination.
The next section of the homepage is built using the default WordPress Block Editor.
To make it easier to get started, the theme includes a set of Block Patterns.
Currently there are 4 popular patterns, but more will be included in future updates.
There are two Welcome message patterns, a Featured Pages pattern and a subscribe bar pattern.
Of course these patterns are optional. You can use them multiple times and combine them in different ways. They can be used on other pages too, not just on the homepage.
The homepage can display your latest episodes and blog posts. There are a few things that you can do with this section.
You can change the Newest Episodes heading directly from the back-end. Below this heading there is a widgetized area. If you want to, you can add any types of widgets. Our demos have a simple Text widget, but you can do a lot more things here.
Content Between Posts
The theme makes it very easy to display some custom content in between your posts. Consider this example where we display 8 episodes on each archive page.
So this theme demo was set up to display some custom content after the 4th post.
This is achieved by using yet another custom widgetized area. I have a text and an image widget, both are displayed here.
This will work on all archive pages, not just the homepage.
Theme Features & Customization Options
Now let’s look at some of the other important theme features.
You can easily customize the theme’s colors and fonts to match your style.
This is a simple and intuitive process, no code editing is required.
If you like the colors and fonts from one of our demos, you can quickly swap from one theme style to another.
The header of the website can be split into two parts or it can be centered. A centered header layout works well with wide logos or large menus.
The main sidebar can be displayed on the left, on the right or it can be removed.
This global setting can be manually overridden on specific pages.
On post archive pages, posts can be displayed in a List or in a grid format.
You can display or hide the featured images, dates, categories, excerpts and the Listen now link.
On post pages, you can also display or hide the featured image, the date and the category.
The footer is divided into two sections and can display up to 4 widgetized areas.
The first section is full width and the contents are centered. This works well with a logo, social icons and maybe a short summary of your podcast.
The second section can display up to 3 equal columns of widgets.
The number of columns can be easily changed on the Customize page.
And finally, the theme comes with the One Click Demo Import feature.
You can quickly import any of the theme’s demos with all the content, widgets and custom settings.
But the best part about Podcast Plus is how easy it is to install and use.
It works right out of the box and does not require any plugins. This means that you have the complete freedom to decide how and what to use it for.
With the help of our detailed video tutorials on how to use the theme, you will have your new website up and running in no time!
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch using the Contact form on our website. We will be happy to answer all of your questions.