Simplecast offers an attractive modern and clean, secure (HTTPS), mobile-friendly, and responsive website. The colours can be completely customised to match the branding of your show. You can add social media links and custom pages to your site within the settings. If you already have one, it can be linked to your custom domain too.
The domain name will standardly be podcastname.simplecast.com. You can set up a custom domain if you want to.
The platform that can be customised is entirely optional. You can use your website you created with resources like WordPress or Squarespace if you prefer. Only hide the simplecast site from search engines by checking the “No Index” box.
As with other podcast hosting, simplecast allows you to upload your files for storage and distribution. The method is rapid, and your new episodes are easy to get out of.
The software switches to 128kbps or lower MP3s. It re-encodes larger files automatically down to 128kbps, but if you need to keep your file at a higher bitrate, you can speak to the company. All uploads retain their original encoding for stereo/mono.
Simplecast’s entire interface is smooth, well built, and simple to navigate. They’re a host that is very accepting of the stat addict. They do a fine job of showing these visually, too.
But it’s not just about the beauty. Simplecast provides its stats based on guidance from the IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau).
IAB guidelines maintain a high standard for downloading/listening stats. This will help podcasters get a more accurate understanding of their total audience size. It also allows sponsors and marketers to work with.
You can take a deep dive into your simplecast stats, with used device and directory information, common daytime times, and location graphs. Also, there is an episode comparison feature that allows you to compare episode success against each other.
All tiers allow you to embed players on your site effortlessly. This is fantastic because many listeners use their web browser to connect with podcasts.
You are limited to the regular player by the basic schedule. This choice is good, but you get a bunch of player and colour customisation choices from the critical and development plans.
Simplecast gives you the option to pick ‘Hide from RSS’ when you publish a new chapter. This means you can post a ‘secret’ episode that will not appear in your list or directories such as Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
However, you can also share this episode as part of a premium content deal, for example, on a network such as Patreon. You also have the option of converting public episodes to private at any stage, and vice-versa.
Users have access to the recast editor, which is one of the most powerful resources for sharing your podcast. Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, a blog, etc., is perfect for editing short audio clips.
The cool thing is that it allows you to personalise the clips with colours, artwork or even a logo. This gives you far more control over the branding. Listeners to an audio player have access to recast too. They can edit and post their own videos with friends, making it a perfect way to boost the exposure.
The company makes moving between platforms simple for consumers. Let’s say, for example, you just signed on to subscribe. You can switch any shows you have already published to the simplecast platform. Simply use its screen migrator to locate and assert your presentation. It then transfers it to your account.
It’s as convenient to switch your episodes off of simplecast as to bring them on. You can easily change your displays without any interruptions.