2019 September 20th
You might have noticed just how popular podcasts are becoming, or you might be listening to a few yourself. It's a great way to learn and share your opinions with the world. Where do you start your podcast?
In this PodBean review, we will answer this question, by reviewing a podcast hosting provider.
We'll present you with a comprehensive analysis of its services, so you can decide if it's right for your podcast.
What is PodBean?
PodBean is a podcast hosting service that allows you to publish and monetize your podcast. It offers free and premium packages to suit different users. And claims to be a one-stop-shop for all your audio hosting needs. It allows you to upload and manage podcast episodes and build a full-on podcast website.
PodBean's podcast broadcasting package was easy to understand. With it you can:
- Publish podcast episodes.
- Syndicate your podcast on multiple platforms.
- Create a site based around your podcast.
- Promote episodes on social media.
There are four different PodBean packages. The first is free, and the most expensive one costs $99/month. Every paid plan comes with unlimited storage space and bandwidth. While the free plan grants you 5 hours of storage space and 100GB of bandwidth.
Essentially, PodBean is hoping to attract podcasters of all different sizes, because you can choose a plan depending on your needs and budget.
The key difference between the free "Basic" package and the paid plans is that the "Basic" plan only allows you to upload 5 hours of audio content that can only be played for 100hours/month.
Apart from the free trial, you get the option to try out its plans with a 14-day free trial. Note, that you do need to enter your credit card info before getting to test-run its plans.
But you won't find any info on its website about money-back guarantees. If you read Terms & Services you will find that it offers a 7-day safety net, when you can get a refund. We would recommend trying out its free plan before purchasing a premium option.
Below we gathered all the most important info about every plan:
|Entry||Basic||Unlimited Audio||Unlimited Plus||Business|
|Monthly price (paid annually)||$0||$9||$29||$99|
|Audio storage||5 hours||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Add your own domain||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Support for listener donations||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Customer support||24/7 live chat and tickets||24/7 live chat and tickets||24/7 live chat and tickets||Priority Support|
With private podcast support, the "Business" package is clearly designed for enterprise/teaching use. By contrast, the key advantage of the 'Unlimited Plus' plan is that it supports video podcasts.
The "Unlimited Audio" plan will be suitable for most users as it lets you add a custom domain and monetize your podcast. Just remember that every plan is significantly more expensive when billed monthly.
The features you get with every paid PodBean plan are more than enough to justify the price point. You get unlimited storage space and bandwidth, as well as a 14-day free trial and a completely free hosting option.
During this PodBean review, we tested our podcast site's performance using various services. While it doesn't have any uptime guarantee, we tested it with Uptime Robot and got decent results. in the period of nearly 4 weeks, our website had a 100% uptime rate.
While having a stable website is great, the response time of your server is also an important factor. In this regard, PodBean was fast in the USA and Europe - 27ms and 92ms respectively. And while in the rest of the world response time was longer, it still a decent load time for the price.
To test out our server and website optimization we used GTmetrix. Our site got a score of 90% and A rank in PageSpeed, it fully loaded in 3.4 seconds. While that's not that far from the golden 2 seconds, our website was just 786KB so we expected it to load a little bit faster.
Yslow Score gave it a D rank with 68%. Meaning that our website was optimized for fast loading, but there is still a lot more PodBean could do.
PodBean has a solid performance and stability with 100% uptime. While it's not the fastest hosting provider, you get decent load times all over the world for relatively low prices.
PodBeans offer its customers 24/7 support by live chat and email. While it doesn't have a phone option available, you do have access to a large knowledge base and video tutorials. And the support here is fast and to the point.
Actually, we had some questions for them so we tied using the live chat option. The support team got back at us in less than 2 minutes and was happy to answer our questions as sensibly as possible.
So, don't worry, even if you don't have a lot of technical skills, the support team will explain everything to you.
PodBeans has 2 ways of getting support - live chat and ticket system. While not having any phone options, the support team more than makes up for it with its fast and reliable services.
With PodBean you get 20 free themes and 14 paid premium themes. There isn't a lot of variety or creative designs here, but you do have the ability to edit your website's look. But even with all that, the customization options are very limited.
Apart from changing some colors and fonts for your website, you can only select a few theme-related options. But you do get an option to edit your websites CSS. If you know your way around code, you can modify your theme the way you want.
Besides all that, PodBean gives you a free application, that people can use to listen to your podcast. So, in a way you have multiple channels where your listeners can find you. It's come packaged with the free plan as well, so you get both a website and a podcast platform on smartphones.
Also, they have a recorder app, that allows users to record their podcasts directly and upload them right to their website and PodBean app.
PodBean offers a great variety of features to help your podcast start the right way. CSS editor, Podcast app, and customizable templates, these are just a few things than PodBean give you even with the free plan.
PodBean Review Conclusion
After our PodBean review we can state one thing - whatever the nature of your podcast, you'll likely find a PodBean plan to meet your needs. And even the least tech-savvy person should have no trouble navigating its user-friendly interface.
PodBean is great if:
You want to start your own podcast hassle-free. You get a free plan to test its services and every paid plan comes with unlimited storage space and bandwidth.
Have you used PodBean before? If so, what did you think?