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.
But is PodBean just another service better-left unheard? Do you really need a specified web host specifically for your podcast?
In this PodBean review, I'll present you with a comprehensive analysis of its services, so you can decide if it's right for your podcast.
PodBean: My First Impression
PodBean is not your standard web host. Why? It allows you to upload and manage podcast episodes and build a full-on podcast website.
In fact, the first thing to jump out at me was just how comprehensive PodBean's podcast broadcasting package was. You can:
- Publish podcast episodes.
- Syndicate your podcast on multiple platforms.
- Create a site based around your podcast.
- Promote episodes on social media.
Signing up to PodBean and launching a podcast site was incredibly straightforward. The interface was very intuitive to navigate. I was particularly impressed with the functionality available through the mobile app.
The only area that I felt let down the experience was customer support. Although a wealth of video tutorials are available, along with support tickets and live chat, I was disappointed to find there was no support phone number.
There are four different PodBean packages. The first is free, and the most expensive one costs $99/month. Therefore, there is a pricing option for all sorts of users, and you can choose a plan depending on your needs and budget.
Essentially, PodBean is hoping to attract podcasters of all different sizes.
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.
PodBean Pricing in More Detail
There are some important differences between the other packages too:
|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.
Every plan is significantly more expensive when billed monthly. That's a shame because, with an annual payment, if your podcast doesn't take off, you'll still be left with a large bill.
During my PodBean review, I tested my podcast site's performance using Bitcatcha.
The results were very middle of the road. It was clear that PodBean's servers load fastest for European and North American visitors. But that's only the website - when it comes to hosting audio files, PodBean is as good as it gets.
PodBean: Worth Subscribing?
Overall, I was impressed with PodBean's podcast hosting. 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.
Have you used Podbean before? If so, what did you think? If you've got your own PodBean reviews, please add them below!