PodBean Reviews by Users & Experts

Overall Rating:
6.6
Performance
7.0/10
Pricing
6.0/10
User friendly
9.0/10
Support
4.0/10
Features
7.0/10

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. 

PodBean Review Homepage

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.

PodBean Review Interface

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. 

PodBean Pricing

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.

PodBean Review Pricing

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:

EntryBasicUnlimited AudioUnlimited PlusBusiness
Monthly price (paid annually)$0$9$29$99
Audio storage5 hoursUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Bandwidth100 hoursUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Add your own domainNoYesYesYes
Website builderYesYesYesYes
SSL includedNoYesYesYes
Video supportNoNoYesYes
Podcast monetizationNoYesYesYes
Professional themesNoYesYesYes
Support for listener donationsNoNoYesYes
Private podcastNoNoNoYes
Customer support24/7 live chat and tickets24/7 live chat and tickets24/7 live chat and ticketsPriority 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.

PodBean Performance

During my PodBean review, I tested my podcast site's performance using Bitcatcha.

PodBean Review Performance

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!

Pros

  • User friendly interfaces
  • Great mobile app
  • Plans for all types of podcasters
  • Fully-featured podcast broadcasting suite

Cons

  • Disappointing customer support
  • Mediocre performance
  • Plans expensive if billed monthly

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