How to Self-Host a Podcast

We’re extremely grateful for the article written by Jason McDonald (@codemouse92) at, which explains steps to self-host a podcast. We are working to build a presence with our podcast on the web but are still learning how everything works – from preparing to record an interview that will become a podcast, editing and publishing the video and audio files, using FTP to upload content, creating the post, updating XML files, distributing the podcast, and advertising in social media. It’s a lot more work than we initially realized it would be, but Jason’s article was incredibly helpful in creating our initial podcast setup.

We currently publish our feed to the following distributions:

Be sure to check those RSS feeds at W3C Feed Validation Service

We use a variety of tools to make this site, and its associated podcasts:

  • GoDaddy for domain registration, email and hosting
  • WordPress as our content management system
  • YouTube for our video channel and hosting of content
  • FileZilla for file transfers (FTP)
  • Zoom Conferencing for our web interviews and to capture the web recording
  • Logitech web cameras
  • Blue Microphones Yeti & Snowball microphones or the Jabra 710 speakerphone for audio recording
  • RØDE Microphones for portable audio recording
  • Canon cameras and lenses for photography and video
  • DJI for gimbals (smartphone and APS camera)
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements, GIMP or Google Photos for original artwork and photo edits
  • Camtasia Studio for intros and outros, perform edits and to produce the MP4 video files we upload to YouTube
  • Audacity to create original sound recordings, and to rip MP3 audio from the video that we use in our podcast
  • Windows Notepad to edit the XML file
  • The r/podcasting subreddit to lurk, post questions and discuss in a community, and Google Search for everything else