Starting a podcast?
You’ll need a site. The WordPress podcast themes below are well-designed for promoting and hosting your podcast.
They all have great functionality and aesthetics, so any one of them would be a great fit for a podcast site.
WordPress Podcast Themes
There are quite a few themes that would be great for a podcast, but these seven are among the best. They have audio players, download options, and designs that fit podcasting particularly well.
1. Viseo by ProgressionStudios (Themeforest)
Looking to tell stories? Using Viseo might be best decision you make for your website.
With a beautiful modern design, Viseo is designed around telling stories. You’ll find a gorgeous slider on the homepage including a play button for immediately displaying video content. Below this is a clean layout of the latest posts which can be text, audio, or video (or all).
While the demo site uses video heavily, audio can be used just as easily. You can even add SoundCloud embeds to the top of any post. Every post also has integrated social media buttons to encourage sharing.
Beyond the great design, Viseo has smartly integrated with the Elementor plugin making it easy to create custom page layouts. Viseo also comes bundled with the ProgressionPlayer plugin for embedding self-hosted videos, so you aren’t constrained to Youtube and Vimeo for hosting.
2. Soundbyte by ProgressionStudios (Themeforest)
Soundbyte is a clean and bold theme for podcasting. While the colors are entirely customizable, the default use of purple and green is quite striking.
The Soundbyte theme is full of nice touches. It has an audio/video player, of course, but it also allows for seasons and displays the show lengths throughout the design.
The podcast gallery page is a bit busy, but the podcast page itself is well-designed and focused. I like the special show notes section at the bottom of the page as well.
3. OnAir2 by Quantum Themes (Themeforest)
Onair2 bills itself as a theme “for radio stations.” Using it for podcasting is a simple re-purpose of the theme. In fact, Onair2 actually comes with a Podcast custom post type, so you can easily publish a separate feed for a podcast series.
When it comes to features, Onair2 went all out. For instance, podcast audio embeds can be sourced from Mixcloud, Youtube, Soundcloud, or a self-hosted audio file. Perhaps the coolest feature in the theme is the schedule template. You can setup a simple or complex schedule with all the different shows you do. In fact, you could easily use this theme to setup a website for a company that manages multiple podcasts/shows.
While it can be used to publish a ton of content, the one fault with this theme is that it will require more setup than other themes. If you’re okay with investing more time to get your site exactly how you want, you’ll reap the benefits of this beautiful and feature-packed podcasting theme.
4. Podcaster by Themestation (Themeforest)
Podcaster has a more minimalist look than the previous two themes. Its design as a podcasting theme isn’t quite so pronounced, but it still has the audio player integration a good podcasting theme needs.
The podcasting page itself is quite nice and might lead to more plays than other themes simply because it’s so clear and easy to use. Podcaster also boasts special support for the BluBrry PowerPress and Seriously Simple Podcasting plugins.
While I’d love to see more pages designed around the podcasts in this theme, the podcast archive page does a good job and looks clean and easy to use.
5. Audonic by Mixamedia (Themeforest)
Audonic is a clean blogging theme with a handful of features that make it a good choice for podcasters.
Like many themes, Audonic features a full-screen header image with a strong call-to-action. If you have a new episode or a product to promote, this can be a very effective design. Below this is a unique slider that will automatically navigate through your posts/episodes.
Audonic works well for promoting your latest content and podcast episodes. The audio player is attractive and works well. In addition, you can display an audio player in place of a post. This makes archive pages work really well since they’re simply a list of your latest episodes – each playable from one place.
Audonic comes with plugins for Twitter and Instagram feeds, includes post format support, and two different types of sliders.
6. Remix by Codevz (Themeforest)
Remix is another music theme that is also a good fit for a podcast.
Unlike some of the other themes, Remix does a great job of putting audio at the forefront of the design. You can feature the audio player on most page templates, and it supports playlists which let visitors easily play through a series of episodes.
7. Chords by CSSIgniter (Themeforest)
Chords has a great unique look. While it might better suit a music/band site, its design and feature set is appropriate for a podcast as well.
Chords includes many templates including multiple types of galleries for listing media, producers, and albums. These could be easily adapted to podcast episodes, podcasters, and shows/seasons.
WordPress Themes for Podcasts
Podcasting has never been bigger. If you want to create a real presence online, you’ll need a professional site.
The themes above are seven of the best for podcasting sites. All of them feature responsive audio players and have aesthetics that will match podcasts on a wide variety of genres.
If you have any other WordPress podcast themes you want to suggest, please share in the comments below.