If you're launching or running a WordPress website for your podcast, these WordPress themes will help your podcast's branding, engagement, and make things easier for you and your audience.
All of these themes look great on desktops, tablets, and smartphones. They do cost, but they are worthy investments in your podcast.
Any WordPress theme can be a podcast theme
Before I get into my recommendations, you need to know that your WordPress theme doesn't have to be designed specifically for podcasting. All it takes to turn a WordPress theme into a “podcast theme” is a podcast player, which you can get in PowerPress, Simple Podcast Press, Smart Podcast Player, or Cool Cast Player (new in 2016). It's also good to add iTunes, RSS, Stitcher, and Android subscription links, which some themes include, or you can add yourself with my own plugin Social Subscribe & Follow Icons.
Those two features (podcast player and subscription links) can be integrated onto almost any WordPress theme by using plugins. Then, you turn your WordPress website into a podcast website.
Now that you know that, here are my best WordPress themes for podcasters.
Appendipity for “plug and play” podcasting
If podcasting is the primary purpose of your site, then you can't go wrong with the Appendipity themes. Their instant integration with PowerPress makes these themes the easiest and best for podcasters. The themes come with built-in players, but they seamlessly integrate with Smart Podcast Player, Simple Podcast Press, and even SoundCloud and more!
Appendipity themes offer plenty of simple customization over the fonts, colors, and images, so your website doesn't have to look the same as everyone else's.
Plus, the Appendipity themes already come with great-looking social-sharing buttons, the most common podcast and blog subscription images, and great widgets for enhancing your site.
I especially like Maron Pro Theme and Engine Pro Theme.
Appendipity themes are “child themes” to the Genesis Framework. This means, you'll need to purchase the Genesis Framework (one-time $59.95) and have it uploaded to your site in order to use the Appendipity themes.
You can buy each theme individually with lifetime updates, or pay a single price for lifetime access to all their current and future themes and updates.
StudioPress for simple beauty and developer extensibility
Rainmaker Digital (formerly Copyblogger) makes beautifully designed themes through StudioPress. Not only do they make Genesis Framework, which has enabled many great child themes (including Appendipity), but they also create their own beautiful child themes.
The StudioPress themes are truly beautiful and I have used many on my own websites.
Some of the StudioPress themes require some basic HTML in widgets, but they provide thorough documentation and code examples that are easy to adjust to your needs.
What attracted me first to StudioPress was their wonderful framework, which allows for plenty of extensibility through custom coding. The Audacity to Podcast, My Podcast Reviews, Podcast Places, Podcasters' Society, and all of the Noodle Mix Network sites are using or have used StudioPress themes at their core, and I've been able to enhance the sites with some extra PHP.
Without knowing HTML, CSS, and PHP, you won't get a lot of customization on these themes, but every theme they offer is clean and beautiful as it is.
The StudioPress themes focus on being great themes, so most of the extra functionality you may want will require additional plugins.
Similar to Appendipity themes, all StudioPress themes are available for individual purchase, or you can join the Pro Plus Package membership (recurring fee) for access to all their themes and those from select third-party developers.
Elegant Themes for easy, beautiful customization
Maybe you want a theme that is beautiful right away, but that also gives you plenty of customization for content and basic site design—without knowing any web coding! Then check out Elegant Themes for truly elegant WordPress designs!
The two best themes from Elegant Themes are currently Divi and Extra. They both have the wonderfully easy Divi Builder built in, which allows you to create beautiful page layouts with a simple drag-and-drop interface. (Divi Builder is also available as a separate plugin to integrate with any other theme, but you get the most wonderful control if you use the Divi or Extra themes.)
Elegant Themes offers access to their themes, plugins, and updates via a recurring membership. But they also offer a reasonably priced lifetime membership plan where you pay once and get access to everything for life.
Themify for total control and front-end design
In my exhaustive (and exhausting) search for great WordPress themes for my own future needs, I discovered Themify.
Similar to Elegant Themes, Themify offers WordPress themes, premium plugins, and their own drag-and-drop page builder plugin. Their themes are also beautiful and highly flexible.
If you're a developer, Themify also offers super-easy hooks for further customizing your design.
Themify Builder offers the most customization of all the themes I've tested. They even offer a free Themify Flow theme for full control of your website layout templates!
Of all these great themes I've mentioned, I chose Themify for my upcoming redesign and new podcasting resources in development.
The best WordPress theme for your podcast
If your podcast website is not as easy as “visit website; press play,” then you may need to consider a new theme (or plugins). Focus on getting a theme that means your most top podcasting needs and then allows you to focus on your most important task: creating great content.
Look at these themes features and demos. Each provider includes a money-back guarantee. But don't obsess over your WordPress theme unless you have extra time. If you decide you would be best served by a custom theme or a professional designer or developer to tweak things for you, please email me and I'll refer you to someone I trust.
Listen to these past episodes for some more tips and ideas.
- 6 Needs for a Podcast's Website Design or WordPress Theme
- 5 Ways to Optimize Your Podcast Website
- 14 Features Your Podcast Website Needs
Never let your theme get in the way of your main thing.
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