There are many different ways in which you can upload your Podcast to the internet and you need to think about “how” you want your podcast’s to be received by users and in what “context” i.e. a blog or iTunes subscription. You also need to think about “where” you are going to store your audio files.
Storing Your Files Online
Most free to use blogging accounts such as “blogger.com” and “wordpress.com” offer free storage space of up to 5gb which is enough for most people but if you are seriously considering podcasting as a major part of your online presence and delivery of educational material then you need to think about Web Hosting. A web host gives you the ability to store a large amount of material online whether that be videos, audio, photographs or your own website and databases. Web Hosts require a simple monthly payment which varies from company to company. There are so many Web Hosting companies out there that it can be very confusing and you do not want to go and waste valuable time and money on a bad web host so here are some tips for choosing the best Web Host for you:
Choosing the Right Web Host:
The following information is from “WikiHow.com“
- Test a host’s support before joining by calling in. You’ll be surprised how many hosts with a toll free number never answer their phones, or have long hold times. Make sure you call the technical or support department. It’s not unusual for a web host to have incredible response times for their sales department but lousy response times for their technical or support department.
- The cheaper the plan and the more space/bandwidth included, the more sites per server the host will have to pack in to make their money back. Don’t shop for a host based on their plans! Shop based on recommendations and experience!
- Look closely at how your guarantee is defined and if your host will honor it. Most guarantees are prorated and are often worthless.
- Check out how legit the web hosting company is by doing a WHOIS on their domain name. Also look for the creation date of the domain name. If the domain name was created less then a year ago, it’s more of a risk to join that hosting company.
- Using the company’s name, search Google for honest reviews. If they have been around a year, you should find many real reviews of people who use their hosting. The web hosting company’s forum is another good place to check but be warned as they may delete negative posts and ban the user.
- There are a wide variety of websites that present comparisons of web hosting services. These can be helpful if you don’t want to spend so much time conducting these comparisons yourself.
- Look for a host with an uptime guarantee of a 99.9%. No hosting company can guarantee 100% uptime. Beware of anyone who does, they are lying. Read the terms of the uptime guarantee to find out what types of downtime are not included in the guarantee. Most hosting companies exclude maintenance and other items which makes the 99.9% uptime less meaningful.
- Be wary of hosts that include a free domain name with their hosting package unless you are certain they will be putting your information in the WHOIS. Whoever has their information in the WHOIS is the owner, not the one who paid for it.
- Think twice about web hosts with a more competitive yearly rate, forcing you to pay for a year up front. If you have paid yearly and are dissatisfied with their service, you are less likely to swap. It’s always best to only pay monthly!
- Hosting companies that offer unlimited disk space and data transfer for shared hosting accounts will restrict the amount of memory (RAM) and processor (CPU) you can use. If you can’t get a hard number for how much memory or CPU you are entitled to, be prepared for unpleasant surprises.
Web Host Recommendations:
- Blue Host (http://www.bluehost.com/)
- DreamHost (http://www.dreamhost.com/)
- JustHost (http://www.justhost.com/)
- GoDaddy.com (http://www.godaddy.com)
Podcast Specific Services / Hosting
These companies offer free webhosting for Podcast’s with the ability to upgrade for a small price for more space and faster service.
- Podcast Alley (http://www.podcastalley.com)
- OurMedia (http://www.ourmedia.org/)
- Libsyn (http://www.libsyn.com)
- WordPress.com or WordPress.org
- Blogger (http://www.blogger.com)