Castos was formed in 2017 around the Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin, a popular way of self-hosting podcasts. Castos added analytics, hosting, and an embeddable media player, and now provides automated transcription, a simple website, and allows content to be republished to YouTube.
On top of this, the company also provides podcast editing services.
Full disclosure: I used to run a podcast hosting business, which sold to Castos in the spring of 2021. I use Castos and like it, but I’m in no way affiliated with the company, and have no incentive to write them a glowing review. Of course you don’t have to believe that. 🙂
If I were a hardcore WordPress user like back in the day, I suspect Castos would have been my default choice. I loved and used to heartily recommend the Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin, before Craig and the Castos team acquired it. Had I not been building my own solution, I probably would have migrated my shows to Castos, but I was a little ahead of them at the time.
I’m going to hold off on reviewing individual features as it’s still too close to the Podiant acquisition for this kind of breakdown to be of value. Different people have differing needs, but the bottom line is that Castos is a great choice – like some of the others I’ve reviewed – if you’re already taking care of the website elsewhere, and especially if you run WordPress. If you don’t run WordPress, Castos gets a star knocked off because you can’t give each episode a custom permalink, meaning in-app listeners will always be taken to your Castos-hosted website (which isn’t great).
|Price||$15.83 per month||$40.83 per month||$82.50 per month|
|Number of podcasts||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Podcast website included|
|Use your own domain|
|IAB certified metrics|
|Republish to YouTube|
|Podcast network support|
|Create soundbite clips from episodes|
|Receive Bitcoin from listeners|