Creating custom podcast templates

Seriously Simple Podcasting does not make any changes to your site’s templates. The only visual element that it adds is the podcast audio player and episode meta data if you select that option. The actual display and styling of the episodes, series and archives, however is governed by your theme. With that in mind it is possible to add templates to your theme that will control your podcast display.

Single episode template

To create a template that will only affect your podcast episodes and no other posts, open up your theme (or child theme) folder and make a copy of the single.php file, naming your copy single-podcast.php. This new file will now control the display of your single podcast episodes so you can customise it as much as you like.

Episode archive template

Your main episode archive is the page that lists all of your podcast episodes and is available at http://example.com/podcast by default. To create a template that will only affect your podcast episodes archive and not the archive of other posts, open up your theme (or child theme) folder and make a copy of the archive.php file, naming your copy archive-podcast.php. This new file will now control the display of your podcast episodes archive so you can customise it as much as you like.

Series archive template

To create a template that will only affect your podcast series archives and no other pages, open up your theme (or child theme) folder and make a copy of the taxonomy.php file, naming your copy taxonomy-series.php. This new file will now control the display of your podcast series archives so you can customise it as much as you like.

Podcast RSS feed template

You shouldn’t ever need to customise your podcast RSS feed template, but, if you must then open up the plugin folder and navigate to the templates directory. From there copy the feed-podcast.php file and paste it into the root folder of your theme (or child theme). This file in your theme will now control the data that is displayed in the podcast RSS feed, so any changes you make in there will affect your feed.