About Ray Ortega

Host of The Podcasters' Studio and Podcasters' Roundtable. Ray is a full-time podcast producer and enjoys sharing his ten years of experience making podcasts to help others improve or start their own show.


  1. Thank you very much for going through all of the effort to help us up and coming podcasters. I took a look at LibSyn and compared it to the host I'm through now, podbean.com and it looked to me that podbean was slightly less expensive. Of course math was always my Achilles Heal…

    • I don't know much about podbean and I doubt they offer as much in terms of their backend power but I do know they are one of very few choices when it comes to audio podcast hosting. If you are getting what you need (affordable, reliable, good stats and fast downloads) then I'd say are good staying with podbean. I think they are more likely to go out of business than Libsyn would be but they've also been around for quite awhile so hopefully they won't go away. If you have used feedburner.com then your feed will be protected against any damage created if the host goes out of business. Thanks for the feedback.

  2. Ray,

    You only talk here about hosting on Linux, and not Windows (IIS). There are couple of things folks should be aware of if they intend to host their audio files on IIS, either as primary storage or even as a backup for a third-party service like Libsyn.

    The latest versions of IIS allow hosters to apply bit-rate limiting to certain rich media types, like MP3, WAV, and other audio/video formats. Essentially, this severely limits the speed at which media files can be downloaded. For example, an MP3 under bitrate limiting on IIS will download at about 4-6k per second, which effectively prevents the server from being used as a music sharing service (which is strictly against the TOS for shared hosting services anyway).

    • I wish I knew enough about Linux versus Windows to talk about it;) In this post, I'm simply refferring to all the services you can use to go out and get a domain and a place to host your website (hostgator, bluehost, lunarpages, godaddy, and so many more). I'm not sure how they differ for the average user however.
      I think though, you come to the same basic conclusion that I have in this blog post, that using your web host (basic plan, shared server) is a bad idea. And you provide more evidence as to why this is true.
      I look forward to more of your feedback as you seem to have a special knowledge in website backends and/or servers. Thanks Lee.

  3. Hosters also assume that 4-6 k/s should be plenty fast enough for real-time streaming (which it is). The problem lies in the fact that it's waaaay toooo sloooooow to accomodate any kind of reasonable downloads — about 30 to 40 minutes for a meager 10MB file! Compare this to the typical 400 – 600 k/sec you'd normally get for binary files without bitrate limiting, and you'll see what I mean.

    If this is the case, you'll have to go to your hoster, explain what you're doing, and nicely ask them to remove the bitrate limiting on your account. Most will probably be cool, but some won't. Of course, you still have the option of loading your files on Libsyn, which, like you, I highly recommend doing from the get-go.

    Just thought I'd point this out in case anyone else is wondering why they're getting such horrible media file download speeds on IIS. Of course, I had to learn it the hard way. 😉

  4. I use Bluehost to host my wordpress blog, and I've had to make some adjustments. I don't know if this is required on any other hosting serivce, but I had to edit my php.ini file to allow for uploads larger than 2mb. For whatever reason I was limited to only 2mb in file size for uploads. That doesn't work well with podcasts and files that are much larger. I edited and set the limit to around 60mb with no issues. Unfortunately, just signing up with Bluehost doesn't mean you can host podcasts. There's always a catch.

  5. Thanks for this post. It's very helpful. Looks like I'll need a dedicated host for my podcast. I'm curious to know more about how Podbean compares with Libsyn, however.

  6. Excellent article. I was leaning to Libsyn, but just thought I'd do a search about using hosting on a web hosting account and found your article. Thank you Rod. VERY WELL WRITTEN article and I'm happy to have connected and signed up for your newsletter. – mary

    • Thanks Mary. Paid hosting with a company that specifically deals with podcasting is recommended for best results. Libsyn and blubrry are the two best. If you sign up with Libsyn use my promo code: PodcastHelper on checkout to get your first month free.

  7. Hi Ray!

    Is this possible in Hostgator?? It would be very helpful if it is. Thank you in advance.

    • It's possible with any web host but my suggestion is that you DON'T do it because it violates the terms of your contract with your host. They do not intend for you to share files this way. You pay for unlimited bandwidth as it pertains to your website traffic but not serving media files. Thanks.

  8. Thank you so much for this article Ray. I've been trying to get exactly this info because I'm starting with recording all my blogs as audios (my audience are ill & spend a lot of time in bed), but then want to move onto a podcast. I think it sounds like I'd be best to just start hosting all the audio on Libsyn from the start. I'll have to find out if I need to pay twice – once for audio blogs, once for podcasting, but I'll ask them that. I just wanted to say how much I appreciated your detailed article. I'm a huge Pat Flynn fan and he mentioned hosting the audio of podcasts on a different server, but I was still confused about how I went about that. Thanks for clarifying. I'll be popping back over to your site to see what other great content you have :-).

  9. Great article Ray cheers.


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