Seriously Simple Podcasting, created by Hugh Lashbrooke in 2012, has been acquired by Podcast Motor. The plugin is actively installed on nearly 20K sites and out of 104 reviews, has an average rating of 4.9 stars.
Lashbrooke no longer has the time to dedicate to the project, “I am in fact selling the plugin (along with all of its add-ons) as I just no longer have the time or bandwidth available to support it in the way that I know it deserves,” Lashbrooke said. Lashbrooke created the plugin to democratize podcasting and says it was never meant to be a full-time project.
Podcast Motor provides editing and production services to podcasters. Craig Hewitt, founder of Podcast Motor, acquired the plugin because of its established brand, ease of use, and it allows his company to serve a wider audience.
Seriously Simple Podcasting will remain a free plugin and Hewitt will continue to support it through WordPress.org. He also plans to add free features to increase the plugin’s value, “This will include things like bulk importing of episodes/feeds from other providers, RSS feed validation, and some enhanced front end styling of the on-page podcast display,” he said.
Hewitt is ready to breath new life into the project and is seeking feedback from users on what features they’d like to see added, “Our long-term goal is to enhance the functionality of the product so that it meets more needs of more podcasters down the road,” he said.
Instead of abandoning the plugin or putting it up for adoption, Lashbrooke has found it a new home with a developer eager to improve on his work. If you use Seriously Simple Podcasting, what features do you want to see added?