Need help choosing a WP Podcast theme for PowerPress

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Need help choosing a WP Podcast theme for PowerPress

I am unsure what particular details should govern my decision.

https://tinyurl.com/Themes-best-suited-for-PowerPr

I think any special requirements will be covered by PowerPress. So, as far as the theme, I just need a simple way to show a snippet of text and potentially a unique photo, for each episode.

I need a header image where I can have a 60 second audio where I SELL the podcast.

As far as audio players, and outreach to listeners, PowerPress covers that.

So, can you suggest a Theme that works well with PowerPress?

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Different people will have different priorities.

For me, I always start with a light weight theme like GeneratePress + a light weight Show Posts Plugin, then proceed from there.

My priorities give equal weight to speed, stability, security, so I stick with themes + plugins in the WordPress repository, because any repository code must pass vigorous testing... which is why many premium/paid themes/plugins will never qualify to be included in the repository... because they're coded so poorly.

I'll always prefer rock solid code to bells + whistles.
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So, GeneratePress + PowerPress + WordPress? What is an example of "a light weight Show Posts Plugin"?

Please provide me a list of all the plug-ins I need, and I will start with that as my base.

And are you saying themes like these (below) are non-compliant?

https://colorlib.com/wp/wordpress-podcasting-themes/

Do you have a URL to that repo where I can get only the best

Thanks
Scott FellDeveloper & EE Moderator
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Is your goal to podcast? or to sell digital content?  To me it sounds like you want to sell digital content. This means you are keeping your digital content in a somewhat safe environment and only available once you sell it.  There are plug ins for this such as woo https://woocommerce.com/posts/extensions-digital-goods/ and that can give you a theme (show a snippet of text and potentially a unique photo, for each episode.etc) , a cart and the ability to sell digital content.  

I would also check another option, squarespace https://www.squarespace.com/.  This is an all in one solution, hosting, theme and support.  You just have to worry about your content and not everything else that goes with managing a WP site.  They offer the ability to do what you want including selling digital content https://support.squarespace.com/hc/en-us/articles/206540787-Digital-products
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David FavorFractional CTO
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You asked...

1)  Please provide me a list of all the plug-ins I need, and I will start with that as my base.

Only plugin required will be PowerPress. All others will be optional.

Likely best to open another question, asking for plugins people tend to use, as this can be a very long conversation.

2) And are you saying themes like these (below) are non-compliant?

https://colorlib.com/wp/wordpress-podcasting-themes/

Only themes inside the WordPress repository ecosystem pass all the internal WordPress testing, so themes outside the ecosystem may be coded as well. And... so far... most themes + plugins I've tested will never pass even a fraction of these tests as they're so poorly conceived + coded.

Tip: You can run your own https://github.com/PHPCompatibility/PHPCompatibility instance to do minimum PHP testing. This won't run any of the WordPress API compliance tests.

Running this locally will tell you if the code is at least compliant with various versions of PHP.
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David FavorFractional CTO
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You're welcome!

Good luck!

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