Frequently asked questions

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How does Hippopod works?

Hippopod is an open source podcast website generator and an online website hosting service built upon the generator. Both are free to use, but the service has some limitations (for example you can host only one website per account). Hippopod works by creating a web app built around your podcast’s rss feed. The app is small and lightweight and can be deployed on any web hosting service that supports html. Every time an user visits your website, the hippopod site automatically fetches and parses the rss feed, to ensure that the website is always updated with new episodes.

How much does it cost to create a website with Hippopod?

Hippopod is both free as in free beer, and free as in freedom! You can create as many sites as you want from our website, or you can download and modify the source code of the site generator by yourself, according to the [Open source license che abbiamo scelto]. You can also host one website on a domain for free.

How can I create my Hippopod website?

Go to the “Create my website page” and follow all the steps. In the end you will be able to download the zip package with your hippopod website, or choose to host it on a subdomain. To host it on our service you will be required to register or log in, and to confirm the ownership of the podcast you are trying to host via the itunes:owner tag in your rss feed.

Why do I have to confirm the ownership of the podcast?

To host your website on our platform you will be required to confirm that you are the righteous owner of the podcast you are generating the website for. This will ensure that no one can generate and claim a subdomain for a podcast they do not own. If you do not have access to the email listed as the owner email in the podcast feed please check with your podcast hosting service on how to change it to an email you can have access to.

Does Hippopod websites update automatically with new episodes?

Yes! Hippopod sites read continuously your podcast’s rss feed, so they will show new episodes as soon as they are published.

Which customization options do I have for my website?

You can choose the theme of your website among three beautiful templates designed by our awesome UI team. You can also choose the primary color of the website, the social links, and the links to other podcast platforms to be displayed in the site’s header. If you choose to host your site on Hippopod, you will be asked to choose a subdomain of “” onto which publish your website. For example a valid subdomain could be “”.

Can I modify my website once it’s live?

If your site is hosted on your own you can just generate a new website and replace the old one with the new one. It’s safe as all the podcast’s informations are read directly from the feed. If your site is hosted on Hippopod you can change all the customization options directly in your dashboard anytime, and wait for the modified site to go live. Once published you cannot manually modify the domain nor the podcast feed of your website. To make such changes please write an email to the support service explaining why you need to do such changes.

Still have questions?

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