It took less than a day before I realized I would not be able to stand the advertising on WordPress.com for my new podcast site and upgraded my plan to “Personal”. Of course, I fumbled so I managed to create a new site instead of upgrading the existing site. But with the help of WordPress’ fantastic support, the mistake was corrected almost immediately. I have always received good support there. A tip if you have a “Personal” plan where only e-mail support is included, you can go in and start canceling your plan and then a chat box with WordPress support will appear. It speeds up the support properly as they can fix almost everything that way.
This new website now has a real domain name: https://podcasts.hakdah.com and not a generic xxxxx. wordpress.com URL.
Why I chose WordPress.com
That I have it on WordPress.com and not on my own, self-hosted site, is only about the support for podcasts. I tried to convert written text to audio using Amazon Polly but it sounds robotic enough. Listen for yourself at the end of this post.
Now I only tested with Swedish text and voice and not with their more advanced “Neural Text-to-Speech (NTTS)”. Of course, the latter does not support Swedish but only a few languages. Amazon has a blog post where you can listen to different examples of voices with the different variants of Polly and with NTTS it sounds really good actually. I hope that NTTS will be available in Swedish in the near future and then I most certainly will try again. To convert text to audio if you use self-hosted WordPress, you need the AWS plugin. In addition to this plugin, you of course need to have an account on AWS so that you can set up access to the service. Apart from the fact that Swedish sounded like a robot, it was extremely easy to convert text to speech using this plugin.