Anchor Episodes Index (Spotify for Podcasters)


This plugin appends an episode index to the podcast player. Currently, the only available embed for the player is for a single episode.
This plugin allows you to add your entire episode index, just the same as you have on your site.
Simply input your site and RSS URL’s on the settings page and add the shortcode to any page or post.

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Firstly, install and activate Anchor Episodes Index (this plugin).

Once activated, go to the settings and fill out the Anchor Site URL and Anchor RSS URL fields (be sure to add the URL’s without a “/” at the end, otherwise it will not work).

Then copy the shortcode you’ll see on the settings page and paste it in any page or post.

If you want to add multiple different podcasts on the site, you can define the RSS and Site URL’s as shortcode attributes instead of on the settings page. Note, you cannot currently output two players on one page.

Shortcode examples

Uses values set in the settings page:
Overrides values set on the settings page:
[anchor_episodes site_url=”” rss_url=”” max_episodes=”10″]


April 13, 2023 1 reply
I want to give a shoutout to the developer. I emailed him directly and heard back fairly quickly. He updated the plugin and the next day, everything was working the way it was before. The change from Anchor to Spotify Podcast was tough to navigate, I am sure, but Jesse did his best to make sure we could continue using the plugin. As far as setting the plugin up, it is super simple. You simply need your podcast URL and RSS feed, insert the shortcode, and you are on you way! Nothing complicated at all. Thanks Jesse!
May 24, 2022 1 reply
Great work for bringing us this plug-in! I appreciate the work. One nice feature would be if it’s also possible to only show the latest podcast, without the pulldown feature. So when selecting ” 1″ podcast to display the is no pulldown and only the player with the latests podcast.
November 26, 2021 3 replies
This is great — simple and does what it says on the tin. One feature I’d love to see, however, is the ability to limit the number of episodes that are pulled in — rather than the entire list. It would also be good if there wasn’t additional space at the bottom of the feed but it’s a minor thing compared to how useful this plugin is.
July 27, 2021
Useful! The only issue we found is when we click on the play icon of an episode, instead of playing it right away, it will just move to the top (main) part of the Anchor player and we’ve to click play again from there. Other than that, everything is working fine.
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Contributors & Developers

“Anchor Episodes Index (Spotify for Podcasters)” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Initial Release.


  • Enqueued files dir path fix


  • Fixed gap between iframe and index. Improved enqueue code to avoid previous issue


  • Revert to old enqueue due to issues


  • Added loading animation and bg color when loading, added expand description function


  • Added ability for shortcode attributes to be defined for the Site and RSS URL’s, so that different podcast can be output on the site at one time.


  • Added option for user to define the maximum amount of episodes to display. Add arguments to enqueue scripts in footer.


  • Improved CSS structure so that themes conflict with the styles less. Refactored JS for better speed and readability. Removed feednami and now working with the XML directly. Improved naming throughout code.


  • Update readme. Tested for WP v6.


  • Fix minor update bug


  • RSS feed duration value changed from timestamp to HH:mm:ss. Removed conversion function and display as is.


  • episode description now respects text formatting


  • improved text formatting. added script localization to output PHP vars.


  • Fixed episode title link being old iframe url


  • Switched from using file_get_contents to curl for getting RSS feed due to reports of some servers denying requests. Error was: file_get_contents(): https:// wrapper is disabled in the server configuration by allow_url_fopen=0


  • sanitize description and excerpt for html and special chars


  • fix broken plugin settings link


  • Enhanced integration with Pro version


  • Pro version release. Added links and notices to alert users.


  • Fix minor filemtime() issue with admin.css


  • Add sale notice


  • Fix sale notice


  • Fix sale notice


  • Fix RSS URL override in shortcode attributes – save transient per rss url


  • Fix RSS URL override – fix typo


  • RSS URL override – handle for pro version


  • Fix XSS vulnerability – alerted by


  • Test with WP 6.4


  • Test with WP 6.6 and php 8.2