Our WordPress Plugin Audio Blog grants you the option of creating a blog that is entirely audio. It can be used as a podcast or radio show. With this plugin, the speaker can upload audio files and embed them into the posts to create a full-blown broadcast using nothing but their computer and internet connection. Add Google Analytics ID, affiliate links, and include some images wherever you’d like to make it look great. Listeners have the option to play the audio file, download it as an mp3, or just listen on the site.
The WordPress Plugin Audio Blog is a powerful WordPress plugin that adds audio support and easy audio-blogging capabilities to your WordPress blogs. This plugin makes it easy to include spoken word and music into your blog, making it easier for the blind and visually impaired to browse and better understand your content.
Formerly known as the Smart Podcast Player, Fusebox is kind of the premium plugin for that market. Your users will actually enjoy using this one. Though designed for podcasts, this WordPress audio player plugin is a high-end product. They can easily binge your entire library, and the Smart Track Player takes that same functionality for an entire show and gives it to a single track. That way you can use it for music or podcasts or even just snippets for your audience to download on a one-off basis. You can even capture listeners’ email addresses through it for your mailing list and marketing!
For the price (starting at $15 per month), you get a fantastic amount of features. Full customization of the player means that you can set which buttons show, which colors are where, and how much access to the audio archive the player gives your listeners. One of the best features is the ability to set the listening speed, which is huge for podcast listeners who binge a lot of shows.
- free version supports 10k listens per month and 3 different shows
- easy to use for the users
- simple choice for site owners for how to choose audio files
- visually unique and customizable
Add Audio Files and Playlists in WordPress
WordPress can automatically embed an audio file in mp3 format. All you need to do is upload the file using the media uploader, and insert the file URL in the post editor like this:
You can also create playlists by selecting multiple audio files in media uploader and clicking the create audio playlist link from the left.
When you insert the audio playlist in the post editor, you will be able to see it in the visual editor. You can add audio playlists in any WordPress post or page.
The default WordPress audio player has come a long way over the years, and the Gutenberg audio block is testament to that. While it is definitely not the most feature-rich player out there, if you’re using the WordPress block editor, you get a lot more customization options than you do in the classic editor.
The biggest benefit of using Gutenberg for an audio player is the ability to place the player wherever you want without trouble. Gutenberg now works in widgetized areas of your site, so adding a block here and there isn’t a big deal. You can add files from your own server, or you can embed from Spotify, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, or any podcast feed (through Jetpack).
- built into WordPress
- easily manageable within posts and pages
- supported embeds for external services
- plugins can add their own Gutenberg blocks for additional audio player features
- basic settings such as autoplay and loop and preloading
Every site needs protection from hacking and other kinds of security issues. WordFence is a comprehensive security plugin for self-hosted WordPress sites that helps with malware scanning. The plugin includes a firewall with multiple security features, as well as protection from viruses and malware. WordFence also does real-time traffic monitoring and sends email alerts about critical security concerns.
PowerPress is a great player, and it is free and easy to use. That’s enough. But it gets better. (We did a total write up on how to set up using it to host your podcast using WordPress, too.) That said, as fantastic of a player for podcasts as it is, it can also work for other media that you want to display as well. While it’s not as slick premium options such as Fusebox, PowerPress is feature-rich and more than capable of holding its own with any premium WordPress audio player plugin out there. If you need people to listen, install Blubrry and just…PowerPress play.
Admittedly, not everyone needs a flash player for their site. If you want a fast-loading and functional player, Blubrry PowerPress offers that. Or you can choose the more modern player with subscribe tools, sharing options, download buttons, and more. You can also use this as a video player, where your audio can also count as part of your design. Win-win.
- audio and video player options
- choice of players
- incredibly fast and lightweight
- specific SEO settings for podcast users (which also apply to your other audio files, too)
Simple Audio Player is a comprehensive audio plugin for WordPress. Instead of using HTML5 as the default playback option, Simple Audio Player uses flash as the default and HTML5 as the fallback.
The plugin also provides easier options to change the color and size of the media player. Simple audio player plugin lets you enter audio playlists and tracks using a shortcode.
Search Engine Optimization is crucial for building brand awareness. Yoast SEO covers all the bases in a single plugin. Yoast checks every part of your site for searchability based on keywords you provide. This full-service plugin automatically “grades” your content for searchability and tags areas for improvement. Download Yoast from the WordPress Plugin Directory for free, or go premium for more options.
Music Player for WooCommerce
While free music is fine and dandy, and we all love it, you have to get paid. The starving artist gig is wonderful in theory, but the reality is much, much worse. You know…the whole starving part. So when you use this WordPress audio player plugin, you can sell your music or podcasts or whatever else and put food in your mouth and make the starving part hit the road.
When you protect your audio, you allow the customer to sample the file, and the plugin automatically truncates the audio for you. iTunes and most other marketplaces do something similar. You can place the player in a lot of different places throughout your WooCommerce pages using a shortcode, so you have total flexibility of how you want to present your merchandise. So instead of using an extra platform to sell your audio, you can finally use the one you already know.
- shortcodes for embeds
- customization for each player via shortcode
- playlist support
- MP3, WMA, WAV, OGA file types
- sorting using WooCommerce product IDs
- toggle for continual playing, even after user navigates away
Google Analytics Dashboard
Google Analytics is a premier tool for tracking statistics on your website, and this plugin puts the full range of Google Analytics functions right on your WordPress dashboard. Without leaving your site you can check traffic and clicks, get data on visitor behaviors, and more. Install this free plugin from the WordPress Plugin Directory.
CP Media Player is a beautiful audio/video player for WordPress. It comes with a custom media player with several skins to change its appearance. It works on all devices and is fully responsive. Another useful feature of CM media player is the ability to display subtitles using the WebSRT format.
Jetpack is a powerful plugin originally created for the hosted WordPress site, WordPress.com. The Jetpack plugin includes a bundle of features for social media sharing, site statistics, SEO and more. Users can select the features they want to activate for social sharing and customize them to suit their needs. Jetpack is free to download from the WordPress Plugin Directory.
Seriously Simple Podcasting
Powered by Castos podcasting, the Seriously Simple Podcasting player is one of the quickest and easiest players you can set up on your site. The plugin itself is platform-agnostic, meaning that you don’t have to be a part of Castos’s hosting service to take advantage of everything it offers. Any podcaster who needs a great WordPress-based audio player can definitely get their money’s worth here. (Which is even better because it’s free!)
Whether you have a single podcast or many, this one plugin can handle it all. Through the myriad of add-ons and extensions, site owners can really take this plugin and make it exactly what they need to be. You can see in the image above that you can have SEO extensions for different hosts and speakers, even Genesis Framework support.
- fully supported and developed by a major podcast host, Castos
- supports any podcast feed, allowing you to highlight others’ work
- custom display and distribution options
- works with any podcast host or media hosting site
Have you listened to Audio Podcasts on the Web? They are wonderful and kind of addictive. Now WordPress makes it easy to add professionally created Audio Blogs to your site.