Embedding audio files into your posts can be a great way to add additional content and value to your site. If you’ve ever seen this done on another site and wondered how to do it then you’re in luck because it’s super simple and only takes a few minutes to set up.
The first thing you’ll need in order to embed a .mp3 files is a WordPress plugin called oEmbed HTML5 Audio Player. You can search for it by typing “oEmbed HTML5 audio” into the add new plugins page in your WordPress admin area. There are a few other plugins that will embed audio files but I like this one because it’s simple to use and does exactly what it’s supposed to do.
Here’s an example of how it works and what it will look like in your posts:
Once you’ve installed the plugin, all you need to do in order to embed an mp3 file into your post is click on the upload media icons and select the audio/mp3 file you’d like to embed.
Then just get the entire url of the file you want to embed into your post and paste it in like this:
The Plugin will then generate the proper code to embed the file and player directly into your post.
Another great tool to use when putting audio on your site is Audacity. This is a free and open source audio player and editor that you can use to edit, compress, cut or record audio to use in your blog posts. I use it all the time to create small sound bites from larger files.
With these tools you should easily be able to create, edit and embed audio into your posts. Please leave a comment and let me know if you’re using this on your site or if you’ve got any other tips or plugins to share.