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Audio Block

Creating an audio block will enable you to embed a piece of music, podcast, or any other sound file right into your page or post.

To add an audio, click on the Add Block button and select the Audio block. Alternatively, you can start typing /audio in a new paragraph block, then press enter.

Use the slash command /audio to insert an audio block

Detailed instructions on adding blocks can be found here.

Block Interface

Every block comes with unique and block-specific controls that allow you to manipulate the block directly right in the editor.

The audio block has alignment and width toolbar icons

Adding Files

Upon adding an audio block, you will get three options to chose from: Upload, Media Library, and Insert from URL.

  • The Upload button will allow you to upload a new audio file from your computer.

  • The Media Library button lets you select a file that’s already uploaded to your site’s Media Library.

  • Insert from URL button lets you input a URL where the file has already been uploaded, on a streaming service or elsewhere on the web.

Right after you’ve selected the audio file to insert, you can add an optional text caption just underneath the player and start configuring your audio block.

Edit Audio

Clicking on the pencil icon will allow you to select a new audio file for the block. This option can be used to replace the current audio file in the block.

Alignment

A block-specific toolbar will appear whenever you select the audio block. Three of the options are for the block’s alignment, right, center, and left. Choosing the right or left will allow you to place another block alongside the audio block moreover picking center will return the block to its default, taking up the full width of the post or page content.

If you wish for the audio to be emphasized on the page, the Wide and Full-Width options will expand the audio beyond the bounding column of the page. These two options are exclusively available within the Conj - eCommerce WordPress Theme which supports these alignments in any fluid width page template.

In addition to the options found in the block’s toolbar, you may locate the block specific settings in the editor sidebar panel. Clicking on the cog icon next to the publish button will toggle the visibility of this panel.

The audio block settings can be found in the sidebar

Autoplay & Loop

The following options let you set your audio file to autoplay when a user visits the page or post, and the looping allows you to choose if the audio track needs to be repeated after it’s finished.

Preload

This feature allows you to select how much of the audio file is downloaded when the page or post is loaded.

The audio block can be set to Autoplay, loop, or Preload

Enabling this option might slow your page’s load speed down.

The following are the settings:

  • None – Nothing about the regarding the audio file is downloaded automatically. The download of the audio file only begins when your visitor clicks on the Play button. This might be the fastest setting.

  • Metadata – Only basic info about the file will be downloaded automatically. Like the None option, the download of the audio file only begins when a user clicks on the Play button. This setting is also very fast, as the only thing downloaded is text or basic info regarding the file.

  • Auto – The entire audio file is downloaded, despite whether the visitor clicks the Play button or not. This might make the most significant impact on your page or post’s load speed, especially with larger audio files.

On a theoretical base, there’s not a big difference between None and Metadata.

Advanced

The advanced tab lets you add a CSS class to your block, allowing you to write custom CSS and apply styles to the block as you see fit.