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Blocks »Audio Block

Creating an audio block will allow you to embed a piece of music, podcast, or other sound file right into your page or post. Here’s how it looks:

Audio Block Overview
Audio block overview

In order to add an audio block, click on the inserter icon. You can also type /audio and hit enter in a new paragraph block to add one quickly.

Use the slash command /audio to insert an audio block.
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 toolbar icons and block specific user controls that allow you to manipulate the block right in the editor.

The audio block has alignment and width toolbar icons.
The audio block has alignment and width toolbar icons.

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Adding Files

When you add an audio block, you get three options: Upload, Media Library, and Insert from URL.

The audio block allows you to Upload Media, use media in your Library, or add from a custom URL.
The audio block allows you to Upload Media, use media in your Library, or add from a custom URL.

Upload will allow you to upload a new audio file from your computer. Media Library lets you select a file that’s already uploaded to your site’s Media Library. Insert from URL lets you input a URL where the file has already been uploaded, on WordPress.com or elsewhere on the web.

Add from URL

Once you’ve selected your audio file, you can add an optional text caption just underneath the player. Now you can start configuring your audio block!

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Alignment

When you select your audio block, a toolbar will appear. Three of the options are for the block’s alignment, right, center, and left. Choosing right or left will allow you to place another block alongside the audio block. Choosing center will return the block to its default, taking up the full width of the post or page.

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Edit Audio

This is another option in the audio block’s toolbar. Choosing this will allow you to select a new audio file for your block. Use this if you need to replace the audio file in your audio block.

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Every block has specific options in the editor sidebar in addition to the options found in the block toolbar. If you do not see the sidebar, simply click the ‘cog’ icon next to the Publish button.

The block settings can be found in the sidebar.
The block settings can be found in the sidebar.

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Autoplay & Loop

These options let you set your audio file to autoplay when someone visits the page or post. Looping lets you choose if the audio file repeats after it’s finished.

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

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Preload

This option allows you to select how much of the audio file is downloaded when the page or post is loaded. While it may be tempting to go ahead and have the whole file download automatically, keep in mind that this can slow your page’s load speed down.

There are three settings:

None – Nothing about the audio file is downloaded automatically. The download of the audio file only begins when your visitor clicks the Play button. This is 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 someone clicks Play. This setting is also very fast, as the only thing downloaded is text. On a fundamental level, there’s not a big difference between None and Metadata.

Auto – The entire audio file is downloaded, regardless of whether the visitor clicks the Play button or not. This makes the biggest impact on your page or post’s load speed, especially with larger audio files.

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Advanced

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

Block Button Advanced Tab

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