Adding Music To Your Blog
I was asked by a client to add some background music to a WordPress site, this is my quick how to.
That Mall Shopping Experience
The site in question was using WordPress as a CMS rather than a blog, the site is an e-commerce site selling designer jewelry, so I guess the browsing and shopping experience can be improved by adding music.
Real Music Not Musak
It also helps that the site owner is also a musician and has their own stash of quality and unique tracks to play over the top of the site.
Adding A Command To The Header
Here’s the nitty gritty on how I plan to add the music file and have it play when the site is opened. You need to add a command to your themes header file.
Depending upon your chosen theme you will have to either edit your themes header.php file, or if you have a funky new theme like headway or Thesis add this to the header script section.
I recommend you add it just before the
The code you need to add is:
<embed src=”YOURMUSCICFILE” autostart=”true” loop=”true” hidden=”true” ></embed>
I used this method instead of one of the many available media players because the site owner did not request a player control to be visible.
A Word Of Warning
Music is a very subjective thing, adding your latest death metal recording to a personal development blog may not be the best thing.
Give people an option to stop what they see as a cacophony, the option above does not supply that.
Music files will consume bandwidth like a group of sturdy Americans at and all you can eat Las Vegas buffet, be wary of this and look to your hosting provider before adding music.
Adding music to a WordPress site may be great for your blog if it matches your audience, why not give it a try, now where is my MP3 of Billy Ray Cyrus; Achey Breaky Heart.