Widgets & Sidebars

Widgets » Music Player Widget

The Music Player widget allows you to add an audio player to the sidebar or footer of your site. If you have multiple songs that you would like to add to a widget, like a playlist, you can do so with the Music Player widget.

This widget requires the ability to upload audio files, and therefore is only available to sites with a paid WordPress.com plan.

Add the Music Player Widget

To add the widget to your site:

  1. In your dashboard, click on Appearance → Customize → Widgets.
  2. Choose the location where you’d like to place the widget on your site. Common options here include the Footer and Sidebar, but this may be different depending on your theme.
  3. Click either of the + block inserter buttons (see right) to see a list of all the available blocks and widgets.
  4. Scroll down to the Widgets section and click on the widget once to add it to your site.

For general information on working with widgets, see this guide.

The two + icon block inserter buttons are marked with arrows.
Block inserter buttons

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Choose Songs

After adding it to your widget area, select Choose songs to open your media library. You can select songs you’ve already uploaded, upload new ones, or choose Insert from URL to choose songs hosted elsewhere.

After adding songs, you’ll see a shortcode appear in the Music Player area. You can paste this shortcode into a Shortcode block to embed the music player elsewhere if you’d like, such as the body of a post or page.

You can then give your music player a title, then Publish the changes. Here’s what the widget looks like:

Example of a Music Player widget

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