How to Add an Audio File to a WordPress Blog Post

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

Audio files can be music files or a recording of you speaking to your readers. Audio adds a nice personal touch to your WordPress blog, and you can easily share audio files on your blog through the use of the Upload Audio feature in WordPress.

After you’ve inserted an audio file in your blog posts, your readers can listen to it on their computers or download it onto an MP3 player and listen to it while they drive to work. Click the Add Media icon on the Edit Post or Add New Post page and follow these steps to upload an audio file to your blog post:

  1. Click the Select Files button.

    An Open dialog box opens.

  2. Choose the file you want to upload and click Open (or double-click the file).

    You return to the file uploader window in WordPress, which shows a progress bar while your audio file uploads. When the upload is complete, a box containing several options drops down.

  3. Type a title for the file in the Title text box.

  4. Type a caption for the file in the Caption text box.

  5. Type a description of the file in the Description text box.

  6. Configure the Attachment Display Settings.

    In the Attachment Display Settings drop-down menu, you can select Embed Media Player (embeds the audio file in an audio player on your site); Link to Media File (inserts the title of the audio file, linked to the file itself); or Link to Attachment Page (inserts the title of the audio file, linked to a post containing the file).

  7. Click the Insert into Post button.

    The audio file is inserted into your post using the method you selected in Step 6.

Some great WordPress plugins for audio handling can enhance the functionality of the file uploader and help you manage audio files in your blog posts.