Sticky Player (Free)
This support article is for Free subscribers only. The sticky player for Free subscribers operates differently than it does for Pro subscribers. If you are a Pro subscriber, go here.
What Is the Sticky Player?
With your Free subscription, you get access to one of our three players: the Sticky Player. To gain access to our other two players, the track player and full player, you'd simply need to upgrade to a Pro subscription from your Fusebox dashboard.
The Sticky Player is similar to the Track Player, in that it plays a single episode of your podcast at a time; it is different in that the Sticky Player is designed specifically to "stick" to the bottom or top of your website. As your website visitor scrolls up and down the page, the Sticky player remains stuck to the top or bottom of that webpage, where as the Track Player remains in one location on the webpage. The Sticky Player also extends the whole width of your website page.
How to Enable the Sticky Player
To enable the Sticky Player on your WordPress website, go to your WordPress dashboard, head to Settings > Fusebox Player, and click on the Sticky Player tab. The default setting is Disabled. Switch to Enable feature to enable the Sticky Player.
Sticky Player Settings
To access your Sticky Player settings, from your WordPress dashboard go to Settings > Fusebox Player, and click on the Sticky Player tab.
- Enable feature / Disable feature: In Enable feature mode, the sticky player is enabled (or active) on your WordPress site. In Disable feature mode, the sticky player is disabled (not present or active) on your WordPress site.
- Position: Your options here are Top or Bottom. If you want your Sticky Player to appear at the top of your website, choose Top. If you want it to appear on the Bottom, pick Bottom.
- RSS Feed URL: This is where you want to add your podcast RSS feed URL. The Sticky Player will either play the most recent episode from your podcast RSS feed (just like the most recent function in the track player), or, based on what you designate below that in Episode, play a specific track. If you leave the RSS Feed URL blank, it will pull from your podcast RSS feed URL you have in your Player Defaults.
- Episode: You can either choose Latest episode in your feed, which will pull the latest episode from your feed, or an episode from a specific URL, which will allow you to pick whichever Episode URL you want from your feed.
- Show Name: Add your show/podcast name (e.g. Smart Passive Income Podcast) here.
- Image URL: Add your podcast image URL here. Use a square image that is at least 300 x 300 pixels in size.
- Style: Your options here are Light or Dark. For more information about Light vs. Dark styles, go here. Additional customization options are available with a Pro subscription.
- Excluded Pages: By default the Sticky Player will appear on every page of your website when you have the Sticky Player feature enabled. If you want to exclude the Sticky Player on specific pages across your WordPress website, you can add those page URLs here in the Excluded Pages box. Note: Excluded page URLs should be added one per line.
- Advanced Options:
- CSS Z Index: The z-index brings the player closer or further from the listener, so if there's something else in the same place in the window, this tells the browser which one to show.
- Post Types: if you have defined any custom post types, you can have the sticky player show up using this option.
- Extra Shortcode Options: You can also add extra shortcode options for your Sticky Player in this box.
Ability to Add Different Sticky Players to Separate Pages
- Open up the WordPress editor for the page where you would like the unique sticky player to appear.
- In the main body of the page, create a Fusebox Track Player shortcode:
sticky="true"into the end of your fusebox_track_player shortcode. As an example, it could look like this:
[fusebox_track_player url url="https://downloads.pod.co/880b3952-01fd-4595-9b26-7facf8a1541a/7736e462-d92e-4930-9f8c-507ebc037d37.mp3" sticky="true"]
When you add
sticky="true" to your shortcode, the track player will be displayed as a sticky player, rather than in-line on the page. This only works if the Sticky Player is DISABLED in the main Sticky Player settings.
You can add as many sticky players as you'd like on separate pages, and this works with
fusebox_track_player. If the Sticky Player is ENABLED in the settings, that will override whatever is on the page, so make sure it's DISABLED if you want to achieve this.
To avoid any confusion, the track player is typically a Pro feature. In this case, you can use the shortcode to act as the sticky player.
Sticky Player In Action!
Check out the sticky player in action on Fusebox customer Josiah Goff's website:
Note: In the example above, this a Pro version of the Sticky Player, which comes with the subscribe, share, and download options, custom colors, and email capture.