Getting Started #8: Adding the Fusebox Track Player
Adding the Fusebox Track Player
The Fusebox Track Player is also added to pages and posts using a shortcode. If you don't see the visual editor tab (for those on the classic WordPress editor) or the Fusebox player blocks (in the default WordPress editor, Gutenberg), read this article.
Creating Your Fusebox Track Player Shortcode
Note: the below instructions are for those using the Gutenberg editor, which is the default editor for WordPress. The process of adding in the Fusebox Track Player is similar to that for the Fusebox Full Player, except that the URL field behaves differently. You will always need to specify a URL in your track player shortcode.
- Go to your blocks section and choose the Fusebox Track Player block.
For folks using the Classic Editor in WordPress, you'll look for the Fusebox Track Player button in the editor menu, like so (clicking that will open up your shortcode builder):
- After clicking on the Fusebox Track Player block, you'll see a shortcode: [fusebox_track_player]. Note: if you added a track player shortcode prior to our brand change to Fusebox, your shortcode will look like this: [smart_track_player] and will continue to work. Click on Edit shortcode to further customize:
If you want to play a specific episode from the MP3 file, select Play a specific episode of your podcast. In the URL box, add the URL for the individual podcast track you wish to play (more on this below). This should be a URL ending in .mp3. And your shortcode would look like the one above: [fusebox_track_player].
If you would rather play the latest episode from your podcast's RSS feed, select Play the most recent episode in your feed. Then, enter the RSS feed URL in the URL box. And your shortcode would like like this: [fusebox_track_player_latest].
Finding Your Podcast Track URL
Where you'll find your podcast track URL is different for each podcast host. You won't be able to get the track URL from iTunes; you'll need to get that from your podcast host, such as Libsyn, BuzzSprout, Soundcloud. Unless you're using Soundcloud, this URL usually ends in .MP3.
- Soundcloud: This is the URL you specified when you published the track. It will follow this format: https://www.soundcloud.com/yourusername/your-episode-title.
For example: https://soundcloud.com/askpat/the-100th-episode-of-askpat
- Libsyn: This is the Direct Download URL that you received after publishing your episode or your File for Download Only (begins http://traffic.libsyn.com/yourshowname).
To retrieve it, log in to your Libsyn account. Go to Previously Published Content. Click on the links button. Copy and paste this Traffic URL.
Other Hosts: The process is similar to Libsyn, regardless of your podcast host. Look for the individual episode link, almost always ending in .MP3.
Feedburner: Follow this tutorial.
Customize Your Track Player
In addition to specifying your episode URL, you can tweak the appearance of your player.
Color (Hex) #: Specify the player's color using a hex value. Learn more about this here.
- Image URL: Add an image to your track player. Learn more about this here.
- Artist: Add your podcast host's name to the player (yellow arrow). Learn more about this here.
- Title: By default, the track player will display the podcast’s track title that you added when you created the file. Use this field to override that title (red arrow).
- Display social sharing buttons: Select whether you want social sharing buttons to appear in the track player.
- Social sharing buttons: Select which social sharing buttons you'd like to appear in the track player. Learn more about this here.
- Customize your social sharing message: Add an optional URL, custom message, hashtags, and username to include in social messages when people share on social media.
- Display download button: Set this to No to remove the download button. Learn more about this here.