This plugin takes some fairly serious setting up… Some of that will improve with future versions – some of it’s just the nature of what it does. If you really want it working slick please consider getting us to set it up for you…
First the complicated part. Your theme will need an area with an HTML ID that is consistent over all pages/posts/archives etc. Most themes have this – some don’t… It’s possible to add it if you know what you’re doing. Ask us to do it for you if it’s an issue… You can access this screen via Settings->MLL Player in your admin panel
- By default AJAX is disabled (ie your music player stops when you change pages). To enable it type ‘true’ without the quotes in the ‘AJAX enabled’ box.)
- When AJAX is enabled, the plugin will dynamically update the DOM element specified in ‘ID’. If you don’t know what that means, probably the default will work anyway so don’t worry! If it doesn’t then get in touch…
- Since often menus on wordpress sites need to be updated along with the page, MLL Player will also update the div that contains your menubar. You can enter it’s ID here. This means you can have active content like facebook feeds etc in your sidebar and they won’t be touched by the MLL plugin
- Here you can edit the html that displays as the player fades between pages.
- You can also edit the url for your play/stop/fwd/back and download buttons.
2. Display Options
These options allow you to control the images displayed for the buttons on the player. Currently if you leave them blank they default to textual ‘Listen/Pause/Forward/Back/’. In the next version we’ll have images but meanwhile you can set them.
3. Player Options
Here you can define a sitewide playlist. So for example you may want to have all 10 of your albums on the site but you want your latest single to play first and only a few others in the main site playlist. Then the other songs will be available to play when the user actually browses to those pages.
Simple: go to the artists tab, click ‘add new’, enter the name of the artist as the title (like you would a normal blog post) and enter in some details and a photo in the ‘Featured Image’ section.
5. Adding an Album
Simple again: go to the albums tab, click ‘add new’, enter the name at the top and add a photo to the ‘Featured Image’ section.
- ‘Order’ is the order the albums are to be displayed in. ‘1’ goes first.
- Select which artist (created earlier) the album is by.
- Decide whether you want to offer a download link
- Enter the file URL for the download link (you’ll need to put your mp3s on your server somewhere with FileZilla or FireFTP or something then enter in the url here)
Go to the ‘songs’ tab and click ‘add new’. Enter the song name at the top and a bunch of details/lyrics in the wordpress content editor.
- ‘Track’ denotes which track number this song is on the album
- ‘Track Artist’ is what displays as the track artist in the player (because you may have multiple artists on one cd
- Select which album you want to add this song to
- Enter the url of the mp3
- Decide whether you want to allow people to download this MP3.
7. Displaying your information in posts/sidebar
For the cute little player in the sidebar here just add the widget in Appearance/widgets. For a bit more control we have some shortcodes…
[mllp_play id=”post id of song you want to display”]
– creates a play/pause button for this song
[mllp_getalbums artist=’name of artist’]
– displays the albums by your chosen artist
– add header=’true’ to display artist header above albums
– displays the photos and bios of your artists
[mllp_playcurtrack customplay=’url of custom play button’ customstop=’html of custom stop button’]
– Play button for whichever track is currently selected in the playlist
[mllp_fwd customfwd=’url of custom forward button’]
– forward button for the sitewide playlist
[mllp_bck custombck='html of custom back button']
– back button for the sitewide playlist
– display the track that’s currently playing
– display the artist for the track currently playing