How To Create a Shortcode for HTML5 Audio in Posts and Pages

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Are you looking for a way to create a shortcode for HTML5 audio? This snippet will create a new shortcode for adding HTML5 audio to your posts and pages.


  1. Add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin.
  2. function html5_audio($atts, $content = null) {
    		"src" => '',
    		"autoplay" => '',
    		"preload"=> 'true',
    		"loop" => '',
    		"controls"=> ''
    	), $atts));
    	return '<audio src="'.$src.'" autoplay="'.$autoplay.'" preload="'.$preload.'" loop="'.$loop.'" controls="'.$controls.'" autobuffer />';
    add_shortcode('audio5', 'html5_audio');
  3. Then, add this shortcode to your post or page and configure it as needed. Remember to replace the src attribute value.
  4. [audio5 src="http://your-site/videos/your-video.mp4" loop="true" autoplay="autoplay" preload="auto" loop="loop" controls=""]

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Comments   Leave a Reply

  1. WordPress for Church October 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Any ideas on how to use Flash as a fallback?

    1. I would suggest that you use jplayer http://jplayer.org/ it will use flash if the browser does not support HTML5 audio. You will have to do some fiddling to get things running with wordpress though.

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