Monthly Archives: September 2013

How to embed third-party widgets such as Mixcloud into WordPress

There are now a huge number of third-party content providers that offer the ability to embed their content into your own website. YouTube is no longer the only media streaming service that you might want to include in one of your pages. Many other competing media streaming providers are now offering an API that should make it easy to embed their content. However, the question is what is the best way to include their content in one of your WordPress pages?

This post describes three different approaches to embedding third-party content. It is written for owners of self-hosted WordPress sites, but some of the techniques may also be applicable to sites hosted on WordPress.com. I will use the Mixcloud audio streaming service for the examples, specifically because it is not one of the out-of-the-box supported services in WordPress.

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Using the Numark Mixtrack Quad with TRAKTOR PRO 2

The Numark Mixtrack Quad

The Numark Mixtrack Quad is a 4 channel digital DJ controller with a built-in audio I/O device that was released in Spring 2013 and marketed as the only controller in its class and price range that offers 4 channel capabilities.

It is essentially a 4 channel version of the Numark Mixtrack Pro II, which is itself the second version of the infamous Mixtrack Pro, reportedly the world’s best selling digital DJ controller. With upgraded platters and touch-sensitive backlit drum pads, the Mixtrack Pro II is widely regarded as the current standard for entry level DJ controllers, so the Mixtrack Quad comes from an excellent pedigree. Numark has been producing innovative DJ equipment for 40 years, so they clearly know what they’re doing and have an enviable track record for producing both pro and consumer kit.

The Mixtrack Quad currently retails for around £210 and represents fantastic value for money. Although clearly aimed at the home DJ, it is perfect for learning how to DJ and more than up to the job for house parties and small venues. For more details about the controller itself, please see the excellent Digital DJ Tips review.

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How to embed your Mixcloud profile in your WordPress Blog

Mixcloud is a fantastic online music streaming service that allows you to share your DJ mixes over the internet for free. Unfortunately, most WordPress social media widgets don’t yet seem to support linking to Mixcloud profiles out-of-the-box, so for the time being you might need an alternative solution.

Here is an easy way  to embed your Mixcloud profile in a Widget Area of your WordPress Blog, for example in a sidebar or footer on every page:

  1. Log in to your WordPress Blog as an Administrator.
  2. Go to the Appearance/Widgets admin section.
  3. Choose a suitable Widget Area from those displayed down the right-hand side of the page (e.g. Main Widget Area or Secondary Widget Area). Your Widget Areas may differ depending on the WordPress Theme you are currently using.
  4. Drag and drop a new Text widget from the Available Widgets box into the correct location of your chosen Widget Area.
  5. Enter a suitable Title for the new widget. This will be displayed at the top of the new widget box, so use something like “Follow me on Mixcloud”.
  6. In a new browser window/tab, log in to your Mixcloud account and go to your profile page.
  7. Click on the Embed button.
  8. Adjust the available Options as required.
  9. Once happy with the displayed Preview, select and copy the entire contents of the HTML code box.
  10. Go back to your WordPress Appearance/Widgets window, and paste the HTML code into the main box of your newly created Text widget.
  11. Save the Text widget.
  12. Review your Blog and check that your Mixcloud profile is being displayed correctly in the chosen Widget Area.

The same approach is equally applicable to other Content Management Systems or hand-coded websites. Please bear in mind that JavaScript support is required on the client for the Mixcloud widget to display correctly.