Music player cuts out when changing page
I just activated your theme – I really like the design. However, I understood the custom music player was supposed to keep playing while visitors click around on the site. For me, it cuts out for several seconds each time I click on a menu. Wasn’t expecting this (and really can’t use it this way) – any suggestions?
The blog I need help with is dwpianomusic.com.
Unfortunately, the audio may cut out between page loads but it should pickup where it left off. The time it takes to start playing on new page load varies on a number of things from user to user.
That said, there isn’t much that can be done to avoid this pause in playback. In most cases, audio players don’t continue playing on a new page load. Obsidian tries to avoid this and does well on higher speed internet connections. You can help the page load times and playback times be reducing the file size of the audio.
We have created another theme, Marquee, that doesn’t have the pause on page load. This is because the theme doesn’t actually reload the entire page but only the portions needed. While this is great, we’ve implemented it with some caution as it may not play nice with other plugins. We haven’t had any issues so far with the implementation though.
In the end, it’s not possible to eliminate the pause between site-wide player tracks. Reducing the audio file sizes should help. This is typically done by providing short 30-45 second snippets of songs in the site-wide player while having longer length versions on the single record pages. One other option would be to reduce the audio quality before uploading.
I hope that helps.
Thanks very much for getting back to me about this. I noticed that the player starts back up where it left off, as you mention, which is nice; I think the break between page loads is a bit too disruptive for the use I had imagined, though. I’ll have to go with a different strategy. Again, many thanks!
The other option would be to disable the site-wide player in which case you would have a typical theme but with the Discography and Video functionality offered by Obsidian. I don’t know of too many themes, other than Marquee, that offer seamless site-wide player playback.
In anycase, best of luck with your site.
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