Create playlists manually

Learn how to manually create playlists featuring your BeyondWords audio.

This guide explains how to manually create a playlist with the audio in a BeyondWords project. These playlists include a fixed list of audios that's editable anytime, and are ideal for splitting longer audios into sections.

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Other playlist types

You can also create playlists automatically using custom rules, or share a Project Playlist, which is automatically updated with the latest audios in your project.

Create a manual playlist

  1. Go to the 'Content (Playlists)' section of your project dashboard

  2. Select 'Create playlist'

  3. Enter a title for your playlist, then select 'Next'

  4. Use the checkboxes to select the audios you would like to include in your playlist (you will only be able to select processed audios)

  5. Select 'Save playlist'

  6. Upload an image, which will appear on your dashboard and the Playlist Player (optional)

  7. To reorder your playlist, hover on an audio then drag and drop into position (optional)

Distribute your playlist as a podcast

  1. Go to the 'Content (Playlists)' section of your project dashboard and select your playlist

  2. Select '⋮' then 'Edit podcast feed'

  3. Complete the details, then select 'Save changes'

  4. Copy the podcast feed URL

  5. Submit the podcast feed URL to the directories of your choice, such as Apple Podcasts (iTunes), Google Podcasts, and Spotify Podcasts

Embed your playlist

  1. Go to the 'Content (Playlists)' section of your project dashboard and select your playlist

  2. Hover on or open your playlist and select the <> ('Get embed code') icon

  3. Select the copy icon to copy the iFrame embed code

  4. Paste the iFrame embed code into your HTML container

Don't forget that you can customize the Playlist Player.

Share your playlist via URL

  1. Go to the 'Content (Playlists)' section of your project dashboard

  2. Hover on or open your playlist and select the copy ('Copy shareable URL') icon

  3. Paste the URL wherever you would like to link to or open it

Don't forget that you can customize the Playlist Player.

Customize the Playlist Player

The Playlist Player is used when you embed your playlist or share it via URL.

  1. Go to the 'Content (Playlists)' section of your project dashboard and select your playlist

  2. Select '⋮' then 'Edit Playlist Player'

  3. Upload an image (optional) — this will also be used in the BeyondWords dashboard

  4. Customize light mode colors (optional) — enter a hex color code into the field, or click the color to choose a default option

    1. Player icon color: The color of the play button — make sure this contrasts against the background color

    2. Text color: The color of the player text — make sure this contrasts against the background color

    3. Background color: The color of the player's background — this can be TRANSPARENT

  5. Customize dark mode colors (optional) — use the toggle to switch to dark mode settings and customize as above

  6. Select 'Save changes'

FAQs

How do I edit my playlist?

To change the title or contents of your Manual Playlist:

  1. Go to the 'Content (Playlists)' section of your project dashboard and select your playlist

  2. Select '⋮' then 'Edit playlist'

  3. Make changes as desired

  4. Select 'Save playlist'

The updated playlist will be available through the same shareable URL and embed code.


Can I disable a playlist?

Yes, you can temporarily or permanently disable any playlist. This will prevent the player from rendering where it has been embedded. Its URL will return an error.

  1. Go to the 'Content (Playlists)' section of your project dashboard and select your playlist

  2. Select '⋮' then 'Disable playlist'

You can re-enable the playlist anytime by following the same instructions but selecting 'Enable playlist'.


Will the Playlist Player slow down my website?

Our Playlist Player embed should not slow down your website. We’ve designed BeyondWords to minimize any effect on latency. Our default JavaScript player is lightweight and, when embedded via iFrame, it only loads after all other page content has loaded. We’re also the only text-to-speech service that transcodes audio for HLS (HTTP Live Streaming), which splits audio into 15-second segments at different bit rates to ensure frictionless listening.



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