Speaker WordPress Plugin Settings

The Speaker WordPress Plugin converts post or webpage into human-like speech in more than 175 voices across 35+ languages and variants. It applies groundbreaking research in speech synthesis (WaveNet) and Google’s robust neural networks to deliver high-fidelity audio.

To open the plugin settings in the WordPress Sidebar menu go to Settings -> Speaker

Speaker WordPress Plugin Settings
Speaker Settings

In the plugin settings, there are several tabs responsible for various groups of plugin settings.

Voice Settings

API Key File

When you first run the plugin, you need to connect the Key File. How to get the Key File you can learn from the article About Key File for the Speaker & Voicer WordPress Plugins


Using the filter, you can choose from the table the voices you need. After selecting a language, you can filter the table by voice type and gender.

Speaker language select
Speaker language select

You can also listen to the Supported Google Voices and Languages in the Google Cloud Documentation. To select and activate a voice, click on the row in the table.

Select the voice
Select the voice

The selected voice will be highlighted in blue.

Speaker WordPress Plugin Used Voice
Used voice

Speaking Rate/Speed

This setting changes the voice playback speed. The smaller the number, the slower the synthesized voice will speak, and the more the amount will be, the faster will be the speaker.

Audio Profile

You can optimize the synthetic speech produced by Cloud Text-to-Speech API for playback on different types of hardware. For example, if your app runs primarily on smaller, ‘wearable’ types of devices, you can create a synthetic speech from Cloud Text-to-Speech API that is optimized specifically for smaller speakers.

Design Settings

Player position

You can select one of the available player positions:

  • Before Content
  • After Content
  • Top Fixed
  • Bottom Fixed
  • Before Title
  • After Title
  • Shortcode

Some themes may have problems displaying the player in Before Title and After Title positions. Switch plugin to other position in such cases.

You can easily add the Speaker WordPress Plugin player anywhere on the page using the shortcode [speaker]And you can also show the player with an audio recording of another post, for this use the shortcode [speaker id=PAGEID] PAGEID is the id of the page of the audio version of which you want to use in the player.

Speaker WordPress Plugin
Page ID

You can find out the page ID in the address bar during editing or from the page code.


The plugin has five player styles that you can use on the website pages. You can also customize any of the presented player templates with CSS.

Round Player

Core WordPress player with round edges:

Round Speaker Player
Round Speaker Audio Player
Rounded Player

Core WordPress player with rounded corner:

Rounded Speaker Audio Player
Rounded Speaker Audio Player
Squared Player

Core WordPress player with right angles and straight edges:

Squared Speaker Audio Player
Squared Speaker Audio Player
WordPress Default Player

Regular WordPress audio player:

WordPress Default Audio Player
WordPress Default Audio Player
Browser Default Player

Default browser player without any styles and scripts. The appearance of the player is different in difаerent browser:

Chrome & Opera Audio Player
Safari Audio Player
FireFox Audio Player

Please note that when choosing a Browser Default Player, a standard WordPress player will be disabled on your site. This will have an effect for all players on all pages of your site.

To fine-tune the design of the player, use the CSS class .mdp-speaker-box

Background color

This setting allows setting the background color of the player. This is possible for all modes except WordPress Default Player and Browser Default Player


By selecting the specific assignments you can limit where progress bar should or shouldn’t be published. To have it published on all pages, simply do not specify any assignments.

If all of the assignments are set to Ignore, that progress bar will show up on all pages.
The progress bar will be limited to the pages matching those assignments after set one or more of the assignments to Include or Exclude.

Assignments have 3 states:

  • Ignore (Default)
  • Include
  • Exclude

By default the assignments are ignored, meaning the progress bar is not limited by assignments. To use an assignment, set the option to Include or Exclude depending on the desired effect.
If you set an assignment to Exclude, the progress bar is assigned to all pages that do not match that assignment.

Matching Method


Will be published if ALL of below assignments are matched.


Will be published if ANY (one or more) of below assignments are matched.
Assignment groups where Ignore is selected will be ignored.

Date & Time

Speaker WordPress Plugin Date and Time Picker
Speaker Date and Time Picker

Date & Time section allows to flexibly configure the period during which the player will be displayed on the page. Select the start date and time, then select the end date and time and press ok.

User Roles

Linking to User Roles allows you to show/hide the player to certain user groups


You can easily configure the plugin to work on various devices, such as Desktop, Tablet, Mobile

Custom PHP

This setting provides unlimited possibilities for fine-tuning the plugin. For example, the code set in the default field allows you to enable the plugin only on Friday and off on all other days.

Save Changes

Do not forget to click Save Changes after changing plugin settings. After clicking this button, the settings will be saved and applied to all pages of the website.

Also, please read the article on converting the article to audio.