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  I want to put music on my website. How do I do that?

There are several types of music files. You can place "MIDI" music as background music on your web pages. MIDI music is computer-generated instrumental music — there is MIDI music playing on this help page. You can select music for a particular page by editing it and then selecting a song for the "optional MIDI music." Before a song can be selected, however, you must first upload it from your computer into your account using the "Upload Graphics and MIDIs" option on your Webmaster page.
  How do I get MIDIs onto my computer?

First, you must find the MIDI you want online or purchase it from a music vendor. Second, you must make sure that you have permission to use the song from both the person who wrote the song and the person who created the MIDI. (See "Music & Image Copyrights" in the left menu for more information about MIDI copyrights.)

Once you have found the MIDI you want and have permission to use it, you can right-click on the the link to that MIDI and then in the menu that pops up select the "Save Target As..." option to save it to your computer.
  Where can I find MIDIs I can legally use for free?

  I have a song on CD I want to play as background music. How do I do that?

Recorded music and sermons cannot be converted into MIDI music files. Recorded music files in formats such as MP3, .wav, Real Audio, and Windows Media are supported by Gold, Silver, and Bronze hosting packages (not Free or Starter sites). For some help with putting recorded audio on your Gold, Silver, or Bronze website, choose the "Recorded Audio" help item in the left menu.
  I selected a MIDI song on one of my pages, but I can't hear anything. What's wrong?

It could be one of several things. This is how to figure it out...
  1. When you go to the page with the music on it, look at the very bottom of the page. Do you see what look like the controls to a CD player? If not, your web browser does not have the capability to play MIDI music files. You may need to install the latest version of Windows Media Player. Recently, some people have reported a conflict between Windows Media Player and Apple's Quicktime. Another possible solution could be to unistall Quicktime.
  2. If you do see the controls for the CD player at the bottom of the page, is there a sliding bar that appears to be moving? If not, click what looks like the play button to see if that makes the music play.
  3. If the sliding bar is moving on the controls of your web page, do you hear music on on this help page? If you do, then that probably means the song you selected for your page is not working correctly - try selecting a different song.
  4. If you don't hear music on this page or your web page and you see CD controls on both, it probably means there is a problem with your computer's sound such as the speakers or the volume settings.
  5. One last possibility... if you see the CD controls on the bottom of this page, the sliding bar is moving, and you are sure your computer's sound is working because you can listen to CDs, check the volume controls for your computer. With Windows, there are separate volume controls for Wave, Synth, CD, and Line-in. MIDI volume level is controlled by the "Wave" setting.

Background music: "As the River Runs" Copyright © 1998 by Elton Smith and Larry Holder. Used by permission.

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