Remove Query Arg from Media URLs ?_=1

Remove the query string ?_=1 added by WordPress adds to media URLs in HTML5 audio and video mediaelement.js players.

This plugin is ideal for the following reasons

  • Page Loading Performance: Improve page speed scores with services like PageSpeed, YSlow, Pingdoom and GTmetrix.
  • Caching: Links with query string parameters such as “?” followed by name=value pairs separated by ‘&’ in the URL are typically not cacheable
  • Statistics and Analytics: Prevent statistics and analytics services from including the query string in reporting.

Compatible Media Plugins

Blubrry PowerPress podcasting plugin

If this plugin works with your favorite media plugin, please contact me and I will add it to the list.