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  • It would be fantastic if the next update of WordPress allowed you to specify a link to another site as a “Page”. This would open up a ton of possibilities.

    You could actually embed a new Blog home page inside your site. You could link to forums like this one, or one of your own using separate software. Personally, I would love to be able to embed my YouTube or Facebook pages inside my own site.

    And it seems like a fairly easy change that could really add a lot of new functionality to WP.

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  • esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    You could actually embed a new Blog home page inside your site.

    Gee – I’m sure the person who owns the other site will be really pleased about you stealing his/her bandwidth in this manner.

    I’m not talking about embedding “someone ELSES site”.

    I’ve been begging for YEARS the ability to include a second “homepage” inside my blog (one where you can have multiple posts with multiple comment fields). But every reply to my request has been some criticism of how difficult it would be to make that substantial of a change to WP.

    But I could create an entire second “hidden” WP blog (unpublished URL) and link to it as a new Page.

    The “fix” to prevent bandwidth theft is simple. Restrict Pages to the same root URL.

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    I’m not talking about embedding “someone ELSES site”.

    Ah! That’s how your initial suggestion read. So Where would this other Page come from? Another site on the same domain? If so, coding that could be pretty tricky given all of the possible server configurations and people pointing different domain names to sub-folders etc.

    Really, all that’s needed are just the necessary html/php/xml pages in a folder in your existing site.

    Plus, linking to sites like Facebook & YouTube, which encourage linking.

    how would you

    You could actually embed a new Blog home page inside your site.

    because I would like too embed my facebook page in my site just as an experiment.

    Jake,

    If an option was added to specify a URL as a new “Page”, you could specify your Facebook page, personal YouTube video index, a custom HTML page of your own design, or even other apps like a fully functional Bulletin Board (like: phpBB) or an eStore (like “OSCommerce”) inside your WP blog.

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    My point here is – what is there to stop me (for example) using this functionality to grab one of your site’s pages? This is where it gets a little bit awkward, in my opinion.

    Esmi,

    Under “General Settings”, you already define your site’s URL. When specifying the URL for your new Page, you can “hard code” the root URL of your link so it appears:

    Enter Link for your new Page: http://www.yourdomain.com/ (input box here)

    …where you enter the name of your landing page.

    Also, add special cases for “Facebook” and “YouTube”:

    http://facebook.com/ (username)
    or
    http://youtube.com/ (username)

    It’s not complicated, and opens up an AMAZING number of possibilities.

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    Under “General Settings”, you already define your site’s URL

    I’ve heard that this might be disappearing soon…

    add special cases for “Facebook” and “YouTube”

    But what is there to stop me entering your Facebook page? Or Joe Smith’s YouTube channel. And how is this an increase in functionality compared to, say, using a standard <iframe>? I’m not trying to be awkward. Honest! I’m just struggling to see what the benefits are compared to the potential issues.

    Esmi,

    What does it matter to Facebook or YouTube WHOSE page you display? They ENCOURAGE linking and embedding. Whether you embed your page or someone else’s doesn’t matter to them.

    The “<iframe>” option is a poor one because it produces an html window limited in size that scrolls when your content does not fit (and if your page includes frames of it’s own, I’m not sure they would embed). It would also look very unprofessional for those of us that don’t want our site to look like it was coded by a high school student.

    Just tried the following. It doesn’t work:

    <p>Iframe test:</p>
    <iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/" name="facebook" width="600" height="600" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" align="right" scrolling="auto" frameborder="0"></iframe>
    End.

    Can only specify fixed width/height as well (no percentages).

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    What does it matter to Facebook or YouTube WHOSE page you display? They ENCOURAGE linking and embedding. Whether you embed your page or someone else’s doesn’t matter to them.

    Yes, it does matter. Yes, they do care.

    You’ll notice you can only embed certain things from certain services? There is a reason, and it’s called bandwidth theft.

    You do it to one of my sites and I will be sending your web host a formal complaint and blocking your IP.

    did you try plugin called “Blog in a blog” http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/blog-in-blog/ I had good fun with it long ago 😉

    You can attach documents from your hard drive to the bottom of the page, and you can let other site collaborators comment on your pages.

    [link moderated]

    Mika, embedding bits & pieces, like graphics or video, is “bandwidth theft”. Displaying an entire site is not. And unless you OWN Facebook or YouTube, I pretty much doubt anyone could embed your personal site via my proposal. Please re-read.

    Also, how is displaying a FULL Facebook page or YouTube video list any different than simply linking to the page and sending viewers there? Whether the page appears full screen or in a frame on your site makes no difference to them so long as their ads appear.

    “Bih”, I haven’t tried “Blog in a blog”, but I’ll check into it. I suspect it’s not as clear a solution as I’m suggesting here.

    “Hubdubc”, I’m not sure how your idea pertains to my desire to substitute a Page with a remote file/site?

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