With Website Plugin you can add external web content to your Play Digital Signage slides.
- Website – If the website is hosted on a server, use the “Website” option and paste the URL.
- HTML code – If you have HTML code snippet, you can paste the snippet to the code pop-up. Where to find widgets?
- Pre-load website – Player will start loading the plugin 15 seconds before it will be displayed, so when the slide is displayed, the website has already loaded and is ready to display. If the website you want to display has some load animation or video set to autoplay, you can disable this option so that the animation does not run while plugin is pre-loading.
- Enable scrolling – By default the scrolling behavior is disabled so that the scroll bar is not visible. If you want users to interact with the site, you can enable scrolling.
- Zoom – Depending on how the website is built, it may render different on certain devices. By adjusting zoom, you can make the page to fit better.
There are tons of HTML widgets out there, the best option is to try your luck with search engine, including the term html widget in the search query, for an example “Stock price html widget”. Here are some free ones that we’ve come across:
- Elfsight – over 30 high quality widgets including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Weather and many more. With free account you can use up to 2 widgets with up to 200 views a month.
- Snapwidget – many social widgets, some of them are free, others are pro.
- Weatherwidget – decent alternative to our weather plugin.
- ClockLink – even more clock configurations to supplement our clock plugins.
Depending on the player you are using, the website is embedded differently:
- iframe for web & Android (Amazon FireTV) players
- webview for Chrome (Raspberry Pi) / Windows / Mac / Linux
This is due to how html5 works. Iframe runs in a ‘sandbox’ as part of the browser window, whereas webview functions as a separate web window. If the website you are trying to embed returns X-Frame-Options DENY/SAMEORIGIN header, the page cannot be displayed in iframe because website owner has forbidden it. However the page is still rendered on our players that use webview instead.
You can simply upload a PDF file to your library where our server will convert each page in the document to an image. However if you have a PDF file that is frequently updated, you can link to it instead with a website plugin so it would be always showing the most recent version.
Displaying PDF in Chrome extension
Our Chrome extension (including ChromeOS) players have a built-in PDF reader, so displaying PDF’s is straight-forward. In addition there are some extra parameters that you can use to customize how the PDF is displayed. The parameters are added at the end of the file URL:
- #page=2 – Opens the file on second page.
- #view=fith – Fits the page horizontally, the other option is fitv to fit vertically.
- #zoom=150 – Zooms the page 150%.
You can also combine the parameters by chaining them together with & sign, for an example:
Displaying PDF in Android, Windows, Linux & MacOS
Our app on these platforms does not have a PDF viewer built in by default, but it’s possible to use an online PDF reader built by Mozilla to display the PDF files, here’s how:
- The PDF file needs to be proxied via our servers, we have a service for that. To use it, simply append your file address to this URL:
https://playsignage.com/proxy?address=YOUR_URL. By replacing YOUR_URL with the file address, your full URL should look like this:
- Go to the URL you just created to make sure it works!
- Next we need to encode the URL as it contains characters that can’t be in the browser’s address bar. Copy the URL with your address, now open this service and paste the URL to the textbox there. Next click the ‘encode’ button and in the textbox below you’ll see the result, now copy the result.
- By encoding the sample URL we were using, the result now should look something like this:
- Now let’s append the encoded result to yet another URL, in this case the online PDF viewer:
- By now the example we’ve been using looks like this:
- Open the URL you created to make sure it works, then you can use it in the website plugin!
Tip: You can also use parameters to open the PDF at specified page, change zoom – documented in here.
If the widget does not display, you can also try hosting the HTML code on a public server, (for an example https://htmlpasta.com/) or serve it from an HTML file in your server.