... (chemicallace) wrote in lj_userdoc,

Embedding FAQs

I want to sort of re-propose the FAQ changes suggested here by braindrain. They weren't really rejected, just sort of forgotten it seems. I'd like to propose the creation of an embedding FAQ category with at least the following three FAQs. I open to suggestions for more, but for now these two seem the most important and if I have these three I can make more answers just FAQ references!

How do I embed my LiveJournal into my web site?

Instructions for embedding your LiveJournal into your web site can be found at: http://www.livejournal.com/developer/embedding.bml

Paid users can use any of the methods listed to embed their journal into their web site and can use customview.cgi to customize the appearance of their embedded journal as discussed in this FAQ: [URL of How can I customize my embedded journal?]. Free users can embed their journal using the HTML frames method ( http://www.livejournal.com/developer/embedding.bml?method=frameslayers ) only and are limited to using the same style for both their journal on LiveJournal.com and their embedded journal. If you are a free user and would like to be able to customize your embedded journal or use the other embedding methods, you will need to purchase a paid account ( http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=21 ).

Yes, I realize that the above is pretty much this FAQ. Basically, I want that FAQ changed to the one above and moved into an Embedding category.

How can I customize my embedded journal?

Free users are limited to the style of their journal on LiveJournal.com to use on their embedded journal. See [URL of How do I embed my LiveJournal into my web site?] for more about embedding your journal as a free user.

Paid users can customize their embedded journal almost as much as they can their journal at LiveJournal.com. In almost all of the methods located on the Embedding page ( http://www.livejournal.com/developer/embedding.bml ), style 101 is used for the embedded journal. Style 101 has hard coded colors and lacks comments links which some users find to be limiting when embedding their journals. As a paid user, you can create a custom style to replace this style. If you would like your embedded journal to look like your journal at LiveJournal.com, create a new style based off of the style you are currently using and make sure when editing the style to check the box indicating the style will be used for embedding. Any style you create for embedding should have that box checked and you can find more information about creating a custom style in this FAQ: http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=128 . If you are using style 103 for Flash embedding, you can also replace the style but the style you replace it with must be specially formatted to be compatible with the Flash output.

Once you have chosen a new style, you will need to replace the "101" that the "styleid" parameter in the customview.cgi URL uses with the number of your custom style. Customview.cgi can also be used to further customize your embedded journal as described in this howto post: http://www.livejournal.com/talkread.bml?journal=howto&itemid=16676

Is it possible to view my Friends-only or Private entries via my embedded journal?

Only when using HTML frames or JavaScript is it possible for anyone, including you, to view friends-only or private entries via your embedded journal.

If you are using HTML frames to embed you journal and not using a customview.cgi URL for the journal you will need to make sure you or the friend trying to read entires that they have security clearance for are logged in with the "Never" option so that the login does not expire when you close the browser window with LiveJournal in it. Also, check to make sure your browser's security settings permit third-party use of cookies.

If you are using HTML frames with a customview.cgi URL or JavaScript to embed your journal, you will need to follow the instrustions for using HTML frames without a customview.cgi URL and will also need to modify the customview.cgi URL you are using to check for cookies. This can be done with the "checkcookies" parameter and you can find more information about this and customview.cgi in general in this howto post: http://www.livejournal.com/talkread.bml?journal=howto&itemid=16676

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