iWeb Tip #2 – iFrames in iWeb (Websites within Websites)

iFrames in iWeb

iFrames in iWebThis page lets you load another webpage (whether made in iWeb or not) into your site.  Very helpful if you have a page made somewhere else and want to put it directly onto your webpage.  Some things you might want to iFrame on your page are:

  • iCal published calendars
  • Aperture made photo galleries
  • Pages made in 3rd party web software such as RapidWeaver, DreamWeaver, Sandvox, etc.
  • HTML Flash Galleries with XML files
  • and many more

Here’s how to do it:

See Demo »

Full iFrame:

1-Copy the code below by doing a triple click and then pressing (command + C)

<IFRAME SRC = "https://www.iwebunlimited.com" WIDTH="600px" HEIGHT="425px" FRAMEBORDER="0" --if "0" no border, otherwise "1" with border MARGINWIDTH ="0px" MARGINHEIGHT="0px" SCROLLING="auto" --"no" no scrolling bar, "yes" show always, "auto" showed when need > Your browser does not support IFRAME </IFRAME>

2-Paste into an HTML Snippet in iWeb

3-Replace the items highlighted in red in the code.  First the website that you want to display in your page, second the width and height of the site.  If your not sure the width and height, just enter some values and keep changing it till your page fits.  You also have some option to have a frameborder, margin, and scrolling.  For scroll bars you can put in yes or auto (auto will auto detect if you page needs scroll bars or not).

Partial iFrames:

There are times when you only want to iFrame portions of a site.  This code will help you do that.

1- Copy the code below into an HTML Snippet:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<style type="text/css">
border:0px solid #000;
#container iframe {
border:0 solid;
<div id="container">
<iframe src="https://www.iwebunlimited.com"; scrolling="no"></iframe>

2- Then you need to modify the items in red to get the portion of the site you want to iFrame in iWeb.  What is going on here, is we have the container size, then we have the iFrame size, the we have where on the page the container is located using the left and top margins.

How I’d recommend going about this is to first put in the URL of the site your iFraming in the last item highlighted in red, then hit apply in the snippet.  Now we just need to modify the sizing to show the portion of the iFrame you want to show.

3-Let’s size your iFrame dimension. So to size your iFrame dimensions in correctly, first put in the width and height that the actual page your iFraming in is.  A quick way to do this is to visit your actual page your iFraming in and press Command + Shift + 4, you’ll then get a cross hair instead of your arrow for your mouse.  This is ordinarily how we take screenshots of items on our screen, but we are using it just to get the dimensions of our site.  You see when we drag our mouse in this mode (in Snow Leopard & Leopard OS only) you’ll see dimensions in pixels of how large the area is.  Once you have your width and height dimensions by dragging your mouse in this mode hit the escape key on your keyboard before letting go of your mouse button, that way you won’t actually take a screenshot and we can just take the info that it gave us in the width and height pixels to enter into our iFrame snippet here.

4- Then adjust the container size.  Adjust the container width and height to be the size that you want to show of the iFramed site.

5-Then use the margin-left and margin-top to move the container around the iFramed page so that the container is located in the spot you want.

You should now have an iFrame that only shows the portion of a site that you want to be shown.  Yay!  Don’t you love little tricks like this in iWeb!  Hope that helped.

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  1. Alison 14 February, 2010 at 15:54 Reply

    Jason –

    Thanks for the great site! It’s so helpful.

    I am SO CLOSE to getting this to work, but the final step isn’t working for me.

    I created my movie, used Adobe Media Encoder to turn it into a .flv, launched Flash CS4, followed all of the instructions in your video tutorial to create the .html, .swf and the preview.jpeg files. (I chose no skin, but selected ‘true’ for autoplay under the Component Inspector). I published settings, transferred the four files to my server in a file called flashplayer and can even view my video successfully when I double click on the index file.

    Problem is, I cannot get it to play in iweb. Both in iweb format and when I publish the files and try to view on the web, I just see black. When I use my browser to access the index file, it plays for me just fine.

    I tried adding a skin, but when I do, all I see is the skin and although I can see the play button, I cannot touch it. I made sure that the HTML widget was moved to front, but no luck.

    Help!? What am I doing wrong?

    What I really want is just to have the video play and loop without any control by the user. (In Publish Settings menu, I did make sure that the ‘loop’ box was checked.)

    Thanks so much!

  2. David Scheller 17 February, 2010 at 14:27 Reply

    I just started using iWeb 9 and am also a bit of a novice at html & CSS. I looked at a number of postings on adding drop down menus to iWeb and yours is by far the most informed and easiest to follow. I succeeded in creating a dropdown on my iWeb page however when I click on the submenus the target opens inside the frame on my iWeb page rather than opening in a new window – I rechecked the steps on your video tutorial and all is ok. Did I miss something??

    Thanks for your assistance.


    • Lot 28 August, 2010 at 21:30 Reply

      Hi, love your website, it’s been my go-to since I started on my website. About iFrames, I want any links inside the iFrame to load on the main page (not on a new browser nor in the iFrame, but on the same one where the iFrame is embedded). You mentioned target=”_parent” in one of your replies, but I don’t know where and how..this one doesn’t seem to work: . Could you explain this more?

      Thanks! Such a great site, I wouldn’t know what to do without you!

  3. iWebUnlimited 17 February, 2010 at 14:32 Reply

    Alison, there could be many many variable that’s causing the problem. Maybe post the URL of the page that’s causing you problems and we could possibly point out where the problem is.

  4. Jette 7 March, 2010 at 03:30 Reply

    First of all: THANKS SO MUCH! iwebunlimited is really great! And it worked out fine to integrate the flash video in iweb. The only small problem left is that my preview picture is not showing up. Since i told the skin to hide automatically & my page background is black, you can just guess that there is a movie somewhere, hmm.. In your html code no preview image is mentioned, is that causing it? I have no clue how to integrate it in the code, can someone help me please?

  5. Drasch 9 March, 2010 at 01:51 Reply

    hey, thanks for this great help ;-)
    on more thing ;-) please can you tell me if is possible to indicate only a part of an website? i try it but it was nor possible for me!
    i mean like the webclips you can make in safari! is it maybe possible to take the webclips?

    greatings from germany and sorry for my bad englisch ;-)


  6. Peter 18 March, 2010 at 11:34 Reply

    Is there any way to dynamically re-size the iFrame depending on the content? My iFrame contains a link to a new page… the first page that will show up in the frame is 600px (height) and then when you click the link the new item is 835px (height) (width remains the same). Is there any way for it to automatically re-size when you click the link?

    • iWebUnlimited 29 April, 2010 at 09:44 Reply

      There actually isn’t, I would suggest setting your iFrame for the largest size the iFrame page may show. If you have control of the actual pages your iFraming I’d adjust them accordingly.

  7. gertude 27 March, 2010 at 16:34 Reply

    Dear Jason, thanks so much for your tutorials.

    I want to embed a webgallery, created in bridge cs4, into an iFrame. it works well when published to a local folder. but the page is blank when published to my server.
    do you have any suggestion what could be the reason?


    • iWebUnlimited 29 April, 2010 at 09:45 Reply

      It’s hard to help trouble shoot it without seeing anything. Maybe publish the page your having problems with and post your URL.

  8. MatrixAnime 27 April, 2010 at 03:32 Reply

    I am using a blogger site and I have a drop down link list I want to use on multiple pages. The problem is that if I need to update the link list I am having to do it for every post. Is their a way to make this list into a iframe or something and just have it in one post. That way if I need to update the list for 100 post I can just update it in one post and it will update the rest itself.

    This is the link list code I am using

    Episode 01
    Episode 02
    Episode 03
    Episode 04
    Episode 05
    Episode 06
    Episode 07
    Episode 08
    Episode 09
    Episode 10

  9. Sebastian 28 April, 2010 at 07:28 Reply

    When i use the CSS menus, an put them in a iframe, when i click the buttons, it opens the page in a new window… Do you know what is the cause of this problem?

    • iWebUnlimited 29 April, 2010 at 09:04 Reply

      Yes you need to change your links to _top or _blank. So the full link would look something like this:
      <a href=”http://www.yoursite.com/yourpage/” Title=”Your Site Title” target=”_top”>Your Link Text</a>

  10. Brian 22 May, 2010 at 22:25 Reply

    1st, thanks for all of your work. You make iWeb so much more enjoyable. But, I’m having a problem getting my facebook page to perform correctly inside an iframe. Please refer to my webpage and tell me if you have any ideas.


  11. Cristobal 28 May, 2010 at 01:18 Reply

    Hello, I am being created a page Web, and it would like me that within this page, to place another one as samples in this subject, the problem is that after tightening some Link, I leave my page and I go away to that I have inserted in mine. The point is that I would like to be able to continue sailing in the external Web without needing leaving mine web, please help

    watches my page that you see that I speak

  12. Garb-e 5 June, 2010 at 05:57 Reply

    Thanks for this great site and all your hard. I have used the iframe code and all works OK with the exception of IE8 when you require a transparent background in a part iframe, as it renders them white!.

    By amending the last line it of the code from this:

    to this:

    This should work OK now with IE8.

    Test this out and see if it works OK. I am no coding expert, so I would like confirmation that this is the correct method to use.



    • Garb-e 5 June, 2010 at 05:58 Reply

      iframe src=”https://www.iwebunlimited.com”; scrolling=”no”>

      to this:

      iframe src=”https://www.iwebunlimited.com”; scrolling=”no”; allowtransparency=”true”; frameBorder=”0″></iframe

  13. Kappy 21 June, 2010 at 07:16 Reply

    Is it possible to make the Iframe auto-adjusting? So that if i for example link my Disqus comments, it will automatcally expand as new comments is added, so i can get rid of the scroll?

  14. Adam 2 July, 2010 at 13:57 Reply

    Wondering iwebunlimited, how you were able to get the apple site into yours and have the ability to allow users to use it without navigating from your site. I’ve noticed a few blogs about this, but it appears that you have to have control of the site you are ‘iframing’ I’m assuming apple didn’t just pass over the controls… :-) Any suggestions?

    I absolutely LOVE this site!

  15. Thomas 16 July, 2010 at 10:24 Reply

    First thanks for all your site and video help!! I was trying to put all a url in my site in page GDW and it would not allow me to use my user and login? Help! Thanks again in advance!!! Here is the code that I used:

    Your browser does not support IFRAME

  16. Donna 11 September, 2010 at 22:35 Reply

    I am using iFrame to add in the CSS drop down navigation bar. I’ve followed the instructions, however the background appears white, even when I put in allowtransparency=”true” or backgroud: transparent. additionally, if i put a photo below the html snippet, the dropdown is blocked by the photo. is there anyway to: a)have the iframe as the same background as the rest of the background of the page and b)have it so that the drop down menu can go over photos, writing, etc?

  17. Justin 19 September, 2010 at 09:53 Reply

    I am in need of some help here. I have read and started using Iframes on my iweb site. I have the header and footer that link to my other pages with html snippets. I now have added a forum with an iframe. My problem is when the forum iframe is on the page the header and footer will not link off the page. If I right click and open in new window or tab then it works fine, also if I remove the forum iframe everything works fine. Not sure what to do…Please help.

  18. Greg 11 October, 2010 at 02:44 Reply

    Great article. One question, though (I hope someone can help me). I purchased a video xml player that I inserted into iweb via an iframe with the “index.html” page targeted. All of the files are uploaded into the same folder in iDisk. The player appears to be fine within iweb, with all of the videos playing back and all of the buttons working properly. However, when I publish the site, I can’t see anything. I can hear the video playing back, but the page is blank. Anyone have any ideas regarding this problem?

    Thanks in advance for any help.

  19. Vorboid 22 November, 2010 at 12:03 Reply

    Great tip and it works in safari for me but not on my iPod Touch 3rd gen it just goes onto the page i implanted and then it crashes Is it my iPod or is it a problem for everyone?

  20. Zahid 27 November, 2010 at 06:49 Reply

    Having never made a site before now, this site has been very helpful, and without iFrames there is no way my site would look as it does! http://www.zizimages.com how do you like the effect? Obvious issue is for search engines, alternative text etc for images has no value for the parent page…. right?

    Question, on the main page, clicking 1, 2, 3 etc triggers a fade transition effect, can this be done when changing iFrame contents? (see http://zizimages.com/Public_Events/HultGCC/HultGCC2010.html for links triggering iframe change) How do you get this effect!? Thank you!

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