Adding an Embedded Content Widget
You can add an embedded content widget from the “add widget” menu.
Then, just paste in the URL of the webpage or image that you want to see on your dashboard.
Spider Impact will then show that website or image in a resizable widget.
Sites That Prevent Embedding
It’s important to note that many commercial websites intentionally prevent themselves from being displayed in other websites. Other sites require setting cookies, which don't work with embedded content. Because of this, embedded content widgets work best for content that is designed to be embedded. It's best to think of this as a widget for showing content meant for sharing, not for embedding any website on the internet.
For example, here’s the “Embed a map” tab in google maps.
When we copy and paste that code, we get this:
width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" style="border:0"
We only want the URL, though, so this part is all we want to paste into the embedded content widget.
If, however, we went to the “Send a link” tab in google maps, we’d get a different URL that isn’t designed to be embedded.
When we paste that URL into the embedded content widget, Spider Impact will show an error that looks like this.
Finally, it’s important to note that any URL you use has to be HTTPS, not HTTP. Spider Impact is a secure site, and web browsers prevent insecure content from being displayed in secure sites.
Disabling Embedded Content Validation
As you can see, there's a lot that can prevent a web page from showing up inside of Spider Impact. We do our best, however, to explain what's going wrong when it doesn't work. Whenever you paste a URL into an embedded content widget, we check to make sure that the content can be displayed on your dashboard.
There are some situations, however, where Spider Impact can say that you're not authorized to embed a page when you really are. For example, if you're hosing Spider Impact on your own servers (or if you use a VPN or single sign-on), it's possible that the Spider Impact server is being blocked from seeing a page even though you are not. If that's the case, you can turn off "Validate Embedded Dashboard Widgets & Briefing Slides" in Admin > Application Administration.