Can ScreenCloud Display Websites With Third-Party App Restrictions?

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by Santino Scibelli
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This article will review how ScreenCloud can display websites that have third-party app restrictions or disable websites rendering into iFrames, which is required by ScreenCloud to display any webpages while using our digital signage player.

With ScreenCloud Studio, you can also display secure sites and password-protected dashboards. You can learn more about ScreenCloud's Secure Sites feature here

Please note, for technical and security reasons we can only support website with https:// or websites with SSL. So any websites with no SSL or has only http:// prefix will not return anything. If you are using the Page Scroll App, you may come across this issue as well if you're using a website without this. 

Table of contents:

1. Websites displaying using cloud rendering technology

2. ScreenCloud displays webpages using iFrames

 

1. Websites displaying using cloud rendering technology

In the event that a website does have a restriction from the source, ScreenCloud will force the webpage to load in our system using our cloud rendering feature which takes a snapshot of the webpage.

For example, using a website such as https://www.stonybrook.edu is connected to an educational institution that may have configurations that block the website from rendering correctly on third-party services (such as ScreenCloud). In this case, ScreenCloud will force the webpage to load using cloud rendering:

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2. ScreenCloud displays webpages using iFrames

Certain websites have security restrictions placed on them which limit where and how they can be shown. On the whole, this is a good thing. It means, for example, that your online banking is more secure due to these types of restrictions. However, it also means that we can't display certain websites based on security restrictions set up for them which restricts how they perform on third-party services, such as ScreenCloud. 

The only way around this is to talk to the administrator of the website and ask them about loosening their security restrictions. Specifically, they'll need to change the Content-Security-Policy to allow ScreenCloud to display the content. Here is an example of this code below:

Content-Security-Policy: frame-ancestors 'self' https://*.screencloud.com https://*.screen.cloud

 

If you have any additional questions on using your website in ScreenCloud, or any other questions or feedback about ScreenCloud, feel free to reach out to our support team with a link to the web page you're trying to display at support@screencloud.com or give us a call at our toll-free support line at +18885575335

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