Adding Links and Websites To Display With ScreenCloud For Digital Signage

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This article will go through an overview of adding links and websites into your ScreenCloud account. This also includes frequent questions and troubleshooting for adding websites to display on your screens. 
 
Table of contents:

 

1. How to add a link or website

1.1. Adding a public link or website

Please note, ScreenCloud Studio can also display secure or password-protected dashboards and websites. You can learn more about ScreenCloud's Secure Sites feature here.

 

1.1.1. In the left-hand sidebar, you'll see the "Links" tab, click here.

 
1.1.2. You can start adding your websites by clicking on the “Create New Link” button.
 
 
 
1.1.3. Copy and paste the public URL for your website into the empty section provided, then click enter on your keyboard. You will see a preview of your website appear on the right-hand side. You'll see a green checkmark once the website has been verified to play in ScreenCloud. 
 
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1.1.4. Next, you can use the following two options here for adding your public website:
 
i) Name your website: ScreenCloud will automatically pull the name of the website and page URL name. For example, Android News - Android Authority was automatically populated from the website we used. You can rename it to anything you see fit.
 
 
ii) Tag your website: You can set keywords or phrases to tag your website and find it easily, later on, to assign it to a screen, use it in a playlist, or to cast across your screens.
 
 
1.1.5. Once you’ve finished setting up your website options, click on the yellow “Add Link” button to finish
adding your site into ScreenCloud.
 
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 1.2. Adding a private link, website, or dashboard

With ScreenCloud, you can display content that requires a login and/or is not accessible publicly to be displayed on your screens from popular dashboard services. For more information, please reach out to support@screencloud.com and specify the type of program you're using (e.g. PowerBi, Tableau, etc.) and how many screens approximately you're planning to use with the service. We'll help get you connected with a member of our professional services team for pricing information and set up.

 

2. Frequently asked questions & troubleshooting links

2.1. Why won't my website display?

2.2. Why are some internal websites (private or behind a login) unable to be displayed?

2.3. Why won't my website refresh or update automatically on screen?

2.4. Why are videos on the website not playing automatically (i.e. autoplay)?

 

2.1. Why won't my website display?

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
 

2.2. Why are some internal websites (private or behind a login) unable to be displayed?

Currently, by default, websites that are private or hidden behind an internal dashboard/login cannot be displayed. As noted here within section 1.2. of this article above, our team is currently working on an enterprise-type solution for displaying private and internal dashboards. This will give you the ability to display content that requires a login and/or is not accessible publicly to be displayed on your screens. For more information, please reach out to support@screencloud.com and specify the type of program you're using (e.g. PowerBi, Tableau, etc.) and how many screens approximately you're planning to use with the service. 

  

2.3. Why won't my website refresh or update automatically on screen? 

Websites are limited if you're assigning the website as a single content on the screen. You need to create a playlist and assign the website inside a playlist with one other content to force refresh the website. We recommend in this case to add two instances of your app and run them together in a playlist to keep your website refreshed and continue playing on the screen. You can also use the same URL twice but using a slightly different query string.

As an alternative, you can try implementing a refresh script (javascript) inside the website which refreshes the website after a certain duration. Currently, we do not have access to the details of that script, but this can give you a workaround for your website to work for digital signage. It will also give you the ability to control the refresh time as well. We recommend touching base with your website developer or administrator further to help get this added. 

 

2.4. Why are videos on the website not playing automatically (i.e. autoplay)?

Basically, websites have scripts that detect the device OS (e.g. Android, Amazon, IOS, etc) as a mobile device and Android/iOS has a policy that doesn't allow autoplay on the video to work without a user gesture. Websites also respond and function differently whilst viewed through your PC/laptop on a web browser, or through a mobile device as noted prior to playing videos automatically. If the website is being used within a third-party service, such as ScreenCloud, this could affect how the videos respond and disable autoplay.

If you have your own website with HTML video player you can ask your developer to add the following line of code to your video: 

 

 
<video webkit-playsinline="webkit-playsinline" playsinline="" preload="auto" src="path/to/vidoe.mp4" style="object-fit: contain; display: block;"></video>
 
 
If you have any additional questions on adding links and websites into ScreenCloud, or any other questions or feedback about ScreenCloud, feel free to reach out to our support team at support@screencloud.com or give us a call at our toll-free support line at +18885575335.

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