Embed gfycat?

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  • #2340382

    Hi,

    I’m trying to embed a gfycat html5 vid/gif into my blog. They are so much better (smaller, smoother) than actual gifs.

    I’m having no luck.

    When you upload your video to gfycat, they give you code for iframe embed and jscript. But none of these seem to work.

    When pasting in the iframe code, I get a greyed out box in my post editor, but that’s it.

    I’ve searched extensively on this topic, and…there’s lots of info on how to accomplish this task with a wordpress.org site – and people have made various plugins to get the job done, but there’s nothing for wordpress.com – naturally, without the ability to add in extra plugins.

    Anyone have any ideas? Gifs are awesome, but they suck at the same time. gfycat makes things so much better, so I’d love to be able to figure this out.

    #2340453

    doncharisma
    Member

    Someone I’m sure will correct me if I’m wrong on this, but …

    WordPress.com doesn’t support iframes or embedded javascript, I believe for security reasons.

    I have used animated gifs on my site before, but that was an actual gif in a file rather than an embedded one.

    I also did a search on gfycat, and doesn’t seem to be an answer in these forums, or on the WordPress.com support pages.

    This thread indicates that WordPress.com don’t support gfycat too – https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/plugin-install-3?replies=7#post-2097674 … which talks about a plugin for a WordPress self-hosted site, which is not the same as WordPress.com

    Hopefully someone will step in tell me I’m wrong, but that’s my understanding …

    Cheers

    Don Charisma

    #2340467

    doncharisma
    Member

    PS the list of supported WordPress.com video formats is here – https://en.support.wordpress.com/videos/

    #2340470

    Hmmm, I see you are right about iframes not being allowed.

    Says so here:
    https://en.support.wordpress.com/code/

    I can understand not allowing jscript. But iframes? But then again, I probably don’t understand exactly what iframes even are, or are capable of, maliciousness-wise.

    This is all unfortunate. I don’t want to give up though.

    Thanks for your help, Don Charisma.

    #2340475

    PS the list of supported WordPress.com video formats is here – https://en.support.wordpress.com/videos/

    Yeah, that might be what I end up doing.

    #2340478

    doncharisma
    Member

    You’re welcome, I was in here on another issue anyway and always have a scan of open issues see if I can help :)

    It’s worth raising the issue of gfycat anyway, to increase awareness … WordPress.com might add it if they think it’s something a lot of people would use.

    JS is very powerful in the wrong hands, so understandable.

    iframes on a cursory google search it appears can be used by hackers for “frame injection attacks”, so I’m guessing that or similar reasons for iframe not being allowed.

    Good luck with what you’re trying to do, I’m sorry there doesn’t seem to be a simple solution :)

    I doubt it helps but WordPress.com VIPs are allowed to use iframes – https://vip.wordpress.com/ … only problem is the $4000/month price tag, probably both you or I can’t afford !

    And lastly it’s not terribly difficult to setup a self-hosted WordPress site these days, and not terribly expensive, so you might want to investigate that if you MUST have gfycat.

    Cheers

    Don Charisma

    #2340480

    I doubt it helps but WordPress.com VIPs are allowed to use iframes – https://vip.wordpress.com/ … only problem is the $4000/month price tag, probably both you or I can’t afford !

    Ha! I’ve never heard of that. I wonder what the typical client for such a service is. Crazy.

    And lastly it’s not terribly difficult to setup a self-hosted WordPress site these days, and not terribly expensive, so you might want to investigate that if you MUST have gfycat.

    Yup, I’m thinking about that as we speak. Even a little cost doesn’t seem right for the amount of stuff that is going to be on this blog I’d like to have gfycats on. So I thought wp.com would be perfect – and it almost is!

    Yeah, maybe this will all go a tiny way towards raising gfycat awareness on wp.com

    Thanks again for your help. It was nice talking with you.

    #2340481

    doncharisma
    Member

    You’re welcome, glad to help :)

    Cheers

    DC

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